The Reignwood Group, a Chinese company, has teamed up with US company Lockheed Martin to to find a way to harness thermal energy from the ocean. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) off-shore power plant will take advantage of the natural differences in temperature that exist between the deep sea and the surface to generate electricity. This revolutionary system will be used as the energy source for a new “green resort community” on the coast of Southern China.
Yesterday, the Obama Administration released its final plan to implement the National Ocean Policy which was established in July 2010 and directs federal agencies to “protect, maintain, and restore the health of marine ecosystems.” The final implementation plans describes specific ways in which federal agencies can address ocean challenges including improving forecasting of ocean conditions, obtaining and sharing more data about storms and sea level rise, habitat restoration and better Arctic management. And find out what people are saying about it.
With one project (and hopefully the help of a pretty substantial grant) a team of students from Johns Hopkins University will improve pollution control, lessen our needs for fossil fuels and help produce healthy foods. How? By growing large masses of algae that feed on wastewater. The algae would be deployed at wastewater treatment facilities where it would help by eating hard-to-remove pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorus. Then, if the algae flourishes in that environment, it could be harvested to produce biofuels or food for fish farms.
Victory! Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize
Belize’s Supreme Court yesterday declared all offshore drilling contracts null and void, stating that the government failed to assess the environmental impact on the ocean. This decision effectively ends the government’s efforts to allow offshore drilling at the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world.
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