Max Roser, at the site “Our World in Data,” reports some encouraging news on oil spills. Their frequency has fallen over the last few decades and the amount of oil spilled has fallen dramatically over the last few decades.

The graph above shows volume of oil spilled on the vertical axis and year on the horizontal. The big spikes are in the late 1970s, early 1980s, and early 1990s.

HT2 Tyler Cowen.