Category Archives: Environment


WATCH: Monitoring Submarine Volcano

March 16, 2016

As part of the National Science Foundation Ocean Observing Initiative (NSF-OOI) Cabled Array project SubC Imaging was selected as the vendor for providing underwater cameras (1Cam) and lights (Aquarea LED) to the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington for the CAM HD instrument. The APL-UW team integrated the camera/lights into a system which… Continue Reading »


Study Finds Farming, Not Fracking, Behind Rising Methane Levels

March 16, 2016

Farming, not hydraulic fracturing, is responsible for the rise in methane levels in the atmosphere since 2007, according to research from the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). The amount of methane, a greenhouse gas and a major contributor to climate change, in the earth’s atmosphere is estimated to have grown… Continue Reading »


WHOI Scientists Find Major Source of Methanol in Ocean

March 14, 2016

Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have discovered a massive, previously unaccounted for, source of methanol in the ocean: phytoplankton. The study found that these microscopic organisms, which form the base of the marine food web, have an ability to biologically produce methanol in the ocean in quantities that could rival or exceed that… Continue Reading »


Study Shows How Fault Activity Links to Water Entering Earth

March 9, 2016

Research led by geoscientists at the University of Southampton and with contributions by marine scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is reportedly the first to show a direct link between fault activity and the amount of water entering the solid Earth along faults. The reaction between the deep Earth rocks and… Continue Reading »


Russia’s Rosneft Reports Large Oil Spill On Sakhalin Island

March 6, 2016

Top Russian oil producer Rosneft said on Thursday that around 15 tonnes (110 barrels) of oil spilled off from an idled pipeline on the Pacific island of Sakhalin, while local ecologists say the scale of disaster is far larger. Rosneft said the spill occurred on Wednesday at the Ekhabi oilfield in northern Sakhalin. The company… Continue Reading »


ONC to Monitor for Earthquakes Off British Columbia

March 5, 2016

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, will develop a regional earthquake early warning system for southern British Columbia. Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for emergency preparedness, announced that $5 million will go to Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and their partners to ensure that communities have the best chance to protect… Continue Reading »


Subcon Delivers Port Macquarie Artificial Reef

March 3, 2016

Subcon has delivered its 6th offshore artificial reef project in two years. The design includes 20 fibre reinforced concrete ReefTemple modules each fitted with a steel BaitTower. The modules weigh over 23Te each and stand between 6.5m and 10m tall. They have been installed in approximately 45m water depth at a site 3m off the… Continue Reading »


NOC to Lead Project on Monitoring of Marine CCS in North Sea

March 2, 2016

The world’s first ‘real world’ deep-water controlled experiment simulating emission from a submerged carbon dioxide storage reservoir is to take place in the North Sea, with the aim of further verifying the safety of offshore carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage (CCS). Reportedly, small quantities of CO₂ will be injected into mud on the sea… Continue Reading »


INSITE Funding for North Sea Research Awarded

February 18, 2016

Funding worth GBP 1.8 million (USD 2.5 million) has been awarded to a group of European scientific institutions as part of an initiative to improve the understanding of the influence of man-made structures, such as oil and gas platforms, wind farms and shipwrecks, on the marine environment in the North Sea. Details of the eight projects… Continue Reading »


Total CEO: Oil, Gas Industry Must Engage in Climate Change Challenge

February 14, 2016

The boss of French oil major Total S.A. has told a conference in London that the oil and gas industry must engage with the challenge posed by climate change in a positive way. Speaking to delegates at International Petroleum Week, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné noted that there has been little discussion among energy companies about climate change… Continue Reading »

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