New study details lethal impacts of a fungicide commonly used on golf courses around the world
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Despite the lessons learned from the effects of DDT, people continue to use chemicals in the same organochlorine family, to the detriment of natural ecosystems.
Now, University of South Florida researchers have shown that one of the world’s most common fungicides is lethal to a wide variety of freshwater organisms and essentially crashes ecosystems from the bottom up.
Research show that carcinogenic oil-related PAH compounds are easily absorbed through skin
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, beaches along the northern Gulf of Mexico coastline are far from being clean, says University of South Florida researcher James “Rip” Kirby, who recently documented accumulations of remnant oil with “scary high” concentrations of carcinogenic oil-related compounds. Download the full report or a summary at the Surfrider website.
University of Georgia research vessel finds thick layers of oil spreading dozens of miles from busted BP well
SUMMIT COUNTY — In yet another sign that the federal government and BP were overly optimistic in their assessment of oil spill clean-up operations, a University of Georgia researcher announced last week that she has discovered significant deposits of oil that have fallen to the seabed.
Samantha Joye, who has been monitoring the underwater oil since the early days of the spill, has taken hundreds of core samples from the Gulf of Mexico, finding that oil settled on the seafloor in significant quantities for dozens of miles in all directions from the failed BP well that spewed millions of gallons of oil into the sea over the course of several months.
On her blog, Joye wrote that it will take a full chemical analysis to trace the oil to the well, but from the locations and the path of the research voyage it seems fairly clear that the oil is from the blow-out. Joye also contrasted the recent samples with other results from core samples taken near natural seeps, showing how in areas of natural seeps, the oil saturates the seabed. In the recent samples taken by Joye, the oil is sitting on top. Continue reading “Oil turning up on sea floor in Gulf of Mexico”→
Independent research suggests 80 percent of oil may still be lingering in the deep sea
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Two weeks after the federal government announced that most of BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico had been burned, skimmed or had otherwise miraculously “disappeared,” a different story is emerging from research conducted by scientists with the University of Georgia and the University of South Florida.