The Five Biggest Global Problems the Ocean Can Help Solve

Aug 30, 2011, 09:30 ET from OTE Corporation

LANCASTER, Pa., Aug. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- If you've ever appreciated the warmth of tropical ocean waters during a winter vacation, you understand the enormous volume of the sun's heat stored in the ocean...just waiting to be tapped into as an inexhaustible source of power. That same power can help solve some of the world's biggest problems from thirst to clean energy. Here are the top five:

Clean Energy: Considered by some as "the other white meat" of alternative energy, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is now available to harness the power of the ocean and produce clean base-load (24/7) energy.

Clean Drinking Water: According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 8 people do not have access to clean drinking water. Every day half of the world's hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from diseases associated with dirty drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Through desalination, powered by clean electricity from an OTEC plant, the ocean can provide clean drinking water for people around the world.

Aquaculture: The ocean offers great potential for food production in many areas of the world.  With sustainable practices, food security and environmental costs can be balanced.

Unemployment: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), approximately 1 of every 6 jobs in the United States is marine-related, including careers in the fishing, tourism, recreation, energy and ocean transport industries.

Air Conditioning: Using cold, deep seawater in place of polluting standard refrigerants, the ocean supplies a clean method of air-conditioning that reduces electricity usage by up to 90% when compared to conventional cooling methods.

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