Entries by John Amos

Rampal Coal-Fired Power Plant Threatens Sundarbans

The Sundarbans: a near-mythic landscape of forest and swamp, byzantine river channels and tidal mud flats, one of the last strongholds of the highly endangered Bengal tiger.  Straddling the border separating India and Bangladesh, this impenetrable wilderness spans the mouths of the Ganges River as its broad delta meets the stormy Bay of Bengal in the Indian […]

Marking 50 Years of Landsat

It’s hard for us to care about problems we can’t see. It’s hard for us to manage problems we can’t measure. That’s why I started SkyTruth – to make environmental changes visible to everyone. And that’s why I was so moved by a recent encounter. Last week, after the Our Ocean conference had wrapped up, […]

Oil Spill Response Is A Joke

But not a very funny joke: Skimmer vessel working at Shell oil slick in Gulf of Mexico, May 15, 2016. Photo courtesy Dr. Ian MacDonald / Bonny Schumaker – On Wings of Care / EcoGig-2 Thank you, Shell, for demonstrating quite convincingly over the past 4 days that oil spill cleanup is nothing more than […]

A Message From Elliott

  My friend and one of SkyTruth’s original board members, Dr. Elliott Norse, is stepping off our Board of Directors after 14 years of tirelessly enthusiastic service.  An internationally acclaimed forest ecologist and marine biologist who founded and ran the Marine Conservation Institute, Elliott has more accomplishments than I can list, but among them: he […]

Oil Closes Another California Beach

Officials in Santa Barbara County, California, had to close another beach because of oil washing ashore from an as-yet unidentified source.  Summerland beach is located along the coast between the site of the Refugio State Beach pipeline oil spill back in late May, and the beaches of Ventura County that were also closed when tarballs […]

Politicians Defend Taylor Energy While Their Gulf Oil Leak Continues

Predictably, some Louisiana lawmakers (is that really a good way to describe these folks?) are rushing to defend the now-defunct Taylor Energy company which, according to ex-Senator Mary Landrieu, should be “commended for its diligent, collaborative, and environmentally responsible work on this matter.”  “This matter” is a chronic leak that’s been pouring crude oil continuously […]

SkyTruth Lately

  Wondering what SkyTruth has been up to lately?  Here’s a quick rundown: Pearl Award We were honored to receive the 2014 Jean and Leslie Douglas Pearl Award, given to those “dedicated to improving the lives of others and to providing a sustainable earth for future generations.” Pollution – Oil and Gas – Fracking MSNBC […]