- 05 November 2015 | Environment
The world's first floating wind farm will installed in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The Hywind Scotland Pilot Park will be located near Buchan Deep, approximately 25-30 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead. The structure will have five, 6MW floating turbines operating at a water depth of between 95 and 120 meters.
The wind farm project will generate power for around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in late 2017, and it will cover around four square kilometers. The average wind speed in this North Sea region is around 10 meters per second (20 knots).
- 27 October 2015 | Environment
The government of New South Wales has announced an ambitious $16 million shark surveillance plan to increase beach and surf safety.
The primary goal is to protect beachgoers and surfers. NSW's shark strategy plan includes aerial helicopter surveillance, as well as 20 high-tech listening stations positioned at known shark attack locations.
The Australian authorities will also install six barrier net trials and five clever buoy, in-water sonar technology trials, expand the shark tagging program, and publicize the SharkSmart mobile app.
- 20 October 2015 | Environment
Sharks are one of the oldest living species on planet earth. They've survived the most severe mass extinction events, and they rule 70 percent of the world.
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