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The TEDx conference

More than two months have passed since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon sent crude oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Slowly but surely, other stories have begun creeping into the news headlines, but oil is still flowing at a rate of 1,470,000 gallons a day, according to Department of Energy estimates.

On June 28, 2010, great minds were brought together to address the crisis at the TEDx Oil Spill conference. Speakers included Sylvia Earle, Philippe Cousteau and Carl Safina.

Black and blue: Portraits of the Gulf

Photographers Kris Krüg, James Duncan Davidson and Pinar Özger traveled to the Gulf of Mexico to document the effects of the oil spill from plane, truck and boat. Their images reveal the stunning, varied beauty of the Gulf, and just how much has and will be lost.

TedX Oil Spill Conference

Why do we make things so complicated?

Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison, says our energy problem can be solved by simple things like sun and wind.


An expedition to the Gulf

World Wildlife Fund ethnobotanist Darron Collins traveled with a team of photographers for an upcoming TED event to survey the effects of the oil spill. Here is a first look at what they found.

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