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Total Invites Activists to Drilling Site Off French Guyana

.The company said drilling would take place about 30 km (19 miles) from the closest reef and in an area without coral. Activists say delicate coral reefs discovered in the area risked being damaged by the drilling operations.Total's invitation the French Guyana site comes days after Brazil's environment agency Ibama rejected the energy major's application to drill in five blocks that lie in the Foz do Amazonas Basin near the Amazon rainforest region.Ibama has now rejected Total's application five times. It said this rejection was the final one in the regulation process.The French Guyana project


Easier Access to UK Tidal Data

of ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions can be found on 90 percent of ships trading internationally. Its U.K. tidal database contains height data from over 600 tidal gauges around the U.K., making up the U.K.’s largest network of tidal stations. The database also includes over 40 stations in the Environment Agency's U.K. National Tidal Network and stations from Port Authorities at many of the U.K.'s primary and secondary ports. With access to all this data, applications will be able to generate tidal predictions for up to 6 days in advance at a wide range of locations across the U.K. coastline

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Study: Climate Change Shifts Timing of River Floods

such as the Adriatic coast, because of delays in rains in winter.   It linked some of the changes to shifts in the tracks of Atlantic storms, which many scientists say are influenced by factors including a thaw of ice in the Arctic.   Sergio Castellari, a flood expert at the European Environment Agency, who was not involved in the research, said the study of flood timing was a "very promising" approach to detect the influence of climate change.   Until now, climate studies have often focused on shifts in the severity of floods that are often skewed by factors other than rising

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Canada Seek to contain Oil Spill

building a new boom near the community of Maymont, about 50 km (31 miles) downstream from North Battleford, though it is not sure when the oil spill will reach it, Wes Kotyk, executive director of environment protection with the province of Saskatchewan, told reporters. He said the federal environment agency is working on a "trajectory model" to determine the exact size and rate of movement of the oil plume. Sam Ferris, a provincial water agency official, said authorities are working on plans to deal with water security for communities farther along the river, including Prince Albert

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HHA Examining Impact of Marine Invasive Species

; are fairly well known whilst others are less so, such as Slipper Limpets, Japanese Wire Weed and Carpet Sea Squirts.   Thomson Ecology has been appointed to review all the biological surveys carried out in the past five years for the Authority and by others in the area, such as the Environment Agency and Natural England. The review will look into the range and number of non-native species identified and will advise on the likely impact on the local environment. This will allow the Authority to consider what further survey and analysis might be required in the future.   John Brien

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Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) Update

on both the Ashover Grit and Penistone Flags intervals, as had been originally intended.  In parallel with the submission of the FDP to the Oil and Gas Authority (‘OGA’), the relevant planning and permitting applications will be submitted to North Lincolnshire Council and the Environment Agency.  Drilling and test data from the Wressle-1 well together with reprocessed 3-D seismic data will be used to compile the FDP and also to quantify the developable resource volumes at Wressle.    As previously reported the measured flow rates of 80 barrels of oil per day (&lsquo

France Launches Tender for Floating Offshore Wind Pilots

France has launched a tender for several floating offshore wind turbine projects in what is set to be the first attempt to test this new technology on an industrial scale.   French environment agency ADEME on Wednesday posted a tender document inviting companies to submit proposals to build floating wind farms with between three to six turbines each, with a capacity of at least 5 megawatts per turbine in three sites in the Mediterranean and one site off southern Brittany.   Portugal and Norway have pioneered the new technology in the past few years with a single floating turbine each

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UK's Flood Warning System Gets an Upgrade

Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been repairing and upgrading key instruments of the UK’s coastal flood warning system ahead of the winter, after winning a new contract from the Environment Agency. Devastating storms and high tides affected thousands of homes and businesses throughout last autumn and winter, costing billions of pounds worth of damage. The national spotlight has since been focused on what the UK can do to bolster its flood warning systems and coastal defences in case storms this winter are as severe. As many as four million people are at risk from

Statoil Resumes Drilling Norway Well with Rosneft

Norway's Statoil resumed drilling at the oil-bearing Pingvin prospect in the Barents Sea after receiving a permission from the Norwegian Environment Agency, a partner in the license, North Energy, said on Wednesday. Statoil, the operator of the license, holds 40 percent, while RN Nordic Oil, a subsidiary of Russia's Rosneft, holds 20 percent. Edison and North Energy also have 20 percent each. Drilling was postponed last week due to an appeal against its environmental permit, the junior partner said last Friday. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik)

Product Spotlight Remote Control Boats

A remote control boat equipped with a SonTek M9 Acoustic Doppler Profiler (ADP) was employed with HydroSurveyor software to create a 3D map of a damaged (and still submerged) flood barrier, following serious damage that took place last December. Data from the survey enabled the Environment Agency to act swiftly and effectively to repair the damage and thereby protect local industry and residents. Extreme weather conditions and the highest tide for 150 years resulted in serious damage to a flood bank at Seal Sands near Billingham in the North East of England. A large hole, approximately 60 to 80m

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Europe’s Seas Under Threat

Many of Europe’s marine species, habitats and ecosystems have been under threat for decades. As maritime economic activities are predicted to increase in coming years, a new briefing from the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the cumulative impact of human activity should be better managed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems. Many European industries have growing cumulative impacts on the sea, including transport, fishing, offshore energy and tourism. ‘Marine messages’ highlights the vulnerable nature of Europe’s marine ecosystems, which may be irreversibly

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