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canadaIron fertilization of the ocean is as natural as whale poop and it can save the planet

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Iron fertilization of the ocean is the simulation of natural processes. Hundreds of years ago there were more whales and humans killed the whales. Large whales pooping in the ocean had the same effect as putting iron sulphate into the …

climate changeBrighter ship wakes could cool the Earth by 0.5 degrees

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Making the wakes of ocean ships brighter could cool the Earth by 0.5°C and help combat global warming, according to a new modeling study. Other geoengineering studies have examined how greenhouse gas warming could be counteracted by making Earth’s atmosphere …

environmentGlobal warming resistant corals will be tested in the ocean by 2019

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New super global warming resistant corals could be tested on the Great Barrier Reef within a year as part of a global research effort to accelerate evolution and save the “rainforests of the seas” from extinction. Researchers are getting promising …

chinaChina completing small floating and submersible nuclear reactors around 2020

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China is starting construction on a marine nuclear power platform which is designed to supply power for the country’s offshore oil drilling platforms and islands. The platforms have two modes – floating and submersible, and the first will be commissioned …

citiesStartup Blue Frontiers is building Seastead in French Polynesia

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Blue Frontiers is the first seasteading company. Floating Islands can mitigate sea level rise. Rising seas are hurting island and coastal nations. Environmentally conscious technologies will create opportunities. French Polynesia is ready to innovate and become resilient to the threat. …

argentinaAustralia, Argentina, Chile and the USA will be the top suppliers of Lithium

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Almost 60 percent of supply from world’s planned large lithium projects through about the next five years will be added in Australia. Australia will cement its position as the top supplier of lithium according to CRU Group. The biggest mines …

canadaChina wants to open major Arctic shipping route

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China’s state news agency Xinhua reported last month that a Chinese ship had conducted a successful test of a trading route along the Arctic Northwest Passage. The announcement from Beijing confused the Canadians who claim sovereignty over the waters transited …

chinaRemoving carbon from atmosphere can be simple and low tech

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But “if you’re really concerned about coral reefs, biodiversity food production in very poor regions, we’re going to have to deploy negative emission technology at scale,” said Bill Hare of Climate Analytics, a science and policy institute. “I don’t …

MarsIf Mars ice were melted it would cover planet to depth of 35 meters

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Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield notes that Mars has 5 million cubic km of ice, enough to cover the whole planet to a depth of 35 meters or 115 ft. Mars has 5 million cubic km of ice, enough to cover …

economic impactJapan mines seabed gets zinc equal to Japan’ annual consumption

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Japan has successfully tapped into a deposit of mineral resources from a deep-water seabed off the coast of Okinawa, the economy ministry said, the largest such extraction of its type. It is the first time metals have been mined from …