Long newspaper article on whether the UK’s plans to generate more energy from wind farms are practical and realistic.
Not really a marine science story but this one made me smile. This is the story of two rats from Hawaii, Fin and Tofu, who are regularly taken surfing by their owner and, apparently, can now surf waves up to 4ft high.
Newspaper article describing new research by scientists from St Andrews University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that has suggested that the sound created by Navy sonar devices may be responsible for mass strandings of marine mammals. It is possible that the marine mammals confuse the sound of the sonar with killer whale calls and have a magnified anti-predator response which ends up with them becoming stranded in shallow water.
Article on the reported discovery of evidence for large releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen seabed stores off the northern coast of Siberia. Methane is a powerful “”greenhouse gas” and so such releases could contribute significantly to global warming.
Article describing a new design for an underwater turbine, the Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (Thawt) which promises to be more robust, more efficient and cheaper to build than more traditional turbine designs. A small-scale system (1m diamter) has been tested and the next stage in the research will be to trial a 5m diameter version.
News article on preparations in New Orleans ahead of the impending possible arrival of Hurricane Gustav (potentially the worst hurricane there since Hurricane Katrina struck three years ago).
[in the end Hurricane Gustav missed New Orleans]