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A year after the Deepwater Horizon well explosion, Carl Safina has put the events into a larger perspective. In his April release, “A Sea in Flames,” the head of the Blue Ocean Institute takes a look at the causes and effects of the disaster, focusing on the how BP decided to handle the 4.9 million barrel spill.

This is not the first time Safina has shared his knowledge on a disaster. In 1989, he researched the Exxon Valdez spill, when one of the company’s tankers hit a reef in the Prince William Sound. The Valdez spill, however, happened in a much more compact area, where damages were discovered sooner. The lasting effects of BP’s disaster continue to unravel.

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