Huntington Beach Pier
The California Coastal Commission dealt a setback this week to Poseidon, a company trying to build a $900 million ocean water desalination plant in Huntington Beach. It is a setback, but it is unlikely to defeat the corporation’s 15-year effort.
Poseidon Resources Vice President Scott Maloni said the company would resubmit its application after completing studies of the ocean floor as required by the commission in its latest review. An estimated 127 million gallons of seawater will likely be required to produce roughly 50 million gallons of freshwater daily.
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Experts warn the Arctic is ill equipped to deal with a potential cruise ship disaster
The M/S Explorer cruise ship sinks hours after hitting an iceberg off the coast of the Antarctic
Thanks to global warming, more ships than ever before will likely venture beyond the Arctic Circle this year. The melting polar ice caps have opened up new routes in recent years for natural gas exploration and tourism.
But the increased traffic, while it might be good for business, could have dire consequences in a region that is ill-prepared for a possible disaster, say experts interviewed for this story.
Lawson Brigham, a professor at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and lead author of the 2009 Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, warns that rescue and salvage capabilities along with adequate navigational charts in much of the Arctic are limited. Combined with deadly cold water, an accident could be disastrous, he says. Continue reading Cruising the Arctic