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Why This Matters: If the waters off Virginia are suitable for wind farms, with their close proximity to ports, naval facilities, and tourism, then it is hard to imagine why wind power can’t be developed in many other areas along the U.S. coast. The U.S. is way behind Europe, which already has 22GW of offshore wind power operating today. Yes. We can do this and not compromise the environment or biodiversity – and even in the midst of a pandemic.
As The Washington Post points out, Dominion Energy is also pushing hard to complete the highly unpopular Atlantic pipeline that is still facing numerous permit battles despite the recent decision by the Supreme Court that allows it to tunnel under the Appalachian Trail in central Virginia’s mountains. Dominion has tried to “rebrand” itself and this wind project is a big part of that effort, as well as high profile promises to close its remaining coal-fired power plants in the coming years. The project is also part of Northam’s effort to make Virginia the leader in offshore wind. Also part of the plan is a $350M proposal to $350 make the Port of Virginia the deepest on the East Coast so that it will be a staging area for assembling the gigantic wind turbines used in this and other East Coast projects. But Baltimore also has ambitions to provide that launchpad for offshore wind in the region.
UNESCO has launched a new program to collect, analyze, and monitor environmental DNA (AKA eDNA) to better understand biodiversity at its marine World Heritage sites. Scientists will collect genetic material from fish cells, mucus, and waste across multiple locations along with eDNA from soil, water, and air. The two-year project will help experts assess […]
It’s about time we had a conversation about the birds and the bees…or in this case, the otters and the seagrass. A new study found that the ecological relationship between sea otters and the seagrass fields where they make their home is spurring the rapid reproduction of the plants. Otters dig up about 5% of […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor An abandoned oil tanker off the coast of Yemen is deteriorating rapidly, and experts say that a hull breach could have far-reaching environmental impacts and threaten millions of people’s access to food and water supplies. The FSO SAFER tanker holds 1.1 million barrels of oil — more than four […]
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