Lifer Ocean

10,000 Birds

I’ve spent a fair bit of time on the ocean on right side of North America. Having never birded west of Arizona, there were many bird experiences I was looking forward to, but chief among those was the opportunity to get offshore aboard the Grande to see what was hiding beyond that blue horizon. Not as much as many others, certainly, but enough that the birds of the Gulf Stream and pelagic “culture”, for lack of better word, are familiar to me.

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Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

In a nice moment of serendipity, my review copy of Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast by Steve N.G. Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast is designed to be a quick, handy resource for use on whale watching and one-day pelagic trips. The number of gulls and terns covered is limited to “small, ocean-going” birds. Only the Offshore guide indicates that it is rare in spring. —————– Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast.

Offshore Sea Life: East Coast, Birds of Pennsylvania, & Texas Birds: Three Books, Three Reviews

10,000 Birds

First up is Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: East Coast by Steve N. Sullivan, a counterpart to Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast published last June. Some of these notations are difficult to see against the ocean background, especially where there is white lettering against a light blue or gray sea. Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: East Coast (Princeton Field Guides). It’s time for some short book reviews. Well, short for me.

Top 4 Reasons the US Still Doesn't Have a Single Offshore Wind.

Mother Jones

Top 4 Reasons the US Still Doesn't Have a Single Offshore Wind Turbine. 28, 2013 3:07 AM PST Tweet "Jack-up" ships like this are needed to drive massive offshore wind turbines into the seafloor. Offshore turbines could find themselves all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Offshore wind farms may slow down hurricanes, study shows

Green (Living) Review

The findings, published online in Nature Climate Change, show that offshore wind turbines could reduce hurricanes'' wind speeds, wave heights and flood-causing storm surge -- acting as a buffer between coastal cities and the possible damaging effects of a hurricane. "The little turbines can fight back the beast," said co-author Cristina Archer , an associate professor at the University of Delaware''s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

Report: Enough wind offshore to electrify America

Eco Friendly Daily

Wind power offshore can equal the present capacity of all landed power plants. "Most of the total potential offshore wind resources exist relatively close to major urban load centers, where high energy costs prevail and where opportunities for wind development on land are limited.

Google’s Offshore Windmills

Green Blog

Now Google is embarking on another effort in sustainability with offshore windmills to power their company. In the Atlantic Ocean, Google is investing $5 billion on a 350 mile stretch of land from New Jersey to Virginia to create a large scale wind farm. offshore wind farm in full operation. Many of us have heard of Google’s sustainability efforts; from green data center and offices to bringing in goats to chew down the grass on their corporate campus.

Government Approves Wind Farm Off Ocean City

Wind Power Ninja

The Obama administration opened Maryland’s coast to offshore wind farms Monday and is seeking bidders to erect more than 300 turbines in a 206-square-mile area off the coast of Ocean City. The closest turbines to the coast will be roughly 10 nautical miles from Ocean City. Government / Industry maryland wind farm ocean city wind farm

Celebrating a Huge Offshore Wind Victory in Maryland

Sierra Club Compass

The winds of change brought some great progress to Maryland this week when the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed through both houses of the legislature. The NAACP's Maryland Conference also named offshore wind as one of their top priorities this year.

Mediterranean Agency Could Avert Offshore Marine Disasters

Green Prophet

As Israel ramps up offshore drilling for natural gas , advocates are eyeing a system that would prevent these disasters on their own coast. The brine they discharge back into the ocean creates salt fields that are harmful to wildlife.

Report: Enough wind offshore to electrify America

Eco Friendly Daily

Wind power offshore can equal the present capacity of all landed power plants. "Most of the total potential offshore wind resources exist relatively close to major urban load centers, where high energy costs prevail and where opportunities for wind development on land are limited.

Dubai’s Underwater Hotel by Deep Ocean Technology (PICS)

Green Prophet

“If any changes in environmental or economic conditions occur, the Water Discus modules can be transferred to a different place,” according to Deep Ocean Technology. Images courtesy Deep Ocean Technology.

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Israel’s Offshore Natural Gas Good to Burn for 150 Years – If Handled Wisely

Green Prophet

Another important issue involves the logistical aspects of conveying some of the gas after it has been converted to liquified natural gas (LNG) that can then be conveyed in specially designed ocean tankers. Israel Readies Offshore Natural Gas Pipeline.

