Today on Planet 100: Offshore Oil Disaster (Video)
Today, on Planet 100, an oil spill off the coast of Louisianan becomes "very serious," China's Hainan province may get a new golf course—on conservation land—and a two-headed lizard is discovered in Australia.Offshore Oil Disaster
US officials say an oil spill that resulted when a rig sank Thursday off the coast of Louisiana is "very serious."
A damaged well that was feeding the rig is estimated to be leaking 1000 barrels, or 42,000 gallons, of oil per day. Eleven workers are still missing after last week's explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig, which had been carrying out exploratory drilling off 50 miles off the Louisiana port of Venice.
The US Coastguard initially thought it was only dealing with a surface residual oil spill, but yesterday's news of oil emanating from the well dramatically increases its seriousness.
More about the Deepwater Horizon disaster:
BIG Oil Rig Explosion Off Louisiana Coast, 11 to 15 People Missing, Infernal Blaze
30+ Miles of Smoke: Satellite Photos Show Smoke Plume From Burning Oil Rig [Update: It Sunk]
Oil Leaks Caused by Sunk Exploration Rig Could Take Months to Stop, Even With Robots
Trees vs. Tees
China's Hainan province is home to pristine rainforests with 1000 year old trees and a national park with clouded leopards, black gibbons and 300 other endangered species.
However, Lu Yongquan, Head of the Wildlife dept explains that within five years bang smack in the middle of this conservation zone will be a golf course. Lu says that "there will be no impact on the eco-system," as the course will be only for the elite, not for the masses. The move generated an outcry among China's conservation community who argue biodiversity must be protected.
25 years ago, China had just one golf course. Today with China's growing prosperity, Hainan alone has almost 30 and senior officials say they want to expand that to 300.
A two-headed bobtail lizard has been discovered in Perth Australia, the result of a rare genetic mutation. While the lizard is being cared for at nearby reptile park, the problem is that the two heads do not get along—the larger head has tried to attack the smaller one—and movement is tricky as both heads try to control the body. Proving that two heads are no always better than one.