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Moody's downgrades Maersk's credit rating amid fears for box shipping sector

Maersk has had its credit rating cut by ratings agency Moody’s to one grade above junk, with the agency concerned about a “significant downside” for the container industry.

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Science

Life in deep Earth totals 15 to 23 billion tons of carbon—hundreds of times more than humans

Barely living "zombie" bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth's subsurface—245 to 385 times greater than the carbon mass of all humans on the surface, according to scientists nearing the end of a 10-year international collaboration to reveal Earth's innermost secrets.

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Federal

USACE Galveston Conducts Sediment Source Workshop

The USACE’s Galveston District has partnered with the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM), Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (GoM OCS) Region, Texas General Land Office (TGLO), and the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC), to conduct a GoM sediment resource-offshore infrastructure two-day partnering workshop on November 29 and 30, 2018.

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Advocacy

Catching a Wave: What will it take to create a public for the ocean?

Lisa Beth Robinson and Kristin Thielking were attempting something completely new—to digitally capture, and cast in glass, a three-dimensional model of a real, live wave.

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Advocacy

Companies largely blind to magnitude of climate change risks, new study finds

The study looked at more than 1,600 companies, the largest private-sector adaptation study to date, and found that most companies, about four out of five, reported that they did experience physical risk from climate change within the last year — but only about 20 percent were able to quantify those risks in financial terms.

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Energy

Like The Apollo Missions, Offshore Drilling Represents America’s Innovative And Exploratory Potential

Although offshore drilling may not be as landmark of an event as the Apollo spaceflights and subsequent Moon landings, just like Apollo, it will help humanity explore more of the planet hidden by oceans.

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Waterways

Sails make a comeback as shipping tries to go green

'Rotor sails' can replace up to half a ship's engine propulsion on a windy day, Norsepower says

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Federal

NFWF and NOAA Announce $28.9 Million in Grants for the 2018 National Coastal Resilience Fund

New partnership will protect coastal communities and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife

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Energy

Eight Power Sector Takeaways from the Climate Report

Despite increased resilience actions, extreme weather events due to climate change are projected to increasingly threaten the nation’s energy infrastructure, and create fuel availability and demand imbalances, the Trump administration’s sprawling climate report released on November 23 suggests.

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Property

Coastal Warning: An Unwelcome Messenger on the Risks of Rising Seas

Marine scientist Orrin Pilkey has long been cautioning about sea level rise and the folly of building and rebuilding along coastlines. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, he talks about why an eventual retreat from oceanfront property on the U.S. coast is inevitable.

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Opinion: Spending billions of dollars now to make cities more resilient to climate change could save the U.S. trillions later

Is your city prepared for climate change? The latest National Climate Assessmentpaints a grim future if U.S. cities and states don’t take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Waterways

Congress Amends the U.S. Shipping Act, Broadening FMC Regulatory Authority

The Federal Maritime Commission Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Dec. 4, 2018, marking the first substantive revision to the U.S. Shipping Act since 1998. The amended Act signals an important development for the maritime industry in the U.S. It is aimed at preserving competition in U.S. trades and assuring future capital investment in maritime and transportation infrastructure, the vital link in supply chains across the U.S. and the world.

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Property

American Society of Landscape Architects Lauds Fourth National Climate Assessment and Calls for Action to Promote Resilience in Built and Natural Environments

WASHINGTON: The following statement was issued by Nancy Somerville, Hon. ASLA, SITES AP, executive vice president and CEO of the American Society of Landscape Architects, in response to the release by the federal government of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.

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Science

Oceans are losing a football field of seagrass every 30 minutes

Seagrasses are flowering marine plants that live in shallow coastal waters almost everywhere in the world. The more than 70 species of seagrass provide an important habitat for thousands of ocean animals, from tiny invertebrates, crabs, and turtles to large fish and birds.

