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Gulf dead zone may be here for good.

Lots of press buzz today, articles here. This article talks about the role of Midwestern agriculture in all this.

Researchers think the zone may be with us for good now. Here’s a NOAA summary of what led up to this, with historical data and nice graphics, and discussion of the destruction of the coast’s ecosystem and fishery.

I’m amazed that, as a nation, we’re so unaware of the magnitude and importance of these ongoing environmental disasters.

And we have a huge Mississippi River oil spill near New Orleans. McCain had planned a trip out to an offshore rig to highlight the benefits and safety of offshore production, but canceled it. Go figure.

Nasa/Goddard graphic.