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Despite high-profile concessions to the White House over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP successfully pushed back against two key potentially costly U.S. demands.
BP refused to give the White House a blank check for paying for the cleanup and instead brushed off U.S. demands to pay to restore the Gulf region, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, to its condition before the oil began gushing in April.
BP also agreed to pay only $100 million for laid-off oil workers even though industry experts calculate rig workers are losing as much as $300 million a month. BP argued the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling off U.S. shores was a policy decision for which BP was not liable.
The first experimental step in an innovative plan to recuperate Peru’s disappearing Andean glaciers involves returning an extinct glacier to its former snowy white color, not by falling snow but by whitewash.
There is debate between those who dismiss the idea as just plain daft and those who praise it as a simple yet brilliant solution.
The idea is based on the simple scientific principle that when sunlight is reflected off the painted white or light-colored surface, solar energy passes back through the atmosphere and out into space, rather than warming the Earth’s surface.
Eduardo Gold, the 55-year-old Peruvian inventor who came up with the scheme, said it would bring about a cooling of the peak’s surface, which in turn would generate a cold micro-climate around the peak producing conditions ripe for the glacier to re-grow.
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