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West Coast's First Offshore Wind Farm May Appear by 2017

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Five floating wind turbines, each the height of a Manhattan skyscraper, might soon appear off the Oregon coast.

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It looks like the West Coast of the United States is going to get their first offshore wind farm fairly soon; however, what's different about these wind turbines is that they'll possibly be floating! Watch the time lapse video at the end of the article to see how a Seattle energy company built a floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Portugal.

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Natural defences can sharply limit coastal damage

Natural defences can sharply limit coastal damage | The Hydrosphere | Scoop.it
Reefs, dunes and marshes are key to protecting lives and property against storm surges and long-term sea-level rise.

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Coastal ecosystem services from intact coastal features.

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Auditing the Seven Plagues of Coastal Ecosystems

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Last week, I gave a lecture at the Coastal Institute of the University of Rhode Island entitled “Auditing the Seven Plagues of Coastal Ecosystems”.

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Salmon navigate the ocean using magnetic fields - Treehugger

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New research supports the theory that salmon use the earth's electromagnetic fields to navigate across the oceans.
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Should coastal Britain surrender to the tides? - The Guardian

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Before the coast became our national park and playground, we once feared the sea. It was where "beauty, horror and immensity united", as the Romantics might put it.
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NOAA study finds high levels of pollutants in Guanica Bay 'represent ...

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The pollutants measured in the sediments of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico, in a new NOAA study were among the highest concentrations of PCBs, chlordane, chromium and nickel ever measured in the history of NOAA's National ...
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Coastal Erosion and Adaptation to Climate Change – State of the ...

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Coastal erosion is a critical factor in the vulnerability of small-island developing states to climate hazards. Moreover, rising sea levels from climate change are expected to increase coastal erosion and exacerbate flooding and ...
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While California wilts under drought, Colorado River supply OK — for now - Arizona Daily Star

While California wilts under drought, Colorado River supply OK — for now - Arizona Daily Star | The Hydrosphere | Scoop.it
While California wilts under drought, Colorado River supply OK — for now Arizona Daily Star While Californians sell cattle, halt salmon fishing and stop watering lawns due to an unyielding drought, the water picture is brighter — in the short term...
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Residents of Dawlish on the south coast of Devon leave their homes as the sea ... - BBC News

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Can Saving Southern California's Beaches Save The Colorado River?

Can Saving Southern California's Beaches Save The Colorado River? | The Hydrosphere | Scoop.it
... its future water supply needs and protect the Colorado River? 2. What is one of the most significant actions a Southern California coastal city can take to meet its future water supply needs and protect its beaches and nearby ocean?
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Alaska's Gyre Exhibit Opens This Weekend | NOAA's Marine Debris ...

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Gyre: The Plastic Ocean, an innovative and hands-on exhibit on marine debris, opens this weekend at the Anchorage Museum. The NOAA Marine Debris Program is a proud partner on the Gyre project, which brings ...
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Shored Up | Home Page

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Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists and residents are racing to answer these questions. Beach engineering has been our only approach so far, but is there something else out there to be explored? Our development of the coastlines put us in a tough predicament, and it?s time to start looking for solutions.

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Coastal habitats shield people and property from sea-level rise and storms

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Above is "Figure 3: Nature's shield for total residential property value"

 

Abstract: "Extreme weather, sea-level rise and degraded coastal ecosystems are placing people and property at greater risk of damage from coastal hazards1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The likelihood and magnitude of losses may be reduced by intact reefs and coastal vegetation1, especially when those habitats fringe vulnerable communities and infrastructure. Using five sea-level-rise scenarios, we calculate a hazard index for every 1 km2 of the United States coastline. We use this index to identify the most vulnerable people and property as indicated by being in the upper quartile of hazard for the nation’s coastline. The number of people, poor families, elderly and total value of residential property that are most exposed to hazards can be reduced by half if existing coastal habitats remain fully intact. Coastal habitats defend the greatest number of people and total property value in Florida, New York and California. Our analyses deliver the first national map of risk reduction owing to natural habitats and indicates where conservation and restoration of reefs and vegetation have the greatest potential to protect coastal communities."

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Texas Considers "Tax" on Coastal Restoration Projects - StateImpact Texas

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Texas Considers "Tax" on Coastal Restoration Projects StateImpact Texas As Texas decides how it will spend millions of dollars from a multi-state agreement with BP following the Deepwater Horizon spill, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) is...
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Bottle released into ocean by Mass. scientist in 1956 found off Nova Scotia - Deseret News

Bottle released into ocean by Mass. scientist in 1956 found off Nova Scotia - Deseret News | The Hydrosphere | Scoop.it
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Climate change could increase storm risk to world's coastal regions - UPI.com

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UPI.com Climate change could increase storm risk to world's coastal regions UPI.com Both rising sea levels and population and economic growth in the coastal zones could drastically raise the level of damages, the researcher said, with Asia and...
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Dreading water: Should coastal communities bear the cost of future ...

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Coastal residents are irate about rising flood insurance premiums. But the next time the sea crushes the coast, the taxpayers may not be able to pick up the bill.
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NOAA Learns How to Cooperate on Shark Fins | Seth Atkinson's ...

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Shark Drawing from Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University (via Creative Commons) Here's some good news to brighten up your week: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has acknowledged that ...
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Please pass the salt, icy East Coast says to western producers - Fox News

Please pass the salt, icy East Coast says to western producers - Fox News | The Hydrosphere | Scoop.it
Please pass the salt, icy East Coast says to western producers
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A winter of fierce snow storms has left several states running low on the salt used to melt ice and keep roads safe, but it isn't because the nation's mines are depleted.
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A Beautiful Map of Global Ocean Currents - Io9

A fitting addition to his interactive global windmap, Cameron Beccario's interactive map of Earth's ocean currents takes near-realtime data-mapping to the seas – and the results are mesmerizing. If the previous incarnation of ...
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World's largest survey of marine parks shows conservation can be greatly ... - Phys.Org

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Marine protected areas have been created across the globe to stem the loss of biodiversity in our oceans.
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