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Science

The Truth About These Climate Change Numbers

It’s often argued that climate change is not a technological or engineering problem, it is a political problem. And it’s true. We have all the technology we need to power the world with renewables and stave off the worst of climate chaos. What we lack is the political will to take the kind of moonshot-scale action necessary to accomplish it.

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Federal

Will Global Warming Shrink U.S. GDP 10%? It's Complicated, Says The Person Who Made The Estimate

As the UN hosts its annual meeting on climate change this week, it is imperative that we continue to place an emphasis on the strongest evidence to inform how our society should respond. Last month, coincidentally timed with the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. government released one such summary of evidence - its latest National Climate Assessment.

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The $3 billion map: scientists pool oceans of data to plot Earth's final frontier

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For experts in the field of ocean mapping it is no small irony that we know more about the surfaces of the Moon and Mars than we do about our planet’s sea floor.

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Science

Uneven rates of sea level rise tied to climate change

The pattern of uneven sea level rise over the last quarter century has been driven in part by human-caused climate change, not just natural variability, according to a new study.

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Federal

Who Got Funded? Check the National Coastal Resilience 2018 Grant Project List

In May 2018, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established the National Coastal Resilience Fund with the goal of restoring and enhancing natural resource infrastructure to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities top storms, floods, and other detrimental natural events.

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Energy

Peak Oil Review 3 December 2018

Total US oil reserves in 2017 exceeded a … 47-year-old record, highlighting the importance of crude oil development in shales and low permeability plays, mainly in the Southwest.

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Energy

Shell To Become First Oil Major Linking Emissions With Executive Pay

Royal Dutch Shell plans to set short-term emission reduction targets and link these targets with executive pay, the oil major said on Monday, yielding to growing investor pressure about establishing short-term emission goals.

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Energy

Opinion: Offshore Wind Prices Have Fallen 75% Since 2014 – Here's How To De-Risk Projects Even Further

Offshore wind could be America's biggest bipartisan clean energy success story in the next two years. But how policymakers design related policies will determine how fast project costs fall.

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Science

First jellyfish genome reveals ancient beginnings of complex body plan

Jellyfish undergo an amazing metamorphosis, from tiny polyps growing on the seafloor to swimming medusae with stinging tentacles.

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Energy

The psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence

'This is not a time to be passive and allow this calamity to happen to us,' says one psychologist

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Advocacy

Business as Nature: A conscious leap towards sustainability

When renown Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson told the legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle, a passionate advocate of ocean protection, that he was worried that we humans were “letting Nature slip through our fingers,” Earle replied to him that her biggest concern was that “Nature may let the human race slip through her fingers.”

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Four Ways To Bet On Climate Change's $291B Economic Destruction

On Nov. 23, 13 federal agencies issued “Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA),” a scientific report that predicted climate change will slash 10% from the U.S. economy’s gross domestic product by the end of the century. We will need to take action -- and four industries could be at the forefront -- creating opportunities for investors.

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Property

Resilient Design Strategies that Are Affordable or Free

If one thing is for certain, it's that the barrage of weather-related disasters isn't letting up soon. Here, architects and researchers offer a checklist for increasing the resiliency of new and existing projects.

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Federal

Climate May Force Millions to Move and U.S. Isn’t Ready, Report Says

Rising seas to roil coastal areas, federal scientists predict Large outflows of people expected from New York, New Jersey

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Federal

What percentage of the American population lives near the coast?

In 2010, 123.3 million people, or 39 percent of the nation’s population lived in counties directly on the shoreline.

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Science

Building the Ultimate Record of the Ocean

Carl Wunsch continues to expand his foundational framework for understanding the behavior of worldwide oceans as a whole.

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Federal

Opinion: 4 bipartisan ways to keep National Climate Assessment warnings from coming true

From California’s horrific megafires to the punishing hurricanes and typhoons that leveled communities in the Carolinas, Florida, and the Northern Marianas, this year — like last year — faced deadly devastation from extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change.

