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World - Tracking the Energy Transition: The Wind, the Gas, and the Monster That Is Thyssenkrupp

Exxon sets its sights on zero, while Thyssenkrupp aims squarely at hydrogen. The wind blows the world over, and the struggle to grab carbon and put it back in the ground continues. Are you trying to stay up to date about developments aimed at energy-transition efforts in our industry? This roundup of news recaps some recent announcements.

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Science

World - Dye tracing and concentration mapping in coastal waters using unmanned aerial vehicles

We sought to evaluate the capabilities of high-frequency UAV imagery for tracing dye plume extent and monitoring dye concentration to provide information on coastal water flows. Such information can provide insights into nutrient exchange, transportation and dependencies between mangrove, seagrass and coral reef ecosystems.

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Science

World - What causes a tsunami? An ocean scientist explains the physics of these destructive waves.

On 15 January 2022, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga erupted, sending a tsunami racing across the Pacific Ocean in all directions.

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Energy

World - 'Ship of the future' loads Aussie hydrogen

Australia's first commercial shipment of super-cooled liquid hydrogen will soon be on its way to Japan aboard the "ship of the future".

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Engineering

AU - Queensland’s ‘other sea change’ is altering the coastline forever

A tidal channel created when Bribie Island was split in two by the swell from ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth will probably become the dominant entrance to northern Pumicestone Passage off south-east Queensland’s coast.

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Energy

Peru - Peru declares environmental emergency in area fouled by oil spill following Tonga volcano erupt

Peru declared an environmental emergency Saturday to battle an oil spill caused by freak waves from a volcanic eruption in the South Pacific.

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Property

Vietnam - Half of Mekong Delta permanently submerged with 100cm sea level rise

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has painted a dire picture for the Mekong Delta, saying half of it will go under water if the sea level rises by 100cm.

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Science

World - NOAA Releases Map With The Effects Of Vessel Noise On Wildlife -

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced the release of a “story map” to illustrate the effects of vessel noise on marine wildlife inside sanctuaries.

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Science

World - Scientists made an incredible discovery in the ocean's 'twilight zone' off Tahiti

(CNN)Deep in the ocean off the coast of Tahiti, scientists made an incredible discovery in November: acres of giant, pristine, rose-shaped corals blossoming from the sea floor in what's known as the ocean's "twilight zone."

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Science

World - Scientists recommend a system of checkpoints to help guide climate engineering research

Research into engineering techniques that might one day be employed to artificially cool the planet poses some of the thorniest questions facing society today. For climate scientists, that tension is compounded by the lack of a broadly accepted oversight framework to guide their research.

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Energy

UK - Blue wind: This colossal floating wind farm will power almost a million UK homes

At 20 times the size of the world’s current largest floating wind farm, a new renewable energy project is being built off the coast of England and Wales.

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Science

KE - How barcoding technology is rescuing aquatic animals

Researchers in Kenya are developing a special barcoding technology method in order to achieve a challenging and urgent goal: protecting aquatic life.

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Science

UK - Boost for carbon-catching seagrass meadows around the Isle of Wight as three year programme announced

The three-year programme will seed and support new and existing underwater seagrass meadows, which if restored to a sufficient scale can contribute to the UK’s carbon emission targets

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Science

UK - The Crown Estate invests over £12million in new research to help protect the UK marine environment

The Crown Estate is partnering with a range of UK-wide expert bodies to launch three significant research projects that will help to enable the coexistence of offshore wind farms with a thriving marine environment.

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Property

UK - Revealed! The coastal areas that have seen the biggest house price increases in 2021

Without a doubt, the UK housing market had one of its hottest years in 2021. Stimulated by the Stamp Duty holiday, the market turned into somewhat of a frenzy. This year is likely to be a more normal one for the housing market, but strong buyer demand is set to carry over into 2022.

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Fisheries

World - Nearly half of countries' shared fish stocks are on the move due to climate change, prompting dispute concerns

Want to understand climate change, look in the water. Fish don't read and are not members of political parties or advocacy groups. Conditions are changing and so are fish populations.

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Advocacy

NZ - News and information - Wellington wins global prize for innovation

Wellington has gained global recognition and US$1 million in prize money as one of 15 cities worldwide to win the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge.

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Science

Tonga - Scientists warn Tonga eruption may damage environment for years

Satellite imagery suggests the eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai could cause long-lasting environmental damage.

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Science

Tonga - Shock waves blamed for high tidal surge after Tonga eruption

Tsunami experts theorize that shock waves produced after a massive underwater volcanic eruption near Tonga on Jan. 15 caused the higher tidal levels seen along Japan's Pacific coastline.

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Science

AUS - The economics of marine mapping

The use of seabed mapping data adds billions to the economy, yet only 25% of Australia’s seabed is fully mapped.

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Advocacy

EU - Portugal leads with Europe's largest marine reserve

Marine conservation is central to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 13 (climate action) and 14 (life below water). Portugal has now created the largest marine reserve with full protection in Europe and the North Atlantic, an achievement that other nations could follow.

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Advocacy

Nigeria - Osinbajo inaugurates expanded committee on blue economy - Ships & Ports

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has sought for wider participation of relevant stakeholders in the blue economy project to deepen participation and benefits of Nigerians from the country’s marine resources.

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Advocacy

UK - ScotWind could ‘accelerate some seabirds towards extinction’, warns RSPB

A leading charity has expressed concerns about the potentially devastating impact of ScotWind on Scotland's seabirds.

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Science

UK - UKHO's Diffuse Coastal Pollution Challenge with Geovation

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is launching a new challenge in collaboration with Geovation – a start-up accelerator programme and initiative of Ordnance Survey (OS), the national mapping agency for Great Britain - to find a sustainable solution to diffuse coastal pollution.

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