Tara: a turbine to remind the importance of research on the ocean

Faced with the difficulties it encounters to finance its scientific expeditions, the Tara Foundation has placed a turbine that generates electricity at the bottom of the water, off Brittany in the Morbihan, where the current is strong, explains Romain Troublé, director general of the Tara Expéditions Foundation in a video

A drop of water

The turbine powers a computer capable of securing transactions in bitcoin . Each recorded transaction generates money, reinvested in research on the ocean . " The environment represents less than 3% of donations made to charities ", says the private foundation that studies the impact of global warming on the ocean. She had the idea, with FF Creative Community Los Angeles, " to use the energy of the sea to raise money " with its installation "Ocean miner". In one month, the facility has raised 200 euros, " a drop of water in the ocean ," says the Foundation. " This installation will not under any circumstances cover the needs of scientific research ", explains Romain Troublé in a statement but that " can recall that only the mobilization of all will fund research to study, understand and better preserve the ocean tomorrow ". For 15 years, the foundation has sought to better understand the impact of climate change on the ocean and thus better preserve it.

His schooner has already traveled the Arctic to study the pack ice, sailing in all the seas of the globe discover plankton or crisscross the Mediterranean to measure the impact of plastic pollution. She is currently crossing the Pacific to study coral reefs threatened by climate change and human activities.

Tara uses the ocean to fund her research

Faced with the difficulties it faces in financing its scientific expeditions, the Tara Foundation is putting the ocean to work, a way to recall the importance of donations for marine research.

A turbine that generates energy Electricity was placed at the bottom of the water, off Brittany in the Morbihan, where the current is strong, explains Romain Troublé, General Manager of the Tara Expeditions Foundation in a video.

The turbine powers a computer able to secure bitcoin transactions. Each recorded transaction generates money, reinvested in ocean research.

"The environment represents less than 3% of donations made to charities", says the private foundation that studies the impact of global warming

So she had the idea, with FF Creative Community Los Angeles, "to use the energy of the sea to raise money" with her installation "Ocean miner" ).

 The ship of scientific expeditions Tara, May 28, 2016 in the port of Lorient (AFP / Archives - FRED TANNEAU)

The ship of scientific expeditions Tara, May 28, 2016 in the port of Lorient (AFP / Archives – FRED TANNEAU)

In one month, the installation has raised 200 €, "a drop of water in the ocean", underlines the Foundation.

"This installation will not under any circumstances cover the needs scientific research ", explains Romain Troublé in a statement but this" allows to remember that only the mobilization of all will fund research to study, understand and better preserve the ocean tomorrow ".

For 15 years, the foundation has sought to better understand the impact of climate change on the ocean and thus better preserve it.

His schooner has already traveled the Arctic to study the pack ice, sailed in all seas of the globe to discover the plankton or crisscrossed the Mediterranean to measure the impact of plastic pollution.

She currently crosses the Pacific to study coral reefs, threatened by climate change and human activities.

President Duterte Allows Chinese Research in the Philippines Near Sea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to allow China to undertake research on the continental shelf The Philippine Pacific Ocean increases the risk of new outrage among Filipinos who have no faith in the stronger Beijing.

Duterte allows Chinese ships examined Benham Rise, a 13 million-acre, marine-rich submarine plain, this month and for scientific research, officials from both countries said.

The Philippine President opened ties with China shortly after landing mid-term position in 2016. His approach with China has calmed the maritime sovereignty dispute that has been strongly opposed to both sides since 2012. China pledged $ 24 billion in 2016 to help build a relatively poor Philippines, and its military is weaker

Duterte also permitted Chinese research ships are working on Benham Rise dal am in 2016. When the people of the Philippines learned about it a few months later, he was criticized by opponents in the influential Philippine legislature and news media.

He faced yet another anger of the people now, experts say.

"People are concerned that China certainly conducts research for its own interests, the people will know it, "said Maria Ela Atienza, professor of political science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. "In the Philippines, there is a great sense of distrust regarding China," he added. [gp]