14. 03. 09

Gas hydrates are ice-like crystalline cage-structures that confine low-molecular weight gasses, primarily methane. They exist within marine sediments particularly in the continental margins and within relic subsea permafrost of the Arctic margins.

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14. 03. 09

UK seabed landlord the Crown Estate has earmarked as much as £20m ($32m) to back two front-running wave and tidal energy array projects in British waters, in line with a strategy aimed at nurturing the emerging marine renewable industries.

The money, which would be stumped up "alongside other companies and in parallel with grant support from government" would be used to spur construction of multi-turbine developments with total installed capacities of 3MW or more.

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14. 03. 09


Richard Allan, Professor of Meterology, University of Reading

What are the new findings?

We have detected a continued build-up of heat in Earth’s oceans, below the sea surface, since the year 2000. This suggests that the planet is steadily accumulating heat at the rate of 0.5 Watts for each metre squared of the globe (equivalent to the heating from 250 billion 1 kilowatt electric heaters spread over the planet).

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