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April 20th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

Inkley: 'This impact could last for many, many years'

Wednesday marks one year since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.

11 workers were killed in the explosion and 200 million gallons of oil were released into the surrounding environment. So, what is the state of the Gulf Coast one year after the devastation began?

American Morning speaks to Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, about the state of the Gulf Coast one year after the spill.

Filed under: Energy • Environment • Oil Spill • U.S.
April 20th, 2011
07:08 AM ET

Still a lot of uncertainty in Gulf Coast one year after oil spill

Dean Blanchard, a 25-year veteran of the seafood business, is the President of Dean Blanchard Seafood Inc. and was hit hard by last year's oil spill.

American Morning spoke with Blanchard in the wake of the oil spill and catches up with Blanchard one year later.

Filed under: Energy • Environment • Oil Spill • U.S.
April 6th, 2011
08:28 AM ET

Radiatiation detected in Japanese fish localized to small coastal area

Concerns are elevating over the environmental fallout from Japan’s earthquake. With toxic water spilling into the ocean from nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power’s plant, the Japanese government has created a radiation safety standard for seafood.

How vulnerable is the sea life and world-renowned seafood off Japan’s coast? Today on American Morning, Dr. Timothy Mousseau, radiation ecologist and professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina, explains radiation’s effect on marine life.

Mousseau, who studied the wildlife impact after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, says the radiation detected in fish in Japan is localized to the area around the Fukushima plant. Should American diners be concerned?

Filed under: Environment • Japan • Japan Earthquake • Wildlife • World
March 29th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Scientists gather at Arctic ice base to study climate change

Just 675 nautical miles from the North Pole, the Catlin Ice Base is considered ground zero for climate change. Each spring, the ice base attracts scientists trying to figure out what impact the melting ice cap is having on the surrounding environment.

Philippe Cousteau, CNN Special Correspondent and Environmentalist, is at the Catlin Ice Base in the Arctic and tells Ali Velshi about his experience there.

Filed under: Environment • Science
March 29th, 2011
08:14 AM ET

Complications at Daiichi nuclear plant intensify

As concerns over leaking radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi plant persist, workers continued Tuesday to try to cool the plant's reactors with water. But, the situation has become more complex as workers must find somewhere to dispose of the contaminated water used to cool the reactors. Additionally, highly toxic plutonium has been found in the soil surrounding the plant, causing concern.

Joe Cirincione is the President of the Ploughshares Fund, a public grant-making foundation focused on nuclear weapons policy. Cirincione talks to American Morning about the situation in Japan.

Filed under: Energy • Environment • Japan • World
March 8th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Erin Brockovich pens novel about environmental activist

Erin Brockovich, best known from the movie named after her and about her life, is an environmental activist with a knack for writing.

Brockovich has written a new novel about an environmental activist, in hopes that her real-life mission might be embraced by readers through fiction. Brockovich talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about her new novel "Rock Bottom".

Filed under: Books • Environment • U.S.
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