Today on Planet 100: Huge Underwater Oil Plumes Threaten Sea Life (Video)


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Today, on Planet 100, huge oil plumes in the Gulf may threaten sea life, David Cameron wants his administration to be the "greenest government ever," and Californian sea lions eat endangered salmon.Oil Plumes
Scientists have discovered enormous plumes of oil - one as large as 10 miles long and 3 miles wide—in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientists call the discovery "shocking" given the relatively small amount of oil visible on the surface of the ocean. The deep water plumes are a double whammy—creating high levels of toxicity in fish while stimulating microbe growth that has caused a first ever 30% drop in ocean oxygen levels near the plume.

Scientists are concerned that oxygen levels could eventually fall so low as to kill off much of the sea life near the plumes.

Via: New York Times
UK's 10:10

Britain's newly elected Prime Minister David Cameron wants his coalition administration be "the greenest government ever."

While addressing the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Cameron pledged to cut carbon emissions by 10% in the first 12 months. Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne who would will run the department called climate change "the greatest challenge facing mankind" and promised to go "further and faster than ever before."

Critics say that history will judge this just how green this government is by its policies to cut the UK's emissions and to get a fair international climate deal.

Via: The Guardian
Sea Lions Hazed
The once endangered Californian sea lion are now being hazed by government officials for over consumption of salmon. It's estimated that hungry sea lions devoured 4000 salmon last year, putting the future of wild salmon at serious risk. If a specific sea lion is found at the Bonneville dam eating salmon for more than five days it will be put down by lethal injection.

Via: Treehugger
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