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Posted on December 15, 2017 - 9:55am, by nwehner

Via Energy.gov

"Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S. This consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing topics, including wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, and supply chain technology solutions."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 14, 2017 - 2:45pm, by nwehner
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Via The Conversation

"Today a deadly herpes virus, Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1), is threatening Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas), the world’s most popular and valuable oyster species. It is almost certain to spread more widely in our globally connected world."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 14, 2017 - 1:01pm, by raye
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Via Mongabay 

"The government set aside the 1,430-square-kilometer (552-square-mile) reserve in 1971. In an email to African Parks supporters, Fearnhead described Bazaruto as 'a critical sanctuary for numerous species of marine megafauna including dolphins, sharks, whales, whale sharks, manta rays and turtles.'"

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 14, 2017 - 12:56pm, by raye

Via Newsweek 

"We are all made of star stuff but some creatures show their celestial origins more clearly than others. The spots on the backs of whale sharks resemble star constellations so much that now ocean researchers are enlisting the help of NASA technology to keep better record of this vulnerable species and perhaps save them from the threat of extinction."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 14, 2017 - 12:52pm, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"Three former administrators of the agency responsible for the government’s vast weather forecasting system have serious concerns about the businessman President Trump has nominated to be its next leader, and two of them say the nominee has conflicts of interests that should disqualify him, documents and interviews show."

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Posted on December 14, 2017 - 12:52pm, by raye
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Via SeaFoodSource

"As pressure on fish stocks increases worldwide, countries are scaling up their military responses to threats posed by both local and foreign fleets fishing illegally in their territorial waters."

Community Updates - External Link
Posted on December 14, 2017 - 12:48pm, by raye

Via Huffington Post 

"It turns out the temperatures recorded at Utqiaġvik over that time were warmer than had ever seen before. So much so, in fact, that an automated computer system set up to police data and remove irregularities had flagged it as unreal and excluded it from the report."

MPA News

If MPAs and the ecosystems and species within them had a legal right to be healthy and managed well, what effect would this have on sites? According to a campaign that proposes such legal rights, one outcome would be the end of the problem of paper parks. In other words, by allowing citizens to sue their governments on behalf of poorly managed or underfunded MPAs, this would provide a powerful new means to pressure agencies to manage their sites more effectively.

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