Gulf Ship Tour

Gulf Ship Tour, what we learned:

We embarked on a three-month expedition to support independent research into the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. Join us as we present highlights from the tour, take your questions and let you know what we're doing next.

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Follow our ship tour, interactive map:

We traveled throughout the Gulf, bringing independent research scientists on board to examine various aspects of oil spill impacts. Whether by ship, helicopter or even by submarine, see where we went and what we saw by selecting layers to view on the map below. View our ship's route, blogs, images, videos and tweets by selecting the checkmark next to the layer name. Then click on the icon to view content or on the ship route's path to learn more about that leg of the tour.

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New Zealand’s oil disaster: Black swans and human errors

Blog by James Turner | October 13, 2011 2 comments

A couple of years ago, the writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb invented a new metaphor which describes what he calls low probability, high impact events – the Black Swan. For centuries this creature was not thought to exist, but then the...

Photo of the Month - July

Blog by bmeyers | August 2, 2011 2 comments

The July Photo of the Month by Dillon Jenkins shows the oil spill in the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Montana. On July 2nd, an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) of crude oil into the...

Oil Spill on the Yellowstone River

Blog by chris eaton and ariel russ | July 5, 2011 10 comments

Update: There is an excellent blog post on discussing the spill and the urgency of pipeline regulations. On Friday night, an ExxonMobil oil pipeline under the Yellowstone River broke, spilling thousands of gallons of...

Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo arrested taking action against Arctic oil...

Blog by Kumi Naidoo | June 17, 2011 3 comments

UPDATE: 11:45AM – Kumi has been arrested and is being taken to Greenland by helicopter.  In a final radio transmission he said: "It looks like I'm being arrested now. They say I’m going to be taken to Greenland, but what happens...

Action to stop Arctic oil Drilling

Blog by Phil Radford | June 4, 2011 19 comments

Early Saturday morning, eighteen Greenpeace activists climbed the Leiv Eiriksson, a controversial oil rig that is set to begin drilling in the pristine and freezing Arctic waters off the coast of Greenland. The Greenpeace...

Students Gear up to Protest Exxon Graduation Speech

Blog by Phil Radford | May 13, 2011

As college students around the country are wrapping up their semesters, graduating seniors at Worcester Polytechnical Institute (WPI) find themselves in the midst of an ethical controversy. On Saturday, WPI's commencement speaker is...

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