Pictures of the great birds struggling to rise from the oiled surface, their bodies and out-stretched wings draped in brown sludge, flashed around the world, becoming the iconic image of the disaster.
As scientists watched youngsters burst into the world from oil-coated eggs only to be fed fish from the polluted waters by parents sticky with poison, they wondered: Would the bay’s populations of pelicans, and their sea and shorebird cousins, collapse?
Any tour of the bay the last two springs would seem to provide a resounding “no” to that question. The number of birds nesting appears as high as before the spill.
Yet while researchers and staffers from environmental groups like the Audubon Society say they are happy so far — it’s the “so far” that concerns them.
“They are helpless to protect themselves in the face of this type of threat,” Driscoll said. “They will go back to the places they always go, because they can’t recognize the harm in doing so
So we won’t know how much harm is done for years to come.
In fact, the public can’t be certain how much harm has been done so far. State and federal agencies responsible for wildlife have been hard at work on the Natural Resources Damage Assessment, which will determine how much BP and its partners will owe for damage caused by their spill.
They are measuring populations as well as any presence of toxins in the birds. But government lawyers have put all results under wraps to avoid giving any edge to the responsible parties in what is likely to be a long, contentious legal process.
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Say the words "high-tech startup" and chances are you picture a world that's mostly white, male and set in Silicon Valley. Now, a group in Nairobi, Kenya, is working to get more female entrepreneurs into the male-dominated world of tech.
A Cameroonian boy shows the recycled parts used to construct a toy RC car.
I originally found this video on one of the coolest websites ever: http://www.afrigadget.com/ ; The website seeks to show people "solving everyday problems with African ingenuity." While the developed world lives in a commercial, disposable society, Africans often need to maximize the useablity of all objects. The solutions they come up with can show students that it is not all doom and gloom in Africa, an represent a triumph of the human spirit.
Daily MailAfrica sitting on groundwater reservesNews24London - Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come, scientists said on Friday.
In this modern country with ancient traditions, time quickly takes on another dimension. For travelers are given constantly opportunities to discover or to escape, they find their dream peace, relaxation and recreation in a rich environment.
A classical Arab idiom maintains that a flood begins with a mere droplet. For freedom-aspiring citizens across the Middle East, Tunisia was akin to the first shower of rain. Two weeks ago, no one could have predicted the overthrow of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's repressive regime in Tunisia.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets across Egypt, facing down a massive police presence to demand: 1. Jobs; 2. Cheaper food; and 3. Ouster of President Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt for 30 years since Sadat's assassination in 1981.