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Science

Example of microplastic pollutants disrupting predator-prey relationship found

A team of researchers with the French National Centre for Scientific Research has found an example of environmental microplastics disrupting a predator-prey relationship.

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Fisheries

Another group opposed to Young’s MSA bill starts working on new Congress

The Fishing Communities Coalition (FCC), a group of seven harvester associations that previously opposed efforts to modify the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), is already working to win over the next US Congress.

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Energy

Supply chain positioning for emerging wind market

The oil and gas supply chain is positioning for what appears to be an emerging US offshore wind market. There are at least 12 projects in various stages of development in the US that could deliver about 10 GW of power by 2030.

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Science

Human Behavior Might Be The Hardest Part Of Climate Change To Predict

Whenever we talk about the consequences of climate change, we’re talking about probability. Scientists present a rainbow of possible outcomes for our little experiment in fossil fuel consumption, some more likely than others. We’re used to thinking of that uncertainty as being driven by the physics of the natural world. The more we learn about heat absorption, fluid dynamics and the behavior of clouds, the better our understanding of climate as a system becomes. The more we know, the less uncertainty.

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Recreation

2018 SURFER AWARDS: MOVIE OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

From reels being projected in high school auditoriums while filmmakers narrated a script, to paying a pretty penny for VHS cassettes at surf shops, all the way up to today’s attention deficit digital age, the surf flick has endured the fluidity in its format.

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Federal

The Three Most Chilling Conclusions From the Climate Report

Thirteen federal agencies agree: Climate change has already wreaked havoc on the United States, and the worst is likely yet to come.

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Property

Incoming Governors Will Have to Confront Many Natural Disasters

Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it's a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters.

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A water treatment breakthrough, inspired by a sea creature

Inspired by Actinia, a sea organism that ensnares its prey with its tentacles, a team of researchers has developed a method for efficiently treating water. The research used a material known as a nanocoagulant to rid water of contaminants.

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Science

Dolphins simplify their vocal calls in response to increased ambient noise

Ocean noise varies spatially and temporally and is driven by natural and anthropogenic processes. Increased ambient noise levels can cause signal masking and communication impairment, affecting fitness and recruitment success.

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Fisheries

Fishing companies lose millions of dollars every year and they don't know it

Fishing companies operating worldwide are leaving between $51 billion and $83 billion in unrealized net economic benefits on the table every year due to the overexploitation underperformance of fish stocks, according to new research from the Sea Around Us initiative, the Institute for the Oceans and Fishers at the University of British Columbia, the Fish Tracker initiative and the Sea Around Us—Indian Ocean project.

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Fisheries

Nominations Sought for Open Positions on Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee -- accepted through December 24, 2018

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. Nominations are sought for vacant positions.

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Property

When The Seas Flood the Coasts, Expect The Biggest Gentrification Wave Ever

Although the Trump administration attempted to bury the news by releasing it on Black Friday, the latest national climate assessment did receive some wide coverage. Of course, because the news is bleak and the practical evidence of how things are changing—worsening wildfires, storms, floods, and more—is there to see.

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Fisheries

NMFS taking comments on proposed farm-raised shrimp program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — There’s still time for those with an interest in federal shrimp regulations to comment on a proposal to create a traceability program for farm-raised shrimp.

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FOURTH NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT RELEASED BY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities. The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future—but the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur. Americans increasingly recognize the risks climate change poses to their everyday lives and livelihoods and are beginning to respond

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Advocacy

A global venture to make Green Fins standards on sustainable diving the social norm

PADI, the world’s largest diving association has joined forces with the Reef World Foundation, supported by UN Environment, to promote sustainable diving practices for the protection of the marine environment. This partnership will raise awareness and deliver tools to implement the Green Fins standard of best practice, helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of coral reefs, recreational scuba diving and local livelihoods.

