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The effect of creating Sea Forests (Off-shore Wind Farms) on Marine Life


With regards to my earlier post on Wind Turbines, I thought I would look up any research there is on the effect on marine life to their presence. The most definitive seems to be this report from Sweden. I personally have no problem with creating ‘Sea Forests’. However we create and use energy systems, it is going to impact on our environment and all living things. Our long term aim should be to continue along this road, improving our technology along the way to cause less environmental impact. The alternative is to suck our planet dry of fossil fuel and be left with nuclear energy until that too runs out.

Unfortunately, while we improve our clean energy technology, it is necessary to continue using fossil and nuclear fuel; and to make the most of shale gas. 

http://www.naturvardsverket.se/Documents/publikationer6400/978-91-620-6512-6.pdf

 

if anyone knows of other reports like the one above, please add here.

Seascapes in Pictures


I don’t usually take pictures from the shore, there isn’t usually much to see, except a ship, a sea forest and the horizon. But I have added a couple of pix I have taken over the past few years. The first is a Sunset, looking across Pegwell Bay from Ramsgate to Sandwich and Richborough, Kent, England. To the left of the now demolished Richborough Power Station was Pfizer, Sandwich, in Kent, England. This is the place viagra was discovered. Now closed down. To the right of the power station is a 1980s experimental wind turbine. Many of these can now be seen creating sea forests….

The picture, although I didn’t realise it at the time, shows our energy sources. Nuclear power from the sun giving us solar power. Fossil coal power station, wind power turbine, tidal power. 

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This picture interested me due to the fact seeing these circles of light breaking through the cloud and the horizon tinged with pink,  in person it felt very atmospheric. The picture doesn’t do it justice, there were more out of frame toward France. The couple walking their dog on the beach were completely oblivious. This was taken from Ramsgate, Kent, England. The Ramsgate Royal Harbour entrance, the only Royal Harbour in the UK,  is just visible to the right. In the distance, Deal is visible near the brightest ring of light. On the other side of Deal out of sight is Dover.

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Higgs boson


As someone with an appreciation of science, I am pleased it seems another piece of the jigsaw puzzle explaining how we are here, has been found.
But, how long before a scientist decides to begin ripping them open ‘to look inside to see what makes them tick’?
The Mayan calendar runs out in 2012, the Higgs boson has been found, which seems to be the bit that holds us together. Someone figures out how to split it apart, a cascade follows, everything dissolving to light. End of the world……
Fortunately, I believe the Mayans either just got fed up making another annual calendar ( isn’t a couple of thousand enough, already?), or the skill was passed from father to son – and we all know at some point son says to dad, I wanna go into show business…..

Well done for finding it though!

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