Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/23/2018 - 18:17
Forests in the region of Raub in Malaysia are being burned and cleared to make way for durian plantations The habitat of one of the world’s most endangered tigers is under threat, according to environmental groups, as forests in Malaysia are cleared to meet growing demand for durians, the divisively pungent fruit hugely popular in China. Forests in the region of Raub in Malaysia, which has become a popular destination for Chinese and Singapore tourists on “durian tours”, are being burned and cleared to make way for plantations to grow the Musang King variety of the spiky but stinky fruit. Continue reading...
10/23/2018 - 16:50
Magnitude 0.4 tremor follows several others recorded since Cuadrilla restarted drilling Fracking operations in Lancashire have been shut down after seismic activity was detected. The move came a little more than a week after the process was restarted in the UK for the first time since it was banned in 2011. Cuadrilla Resources, which is carrying out the operations at its Preston New Road site, confirmed it paused work early on Tuesday as a precaution because of the microseismic event, which was measured at a magnitude of 0.4 and within the limit allowed by UK authorities. Continue reading...
10/23/2018 - 16:07
Australia’s first female prime minister has described what sort of story she wanted her portrait to tell. All the day’s events, live 4.49am BST Tony Burke to Melissa Price: “What is the government’s current policy on nuclear power plants” 4.46am BST Not even Peter Dutton’s BUT WHAT IF horror story is enough to save question time today. I hear interjections saying to bring them here. Bring them here, Labor says. Well, Mr Speaker, let me say this. If you want to see children in detention, vote for Labor. If you want to see deaths at sea again, vote for Labor. If you want to see those 17 detention centres reopen, vote for Labor. Because the fact is that Labor, when they were in government under Mr Rudd and Ms Gillard, are making exactly the same mistakes as we are seeing now by this leader of the opposition Continue reading...
10/23/2018 - 13:06
Aurelia Skipwith, who worked as a lawyer and in research at Monsanto, will be nominated to run the Fish and Wildlife Service Donald Trump is nominating a former executive of agrochemical company Monsanto to run the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Aurelia Skipwith has been the deputy assistant secretary of fish, wildlife and parks for the interior department since April 2017. She is a lawyer and was in research for six years at Monsanto, where she led a team that brought new agricultural products to market, and then was in corporate affairs, according to her self-reported work history. Continue reading...
10/23/2018 - 12:04
Good bacteria cleaning water in Georgia Aquarium's huge oceanic exhibit delivered a nice surprise to researchers. The aquarium wanted to know which bacteria were at work, so oceanic biochemists analyzed them: The bacterial colonies raised eyebrows because they were virtually indistinguishable from those found in natural settings.
10/23/2018 - 12:00
As the Coalition announces new measures to reduce power bills, Taylor talks to political editor Katharine Murphy Interview with the energy minister Angus Taylor and Guardian Australia political editor Katharine Murphy. The discussion follows government announcements on measures to reduce power prices, including a “last resort” divestiture power to break up power companies, and mechanisms to boost investment in new electricity generation. I’ll get on to today’s announcements [about measures to lower power prices and increase investment in generation] in a second, but first, what are you doing with small-scale renewable energy scheme (SRES)? Labor has now said it stays until 2030. Continue reading...
10/23/2018 - 12:00
Exclusive interview: Angus Taylor will look at overcoming financing problems new generation projects face The energy minister, Angus Taylor, has signalled the Australian government could indemnify new power generation projects against the future risk of a carbon price, and says it could also support the retrofitting of existing coal plants. In an interview with Guardian Australia, the man dubbed the “minister for getting power prices down” by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has also committed to keeping current subsidies for households and businesses to install renewable energy technology like solar panels until 2030, and insists Australia’s electricity sector will reduce emissions by 26% on 2005 levels in “the early 2020s”. Continue reading...
10/23/2018 - 10:05
Prior research has suggested that mussels are a robust indicator of plastic debris and particles in marine environments. A new study says that's not the case because mussels are picky eaters and have an inherent ability to choose and sort their food. Instead, the researchers have discovered that marine aggregates also called ''marine snow,'' play a much bigger role in the fate of the oceans when it comes to plastic debris.
10/23/2018 - 09:44
Ocean Leadership ~ Join our team! We are organizing and documenting data to promote a culture of open data and open science in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) is a team of scientific researchers, data specialists, and software developers building a data management system to store, share, and archive scientific data generated by Gulf of Mexico researchers (https://data.gulfresearchinitiative.org/). The Research Specialist I, under general supervision, will review, organize, and document scientific datasets submitted to the GRIIDC data management system. Working with data managers and Gulf of Mexico scientists, you will ensure data are shared in appropriate formats with required documentation. You will develop guidance documents and host training webinars and workshops to help researchers with a variety of data management tasks. You will use your exceptional written and verbal communication skills to explain data sharing requirements to academic scientists to make sure data are preserved for future scientific discoveries. GRIIDC is based out the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For full job description, including required qualifications, and to apply please visit https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMUCC_External/job/Corpus-Christi-TAMUCC/Research-Specialist-I_R-013718. The post Research Specialist I, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) (Apr. 23) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/23/2018 - 06:34
Ride-hailing app to charge extra 15p per mile to help drivers pay for electric cars Uber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers buy electric cars. The ride-hailing app hopes to create a £200m fund from the levy to encourage almost half of its 45,000 drivers to use fully electric vehicles by 2021. The firm hopes its London fleet will be fully electric by 2025. Continue reading...