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Panel Says U.S. Not Ready For Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill 95

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the we're-doomed dept.
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "As eagerness to explore the Arctic's oil and gas resources grows, the threat of a major Arctic oil spill looms ever larger—and the United States has a lot of work to do to prepare for that inevitability, a panel convened by the National Research Council (NRC) declares in a report released yesterday. The committee, made up of members of academia and industry, recommended beefing up forecasting systems for ocean and ice conditions, infrastructure for supply chains for people and equipment to respond, field research on the behavior of oil in the Arctic environment, and other strategies to prepare for a significant spill in the harsh conditions of the Arctic." Shortest version: no one has any idea how any spill cleanup techniques would work in the arctic environment.
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Panel Says U.S. Not Ready For Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill

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  • Plenty of clues (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SpaceLifeForm (228190) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @08:51PM (#46837615)
    Exxon Valdez [wikipedia.org]

    Now, you extrapolate taking into consideration a more remote area with even worse access conditions, and the colder temperatures.

    An extreme environmental disaster will be the result.

  • Re:Same old cause (Score:3, Interesting)

    by aevan (903814) on Thursday April 24, 2014 @10:23PM (#46838083)
    There are methods for population control that exist beyond genocide. Just choose to not have kids. Of course people then whinge about freedoms and such so that idea isn't palatable as a law, but it DOES exist beyond "One Child" Policy...just give incentives. A tube-tied/snipped bonus, either gender, that pays out either lump or over time, whatever. Void by preexisting children. NOT void by adopting (get both? baby bonus and not having kid bonus?).

    Won't help in third world/uneducated/religious moron areas, but you can solve that part by 1-educating/helping them, and 2-containing them until they solve themselves out (like rabbits do).

The 11 is for people with the pride of a 10 and the pocketbook of an 8. -- R.B. Greenberg [referring to PDPs?]

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