Oil has been bubbling up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico since the Transocean Deepwater Horizon rig caught fire on April 20 and sank two days later. Here are some figures to put the spill in context:
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now 80 miles across and the size of Jamaica, and according to new reports is five times worse than first thought, leaking around 5000 barrels into the sea, as opposed to the 1000 barrels first estimated.
In a world of dwindling traditional energy resources, countries are starting to invest in more sustainable alternatives. Here are the countries that are spending the most on renewable energy, along with how much of it they currently produce, and what percent of their total energy output that represents.
Monuments to nature's possibility, some tree species can go to extremes from towering canopies shading coastal forest to ancient, gnarled branches casting scant cover over arid landscapes. Many such trees have fallen prey to logging and human encroachment over the years. But few persist.
The Carbon Bathtub
It’s simple, really: As long as we pour CO2; into the atmosphere faster than nature drains it out, the planet warms. And that extra carbon takes a long time to drain out of the tub.