The Blog Aquatic » energy http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:00:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Yes, BP Did Damage the Gulf of Mexico http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/10/27/yes-bp-did-damage-the-gulf-of-mexico/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/10/27/yes-bp-did-damage-the-gulf-of-mexico/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:19:05 +0000 Kara Lankford http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=9398

In an opinion piece published Tuesday, the oil giant BP would have us believe that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster wasn’t all that bad for the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, they admit the event was a tragedy, and, sadly, both people and wildlife perished. But, they quickly point out that the effects from the disaster were not as dire as predicted, and recovery is already happening or perhaps complete.

But those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. We know that marine ecosystems affected by oil spills much smaller than the BP oil disaster, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, take decades to recover. And with only four and half years behind us since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, we see a steady drumbeat of peer-reviewed articles documenting evidence of harm. The full effects of 210 million gallons of oil on the Gulf cannot be easily dismissed, especially when the injury studies BP conveniently cites are not yet available to the public. A deep dive into the real evidence of the BP oil disaster reveals several holes in BP’s story.

To read the rest of this story, please view our article on Politico’s website.

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Re-Energize Your Home to Save Money, Energy and the Ocean http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/01/28/re-energize-your-home/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/01/28/re-energize-your-home/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:00:26 +0000 Sarah van Schagen http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=3944 CFL lightbulb

Photo: derekGavey via Flickr

Whether you live on the beach or many miles from it, you can bring the ocean home by taking small steps to reduce your impact around the house. These tips to save energy, reduce waste and cut water usage will help keep the ocean healthy and may even save you money.

Here are four ways to re-energize your home:

  1. Use CFLs. When your old incandescent lightbulbs burn out, replace them with compact fluorescent lamps (or CFLs), which use less power and last longer. These bulbs will also save you money over the long term by reducing your electricity bills. And don’t forget to recycle your old lightbulbs so they don’t end up in a landfill—or in the ocean.
  2. Slow the flow. Showers account for about 17 percent of in-home water usage. Install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to keep water pressure up while cutting usage up to 70 percent and saving you money on your water bill.
  3. Use it, then defuse it. Did you know that some electronics continue to sap energy even when they’re not in use? Electronics like computers, printers, DVD players and even your microwave are common culprits—consuming power even in standby mode. You can save energy by unplugging these electronics when you’re done with them or when you’ll be away for an extended period of time. Installing a power strip is a great way to switch off multiple appliances at once.
  4. Tap it. Plastic beverage bottles are among the top three items found during beach cleanups around the world. You can help reduce that number by filling a reusable bottle instead. Use a filter to purify your tap water and save money in the process.
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