oil rigs

In the beginning women lived in water,

a rain of fish secreting milk
moving swiftly through the night.

black tons cup the jaw, a frantic goldfish,
fracture empty blue plains.
the whale song calls the wolves
they roam with night lanterns.

who? came looking for black teeth
oil rigged work for swelling
tide
tithe.
dividends on ghosts.

only animals go so far down.

the new vampires will have blue skin
and a lust for money
they will tear their flesh to bubbles
they write myths in volcanic ash:

See these eyes they were starfish
a gang of sunflower stars
shifting endlessly…

a future inscribed in tides of metal
to succor the undead valleys,
knotted peaks
run wild with flesh.

—  Mermaid Mythos, Anna Mirzayan
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‘HIGH WATER’ by Ross Murray.

This is the title story from the comics anthology ‘High Water’ presented by Faction Comics. It’s a collection of thoughts and stories about climate change by eleven New Zealand comic artists including Dylan Horrocks, Katie O’Neill and Toby Morris. Order here: http://factioncomics.co.nz

Change is coming!

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Noah Oasis - Vertical habitats from disused oil rigs

Oil rigs can be ugly things, and as they rust and decay they only become a worse blight on the ocean landscape. In an effort to change this, a group of Chinese designers - Ma Yidong, Zhu Zhonghui, Qin Zhengyu & Jiang Zhe - have produced a concept they call Noah Oasis; a vertical garden habitat that transforms rigs into something amazing. 

While the habitats would be shelters from the devastating effects of oil spills and other blights, they would also function as centres for research. At the top of the tower there would be large scale structures to allow for forest growth and places for birds to nest, with residential spaces and research wings in the middle sections, while beneath the water line large absorption lines (for drawing in spilt oil) would allow for the formation of reefs. 

They see their habitat functioning in three stages: 

“1. Short term strategy: absorption of spilled oil
when an oil spill incident happens, the floaters at the end of each pipe will immediately absorb the spilled oil covering the surface of the sea as an instant response.
2. Medium term strategy: habitat for marine life and migrating birds
the collected oil will be transported through the root-like pipes underwater to the central processor attached to the original rig, where the crude oil will be converted into catalyst for coral reef and produce plastic as building material. The catalyst will be transported back to the pipe to booster the growth of coral reef on its surface and the plastic will become the building material of the plastic-twig structure with the help of 3D printing and the injector. In this way, the project will become a habitat for vertical bio-habitat and help revive the biodiversity.
3. Long term strategy: shelter from future disasters
ultimately, when the sea level rises to a disastrous degree, the twig like structure would continue to remain above the sea level. Then the oil rig will become the noah oasis”

Whether the project is able to get off the ground or not remains to be seen, but this would certainly be a fantastic use of an otherwise decaying chunk of human waste. Can’t wait to see how it develops!

See more at: designboom

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