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Deepwater Horizon Disaster

As scientists assess the environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Nature's ongoing coverage brings you the latest from the region.

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  • Oil spill science

    Updates from Newsblog including posts from the research vessel Pelican as it studied the impact of the Deepwater oil spill.

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  • A frozen hell

    A year after the oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, Jeffrey Short and Susan Murray call for action to prevent an even more nightmarish scenario: a spill in the Arctic.

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  • This is not a drill

    Worst-case scenarios happen. We must prepare for them and be able to respond.

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  • How to defend against future oil spills

    Researchers and regulators need to keep up with the changing risks, and share information, says Arne Jernelöv, as tanker spills decline and pipeline leaks and blowouts become more of a concern.

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  • A full accounting

    The BP spill should help make the case for bringing ecosystem services into the economy.

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  • All at sea

    US agencies have moved too slowly in gathering key data on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Measure methane to quantify the oil spill

    Plumes of dissolved gas could be used to determine how much oil has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, says David Valentine — if the studies are done soon.

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  • World view: Disaster, unmitigated

    An oil slick will not re-engage the public with environmental issues, warns Colin Macilwain, but it might lead to a saner US energy policy.

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