Transocean Settlement, What's Hot in Global Warming, Wolverines, and the Power of Newspapers (includes astronauts and trouserless chauffeurs)

Nooze to send you into your weekend: Photo Times-Picayune

First, from Mark Schleifstein with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the story he wrote last week covering the settlement regarding the Deepwater Horizon spill:

Transocean to pay $1.4 billion to settle pollution, safety violations in Gulf oil spill

Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling the BP Macondo well when it caught fire and sank off the Louisiana coast in 2010, beginning the nation's largest oil spill, has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act and pay $1.4 billion in civil and criminal fines to settle violations of the Clean Water Act and federal offshore drilling safety regulations, the company and the U.S. Justice Department announced today.

The settlement, which will be subject to a 21-day public comment period and must still be approved by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, involves only issues that would have arisen during the first phase of a trial in New Orleans over the spill that is to begin on Feb. 25... Read more.

Fireboats try to extinguish the blaze on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig south of Venice after an explosion on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. The explosion killed 11 workers on the rig. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, | The Times-Picayune)


peter dykstraNext, Peter Dykstra offers in The Daily Climate a guide to what's hot in global warming this year:

The global warming hot list for 2013

Clutches are in. Red is the new black. A Korean rapper's cantering dance has been trending since August. Any number of lists promise the hot trends of 2013. But where to get hip to what's in vogue with climate change this year?

The Daily Climate can fill the gap. Using the news website's global archive of 139,000 climate change articles published by "mainstream" media – 18,546 from last year alone – we can look backward to get a glimpse of were we might be going in 2013... Read more. 


Ashley AhearnAshley Ahearn with KUOW's EarthFix gives some background info on the wolverine, a possible addition to the endangered species list:

Wolverines Under Consideration for Endangered Species


The government will decide this month whether to extend endangered species status to wolverines.

Such a listing would trigger new protections for this hardy member of the weasel family that’s actually making a comeback in the U.S. — but perhaps not for long.

Wolverines weigh about 30 pounds and look sort of like miniature black bears with bushy tails. In the early part of the 20th century predator poisoning campaigns and habitat degradation reduced their numbers to near extinction. But in the past 50 years or so, wolverines have come back especially in cold snowy sections of the Rocky Mountain West, including Idaho, as well as in parts of Oregon and Washington... Read more. 

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And finally, a little boost to your weekend, in case you were wondering whether newspapers (and maybe even journalism in general) can still hold the public's attention. This has nothing to do with IJNR except for the fact that it's about the power of journalism, and we're all about the power of journalism, too.

The Poynter Institute posted this article about a Belgian advertisement. In it they say:

The Belgian publishers trade group Newspapers Work released an ad at Christmastime purporting to show the power of the printed word: They provided advertisers with a car and driver and then tried to freak them out. None looked up from their papers, even when presented with a flaming jogger, men playing golf on a median strip or a trouserless driver.