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Here's some hope for Gulf: Spill-eating microbes spike

WASHINGTON — The number of naturally occurring microbes that eat methane grew surprisingly fast inside a plume spreading from BP's ruptured oil well, an oceanographer who was one of the first to detect the plumes said Tuesday.

Samantha Joye, a marine sciences professor at the University of Georgia at Athens, said it's good news that the microbes are eating the methane. However, the microbes also use oxygen in the water, and Joye said the repercussions of the resulting oxygen depletion aren't yet known.

Joye said she hadn't completed her analysis yet, but that the data so far show that the microbes are much more abundant in the plume than they are in the water layers above and below it.


The natural gas component of BP's blowout is mainly methane. Joye said the microbes her team collected in water samples appear to be methane-eating bacteria. They took the samples from a deep-water plume of dispersed oil and gas about two miles from the wellhead.

More experiments will also be needed to determine whether other microbes are also responding in similar ways. The presence of oil stimulates the growth of oil-eating microbes as well, Joye said. Scientists also want to know how long the microbe populations can grow before they run out of nutrients.

It's a slight glimmer of hope, not much though because there is so much oil out there and there can be so many other arguments against this being an important finding but it is good, and I will take anything I can get right now.


From Seedlings to Servings: 11-Year-Old Grows Tons of Veggies for the Homeless

When Katie Stagliano was in third grade, she planted a cabbage in her family's small garden. When it grew to an astounding 40 pounds, she donated it to a soup kitchen, where it was made into meals for 275 people (with the help of ham and rice). "I thought, 'Wow, with that one cabbage I helped feed that many people?'" says Katie, now entering sixth grade. "I could do much more than that."

So Katie started planting vegetable gardens as part of her nonprofit Katie's Krops — she has six right now — including one the length of a football field at her school in her hometown of Summerville, S.C. Classmates, her family and other people in the community help plant and water, and Bonnie Plants donates seedlings. This past year, Katie took her commitment to a new level: she has given soup kitchens over 2,000 pounds of lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables. Katie and her helpers are now harvesting the spring planting, and another 1,200 pounds will be donated by October.

Kids know growing food is fun and empowering, but not just for themselves, this amazing young woman fed hundreds of other people along her journey.  Imagine what we could all do if we just had our own gardens and grew just enough extra for those who need fresh fruits and vegetables?  

That's a garden of giving and love.


Chevy Volt Battery to Have 8 Years/100,000 Miles Warranty

GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation testing of Volt battery packs since 2007, as well as each pack's [161 battery components,] nine modules and 288 cells.

The development, validation and test teams have met thousands of specifications and validated each of the Volt battery's components.
Tests include short circuit, corrosion, dust, impact, water submersion, crush and penetration, and extreme temperature swings combined with aggressive drive cycles, also known as "Shake, Bake and Roll."

Good news for those who might be wary of a new generation car, it means more people may venture into this new category of car, and get a Volt.  It's exciting to me, I can't wait to get one myself.  Is it perfect, no, but hell, it's certainly a step in the right direction.


How Otters Are Fighting Climate Change

Even with a declining population, otters play a significant role in cutting of greenhouse gases, according to Chris Wilmers and his team, of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Sea otters feast on sea urchins and keep vast forests of kelp healthy. These kelp forests, in turn, sequester about 0.18kg (0.40lb) of carbon for every square meter of habitat the otters occupy. The numbers may not seem like much at first, but when multiplied across the coastal waters that support kelp forest systems, it actually makes a pretty hefty impact. This makes sea otters cute and very helpful.

But how much is this kind of sequestration of greenhouse gases actually worth? After all, money talks. The New Science article reports that if otters were restored to healthy populations along the coast of North America, they would add up to about $700m in carbon credits.

SO, we've got cute carbon sequesters, not literally but they help tremendously as being very important keystone species in the ocean and they can be victims impacted by things like oil spills.

They are adorable, I love watching them eat, interact and play.  It was my second favorite part of my families trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium.


