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Launch of world's biggest 'ship'

Launch of world's biggest 'ship' | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

"A floating vessel that is longer than the Empire State Building is high has taken to the water for the first time.  Despite appearances, Prelude cannot strictly be described as a ship as it needs to be towed to its destination rather than travelling under its own power."


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This is a crazy and a testament to how we keep trying to move more and more material and conduct more and more operations across our world ocean.

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Cam E's curator insight, February 4, 2014 12:34 PM

I've got a weak spot for massive ships, plain and simple. I think there's even a future in ship-based cities which move around the world's oceans. Eventually ships can become so large and so advanced that the normal threats associated with the open ocean will do little to scratch them. For a comparison, the ship pictured is the Prelude FLNG, and it's almost twice the length of the Titanic.

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BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 2016 8:19 AM

This is a floating testament that economies of scale will continue to push the limits.  Today, the largest of the massive cargo ships are simply too big to get through the Panama Canal and have to travel down around the tip of South America.  This is one reason why Nicaragua is planning to construct a canal to rival Panama's (Maps 101 readers can read more about the geographic implications of Nicaragua's plans in this article co-authored by myself and Julie Dixon or you can sign up for a free trial subscription to see what Maps 101 has to offer). 


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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

Welcome to Coastal Restoration | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While I am interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to restore coastal ecosystems and improve the management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you will find postings here that reflect my deep, continuing interest in:

 

- coastal riparian restoration

- coastal wetland restoration

- subtidal reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Managment poilcies and proceedures 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports and harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- marine ecology

- natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality and ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historic persepctives on our coast our our relationship to our world ocean

 

 

 

If you find my posts here of interest, you might also be interested in some of my other research, teaching, and updates elsewhere via my:

 

- iTunesU Coastal Management podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-462-coastal-marine-management/id415880772?mt=10

- iTunesU Restoration Ecology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-352-theory-practice-ecological/id415881064?mt=10

- iTunesU Conservation Biology podcasts (lectures and field videos): https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/esrm-313-conservation-biology/id415881094?mt=10

- Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user8078769

- lab's home page: http://faculty.csuci.edu/sean.anderson/Sean_Andersons_Home_Page/Welcome.html

- RestoringNOLA twiter feed (emphasizing Coastal Management in California and Louisiana): https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA

 

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of help.

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East Antarctica Ice Sheet More Vulnerable To Melting “Than Expected”

East Antarctica Ice Sheet More Vulnerable To Melting “Than Expected” | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Going on a mix of climate modeling, satellite observation, and on-site measurement, new research has indicated that East Antarctica’s ice sheet may be more vulnerable to melting “than e…
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Assessing the amount, quality, and risk of microplastic contaminants in aquatic ecosystems

Since the first reports on a dramatic increase in microplastic contamination in the sea twenty years ago, research efforts have intensified worldwide. A review in the journal Angewandte Chemie has critically evaluated thes

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'No access': Rex Tillerson sets collision course with Beijing in South China Sea

'No access': Rex Tillerson sets collision course with Beijing in South China Sea | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Comments that China should be barred from using artificial islands will anger Xi Jinping and could lead to a military clash, experts fear
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The irreversible momentum of clean energy

The irreversible momentum of clean energy | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Private-sector incentives help drive decoupling of emissions and economic growth.
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Hmmmmm...it is almost as if this President sees value in science and facts.  I can't recall another president outside of the founding fathers who have published a scientific paper (although the peer review process back then was quite difference from today). 
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7-Month-Old Mountain Lion Killed On Same Freeway As His Mother

7-Month-Old Mountain Lion Killed On Same Freeway As His Mother | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
P-52 was killed just weeks after his mother's death.
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Coastal Commissioner Wendy Mitchell resigns post after six years on the panel

Coastal Commissioner Wendy Mitchell resigns post after six years on the panel | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
California Coastal Commission member Wendy Mitchell, who supported the controversial ouster of the agency’s executive director earlier this year, resigned
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Typhoon in the Philippines kills 6, sends hundreds of thousands to emergency shelters on Christmas

Typhoon in the Philippines kills 6, sends hundreds of thousands to emergency shelters on Christmas | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A powerful typhoon blew out of the northern Philippines on Monday after killing at least six people and spoiling Christmas in several provinces, where more than 380,000 people abandoned celebrations at home to reach emergency shelters and other safer grounds. Typhoon Nock-Ten cut power t
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Santa’s Sleigh Dreaming Of A Bright Christmas

Santa’s Sleigh Dreaming Of A Bright Christmas | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
In the shipping world, ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ is the big containership fleet, which carries the goods from manufacturers in Asia…
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Implementation of the Polar Code

