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The good news about offshore oil rigs
The good news about offshore oil rigs

Never let it be said that Mother Nature doesn't appreciate irony. A new study led by researchers at Occidental College and UC Santa Barbara has found that the oil platforms dotting the California coast are fantastic for sea life. In a 15-year study, researchers found that the ecosystems that build up around artificial rigs host 1,000% more fish and other sea life than natural habitats such as reefs and estuaries. The California rigs outstripped even famously rich ecosystems such as the coral reefs of Polynesia. Now, as a big fan of artificial reefs, I think this is exciting news. There are many who oppose the idea of improving on God's — or, if you prefer, Gaia's...

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