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  • Oil and Water

    Can you imagine swimming in or drinking the water in the photo? Newtown Creek is in the USA—New York to be exact—and it has oil floting on it. Riverkeeper is fighting to get the pollution cleaned up and further pollution stopped. (Photo courtesy of Riverkeeper.)

    They say: "In 2004, Riverkeeper filed a federal lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for its failure to stop the pollution of Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Newtown Creek caused by a historic, 17 million gallon oil spill which resulted in a plume of contaminated groundwater under Greenpoint and Newtown Creek.

    Residents of the area have some of the highest rates of asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema in the city. Riverkeeper's efforts have brought the matter not only into the courts, but to the attention of the government, which owes its citizens the basic right of clean air and water."

    If you live near the creek, you can help patrol. If not, you can take other action. Visit their website.

  • Enough Energy to Melt 7 Million Tons of Glacier!

    Back in the 1960's, having the engergy capacity to melt glaciers was something to brag about. But today, with climate change, no oil company would use melting glaciers in their advertising campaign. This ad appeared in Life magazine in 1962.

    "The giant glacier has remained unmelted for centuries. Yet the petroleum energy Humble supplies -- if converted into heat -- could melt it at the rate of 80 tons each second. To meet the nation's growing energy needs for energy, Humble has applied science to nature's resources to become America's Leading Energy Company. Working wonders with oil through research Humble provides energy in many forms -- to help heat our homes, power our transportation, and to furnish industry with a great variety of versatile chemicals. Stop at a Humble station for new Enco Extra gasoline, and see why the "Happy Motoring" Sign is the World's First Choice!"

    Humble Oil (started in Humble, Texas) eventually became Exxon Mobil. Today it extracts enough oil to melt 914 tons per second.

    Find out more about the glacier in the photos: Mass Balance Measurements of the Taku Glacier.