OC Overview for the week of October 22 2018

OC Overview

A 14-year-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U.S. history

In another case of “are you serious, how has this been happening??” Taylor Energy, an oil company,  is reported to have failed in informing both the public and government officials about a consistent oil spill, and has since being found continuing to lie as to the amount of oil being dispersed. This comes at the same time that President Trump approves a controversial plan for oil drilling along Alaskan federal waters, hiring a somewhat less than reputable oil company. (via Washington Post)

In a first, microplastics found in human poop

Studies have been looking at the damaging effects of microplastics on our environment, organisms (marine and terrestrial), the oceans and more, but not so much on ourselves. If we have found microplastics in the deepest trenches of the ocean and the highest peaks of the mountains, than it is only appropriate to believe that we would find them within our own selves. Now it is time to figure out how this invader will treat our bodies: benign or maleficent?  (via National Geographic

Listen to the eerie song of Antarctica — melting


How three research groups are tearing down the ivory tower


The Race To Save The Antarctic’s Penguins, Whales And Seals


Whales change their tunes when ships appear


Remote Island Off Hawaii Vanishes Overnight After Major Hurricane Strike


Sorry, the environment and the economy don’t go hand-in-hand — but they could


European parliament approves sweeping ban on single-use plastics


UK government backs creation of Antarctic wildlife reserve


Eyes on the High Seas


This gel grows and heals by gobbling carbon from the air


More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing


A sea change: how one small island showed us how to save our oceans


Adding the third dimension to marine conservation