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Property

Tort Liability and Short-Term Rentals: What Owners and Community Associations Should Know

For community associations, short-term rentals are a hot topic in today’s legal and association governance landscape. Courts and localities are attempting to deal with the unique challenges presented by short-term rentals. Some jurisdictions are seeking to limit or otherwise tax short-term rentals.

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Engineering

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Releases 2019 Work Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delivered its Fiscal Year 2019 Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program to Congress.

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Beach Town Developers Now Believe in Stronger Building Codes, Construction

Developers aren’t deterred by rising insurance rates, which are largely passed along to buyers and renters, or by more expensive building requirements. Higher costs have simply “forced more expensive development” on the coast

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Science

Baleen whale cortisol levels reveal a physiological response to 20th century whaling

One of the most important challenges researchers and managers confront in conservation ecology is predicting a population’s response to sub-lethal stressors. Such predictions have been particularly elusive when assessing responses of large marine mammals to past anthropogenic pressures. Recently developed techniques involving baleen whale earplugs combine age estimates with cortisol measurements to assess spatial and temporal stress/stressor relationships.

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Environmental groups call on Whataburger to stop using Styrofoam cups, containers

Activists are pressuring San Antonio-based Whataburger to end its use of foam cups and containers in favor of materials that are friendlier to the environment.

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Engineering

Doyle: Dredging is Going to Thrive

William P. Doyle, CEO & Executive Director of Dredging Contractors of America (DCA), says the industry is going to thrive, and he intents to ensure the Jones Act continues to do the same.

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Energy

Opinion: Federalism “Collisions” in Energy Policy

Differences between federal and state energy regulations will likely require judicial intervention.

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Ending Harmful Fisheries Subsidies Could Reverse Decline in Fish Stocks

Urgency grows for WTO deal that would boost ocean health, help ensure sustainable fishing

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As oceans grow more acidic, they’re eating away at their protective floors

McGill scientists discovered that carbon dioxide also has begun to drift to the ocean bottom, dissolving the very materials that help put the brakes on acidification.

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Innovative Finance for Resilient Coasts and Communities

Coastal zones are critical to life and livelihoods, people and planet. They are conduits to trade, to communications, they provide resources and livelihoods, they are often centers of economic growth.

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Researcher discovers new pathway for heat transport in the ocean

Heat is transported through the ocean by a deep-ocean circulation system, known as the global heat conveyor belt, which constantly circulates water around the globe and helps to balance the earth's climate.

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Fisheries

Fishermen Sue Oil Companies Over Rising Ocean Temperatures

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for losses linked to algal blooms fueled by warmer waters

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Related Group’s Jorge Pérez: ‘Sea level rise is something that is going to hit us all’

What do a billionaire real estate mogul, a wealth management executive and a Republican congresswoman have in common? Living and working in South Florida, they share concerns about the impacts that a changing climate — and rising seas — may pose to the area and its economy. Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article221677295.html#storylink=cpy

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Engineering

Emerging Trends for Adaptive and Resilient Marina Design

While contemporary vessels lack the open hatch grates of 19th century sailing ships, boaters still know what it means to “batten down the hatches” in preparation for a storm. Eliminating or minimizing vulnerabilities before rough conditions hit is also becoming an essential consideration for marina owners and operators. Coastal and shoreline areas occupy ground zero for a broad range of climate change impacts, exposing a widening number of hatches that will need to be battened down or rebuilt in the years ahead.

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Fisheries

Canada’s fisheries management needs a ‘wake-up call’: audit

Atlantic herring is a hearty source of protein for people and marine mammals alike, but like a startling number of Canada’s fish stocks the plan to rebuild the depleted herring population is currently one big question mark. That’s a conclusion reached by advocacy group Oceana Canada, which published its second annual fisheries audit Tuesday – a report card assessing the health of Canada’s fish stocks.

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Climate contrarian uncovers scientific error, upends major ocean warming study

Researchers with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Princeton University have walked back scientific findings published last month that showed oceans have been heating up dramatically faster than previously thought as a result of climate change.

