EarthRx: How Community Mycoremediation Projects Can Clean Up Oil Spills Around the Planet

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Back in 2011, the giant Chevron corporation was found guilty of illegally dumping billions of gallons of oil waste into the Ecuadorian rainforest in what has been described as the Amazon's "Chernobyl" and the worst case of oil pollution on the planet. Chevron was ordered to pay $US 9.5 billion to offset the damage they caused, which they are still dodging with an army exceeding 2,000 lawyers while a huge slice of the most bio-diverse and beautiful ecosystem on earth remains contaminated.

This is just one example of the countless giant oil spills that have ruined huge pieces of our home planet. Although they mostly happen out of sight, like deep in the Amazon, there have also been major spills right in largely population areas including the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (the largest in U.S. history) and spill after spill right on the San Francisco Bay, which has polluted the shores of my hometown—widely considered the greenest city in the nation.

The fossil fuel industry has to go, no doubt about it—in addition to the tremendous air pollution burning petroleum produces and the direct destruction caused through drilling, oil spills are just the ugly frosting on a cake that is poisonous to its core.

But after we break our oil addiction what do we do with the mess left behind? Enter nature's most powerful toxic avenger—the mighty mushroom. Continue reading this article at Paste Magazine: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/02/earthrx-how-community-mycoremediation-projects-can.html


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Ocean Malandra is a journalist and travel writer that divides his time between Northern California and South America. His work has appeared in everything from Business Insider and USA Today to Vice and High Times. Tri-lingual, he is a member of the International Travel Writer's Alliance, the Cusco Writer's Guild and the South America Explorer's Club.

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