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BP Isn’t the Only Problem in the Gulf

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The New York Times today came out with an article “Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been A Dump Site for Industry” that explains the pollution — independent of the BP oil spill — that slides into the Gulf on a regular basis. This is worth worrying about:

“Runoff and waste from cornfields, sewage plants, golf courses and oil-stained parking lots drain into the Mississippi River from vast swaths of the United States, and then flow down to the gulf, creating a zone of lifeless water the size of Lake Ontario just off the coast of Louisiana.”

“the waters of the northwestern gulf take on more oil on average per year, from spills, natural seeps and land-based sources like coastal refineries and everyday transportation, than any other North American marine waters”

Of course someone needs to clean this up, but the article states that “environmental groups said they had found much of the gulf a hostile fund-raising and political atmosphere”.

This is where Mission Markets comes in. As a sustainability exchange, Mission Markets helps companies working on projects like mitigating water pollution, to get access to investors interested in supporting their cause. It also provides a space on Mission Markets Earth for companies to buy and sell water quality credits (among other environmental credits) which helps buyers to offset their environmental footprint, and sellers to clean up our waters.

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Save the Earth
– The Mission Markets Team


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Mission Markets operates a financial marketplace for the impact and sustainability community. On the Mission Marketplace members can raise capital, discover investment opportunities, buy and sell environmental credits, access comprehensive data and information, promote valuable products and services and connect with a community of like minded stakeholders. Our goal is to increase the flow of information and capital within the impact and sustainability sector and expand the stakeholder community as a whole.

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