As 2010 draws to a close, we breath a sigh of relief. The BP / Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico tested our ability to collect, analyze, and publish images and information day in and day out for almost four months, and attracted major media attention. Following up to ensure that the important lessons are learned from this tragedy — and to ensure that those lessons are acted on by government, industry, and we consumers — will keep us busy throughout 2011.
And of course, there’s plenty more going on around planet Earth that SkyTruth investigates and reveals. In 2010 we discovered a chronic oil leak in the Gulf unrelated to the BP disaster; followed up on the Montara blowout and oil spill off Australia; responded to the massive earthquake in Haiti, generating images showing damage in Port-au-Prince and oil spills in the harbor; looked at a few of the problems posed by coal, including coal dust in Alaska, the lingering effects of a coal-sludge spill in Tennessee, and coal strip-mining in Australia; we simulated the likely buildout of a proposed open-pit gold mine in Alaska and superimposed it on Seattle for scale; we showed the impacts of a toxic alumina sludge spill in Hungary; and helped researchers establish a direct correlation between mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and downstream water contamination by selenium and other dangerous substances.
There’s a lot of work to do!
And that’s why SkyTruth is growing. With your help, SkyTruth will keep a steady eye on Planet Earth to monitor, investigate, and reveal the impacts of drilling, logging, mining, pollution, climate change and other forces that are altering our environment. We think that anyone who cares about what’s happening to our environment — good or bad, anywhere in the world — should be able to see it for themselves. That’s why we hope you’ll support us by making a tax-deductible donation to SkyTruth today!