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A sustainable approach to controlling oil spills
- Al-Majed, Abdul Aziz, Adebayo, Abdulrauf Rasheed, Hossain, M. Enamul
- Journal of environmental management 2012 v.113 pp. 213-227
- oil spills, sustainable development, sustainable technology, guidelines, environmental impact, Phoenix dactylifera, technology, Middle East
- As a result of the huge economic and environmental destruction from oil spills, studies have been directed at improving and deploying natural sorbents which are not only the least expensive but also the safest means of spill control. This research reviews the limitations and environmental impact of existing cleanup methods. It also justifies the need for concerted research effort on oil spill control using natural and sustainable technology concepts. The article proposes future guidelines for the development of a sustainable cleanup technology. Finally, guidelines for the development of a new technology for the Middle East are proposed, which is the use of an abundant resource—date palm fibers—for such techniques.