July 6th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil disaster, Northeast heat wave

Gulf oil disaster A massive, silver-colored blimp is expected to arrive on the Gulf Coast on Tuesday to aid in oil disaster response efforts. The U.S. Navy airship will be used to detect oil, direct skimming ships and look for wildlife that may be threatened by oil, the Coast Guard said Monday. The 178-foot-long blimp, known as the MZ-3A, can carry a crew of up to 10.

The blimp hopefully will give authorities the chance to get a better idea of where the oil is and how far-reaching the impact is. On Monday, Texas authorities said they traced a small number of tar balls found near Galveston to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The tar balls collected from beaches in Galveston County over the weekend could fit in a 5-gallon bucket. They have been confirmed to have originated from the ruptured BP well off Louisiana, said Jim Suydan of the Texas General Land Office.

Heat wave A heat wave of historic proportions could strike some Northeastern states as forecasters warn of prolonged triple-digit temperatures that could trigger "a dangerous situation," the National Weather Service advised Monday.

The Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for several Northeastern cities to take effect Monday afternoon as humidity levels gradually increase, producing heat index values that surpass 100 degrees.

Excessive heat advisories have been issued for the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, metropolitan area until Wednesday evening. In New York City, a heat advisory is in effect from to 2 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday as high humidity levels and high temperatures linger for two consecutive days, the Weather Service reported.

Middle East peace talks - Middle East peace talks will be the focus when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama on Tuesday, officials from both countries said. Right now, Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas aren't talking directly. They are communicating only through U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who serves as a go-between for negotiations. Netanyahu told Israeli Cabinet officials Sunday that he was ready to meet with Abbas at any time.

Byrd funeral - Friends and family will say goodbye Tuesday to Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress who died last week at age 92. An 11 a.m. ET funeral service is scheduled for Memorial Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia, followed by a private graveside service at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, also in Arlington. Byrd will be buried alongside his wife Erma, who died in March 2006.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

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    in the latest update of this article you can see a CLEAR IMAGE of the (fast, simple and easy) modification of the BP's tool that would have allowed them to STOP the oil spill in the EARLY DAYS of May
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    July 6, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • qwerasdf

      @BreakingNews

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      you are a complete joke. Get an education first.

      July 6, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shasha

    Shasha

    http://blog.ted.com/2008/05/paul_stamets.php
    6 ways Mushrooms can save the world.

    It'll take you about 18 minutes to go through this video, but it is chalked full of helpful information.

    At some point in the video, you will be shown how mycelium growth can help solve the oil crisis.

    This is an excerpt from the video showing a very related experiment:
    "Battelle Laboratories and I joined up, in Bellingham, Washington, there were 4 piles saturated with diesel and other petroleum waste. One was a control pile, one pile was treated with enzymes, one pile was treated with a bacteria, and our pile we inoculated with mushroom mycelium.

    (photo of oil getting captured by mycelium ring)

    The mycelium absorbs the oil. The mycelium is producing enzymes – peroxydases – that break carbon-hydrogen bonds. These're the same bonds that hold hydrocarbons together. So the mycelium become saturated with the oil, and then, when we returned 6 weeks later, all the tarps were removed, all the other piles were dead, dark, and stinky. We came back to our pile, it was covered with hundreds of pounds of oyster mushrooms –

    (photo of their pile, covered in mushrooms)

    – and the color changed to a light form. The enzymes re-manufactured the hydrocarbons into carbohydrates – fungal sugars.

    (photo of giant & healthy mushroom on the pile)

    Some of these mushrooms are very happy mushrooms. They're very large. They're showing how much nutrition that they could've obtained.

    But something else happened, which was an epiphany in my life. They sporulated, the spores attract insects, the insects laid eggs, eggs became larvae. Birds then came, bringing in seeds, and our pile became an oasis of life.

    (shot of their pile with grass growing on it)

    Whereas the other 3 piles were dead, dark, and stinky, and the PAH's – the aromatic hydrocarbons – went from 10 thousand parts per million to less than 200 in 8 weeks. The last image we don't have – the entire pile was a green berm of life. These are gateway species. Vanguard species that open the door for other biological communities. "

    I agree with Paul Staments, if we are to make an ecological difference in this world we should look into the beneficial aspects of mycelium.

    July 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jtv

    If that means designing a space ship that can hold all of the Muslims so we cansend them off to another planet like in the movie Alien Nation I'm all for it!!!

    July 6, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    Every night, CNN's Anderson Cooper has a duo of angry Parish Presidents expressing their anger about the ongoing Oil recovery and clean-up efforts. Unfortunately this totally one sided view is entirely lacking in actually informing the CNN viewers on the background of decades of Louisiana's favoritism to Oil and Gas drilling has been to destroying those marshes.

    What the angry Louisiana Parish Swamp Presidents are not telling the American public is that since Oil and Gas companys began dredging the marshes for Oil and Gas wells decades ago, Louisiana has lost 2,000 miles of wetlands and marshes.

    Where were those Parish protectors all those years as big Oil destroyed 2,000 Miles of marshes?

    This year in March 2010 before the Louisiana BP Oil gushing disaster, President Obama began the First comprehensive Louisiana wetlands plan to help repair thousands of miles of Louisiana marshes that already were destroyed before the Louisiana Oil gusher even began. President Obama is the first President to directly address the disappearing marshes in Louisiana due to the dredging for Oil and Gas wells and yet those Parish Presidents now appear to be slapping Obama in the face for his efforts?

    It is a complete lapse for CNN's Anderson Cooper to not inform its viewers that extensive wide-scale damage to Louisiana's Marshes have occured directly by the Oil and Gas exploration in Louisiana long before the latest Louisiana BP Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Where were these angry Parish Presidents during all the past decades as 2,000 Miles of these same marshes disappeared?

    Gulf State politicians are nearly totally composed of corrupt Big Oil Republicans supported by State citizens that didn't care that crude Oil was fouling their environment, poisoning their ground water and fouling their beaches. And now America is to feel sympathy for the many decades their greed and decadence created for them personally?

    When the Northwest States faced economic bankruptcy when Republican led east coast Corporations clear-cut mass swaths of forests that had previously been carefully managed by multiple generations of family's, where were these same Gulf State Republican politicians? They were voting NO to helping the Northwest States greatly suffering from the Timber crisis.

    Yes, those Republican politicians were the very ones voting NO, blocking all legislation to help, and blocking all legislation previously signed and promised to the Northwest States. Police, Fire, Schools and Library staffs were gutted and many were entirely closed down as a direct result, go figure!

    July 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |