Current

“The drifters, which were released in May, are equipped with satellite trackers which provide hourly positions and allow scientists to study ocean currents in great detail. Although the study is in its early stages, interesting patterns of how water flows around the Northern Isles are already being observed.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Tracking-the-ocean-1bda.aspx)

The Scottish Government feels this is a win:win for the itinerant community and environmental science.

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Fossil Fuel Fauna

“Another stretch of coast was placed off-limits to the public in Long Beach a week later after a wave of tar balls washed up there, and swarms of oil blobs have come ashore.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/06/23/us-usa-california-oilspill-idUKKBN0P30D120150623)

To counter the massive rate of human-induced extinction, we’re animating crude creatures.

Plaices of Eight

“Closing down markets to ‘pirate’ fish is the fastest way to eliminate the indiscriminate destruction IUU [Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated] fishing wreaks on coastal communities and the marine environment on which they depend.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7473)

Meanwhile, Florida scientists have developed a device that can genetically verify whether imported fish destined for dining tables is the popular firm-fleshed fillets of grouper or less expensive, potentially harmful Asian catfish. (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/02/06/us-usa-florida-fish-idUKKBN0LA00N20150206)

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Graining

“As beaches disappear, countries are turning to increasingly expensive sand replenishment programmes which dump thousands of tonnes of dredged sand on existing, eroded beaches. But these artificial beaches usually erode at least twice as fast as natural beaches. … Eventually and inevitably beach replenishment will stop either as sand or money runs out.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/15/worlds-beaches-being-washed-away-coastal-development)

The time-frame for beach erosion can be reliably measured using an egg-timer.

Cosmonautical

“Rising seas and pounding waves driven by climate change are chipping away at the coast near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, threatening launch pads. … NASA’s plans for dealing with climate change included a ‘managed retreat’ in which it will move infrastructure, potentially including launch pads, as needed.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/05/us-usa-florida-spacecenter-idUKKCN0JJ25K20141205)

A spokesperson denied NASA was losing space.

Seawind

“Several [US] state governments are forging ahead with their own ambitions for offshore wind farms, and commercial developers say that they could start planting turbines in the ocean as early as next year. … But before the field can take off, proponents will have to prove that offshore wind can compete financially against other energy sources, and can clear the thicket of state and federal regulations that govern projects in coastal waters.” (http://www.nature.com/news/renewable-energy-wind-power-tests-the-waters-1.15992)

As offshore wind power becomes an exploitable resource, these crop allusions will need a turbine harvester.

Sip

“The Defra-funded Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme has reported an average of 500 incidents, involving up to 20 species, each year since its inception in 1990.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/shortcuts/2013/aug/22/river-dee-dolphin-adventurous-marine-life)

‘C-SIP’ officers provide stranded cetaceans with a hot analgesic drink.