- 28 April 2014 | Environment
Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has abandoned plans to install the first commercial wave energy project in the United States.
It was supposed to be a pioneering initiative off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Up to 10 giant energy-producing buoys would be placed in the Pacific Ocean, but the company has changed its mind.
The Oregon Wave Energy Trust, a nonprofit, state-financed group, spent $430,000 in state lottery money helping Ocean Power Technologies navigate the process of seeking a permit.
- 23 April 2014 | Environment
A collision between two ships in Galveston Bay, Texas, resulted in a spill of up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil.
The accident occurred only a few miles away from bird sanctuaries such Houston Audubon's Bolivar Flats and North Deer Island. Reports indicate that many birds have been killed.
The spill occurred at the height of the spring migration, when millions of resident and migratory birds use the Texas coast to feed and breed.
- 21 April 2014 | Environment
Ocean Ramsey has been swimming with Great White sharks to raise awareness for their protection.
Ramsey has grown up surfing and diving in Hawaii and San Diego. She has been sharing the water with sharks her entire life. As a professional scuba instructor and advanced free diver, Ocean believes many shark species are on the brink of extinction.
"I hope that by sharing my experiences with sharks, I might inspire others to take action and help protect these amazing creatures before it's too late," explains Ocean Ramsey.