Sea For Life, Ocean-oriented R&D Company, Developing WEGA Wave Energy Device

Green (Living) Review

Moreover, its structure allows the development of other activities related to the use of ocean resources such as offshore wind energy, aquaculture, water desalination, oceanographic studies, among others.

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Eco Wave Power Proves Its Ocean Power Devices In Kiev

Green Prophet

Developers first looked to the ocean for offshore wind power , a conveniently windy and out-of-the way site for giant turbines. “We are a young and innovative company in the field of ocean energy,” said David Leb, founder of Eco Wave Power. “We

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U.S. Government Promises Quicker Offshore Wind Project Reviews; Potential Sites Named

Eco Friendly Daily

The Cape Wind project is an offshore wind farm planned for off the coast of Massachusetts. Many groups targeted the project for various reasons, including such reasons as fear for marine life disruption and destroying local views of the ocean.

Offshore Wind Projects Soon to Make an Appearance Along US East Coast


Department of the Interior —along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) —to fast-track offshore wind energy development. gets approximately three percent of its electricity from land-based wind farms but does not yet have any offshore turbines. The Obama administration has announced plans to make areas along the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast available to wind-energy developers by the end of the year.

The Green Buzz: Thursday, July 25

Conservancy Talk

Ocean pollution spreading faster than we thought? Microbes are feasting on ocean plastic waste. An offshore drilling rig exploded on Tuesday in the Gulf, and continues to burn. ( Napoleon Dynamite may be interested in today’s green news. A rare “ zonkey ” has been born in Italy. Science World Report ). 25 years after the Exxon Valdez disaster, the secret to one bird’s recovery may be bad news for mink. Grist ).

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Sylvia Earle and IUCN Invite World Leaders to Celebrate and Extend Ocean Protection

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Monday, 5th October, 2009, Washington DC (IUCN): Today legendary underwater explorer and ocean ambassador Sylvia Earle teamed up with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas to send individual letters to 100 world leaders inviting them to join Sylvia in her wish to better protect the world’s oceans. Sylvia’s one wish is to establish more ‘hope spots’ – Marine Protected Areas – to support ocean life, on which our day-to-day lives depend.

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IDE Technologies aims for a fleet of floating water desalination plants in three years

Green Prophet

and Japanese shipbuilders have a plan to take offshore floating desalination to a whole new level. What will our oceans look like in 10, 20, 30 years? Energy desalination ships IDE Technologies offshore desalination water issues

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Who's Killing Renewable Energy?

Green (Living) Review

A promising offshore wind energy project has languished on the East Coast for 15 years—and its enemies range from a Koch brother to the Kennedys. Still, it has dramatically changed the landscape for offshore wind power in the United States.

Gulf Oil Spills Onto Political Shores

Green Blog

The oil slick appeared as a tangle of dull gray on the ocean surface, made visible to the satellite sensor by the sun’s reflection on the ocean surface. On the less ridiculous side, two moderate Republican governors took back their support for offshore drilling.

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Blue Growth by Design

Conservancy Talk

Before she joined The Nature Conservancy as our global managing director for oceans, Maria Damanaki served as the European Union’s Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Turning the Tide on Plastic Litter

Nature Conservancy - Science

One study estimated that about 4 to 12 million metric tons of plastic washed offshore in 2010 alone. Some of it ends up on the ocean floor, some floats in the water column, some is eaten and some washes back up on beaches.

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Ghost Hunters: Recovering Lost & Abandoned Fishing Gear Saves Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the ocean. The ship returns from a mission about five miles offshore. Researchers then snip it off at the ocean floor so that no line remains suspended in the water column. Marine crabs fishing ghost fishing oceans

As Flood Risks Rise, Engineers, Ecologists and Economists Come Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

Since Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami struck more than a decade ago, there has been a growing appreciation that coastal habitats play some role in natural defense. a) Stage 1: oceanographic data are combined to assess the total water levels (TWLs) offshore.

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Where Have All the Steller Sea Lions Gone?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Steller sea lions are also threatened by boat strikes, pollutants, habitat degredation, illegal hunting and offshore oil exploration. One really impactful thing people can do for Steller sea lions is participate in ocean clean up,” Sweeney says.

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Environmental Appreciation – 12 Interesting Facts about the Killer Whale

Hug a Tree with Me

Sporting its trademark transcendent black and white pattern, the killer whale happens to be one of the most beautiful, awe-worthy toothed whales in the ocean. Do your part to reduce ocean pollution and visit here for more information on how to help save the killer whale.

