The Week in Pictures: First Photos of Massive 'Arm' of Oil Slick, 14 Year-old Girl Confronts BP, 170 Million Acres of Boreal Forest Saved, Pesticide Exposure Linked to ADHD, and More (Slideshow)

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If you don't know about the BP oil spill by now, you've probably been living in a cave for the past few weeks. The catastrophe is far from over, and most of what BP has been trying to stop the oil leaks has failed so far. This past week photos taken by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite on May 17th were released and they show that the BP oil spill has a massive 'arm' that is spreading out in the Southeast direction. In other recent news, a new report by the UNEP shows that at the rate of current fishing rates in 40 years there will not be any commercially-viable amounts of fish left in the oceans, at the rate of current fishing rates and on a more upbeat note, 20 major timber companies and 9 environmental groups agreed on a plan to protect 170 million acres of boreal forest in Canada. Find out what else happened in our photo roundup of the most unexpected, most interesting, and most bizarre headlines of the week.

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