Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/20/2018 - 21:17
Climate change denial is at the root of the half-baked policies and outright wrecking that have blighted the past decade I needed to write this column really quickly, otherwise we might have had a new prime minister before I’d finished, and the climate policy we don’t have might have changed several times. I gave myself 30 minutes because that reflects the fickle care and short-termism that has been afforded climate change in Australia in recent years. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 18:01
Experts blame a cold snap at the beginning of the year and algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico for the fatalities Manatees are dying in alarming numbers in Florida this year – the toll significantly increased by the “red tide” toxic algae bloom blighting large areas of the coast and threatening wildlife and tourism. More of the large, slow-moving herbivores, also known as sea cows, have died so far in 2018 than all of last year, according to state wildlife statistics reported on Monday. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 10:58
Locals say wildlife charity acting like a ‘corporate monstrosity’ over £5-a-day fee The RSPB has been accused of acting like a “corporate monstrosity” for attempting to impose parking charges at one of north Wales’ most scenic birdwatching locations. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds plans to charge £5 a day for peak season visits to the South Stack reserve in Anglesey, despite renting the 780 acres of public land for just £7. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 08:27
Fears UK export deal signals it will become normal to lower standards to secure trade deals Senior politicians and animal welfare groups have condemned the government over a deal that allows meat from lambs slaughtered without being stunned to be exported to Saudi Arabia. They say the deal, estimated by the government to be worth £25m over the next five years, shows a shameful disregard for animal welfare and signals that after Brexit it will become acceptable to lower standards to secure trade deals. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 08:24
Disease prevention and sanitation now top priority as bodies continue to be found Flood waters have receded in the southern Indian state of Kerala, allowing authorities to retrieve the bodies of victims and enabling residents to start assessing the damage to their homes after the worst monsoon rains in a century. Rains that have battered theregion for the past 12 days were relenting and authorities said 90% of rescue operations were now complete, though thousands of people were still feared to be trapped in the worst-hit areas. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 08:17
New analysis warns food loss is set to increase by a third by 2030 unless urgent action is taken The amount of food that is wasted each year will rise by a third by 2030, when 2.1bn tonnes will either be lost or thrown away, equivalent to 66 tonnes per second, according to new analysis. The report by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) warns that the global response to food waste is fragmented and inadequate, and that the problem is growing at an alarming rate. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 08:06
Ocean Leadership ~ I am pleased to inform you that the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences is recruiting for the Chief of our Stressor Detection and Impacts Division. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, this position will be responsible for overseeing a national research program investigating environmental stressors such as harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, chemical contaminants, and marine/estuarine pathogens, and the impacts of those stressors on living marine resources and the human communities dependent upon those resources. The Division Chief is being recruited as a ZP-5 (equivalent to a GS-15) Supervisory Environmental Scientist or Physical Scientist. The vacancy announcements close on September 4, 2018. The position is advertised on USAJobs.gov under two authorities: MAP announcement NOS-NCCOS-2018-0030, which is open to current or former federal employees and certain other preference-eligible groups. DE/CR announcement NOS-NCCOS-2018-0031, which is open to all U.S. citizens. The post Stressor Impacts and Detection Division Chief, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (Sept. 4) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
08/20/2018 - 05:23
Rising arctic temperatures mean we face a future of ‘extreme extremes’ where sunny days become heatwaves and rain becomes floods, study says Summer weather patterns are increasingly likely to stall in Europe, North America and parts of Asia, according to a new climate study that explains why Arctic warming is making heatwaves elsewhere more persistent and dangerous. Rising temperatures in the Arctic have slowed the circulation of the jet stream and other giant planetary winds, says the paper, which means high and low pressure fronts are getting stuck and weather is less able to moderate itself. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 01:25
Malcolm Turnbull gives in to conservative members of his party who demanded he axe carbon emission reduction targets Australia’s prime minister has abandoned plans to rein in greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to stave off a leadership coup from within his own party. The Australian government had proposed using a broad energy policy, called the National Energy Guarantee, to bring in a carbon emissions reductions target in the energy sector of 26% by 2030, which would have helped Australia meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. Continue reading...
08/20/2018 - 01:01
More than 70% would make homes more energy efficient given government support More than half of the British public would install solar panels and home batteries to tackle climate change if there was greater assistance from the government, polling has found. While many have already made their home more energy efficient, 62% said they wanted to fit solar and a surprisingly high 60% would buy an energy storage device such as those sold by Tesla. Continue reading...