VIDEO OF THE WEEK
The Psychological Impact of an Oil Spill
Watermen, oil field workers, and those dependent upon tourism for their livelihood still struggle with anger and anxiety years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. For generations, these Gulf residents have rebounded quickly from natural disasters. For the first time in their lives, they are faced with a great unknown: a man-made disaster. The lingering environmental ramifications of the spill have lead to depression, substance abuse, divorce, and even suicide within the impacted communities.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
GulfCast: Rita Colwell: Breaking Down Barriers
Renowned microbiologist, oceanographer, and Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), Dr. Rita Colwell was met with pushback as a woman starting her career in science. She heard things like, “Oh, we don’t waste fellowships on women.” And “Add a man. It’ll give it credibility.” She fought back and quickly disproved the precept that there are no career options for women in the field. She has risen to the top of academia and is an inspiration to aspiring scientists. Here’s a highlight (https://soundcloud.com/gulfdispatches/gulfcast-ep-22-rita-colwell) from the fascinating interview Dr. Colwell gave to Joan Michelson of Green Connections Radio.
The complete interview (37 min.) can be heard on Green Connections Radio.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Restoring the Gulf Coast: The 7th Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon
The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded seven years ago — April 20, 2010. The restoration process, however, is really just getting started. The National Wildlife Federation’s new interactive, online report “Making the Most of Restoration: Priorities for a Recovering Gulf” describes 50 projects across all five Gulf states that focus on long-term benefits for the Gulf of Mexico. The recommendations emphasize restoring estuaries — the places where rivers flow into the Gulf — which are important nursery grounds for many species of marine life.
Photo courtesy of Leighton Lum.
Watch the Sizzle for Dispatches – 2
A sequel to the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “Dispatches From The Gulf – 2” shares remarkable stories about the global team of scientists who continue to study the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill — the largest in U.S. history. Their unprecedented mission to comprehensively research its environmental impacts and find new ways to ease the devastation of future oil spills has lead to surprising discoveries. Click here to watch.
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Dispatches From The Gulf: Science, Community, and Recovery in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is the 14th episode in the Journey To Planet Earth TV series. DVDs are available free of charge to educators, librarians, homeschoolers, and community activists. Click here to fill out a request.
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