31 Dec '11, 8pm

Oil Spills Found to be More Damaging via @Care2

Marine researchers have found oil spills in marine habitats can damage fish populations even more than was previously thought. Dr. Gary Cherr from UC-Davis is one of the researchers and he agreed to an interview which is below. Your research on the 54,000 gallon Cusco Busan spill near San Francisco, found oil spills could be much worse for the environment than previously thought – what did you uncover that shows oil spills are worse? The fact that naturally spawned embryos in the spill zone showed almost complete mortality in the shallow water due to sun/oil exposure was unexpected considering the small amount of oil spilled and the complete lack of visual oil in these zones 3 months after the spill. As such, these were very low exposures that at worst would have caused developmental abnormalities in the absence of sunlight. With sunlight, the residual oil in tissues becam...

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