Dispatches E-News: High Stakes, The Un-60 Minutes & Sunscreen Damages Coral Reefs (05/30/18)

What’s At Stake?

The Gulf of Mexico’s coastal wetlands and marshes are home to thousands of species of plants and animals – and its beaches help support a hundred billion-dollar tourist industry. It’s also a place whose waters provide 40% of the commercial seafood caught in the lower 48 States.

After 87 days of oil spewing into the Gulf, the beaches and salt marshes were hit hard. Hundreds of thousands of marine animals and birds died. Tourists abandoned the beaches. And watermen were unable to work. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill put at stake not only a way of life, but also the future of one of the most biologically fertile regions in the world.


GulfCast: Marilyn Weiner: “We’re Not 60 Minutes”

Go behind the scenes for the making of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Dispatches From The Gulf.” Marilyn Weiner, executive producer, shares how the story took shape, the unexpected discoveries, the amazing collaborations between scientists, and the joy that surfaced from the work being done. Here’s a highlight from the intriguing interview with Joan Michelson of Green Connections Radio.


Hawaii May Ban Sunscreen Products Linked to Coral Reef Damage

From Banana Boat to Coppertone, major sunscreen brands may soon have to revamp their products or stop selling them in Hawaii.

State lawmakers passed legislation Tuesday that would ban skin-care companies from selling and distributing sunscreens on the islands that contain two chemicals – oxybenzone and octinoxate – deemed damaging to coral reefs. These chemicals “have significant harmful impacts on Hawaii’s marine environment and residing ecosystems.”

Photo courtesy of Caleb Jones/AP.


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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