VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Skepticism – Criticism – Trust
Today, scientists are facing a unique and growing disconnect from politicians and the public, as they encounter growing distrust and criticism. Here are some thoughts from GoMRI-funded researchers about the challenge of coping with science skeptics and how to regain the trust of disbelievers.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Nancy Rabalais, Blue Crabs, and the Louisiana Wetlands
Professor Nancy Rabalais (LUMCON) and her team are studying the recovery of blue crab populations after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Louisiana wetlands are under constant threat from sea level rise to perpetual, residual oil in the marshes.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Explorer to trace flow of plastics down 10 rivers into seas
Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel down the world’s 10 most polluted rivers on makeshift rafts, tracing the routes of plastics that pollute the world’s oceans. He said that he was inspired by a study that found 80% of plastic in the world’s oceans arrives from just those rivers.
Photo courtesy of Rob Griffith/AP.
Dispatches from the Gulf 1: Science • Community • Recovery
In the years after Deepwater Horizon – the biggest offshore 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 study the continuing impacts of Deepwater Horizon 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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