Tagged with Oceans and Coastal Resources

LNG Versus Solar Power: What is the Best Option for Island Power Markets?

Wood MacKenzie [free download with Scribd registration] https://www.scribd.com/document/362638510/Lng-vs-Solar-Insight [Axios] A new analysis from the consulting firm Wood Mackenzie compares the costs of using solar power and liquefied natural gas to replace the petroleum fuel, mostly diesel, that currently supplies power to several thousand islands worldwide. What they found: LNG, and systems that combine solar and LNG, would already be cheaper on … Continue reading

When Rising Seas Hit Home: Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds of US Coastal Communities

Union of Concerned Scientists / by Erika Spanger-Siegfried, et al. http://bit.ly/2vyakDt [Washington Post] …The study identifies 167 communities in 13 states that by 2035 will face chronic inundation — which it defines as when high tides flood 10 percent or more of the community’s usable, non-wetland area at least 26 times per year. Twenty-two of those communities … Continue reading

Coal Dust from Shipping Threatens Great Barrier Reef: Australian Study

Simulated Coal Spill Causes Mortality and Growth Inhibition in Tropical Marine Organisms Scientific American (2016, Article number: 25894; doi:10.1038/srep25894) / by Kathryn L. E. Berry, et al. http://www.nature.com/articles/srep25894 [Science Daily]  Australian researchers have raised fresh concerns that a major shipping disaster could harm the Great Barrier Reef, with new research revealing coal dust in seawater … Continue reading

Inundation of 5 Solomon Islands Linked to Climate Change: Australian Study

Interactions Between Sea-level Rise and Wave Exposure on Reef Island Dynamics in the Solomon Islands Environmental Research Letters (2016, v11 n5 p054011; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011) http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054011 Low-lying reef islands in the Solomon Islands provide a valuable window into the future impacts of global sea-level rise. Sea-level rise has been predicted to cause widespread erosion and inundation of … Continue reading

Coastal Landforms and Accumulation of Mangrove Peat Increase Carbon Sequestration and Storage

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (April 19, 2016 v113 n16; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1519774113 ) / Paula Ezcurra, et al. http://www.pnas.org/content/113/16/4404.short Despite their small height and stunted appearance, mangroves along the desert coasts of Baja California have compensated for sea-level rise during the last two millennia by accreting on their own root remains. In doing so, … Continue reading

Managing Coasts with Natural Solutions: Guidelines for Measuring and Valuing the Coastal Protection Services of Mangroves and Coral Reefs

World Bank |  Nature Conservancy http://bit.ly/20Ww6ek [From Press Release] This guidance note provides review and recommendations for how the protective services of mangroves and coral reefs can be measured and valued in a manner consistent with national economic accounts and included in other decision-making processes to support planning for development, disaster risk, and coastal zone management. It … Continue reading

Statistical Analysis of Straits of Mackinac Line 5 Worst Case Spill Scenarios

University of Michigan, Graham Sustainability Institute, Water Center http://graham.umich.edu/water/project/mackinac-oil-spill (full report) http://bit.ly/1MNZe4O (summary titled “Worst Case Oil Spill: High Risk Areas Near the Straits of Mackinac” [From Press Release] A new U-M Water Center report highlights the use of a computer model to predict the fate of a hypothetical oil spill in the Straits of … Continue reading