The Gulf Oil Spill: A Catastrophe Felt Around the World

On April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sunk in the Gulf of Mexico, causing an ongoing environmental disaster, I was in Moscow.  Once it became clear that oil continued to gush from the well blowout, my thoughts immediately turned to the communities along the Gulf of Mexico.  Many people along the Gulf Coast gain their livelihoods from fishing and tourism.  The rich communities of wildlife - birds, fish, and whales -