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Natural Capital: Putting a price on nature

Natural capital is a way to quantify the value of the world that nature provides for us – the air, soils, water, even recreational activity. Advocates say this is crucial if biodiversity is to have any clout in a world governed by raw economics. Others believe the concept merely turns the natural world into a commodity. Is natural capital our last chance to halt the carnage mankind inflicts on the environment or are its supporters naively dancing with the devil?

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Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy.

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Cities Grab onto Hurricanes; Buildings Make the Rain Worse

IT WASN’T A whodunnit. Last year’s unprecedented rainfall and flooding in Houston were the proximate result of Hurricane Harvey, a massive storm born northeast of Venezuela and reborn in the Gulf of Mexico, where it rapidly intensified, made landfall over Houston, and then stayed—parked, as it were, for five days. Harvey was, however, something of a whydunnit. Why did the storm drop more than four feet of rain on the city?

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Experts warn of growing risks to heavily populated coastlines

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trillions of dollars' worth of U.S. coastal development and military installations are at risk from powerful storms and sea level rise, a panel of experts warned at a congressional briefing today. They said that continued investments into accurate and timely weather forecasts and long-term understanding of the Earth system are vital for saving lives and protecting property in densely populated coastal regions, both in the United States and overseas.

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Researchers captured footage of a rare shark nursery 2,500 feet below the coastal waters of Ireland

The Marine Institute of Ireland and the Geological Survey of Ireland captured drone footage of a rare shark nursery 200 miles off Ireland's western coast. Drone footage of a rare shark nursery, found 200 miles off west of Ireland, has been revealed. It's being called a discovery on a "scale not previously documented in Irish waters."

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Unprecedented atlas of coral reefs released

Today, Paul G. Allen Philanthropies and a consortium of partners, including Carnegie, unveiled the Allen Coral Atlas, a pioneering effort that uses high-resolution satellite imagery and advanced analytics to map and monitor the world's coral reefs in unprecedented detail. At launch, the Allen Coral Atlas offers the highest-resolution, up-to-date global image of the world's coral reefs ever captured, and the first detailed maps showing the composition and structure of five important reefs located throughout the world.

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Moving forward with microplastics research

Microplastics have been recorded in a range of zooplankton species, and they are already causing problems for these tiny - but vitally important - animals, even before the plastic particles make their way through the food web. A new review suggests that, to further our understanding of when and why zooplankton munch on microplastics, experiments need to better represent the tiny plastic particles actually found in the marine environment.

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Property

More than 386,000 Homes at Risk of Coastal Flooding by 2050

The specter of rising sea levels looms for the more than 40 percent of the U.S. population living in coastal counties. Because sea levels rise slowly and their effects worsen over time, the threat can seem remote. But even now, it’s clear that major financial losses are likely within the next three decades – the lifetime of a typical 30-year mortgage signed in the next couple years.

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Engineering

Lower sea walls prevent flooding? Suffolk island to be protected from rising sea levels

The sea wall of an island off the coast of Suffolk is being lowered by almost half a metre to prevent it flooding in stormy weather.

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Federal

Opinion: Saltwater Anglers have waited 42 years to be recognized in federal law

As Congress returns from the campaign trail, there is a major effort underway to pass comprehensive legislation before the 115th Congress adjourns that addresses the most pressing needs on America’s public lands and waterways. While any legislative vehicle is likely to include a variety of measures important to America’s millions of sportsmen and women, it is critical that this package fix a problem decades in the making: outdated management of America’s federal fisheries.

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Engineering

Construction starts on research vessel at Gulf Island

Construction of a new Oregon State University research vessel that will advance the science of coastal environments, and support research on topics such as ocean acidification, hypoxia, and sea level rise, officially began yesterday in Louisiana.

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Fisheries

Land-based salmon farmer sets 260,000 tonne target

The land-based fish farming company Pure Salmon has announced plans to produce 260,000 tonnes of Atlantic salmon per year.

