Gulf island is restored ahead of nesting season

A Louisiana island vital to the state’s brown pelicans has been restored after decades of erosion and crippling oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. (Feb. 4)

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Astronaut to return home after 11 months in space

After nearly 11 months onboard the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Christina Koch can’t wait to dig into some salsa and chips, and swim and surf in the Gulf of Mexico. She holds the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman. (Jan. 28)

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US military bases in the Middle East | AFP Animé

Iran warns of ‘severe revenge’ after US kills top general. Videographic showing US military bases in the Gulf. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Saudis resist ‘throwaway’ culture of food waste | AFP

The plate is designed to make a meal look bigger — a gastronomic illusion and an innovative way to tame Saudi Arabia’s pervasive throwaway culture which results in colossal food waste. Across much of the Gulf lavish displays of food are seen as a cultural totem of generosity and hospitality.

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Counting the cost, as Gulf states thrive on desalinated water | AFP

In Sur, which lies south of the capital Muscat, water for residents and businesses comes from a large desalination plant along the coast, improving the quality of life for some 600,000 people.

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On Emirates’ glittering coast, pearl trade lives on | AFP

At a time of increasing awareness of cultural traditions in the UAE, pearl farmer Abdullah al-Suwaidi hopes to revive the tradition of pearling — once a vital source of wealth to the Emirati people before the discovery of oil transformed the Gulf into one of the world’s wealthiest regions.

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Russian President Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the airport in Riyadh for his visit to Saudi Arabia, where he is set to seal oil agreements as well as use his influence to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. IMAGES

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Oil production in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Gulf region and showing oil production. Oil prices surged more than two percent on Friday after an Iranian tanker was hit by two explosions in Saudi Arabia, sparking fresh supply concerns in the already-tense Gulf region.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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US military bases in the Middle East | AFP Animé

Videographic showing US military bases in the Gulf. Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world’s top exporter by half, fuelling fresh geopolitical fears as Donald Trump blamed Iran and raised the possibility of a military strike on the country.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Oil production in the Gulf | AFP Animé

Videographic locating the Gulf region and showing oil production. Oil prices saw a record surge Monday after attacks on two Saudi facilities slashed output in the world’s top exporter by half.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Sargassum seaweed invading Caribbean and Gulf beaches is “the new norm” | AFP

Sargassum seaweed “invasions” are “the new norm” say experts as a massive clear up operation to remove seaweed gets underway on Miami Beach.

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2019’s Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” is 8th largest

Scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is the eighth largest on record. They are just back from measuring the underwater region where there’s too little oxygen to sustain marine life. (Aug 1)

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Hunt: UK assembling European-led mission in Gulf

Britain says it is joining with European allies to form a “maritime protection mission” in the Strait of Hormuz following Iran’s seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the busy waterway. (July 22)

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British ministers and army chief arrive for crisis talks after Iran seizes tanker | AFP

British ministers and the Chief of Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter arrive at the Cabinet Office on Whitehall ahead of a meeting of Britain’s emergencies committee over the seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf. IMAGES

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Iranian bread permanent guest at the Kuwaiti table | AFP

For decades, Iranian bread — known as taftoon — has been a staple of breakfast, lunch and dinner in Kuwait. For Kuwaitis, their bond with Iranian culture remains strong despite growing regional tensions between the Sunni-ruled Gulf countries and the Shiite Islamic republic.

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Tropical Storm forms in Gulf, evacuations underway

Clarence Brock has lived in Plaquemines Parish his entire life. He can’t remember how many times he’s evacuated but that doesn’t mean he plans to take a chance with Mother Nature. (July 11)

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Mayor: New Orleans can’t pump its way out of storm

The mayor of New Orleans says the city’s water pumps are “working at optimal capacity” as Tropical Storm Barry moves toward the state’s Gulf coast. (July 11)

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Louisiana braces for possible weekend hurricane

A potential tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico presents twin troubles for southeast Louisiana – the possibility that a high Mississippi River will approach the tops of levees and a danger of flash floods. (July 11)

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