Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/22/2019 - 01:45
Mining giant loses its appetite for thermal coal and will turn instead to oil, copper and nickel BHP is looking to add more oil, copper and nickel resources to its portfolio, while souring on thermal coal because it thinks the fossil fuel will be phased out, “potentially sooner than expected”. BHP’s chief financial officer, Peter Beaven, told investors and analysts in a strategy briefing on Wednesday that “the world will be a very different place in 10 to 20 years’ time” and the global miner must be thoughtful about the risks and opportunities. Continue reading...
05/22/2019 - 01:00
We are exposed to synthetic chemicals in plastics, cosmetics and food every day. Could it be making us toxic? Our environment reporter was tested for over 1,530 chemicals to find out • Help us reach our $150,000 goal to fund this series. Make a contribution Sitting on a plastic chair in a small office, I’m wearing medical scrubs rolled up to my knees and I have an X-ray machine strapped to my shin. The machine is scanning my bones for lead as an expert monitors readings streaming on to a screen. Continue reading...
05/22/2019 - 01:00
Thousands of potentially harmful chemicals are in products ranging from electronics to medical equipment and carpets in the US • Help us reach our $150,000 goal to fund this series. Make a contribution Synthetic chemicals are in nearly everything we touch and consume. But some chemicals can be potentially harmful and a number of experts are anxious about possible long-term health effects of our everyday exposure. They say US regulations could be stronger. One of those who is concerned is Leo Trasande of NYU Langone Health, an expert in children’s environmental health and author of Sicker Fatter Poorer, which is about the threat of hormone-disrupting chemicals. Continue reading...
05/22/2019 - 00:00
Analysis in north-west England linked to evidence of UK’s vulnerability to climate crisis The floods of 2009 and 2015 in north-west England were the worst for more than 550 years, according to groundbreaking analysis of lake sediment in the region. Residents have long suspected that the devastating floods were the worst in living memory, but this confirmation – from an analysis of lake sediment layers – provides a unique window on to the history of flooding in one of the wettest parts of England, and reveals the global climate crisis. Continue reading...
05/22/2019 - 00:00
Government confirms ban on sale and use of items from April next year Plastic straws and drink stirrers, and cotton buds with plastic stems will be banned from sale and use in England from next April, the government has confirmed. The move, which has been in the offing for more than a year, is hoped to vastly reduce the litter and other environmental impacts of the nearly 5bn plastic straws currently used each year in the UK, along with more than 300m plastic stirrers and close to 2bn cotton buds with plastic stems. Continue reading...
05/22/2019 - 00:00
Democrats ranked global heating as the third most important issue on their list, while Republican voters ranked it last in a Yale poll Surging concern among Americans about an overheating planet has done little to shift a political polarization that has now reached a stunning extreme: climate breakdown divides Democrats and Republicans even more than abortion does. Continue reading...
05/21/2019 - 21:59
Annastacia Palaszczuk says state ‘needs some certainty’ about timing of outstanding approvals Queensland’s premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says she is “fed up” with the state’s process for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine and has called an emergency meeting to set a deadline for the outstanding approvals. Labor’s vote was hit hard on Saturday in central Queensland seats including Dawson, Herbert and Capricornia, which some commentary has attributed to anger over environmental campaigns against the mine and federal Labor’s failure to articulate a clear position on the development. Continue reading...
05/21/2019 - 21:50
Minister facing calls for demotion from cabinet despite Scott Morrison’s repeated praise Supporters of the environment minister, Melissa Price, say she was deliberately gagged during the election campaign, as the embattled MP faces calls for her demotion from cabinet. As Coalition MPs jostle for promotion in Scott Morrison’s new frontbench, Price is understood to have told colleagues it was a tactical decision made by the prime minister and Coalition headquarters to keep her out of the limelight during the campaign. Price was supportive of the move, which ensured Morrison kept the focus on the economy and Labor’s tax agenda. Continue reading...
05/21/2019 - 20:56
Samoan and Fijian leaders say Australia must take leading role in climate battle Pacific leaders have congratulated Scott Morrison on his surprise election victory but have urged him to do more to fight the climate crisis, which poses an existential threat to the region. “[Australia] has been lagging behind,” said Tuilaepa Sailele, the prime minister of Samoa, about Australia’s action on the climate emergency. Continue reading...
05/21/2019 - 14:53
Ocean Leadership ~ The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, within the Department of the Interior, manages billions of ocean acres of the U.S. continental shelf. We play an extremely important stewardship role – securing energy and minerals for our future, while ensuring that exploration and development occurs in an environmentally-responsible way. That role involves rigorous study and assessment of impacts to the environment and vulnerable communities. Location: D.C. Metro Area; flexible telework possible Find out more and apply at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/532417100 Duties of the position include: Prepare, review, and coordinate environmental and policy documents concerning potential impacts from Outer Continental Shelf activities; Evaluate environmental and socio-cultural issues and conduct analyses that integrate state-of-the-art methods, scientific information, legal requirements, and BOEM policies; Help develop and implement new procedures to improve environmental analyses; Recommend and assist in the planning and management of research necessary to adequately assess impacts from OCS activities; Support inter-agency coordination and environmental consultation required under various environmental laws and regulations; and, Represent the Bureau or Department concerning environmental assessment or environmental issues. The post Interdisciplinary Positions (Social Scientist/Biologist/Oceanographer), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) (May 23) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.