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Property

Rising Sea Levels Pose Risk to Institutional Real Estate Investment

The results indicate that large swaths of real estate value lie in areas at high risk of being affected by sea-level rise. More than 24 percent of the NPI value is in metro areas whose central cities are among the 10 percent of cities most exposed to sea-level rise. This amounts to more than $130 billion of real estate. And a whopping 67 percent of the NPI’s value, or $360 billion, is in metro areas whose primary cities are among the 20 percent most exposed in the United States

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Port technology, moving up and out

Turn time is the bench mark by which ocean terminals measure efficiency. The longer it takes to move a container on or off the ship or through the facility, the costlier that unit becomes in terms of handling and vessel delay. Container ships aren’t getting smaller; in today’s fast paced world it’s becoming impossible for ports to compete without technology. Automation is not the way of the future; it’s quickly become the norm today.

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To make more room for livestock, the Dutch will moove cows to a floating farm

In the next three decades, the global population is expected to grow by more than two billion people. That could be a problem. We already fail to feed the roughly seven and a half billion people currently living on the planet, so we’ll need to initiate entirely new agricultural systems to accommodate more.

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Facing climate change, cities trade sea walls for parks

For the last hundred years, protecting neighborhoods has often meant relying on sea walls — large, concrete barriers designed to withstand strong waves and rising waters. Beyond not being particularly attractive, they are expensive, can cause erosion and harm marine life.

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Energy

Winding Up

Could offshore turbines be the next big breakthrough in renewable energy?

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Fisheries

World's top fishing nations to be given millions to protect oceans

Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch major grant for coastal communities to improve the health of oceans

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Science

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected

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The Government Is Trying to Silence 21 Kids Hurt by Climate Change

The U.S. has a climate policy, and it wants the Supreme Court to enforce it. That policy: No such thing.

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Waterways

Shanghai to Host 22nd World Dredging Congress

The 22nd World Dredging Congress & Exposition (WODCON XXII) will take place in Shanghai, China, from 25-29 April, 2019.

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Engineering

Managing the Perfect Storm: How Healthy Ecosystems Increase Resilience

Why are people in Asia and the Pacific particularly vulnerable to climate change? The answers may lie in a combination of factors that literally creates a “perfect storm”

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Waterways

Dredging Market is Expected to Reach 2.7% During 2017 to 2022 according to new research report

The global dredging market will touch a value of nearly US$ 16,500 Mn in the year 2022 and grow at a sluggish CAGR during the assessment period.

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Tourism

Off The Beaten Path: 6 Luxury Hotels In Emerging Markets

World travelers seek new destinations outside of the usual locales and coastal sites are at the top of the list

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Advocacy

Governments Begin Considering New Ocean Conservation Milestone

Convention on Biological Diversity members will meet to advance new targets for protecting marine habitat

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Energy

Oil Price Losses Mount After API Reports Huge Inventory Build

Oil prices were down sharply in afternoon trading prior to the release of the API data

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Energy

Can Wind Farms Actually Weaken Hurricanes?

It happens as the hurricane moves into the reach of the blades.

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Energy

U.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut

The drop was steeper than in 2016 when emissions fell 2 percent.

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Engineering

Trump Signs Water Infrastructure Bill Providing $3.7B for New Corps Projects

The Senate cleared the popular bill on Oct. 10 by a 99-1 vote. The House passed it on Sept. 13 by a voice vote.

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Fisheries

ICCAT Must Commit to Rebuilding Stocks and Enacting Fisheries Reforms

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is responsible for the conservation and management of tunas, sharks, and other highly migratory species in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Property

Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash

It could rival the bursting dot-com and real estate bubbles of 2000 and 2008

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Science

How microplastics, marine aggregates and marine animals are connected

Prior research has suggested that mussels are a robust indicator of plastic debris and particles in marine environments. A new study says that's not the case because mussels are picky eaters and have an inherent ability to choose and sort their food.

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