Dispatches E-News: Forensics, Vietnam & Our Addiction to Plastic (05/16/18)

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The CSI Effect: Using Forensics to Study Oil Spills

When scientists couple the practices of geology with the strategies of crime scene forensics, they are able to look at an incident from every angle: “The present is the key to the past, but the past provides a window into the future.” Researchers are using chemical forensics to predict how the Deepwater Horizon event’s impact will evolve over decades to come.

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PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: It’s More Like Vietnam Than New Orleans

Sandy Nguyen runs a non-profit that was established to help the people of Southeast Louisiana who were immediately impacted by Deepwater Horizon – particularly commercial fishermen – start the psychological and economic recovery process. The majority of Sandy’s clients are Vietnamese, and she shares how their culture has responded.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
We Need to Kick our Addiction to Plastic

Marine biologists are watching our global plastic pollution problem grow and grow and grow. The amount is incredible – 72 million tons of plastic packaging is produced every year, and around one-third of that ends up in the ocean. That’s the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into the ocean every single minute, every day of the year. And once it’s in the ocean, it is broken down into smaller pieces by sun and salt; it becomes microplastic and gets incorporated in the food chain.

Photo courtesy of BilingualColombiaPixabay.

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Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest oil spill in U.S. history – a global team of scientists is working together to understand its environmental impact on humans, wildlife, and the ecosystem with the ultimate goal of learning how to better cope with future oil spills.
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Dispatches from the Gulf 2: Research • Innovation • Discovery
Experience remarkable stories from the unprecedented scientific mission to comprehensively study the impact of Deepwater Horizon and find new ways to ease the devastation. Includes the never-before-documented drama of bottlenose dolphins struggling to survive, and the capture of one of the world’s largest predatory sharks.
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Mensajes del Golfo de México
A Spanish subtitled version of Dispatches 1 is available via streaming or DVD.
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Dispatches is made possible by a generous grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI).
Additional funding provided by the Wallace Genetic Foundation and the Farvue Foundation.


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