Dozing polar bear, Indianapolis Zoo

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby sloths and oil spills: from the sublime to the ridiculous

Photo by and courtesy of Mila Zinkova under a GNU Free Documentation License

Michael is on fire today with the links, having sent me two interesting stories this weekend. First he directs me to the San Francisco oil spill, in which tens of thousands of gallons of heavy fuel were spilled into San Francisco Bay when a container ship struck a tower on Wednesday.

One of the more disturbing aspects is this:

As scientist worried about the future of the region's wildlife, authorities questioned the Coast Guard's response in the hours after the spill.

More than 12 hours after the incident, Coast Guard officials were still saying just 140 gallons (530 liters) had leaked, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom, who said the city would consider legal action against anyone found liable.

"We would have responded differently if we had accurate information from the get-go," Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard said.

City workers, for instance, would have initially laid more boom lines to contain the oil, he said.


Todd Woody at Green Wombat also takes a hard look at the process for managing volunteers in the wake of this mess and finds it stuck firmly in the 20th century. Everyone in charge of this would be served to read that post.

Now on to this unbelievably cute sloth. Could that little dude BE any cuter?


Kristy said...

I don't know--that sloth has got the Eddy Munster hair going on for sure; it's a skosh disturbing, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Oh He's still cute Even with his Eddy Munster Dew. All baby animals are cute. Baby bugs? or anything that comes from Larva? Not cute


Anonymous said...

OK I just did a GOOGLe search for "Ugly Baby Animals" and I still have yet to find one. Looked at a baby squid, a baby rat and baby Cockatoos and they still look cute. anyone anyone?


Anonymous said...

Sorry to post 3 thousand times in a row but what do you guys think of these fish

These have ALWAYS freaked me out!

Trailhead said...

Those totally freak me out. I was going to post a youtube with one of these from Attenborough's special. I'll see if I can dig it up.

I wonder what the babies look like!

Trailhead said...

Toots, I think we just looked at the same page. I thought all the animals were cute too.

kris said...

I've been following the Bay Area oil spill - very bad. So does it seem like our govt officials have a problem reacting in a timely or appropriate fashion pretty much any time there's a disaster lately? Seems very strange to me.

Trailhead said...

You're edging me perilously close to a righteous rant, Kris. :) For now, let's just say I agree with you. This isn't a political blog, but I have a few political opinions, and let's just say that one of the things I'll be looking for in 2008 is someone to restore competence to the federal government.

I'm tired of certain elected officials screwing these things up themselves and then pointing to their own failures as evidence that "government doesn't work." In fact, it does work if it's properly funded and staffed. Ahem.

Back to your regularly scheduled non-political programming.