Implementation of the Polar Code | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Standard Club introduced the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (‘Polar Code’) as well as Safety…
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More evidence of a warmed pole: ships are now following new codes for traversing (commonly) this region of the globe.
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Tall Ship ‘Matthew Turner’ readying for April launch

Tall Ship ‘Matthew Turner’ readying for April launch | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The recent deluge of rain brought to life the strong, earthy scent of the chunks of Douglas Fir laying around the construction site of the Matthew Turner Tall Ship, imbuing a sense of another time, when the building of tall ships was common along the
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The Matthew Turner is getting closer to sailing!
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Obama oil pipeline rules face uncertain future under Trump

Obama oil pipeline rules face uncertain future under Trump | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama's administration is expected to push through long-delayed safety measures for the nation's sprawling network of oil pipelines in its final days, despite resistance from industry and concern that incoming president Donald Trump may scuttle them.
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Long needed safety measures are apparently going ahead, but there are significant concerns that these may be being rushed due to the incoming Trump Administrations likely anti-regulation stance.
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Searching for Montenegro's Illegal Blast Fishermen - VICE INTL - VICE Video

VICE Serbia tries to track down the fishermen who use military-grade explosives to catch fish, despite the health risks and environmental damage it causes.
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IMO Exhibition on Safe Sea Oil Transport - maritime global news

IMO Exhibition on Safe Sea Oil Transport - maritime global news | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The 50 years since the grounding of the tanker Torrey Canyon in 1967 have seen dramatic and sustained reduction in major oil spills from ships
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A new exhibit in London about impact of the Torrey Canyon on ship design.  See the IMO's (admittedly brief) historic synopsis of this landmark oil in the UK.
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The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard of Just Passed the House

The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard of Just Passed the House | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books.

The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an Executive Agency—say a new toxic chemical standard required by the recently enacted Chemical Safety Act, or a new consumer protection rule about some innovative but untested kind of food additive—must be approved by a specific resolution in each House of Congress within 70 days to take effect.

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Dogfish...it's apparently what's for dinner.

Dogfish...it's apparently what's for dinner. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The latest health and science news. Updates on medicine, healthy living, nutrition, drugs, diet, and advances in science and technology. Subscribe to the Health & Science podcast.
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Historic Pioneer Cabin Tree toppled in California storm

Historic Pioneer Cabin Tree toppled in California storm | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The historic Pioneer Cabin Tree, a former "drive-through" giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park in Calaveras County, was felled in California's weekend storms.
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Louisiana History Washes Away As Sea Levels Rise, Land Sinks

Louisiana History Washes Away As Sea Levels Rise, Land Sinks | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Louisiana's coastline is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico, taking with it many historic sites. Archaeologists are scrambling to document what they can before it's gone.
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Can a federal government scientist in California convince Trump that climate change is real?

Can a federal government scientist in California convince Trump that climate change is real? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
If Donald Trump wants to know whether climate change is real, he can call Ben Santer, one of the scientists who has spent decades proving it for the federal government that Trump will run.
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Channel Islands Dredging to Begin

Channel Islands Dredging to Begin | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

A hydraulic dredge moved into place Thursday to pump 1.5 million cubic yards of sand out of the Channel Islands Harbor sand trap so it can replenish local beaches. Lyn Krieger, director of the Ventura County Harbor Department, said that's the amount of sand Congress was expected to pay to remove, and the complete congressional allocation came through. The dredge operated by Manson Construction — a contractor for the Army Corps of Engineers — will be pumping sand from now until about mid-February.

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China: Civil Charter Flights to South China Sea Outpost

China has begun daily civilian charter flights to Woody Island in the disputed South China Sea after approved the airport there for civil operations…
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Court OKs higher fees in California for non-resident anglers

A federal appeals court has upheld higher fees in California for out-of-state fishermen
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California residents can get a commercial fishing permit for 1/3 the cost of those applying from out of state.
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Plastic trash is a big problem. How much do you throw away? (QUIZ)

Plastic trash is a big problem. How much do you throw away? (QUIZ) | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The consequences of plastic waste for humanity could be more severe than climate change.
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Global plastic quiz: how do you compare with the rest of the world?
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Beached Whale in Davao Shows Us What Our Trash Does to Marine Life

Beached Whale in Davao Shows Us What Our Trash Does to Marine Life | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The recent news of a beached sperm whale in Davao should alarm everyone with its theorized cause of death. The 38.8 foot male was found in front of a resort in Babak, Island Garden City of Samal last Saturday. An autopsy report by Darrell Blatchley of D'Bone Collector Museum revealed that the cause of death…
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Holy crud!  This is craaaaazy!
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Obama will use his executive authority to impose new permanent bans on offshore drilling

Obama will use his executive authority to impose new permanent bans on offshore drilling | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Obama will use his executive authority to permanently ban new drilling off parts of the Atlantic coast and the Arctic in a bid to boost his environmental legacy.
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