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Researchers Find Way to Turn Sawdust Into Gasoline

Nov. 25, 2014 — Researchers have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These ... read more

Oct. 27, 2014 — Due to its unprecedented scope, the damage assessment caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a challenge. One unsolved puzzle is the location of 2 million barrels ... read more

Clove Oil Tested for Weed Control in Organic Vidalia Sweet Onion

Oct. 9, 2014 — A study evaluated combinations of sprayer output volumes and herbicide adjuvants used with clove oil for cool-season weed control in organic Vidalia sweet onion. Weed control was not consistently ... read more

Sep. 24, 2014 — From recreational boats and fishing vessels to commercial cruise ships and private marinas, a newly published study shows that oil discharges related to human maritime activity on the Canadian coast ... read more

Exxon Valdez 2014: Does Media Coverage of Humanmade Disasters Contribute to Consumer Complacency?

Sep. 16, 2014 — Twenty-five years ago, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Americans found themselves cleaning up another giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in ... read more

Sep. 11, 2014 — A research team has estimated the total mass of oil that reached the Gulf of Mexico shore in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout. It's the first time such an estimate was ... read more

Sep. 10, 2014 — Gulf killifish biological responses to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill detected by researchers in the field are similar to those in controlled laboratory ... read more

Gulf Anglers Could Be Entitled to $585 Million After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Study Says

Sep. 9, 2014 — Trustees could use the data to try to get the $585 million for ecosystem improvements and more fish in the Gulf. After a disaster such as an oil spill, trustees -- which could include federal, state ... read more

What Is the Economic Impact of Oil, Gas in West Texas?

Sep. 4, 2014 — The economic impact is felt in all industries that provide support, from drilling to housing and retail. This study provides estimates of the 2013 economic impact of the Permian Basin’s oil and gas ... read more

Wide Gap in Compensation from '07 South Korean Oil Spill

Sep. 3, 2014 — Scholars have found a considerable gap between the economic loss claimed by residents and the compensation they received after the Hebei Spirit oil spill. Only 11 percent of the claims were approved ... read more

Oil Spills and Marine Snow: Changing Microbial Dynamics in the Wake of the Macondo Blowout

Sep. 2, 2014 — Following the oil spill caused by the blowout at the Macondo wellhead in 2010, Gulf of Mexico microbial population dynamics shifted rapidly as numbers of oil degraders quickly increased. In addition, ... read more

Aug. 19, 2014 — A new study of the ocean circulation patterns at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill reveals the significant role small-scale ocean currents play in the spread of pollutants. The findings ... read more

Immediate Aftermath of an Oil Spill

Aug. 8, 2014 — The fate of oil during the first day after an accidental oil spill is still poorly understood, with researchers often arriving on the scene only after several days. New findings from a field ... read more

Aug. 7, 2014 — An international team of researchers has found extremely small habitats that increase the potential for life on other planets while offering a way to clean up oil spills on our own. Looking at ... read more

Camelina Used to Build Better Biofuel

Aug. 4, 2014 — A biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product. "Camelina could give ... read more

Gulf Oil Spill Researcher: Bacteria Ate Some Toxins, but Worst Remain, Research Finds

July 31, 2014 — Bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico consumed many of the toxic components of the oil released during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the months after the spill, but not the most toxic contaminants, new ... read more

July 28, 2014 — A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of ... read more

July 16, 2014 — Dispersant compound DOSS, which decreases the size of oil droplets and hampers the formation of large oil slicks, remains associated with oil and can persist in the environment for up to four years, ... read more

July 10, 2014 — The vegetable oil found in your popcorn or soap might not be ape friendly, and the situation appears likely to get even worse, according to an analysis. The growing demand for vegetable oil has ... read more

Straits of Mackinac 'Worst Possible Place' for a Great Lakes Oil Spill, Researcher Concludes

July 10, 2014 — Because the strong currents in the Straits of Mackinac reverse direction every few days, a rupture of the oil pipeline beneath the channel would quickly contaminate shorelines miles away in both ... read more

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