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The Smart Grid: Google ArrivesRichard Lyon7/14/2010 13:35:47eKos, smart grid, Google, smart meters
Muzzling corporate critics: Filmmakers must turn over all outtakes?worldforallpeopleorg7/14/2010 11:57:03chevron, documentary  film, free speech, eKos
Lessons from the "Enlightened Eight": Republicans Can Vote Pro-Environment and Not Get "Tea Partied"Heather TaylorMiesle NRDC Action Fund7/14/2010 11:37:11cap and trade, clean energy, Climate Bill, Climate change, congress
Why the free market rejects green energy and manufacturingcitizen k7/14/2010 10:43:28capitalism, pensions, finance, eKos, environment
BP Oil Disaster v8.0: Mindless Mitigation Activityvets747/14/2010 09:40:43BP oil disaster, Greenpeace, British Petroleum, Halliburton, Coast Guard
Reid has "rough draft" of energy billJoan McCarter7/14/2010 09:30:03energy, climate, eKos
BP Catastrophe Liveblog Mothership: 50Gulf Watchers7/14/2010 06:00:01Recommended, Oilpocalypse, BP, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico
NOAA & BP Keep Key Oil Data from Scientists & PublicFishOutofWater7/13/2010 23:38:46eKos, oilpocalypse, environment, BP oil spill, NOAA
Weatherization Barnraising Resultsgmoke7/13/2010 23:32:34energy, ecology, environment, weatherization, MA
Animal NUZ: A Daily Kos Exclusive Comic Strip #2ericlewis07/13/2010 19:00:42Recommended, Animal Nuz, eKos, Richard Cheney
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BP Oil Spill:  Ongoing Disaster for Birds & Wildlifechesterdog7/13/2010 13:03:14BP, eKos, environmental, wildlife, Gulf Coast
Sustainability and the oceans.Cenobyte7/13/2010 11:44:34Sustainability, fish populations, fish stocks, cetaceans, cetaceans' rights
A Discussion with Cary Fowler about Crop DiversityBorderJumpers7/13/2010 09:46:59Rescued, Africa, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Cary Fowler
Stop Big Oil Bailoutsthinkingblue7/13/2010 06:41:18petition, politics, big oil, BP, bailouts
BP Oil Disaster v7.0: "Offshore Drilling Halted"vets747/13/2010 07:20:19BP oil disaster, Greenpeace, British Petroleum, Halliburton, Coast Guard
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Senator Jeff Bingaman, Closet Climate Peacock?RLMiller7/12/2010 22:15:17eKos, climate change, global warming, Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), S.1462
EcoJustice: Education, Empowerment and The Environment - Women MatterEllinorianne7/12/2010 22:08:23Gender equality, education, women, environment, ecojustice
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BP withholding Payments, to Prevent Fraudjamess7/12/2010 21:39:11BP, Oil Spill, Compensation, Fisheries, Fishermen
Climate/energy legislation up in the (dirty) airJoan McCarter7/12/2010 21:16:04climate change, energy bill, eKos
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New Offshore Drilling Rules IssuedSenor Unoball7/12/2010 18:15:45Offshore drilling, eKos, oil drilling, Gulf of Mexico, BP
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Final Update #10: The Week in Editorial Cartoons - The Real Costs of Fossil FuelsJekyllnHyde7/12/2010 17:30:38Recommended, The Week in Editorial Cartoons, eKos, Gulf of Mexico, Republican Party
Green Economy and the Problem of ClassVikingkingq7/12/2010 15:54:22Climate Change, Economic Planning, Economics, Environment, Full Employment
Science Tidbitspossum7/12/2010 15:51:04Science, Teaching, Learning, eKos
Intro to Basic Science of Global Warmingdocmidwest7/12/2010 13:55:08global warming, science, eKos, Recommended
Making Your Own Wholesome Foods?  You Can Sell Me Some!Detroit Mark7/12/2010 10:49:19recommended, sustainable food, home made, pastries, pies
Let's Coal the Whole Thing Off: Dirty Industry Receiving Billions in Taxpayer SupportJ e d7/12/2010 10:27:40Mountaintop Removal, Coal, Mining, Subsidies, Clean Coal
Reconstituting the Standard Oil Companybobdevo7/12/2010 09:57:18bp, exxonmobil, gulf oil spill, anti-trust, monopoly
Ashley Judd Fights Back After Big Coal Attackrperks7/12/2010 09:32:11ekos, appalachia, ashley judd, dirty coal, kentucky
Utah: The Madness of King CoalAsk 4 Questions7/12/2010 09:29:02Utah, king coal, Synapse, Harvard, Herbert
BP Oil Disaster v6.0: Response and Racevets747/12/2010 08:47:56BP oil disaster, Greenpeace, British Petroleum, Halliburton, Coast Guard
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Just watched "Collapse" it was a Horror Movie (The Peak Oil Story)olmanwillow7/11/2010 22:43:32oil, collapse, danger, politics, peak oil
Obama, yes you CAN do climate bill nowPatriot Daily News Clearinghouse7/11/2010 21:17:12Recommended, climate change news roundup, climate change, environment, BP
News from the Arctic: 11 July 2010billlaurelMD7/11/2010 19:08:04eKos, global warming, DKos GreenRoots, climate change, Arctic sea ice
It may be possible to Recycle CO2 -- back into Fueljamess7/11/2010 17:29:00CO2, Carbon Dioxide, Chemistry, Catalyst, Carbene
The Smart Grid: An IntroductionRichard Lyon7/11/2010 16:24:23eKos, smart grid, electrical power, energy, Rescued
Arctic ice acts to sequester carbon dioxide.shpilk7/11/2010 13:32:14eKos, arctic, environment, arctic ice, climate change
The Dirty F@#*ing Hippies Were Right!One Pissed Off Liberal7/11/2010 12:02:49hippies, universal brotherhood, peace, love, tolerance
Dawn Chorus: Egrets, I've Had A FewKestrel7/11/2010 09:01:05Recommended, Dawn Chorus, birds, egrets, birding
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