Judge Tosses Trump Plan To Drill Offshore In Alaska

Judge Tosses Trump Plan To Drill Offshore In Alaska

A federal judge in Alaska dealt a major blow late Friday to the Trump Administration’s plan to allow drilling for oil and gas in the ocean waters off the North Slope of Alaska and in deep-sea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean.  President Obama used his statutory authority under the law governing ocean oil and gas drilling to “withdraw” these areas from ANY subsequent plan to lease them out, but three months after taking office, President Trump “revoked” the Obama decision. 

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Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

With more than half the world now able to access the internet, according to the United Nations, there is a growing need undersea cables that literally keep the world connected, The New York Times explains.  Nearly 750,000 miles of cable is strung across the oceans all around the globe, and these cables have to withstand heavy currents, rock slides, earthquakes and interference from fishing trawlers for a lifespan of up to 25 years. 

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Viking Sky Cruise Ship Runs Into Stormy Seas Off Coast of Norway

Viking Sky Cruise Ship Runs Into Stormy Seas Off Coast of Norway

Over the weekend, a commercial cruise liner called the Viking Sky with nearly 14,000 passengers and crew on board had to be evacuated when stormy weather and rough seas off the coast of Norway caused the ship to rock dangerously and it nearly ran aground.  The ship was struggling Saturday morning because its engines failed and it lost power and then it began to list and take on water under a pounding from 43 mph winds and 26-foot swells. Fortunately, the ship was traveling close to shore, making its way around the Norwegian coast.  

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Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Interview of the Week: Valerie Craig of the National Geographic Society

Valerie Craig is the Deputy to the Chief Scientist and VP Operating Programs for the National Geographic Society and is talking with us this week about their exciting Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge with Sky Ocean Ventures.

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Ocean plastic consumed by creatures in the ocean’s deepest trenches

Ocean plastic consumed by creatures in the ocean’s deepest trenches

Plastic pollution is a global crisis that affects just about every ecosystem on Earth: from the Arctic to the deepest depths of the ocean. As National Geographic recently reported as part of their “Planet or Plastic” series, “a British research team captured amphipods, tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that scavenge on the seabed, from six of the […]

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Putting the “Blue” into the Green New Deal

Putting the “Blue” into the Green New Deal

Broadly speaking, the Green New Deal similarly envisions a “massive program of investments in clean-energy jobs and infrastructure, meant to transform not just the energy sector, but the entire economy. It is meant both to decarbonize the economy and to make it fairer and more just.”  The devil is always in the details, but in our view, this Blue Economy vision should not be overlooked in developing the Green New Deal. The key elements within the framework of the Green New Deal should ensure an overall more sustainable Blue Economy that supports a healthy ocean and thus healthy human communities – with an emphasis on the shipping, energy production, and fisheries sectors.

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