Oil Spill

WATCH: Oil flows wrong way in brain-twisting illusion

Can any physicist readers work out what's going on here? SWAMP, an artistic duo, have created an installation called 'Supermajor' - video above - in which oil is clearly pouring out of a vintage can, puddling onto a table below, but looks like it's in fact climbing up from the puddle back into the can. We're completely stumped...

The 12 most-read 2011 articles in Environment

The environment section covers issues which raise debate such as those concerning climate change, green living and nature. Here we take a look at the most popular articles of the year followed by an insight from our environment editor as he chooses his favourite story.

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Locals doubt Exxon claim on Yellowstone oil spill's impact

The oil company Exxon Mobil faced a mixture of scepticism and outright hostility yesterday after its president claimed that no wildlife had been harmed in an accident which saw an estimated 1,000 barrels of crude oil spilled directly into one of the most scenic waterways in the American West.

Disaster rig owners blame BP

The owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year has largely blamed oil giant BP for the disaster.