CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Long-term threat to gulf wildlife

06-06-2010 09:12 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Experts warn damage to the gulf's ecosystems and wildlife could be long-term . The ruptured oil well has gushed more than 2 million liters daily for several weeks. Despite positive signs from BP's latest efforts to contain the leak, success remains uncertain.

The spill could be the worst environmental disaster in US history.

Scientists say it could exceed the damage caused by the 1989 Exxon Valdez accident. On that occasion, more than 40 million liters of oil was spilt off the coast of Alaska.

Oil has reached the shores of Alabama, Mississippi and tar balls have washed up in northwest Florida.

Six hundred animal species are now at risk, including more than 400 fish species and 100 kinds of birds.

Oil has already started creeping into marshlands -- habitats for many birds that are important to the area's most commercially valuable fisheries. It is also seeping into roots and killing reeds.

There are also fears the oil could spread with the imminent arrival of the hurricane season. The spilt crude could travel wherever a storm surge takes it -- even New Orleans.

Scientists predict oil could drift upward along the Atlantic coast this summer, posing a threat to dolphins and sea turtles in the region.

Already at least one dolphin and one sea turtle have been found dead in the area.

Experts insist it is too early to assess the full extent of the damage, and how long it could last.

They point out that 21 years after the Exxon spill, two-thirds of the region's wildlife has yet to fully recovered.

However others disagree with that assessment, saying the area affected by the spill recovered more quickly than many had forecast.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program