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August 2015 Issue

25 Years Ago 1990. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was undergoing the standard machinations in the bowels of Congress awaiting President Bush’s signature. ... Factory shipments of electronic equipment, components and related products rose five percent to $140.4 billion for the first half of 1990, exhibiting respectable growth. ... The Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service approved drilling operations by oil majors Arco and Texaco in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska’s northwest coast.

15 Years Ago 2000. According to a recent NOAA report, conditions in most of the nation’s estuaries are expected to worsen by 2020 if population growth and development of the coastal zone is not managed properly. ... Tropical waters in the Northern Hemisphere have been heating at an enhanced rate since 1984. The rate is nearly +1° F per decade; 10 times the global rate. ... The Oceanopolis Ocean Discovery Park, the largest oceanography center in Europe, reopened after a major two-year renovation and expansion project.

10 Years Ago 2005. The U.S. Coast Guard issued their annual report that found foreign-flagged vessel compliance with new international security requirements was better than expected in the first six months of implementation, although safety compliance declined in 2004. ... On July 20, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency celebrated Maritime Day by highlighting a revolutionary advancement in navigation at sea: More than 5,000 worldwide paper charts are now contained electronically within 29 CD-ROMs. ... One- and two-person teams from around the world were invited to participate in the eighth annual International Submarine Races. A few subs found the technical challenges of human-powered underwater racing were greater than they had anticipated. The human-powered engineering design competition drew 14 teams, with the fastest sub built by a team from Spring Hill High School in Hernando County, Florida, at 4.81 kt.


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