Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/21/2018 - 08:13
Ocean Leadership ~ OBIS is seeking applications of outstanding scientists and data managers who have made a significant contribution to OBIS, either through contributing data to OBIS, by publishing important scientific breakthroughs using data in OBIS or by developing innovative tools that made science on OBIS data easier or improved the quality and quantity of data in OBIS. The selected applicant(s) will be honored by providing the Fred Grassle Memorial Lecture at the IODE Scientific Conference, 18-19 February 2019, in Tokyo (Japan). Dr J. Frederick (Fred) Grassle was one of the founding fathers of OBIS. Thanks to Fred, OBIS was a core component of the Census of Marine Life. With this memorial lecture series as part of the IODE scientific conference, we want to keep Fred’s dreams and vision alive. A one-page description of your contribution, accompanied with a CV, should be sent by email to Ward Appeltans (w.appeltans@unesco.org) no later than 15 October 2018. The post Call For Applications – Fred Grassle Memorial Lecture (OBIS/Data Contributions) (Oct. 15) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
09/21/2018 - 08:08
Ocean Leadership ~ International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Marine Technicians The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) is planning to hire several full-time Marine Technicians (TAMU title: Research Associate) and/or temporary Marine Technicians (TAMU title: Program Aide). IODP Marine Technicians are required to sail on the Research Vessel JOIDES Resolution, which operates worldwide on two-month long scientific drilling expeditions. Employee shifts at sea are 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for each expedition. The work is physically demanding, requiring the ability to maintain balance on a moving ship, to carry objects (e.g., core sections) weighing up to 60 lbs., and to tolerate exposure to noise and dust. The employee must be able to pass a new employee seagoing physical exam and annual seagoing physical exams, and must be able to obtain and hold a passport and appropriate visas on a continuing basis. Both positions require a Bachelor’s degree with two years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree. We will begin reviewing applications on 28 September 2018, but will continue to accept applications until candidates are selected for interviews. Additional details concerning these position are given in the full online job ads. Link to the Research Associate Position: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMU_External/job/Research-Associate_R-010787 Link to the Program Aide Position: https://tamus.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/TAMU_External/job/Program-Aide_R-010657-1 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity. The post Marine Technician, International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) (Sep. 28) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
09/21/2018 - 06:54
Erik Solheim’s huge travel bill is a ‘reputation risk’ and he has ‘no regard’ for rules, says draft internal audit The globe-trotting travels of the UN’s environment chief have been sharply criticised in a draft internal audit as “contrary to the ethos of carbon emission reduction”. Erik Solheim, executive director of UN Environment, was travelling for 529 out of the 668 days audited, spending $488,518 (£370,380), according to the report. The audit also said he had “no regard for abiding by the set regulations and rules” and claimed unjustified expenses. Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 06:53
Black plastic, which cannot be recycled, to be phased out by end of month Lidl UK says it will remove black plastic from its entire fruit and vegetable range by the end of the month. Black plastic packaging is not recyclable in the UK, as it cannot be detected by the sorting systems used for plastic recycling, and the supermarket chain says its move will save an estimated 50 tonnes of black plastic waste a year. Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 06:24
The mayor of London is proud of his work boosting cycling in the capital, but his critics say too little is being done On a blustery September day two years into his mayoralty of London, Sadiq Khan appears atop a Santander cycle to open a stretch of kerb-protected bike lane – the 2.5km extension of cycle superhighway 6, from Farringdon to Kings Cross. It may be the first time he’s appeared officially on a bike since his 2016 election campaign but he seems genuinely passionate about cycling and walking, and has clearly done his homework – even if some of his stats don’t tell the whole story. Flanked by his deputy mayor for transport, Heidi Alexander, and his walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, Khan is bullish about his cycling record. This despite ongoing criticism over delays, and a bruising exchange with Westminster city council this summer – the council he brands “anti-walking, anti-cycling” after it blocked cycle superhighway 11 and Oxford Street pedestrianisation in quick succession. Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 05:07
For three months from November 1973, the Dutch government banned cars on Sundays to curb oil consumption during the Opec energy crisis. City residents enjoyed picnics on empty motorways and got around on foot, by bike ... and on horseback Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 03:54
Departmental officials repeatedly claim cabinet and budget confidentiality when asked about the grant process Australia’s environment department head has told an inquiry it is wrong to assume that no due diligence was undertaken before a record $444m grant was offered to a private foundation for Great Barrier Reef projects. But the chair of a Senate inquiry examining the controversial grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation says he is “convinced now that there has been no long-term work into this proposal”. Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 03:46
The Victorian company had planned to explore for conventional gas as well as coal seam gas A company part-owned by Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has failed to have the Victorian government’s fracking ban overturned or to be awarded $2.7bn in damages. Between 2002 and 2013 two subsidiaries of Lakes Oil, of which Rinehart is the second-largest shareholder, obtained four exploration permits and two retention leases under Victoria’s Petroleum Act 1998. A retention lease grants the right to any petroleum discovered during the permit period. Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 02:01
As some try to seal off stretches of coastline for private use, the state wants to tackle a growing divide between rich and poor Privates Beach is named not for its exclusivity but for a permissive attitude toward nude sunbathing. This small patch of paradise on the California coastline is adored by locals, and anyone is welcome to enjoy the clean and quiet spot. If, that is, they have a key costing $100 a year. A 9ft iron gate blocks the path to a beach staircase, set among expensive hillside homes in the tony surf town of Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco. Yet by California law, all the beaches along its 840 alluring miles of coastline belong to the people, and the state is cracking down at Privates and elsewhere in a push to mitigate a growing divide between rich and poor. Continue reading...
09/21/2018 - 00:01
DfID says scheme to protect species in Indonesia and Liberia will create 16,000 jobs The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees. Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the survival of the chimpanzee. Continue reading...