Could floating solar panels be the key to clean energy in Singapore?

The nation’s Housing and Development Board says the technology would be well-suited to the land-scarce city-state

Plastic pollution ‘has spread to every part of the planet’s oceans’

A round-the-world yacht crew has measured how many plastic particles are present in marine environments

EU provides Minesto with €50k wave of funding

The money will be spent on feasibility testing for the firm’s tidal energy technology

Microsoft sinks sea-cooled data centre off Orkney coast

Project Natick is powered by renewable energy from the European Marine Energy Centre

New tool to provide flood and drought warning

The first global system to monitor the movement of the world’s water and better prepare for floods and droughts is being developed. Scientists at the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) are working on the Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS) – a modelling and reporting tool to warn governments, aid agencies and populations affected by climate […]

Michael Gove to tackle plastic pollution

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has pledged action to reduce the plastic waste choking the world’s seas. Around eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans every year, posing a serious threat to the wildlife and ecosystems there – experts estimate plastic waste is often eaten by 31 species of marine mammals and more than […]

Solar powered structure could make sea water drinkable

A solar powered structure that could make sea water drinkable has been designed. Khalili Engineers have submitted initial designs of ‘The Pipe’ to the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) in Santa Monica. The cigar-shaped structure would sit offshore, using the 10,000MWh generated by its solar panels to make 4.5 billion litres of drinking water from the sea. […]

CCS leak research reveals little impact on sea life

A project investigating the enviornmental effects of a leak from a subsea carbon capture and storage (CCS) system in Scotland found it had “little impact” on sea life. Results from the Scottish Association for Marine Science’s (SAMS) experiment in collaboration with other UK institutions, which started in 2012, were recently published in a scientific journal. CCS […]

European seas ‘productive but not clean’

Europe’s seas remain unsustainable and threatens its productivity and wellbeing. That’s according to a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), which also said human activities and climate change are “increasingly” affecting its marine ecosystems. “Hazardous substances are widespread in the marine environment”, stated the EEA and added they can accumulate through the marine food chain and […]

€17m granted for wave power research

The European Commission has granted €17million (£13m) in funding for wave power research. The five-year project called ‘Clean Energy from Ocean Waves’ (CEFOW) will look at testing and developing a wave energy converter. The test will be carried out at Wave Hub, the test centre in Cornwall and run by wave power developers Fortum. Heli […]