The Secret Lives of Horseshoe Crabs

Nature Conservancy - Science

Data collected from the spawning census is combined with data from offshore trawl surveys and harvest numbers to inform fisheries models run by the Atlantic State Fisheries Commission. From the Field Wildlife Birds Natural History Oceans Try This Weird Nature

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SONY’s underwater Dubai shop: is the concept all wet?

Green Prophet

The Middle East and Africa subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation officially launched an outrageous shopping experience for its Xperia products this month, with a pop-up store located just offshore from the environmentally dubious World Islands in Dubai – and 4 meters under the sea.

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Amazing Alcids at Shinnecock Inlet

10,000 Birds

Though I love birding at Shinnecock Inlet , an inlet from the Atlantic Ocean to Shinnecock Bay out in eastern Long Island, I didn’t see how I would find the time to get out there.

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Japan Mines Seabed “Fire Ice” – The World’s Most Dangerous Source of Energy?

Green Prophet

The substance somewhat resembles water ice but it forms only under the extremely high pressures and cold temperatures of the deep ocean floor and, unlike water ice, methane hydrate ice is flammable and prone to explosive sublimation.

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Wind farms: "In the end, the economics trump Trump"

Environmental Economics

From the NY Times :  Last fall, five turbines in the waters of Rhode Island — the country’s first offshore farm — began delivering power to the grid. And in New York, after years of stymied progress, the Long Island Power Authority has reached an agreement with Deepwater Wind, which built the Rhode Island turbine array, to drop a much larger farm — 15 turbines capable of running 50,000 average homes — into the ocean about 35 miles from Montauk.

They're here*

Environmental Economics

Cue Carol Anne : Federal authorities on Wednesday announced that about 1,900 square miles of Atlantic Ocean waters are open for building offshore wind farms, making North Carolina the nation’s new energy hotspot for planting forests of whirling turbines in the high seas.

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The Caribbean Summit: Leaders Valuing Nature

Conservancy Talk

Jamaica decreed its first offshore marine protected area: Pedro Bank’s South West Cay Fish Sanctuary is the last place in the country where fishers can still make a living from the sea.

Marine Restoration Week: Tales from the Cab — Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ahead of World Oceans Day this Saturday, June 8, Cool Green Science is running posts this week looking at the science and issues of marine restoration. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2006, post-Hurricane Katrina. Image: Prince Roy /Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

One area where weve seen some exciting recent movement is offshore wind, as Americans along the East Coast demand more clean energy. Our friends at Oceana have also done some impressive research on which East Coast states have the most offshore potential. Compass.

A triumph of the notion of passive use values (and jobs in the Atlantic?)

Environmental Economics

And in a move that appeased environmentalists but angered Alaskan Republicans, it will ban drilling in portions of the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Why else would the government try to stop mining in Alaska?

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Federal Public Lands: Pacific Seabirds

10,000 Birds

Many birders have braved inclement weather and seasickness to observe seabirds (here defined as Procellariiformes, also known as “tubenoses”) from a bouncing boat miles offshore in the Pacific Ocean.

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February Birding in Tybee Island, Georgia

10,000 Birds

The beaches and ocean of Tybee Island had the expected species like Royal Tern , Brown Pelican , and Black Skimmer. I spotted an occasional Northern Gannet well offshore but no movements of ducks at all except for a single distant flock of scaup heading north on my first day there.

A mighty wind: economies of scale

Environmental Economics

The technology has been proved in Europe, where offshore wind farms as large as 300 turbines are being developed, with each turbine costing up to $30 million to build, install and connect to the power grid. The companies now trying to start an offshore wind industry are determined not to repeat the mistakes that plagued Cape Wind.

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Heermann’s Gull: Near Threatened

10,000 Birds

Just South of Point Lobos is Sutro Baths and the Cliff House Restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The magnificent view from the Cliff House includes the Seal Rocks just offshore. The success of the colony in any one year is dependent on the availability of prey and this is related to the ocean temperature changes brought about by El Niño. At the Northwest corner of San Francisco is Point Lobos.

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"Shell Assures Nation Most Arctic Wildlife To Go Extinct Well Before Next Spill"

Environmental Economics

The Onion: Stating that any damage would be limited to just a handful of species that somehow managed to survive that long, officials from the Shell Oil Company assured the public Wednesday that most of the Arctic wildlife living near their proposed drilling site will be extinct well before their next oil spill.