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?