Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/20/2018 - 04:00
Record-breaking US wildfires are fueling a cottage industry of boutique services – and many are happy to pay the price With record-breaking wildfires carving up the American west this summer, firefighters have become the rarest of civil servants: the kind almost universally lauded as heroes. Reinforcements dropped into California’s firefight from as far away as Australia and American Samoa to bolster strained state and federal crews, reaching a high point of 14,000 firefighters on the ground. Yet other crews have pulled into the fires’ path with a less grandiose purpose: to save only select addresses. These are the private firefighters of the rich or otherwise well-insured: private crews hired by insurance companies to minimize damages and keep policyholders’ homes from going up in smoke. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 03:00
Documents suggest an aggressive response to possible protests against the oil pipeline amid fears of another Standing Rock Angeline Cheek is preparing for disaster. The indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana fears that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could break and spill, destroy her tribe’s water, and desecrate sacred Native American sites. But environmental catastrophe is not the most immediate threat. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 02:01
Financial analysts say regulator’s report makes it clear ‘many Australian companies are not meeting their legal requirements’ Australian companies should be doing more to disclose risks to their business from climate change, according to a report by the corporate regulator Asic. The review, published on Thursday, examined climate risk disclosures by 60 companies in the ASX 300, in 25 recent initial public offering (IPO) prospectuses, and across 15,000 annual reports. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 01:01
Automotive industry risks blowing its carbon budget within 10 years without drastic change, analysis shows New petrol and diesel car sales in Europe must be phased out before 2030 if the auto sector is to play its part in holding global warming to the Paris agreement’s 1.5C goal, a new analysis has found. Forecourt plug-in hybrids will also have to disappear by 2035 at the latest, according to analysis by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), commissioned by Greenpeace. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 00:01
Walkers and KP Snacks are among those failing to address consumer concerns over recyclability, say green campaigners Major UK crisp brands are failing to address consumer concerns about their unrecyclable plastic packets, new research claims, with many relying on pledges that won’t come into effect for years. The latest findings from campaign group 38 Degrees come after more than 310,000 signed its petition demanding that brand leader, Walkers, take the initiative and ditch plastic packaging in favour of amore sustainable alternative. Recent polling has found that plastic waste will soon leapfrog price as shoppers’ top concern. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 00:00
Scientists say global warming is behind severe storms but many who face them don’t think humans are the problem Scientists warn that human-induced climate change is responsible for an increase in the number and severity of storms – such as Hurricane Florence, which has engulfed the Carolinas in the last week. But many who weathered the tempest, deep in Trump country, don’t believe global warming fueled it and don’t think humans are the problem – or the solution. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 18:59
Using observational and model-based data spanning the entire 20th century, scientists have for the first time have identified three broadly-categorized processes responsible for Earth's spin axis drift -- contemporary mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.
09/19/2018 - 16:40
Child suffers ‘significant’ leg injury, Australian officials say, as they praise swift actions of doctor in first incident A girl has been attacked by a shark at the same Queensland island where a woman was mauled less than 24 hours earlier. A rescue helicopter flew to Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands region around lunchtime on Thursday to retrieve a “a female child in a serious condition with a significant leg injury”, rescue services tweeted. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 13:57
Ocean Leadership ~ The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it has awarded a coalition of academic and oceanographic research organizations a five-year contract to operate and maintain the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The coalition, led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), with direction from the NSF and guidance from the OOI Facilities Board, will include the University of Washington (UW), Oregon State University (OSU), and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. For more information please see the WHOI Press Release. The OOI officially launched in 2009, when NSF and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) signed a cooperative agreement to support the construction and initial operation of OOI’s cabled, coastal, and global arrays. The launch represented the culmination of work begun decades earlier, when ocean scientists in the 1980s envisioned a collection of outposts in the ocean that would gather data around the clock, in real- and near-real time for years on-end and enhance the scientific community’s ability to observe complex oceanographic processes that occur and evolve over time scales ranging from seconds to decades and spatial scales ranging from inches to miles. COL has housed the Program Management Office for the OOI from 2009 to present, carrying the program from design, through construction, and into operations with the help of its partners WHOI, UW, OSU, and Rutgers. In February 2016, the NSF announced that as part of the planned transition from construction to operations it would carry out a re-competition to manage and operate the OOI. COL elected to not compete for the award. “We have been honored to work with so many dedicated people in bringing this transformational project from the drawing board to the fully operational status that we have today,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, president and CEO of COL. “Congratulations to WHOI and their partners on receiving this award and carrying the OOI program forward through its next phase of operation. We are pleased to pass the mantle to these outstanding institutions — that are also COL members — as they take on this great opportunity, and we look forward to the continued scientific advancements from this transformational program in the years ahead.” For several months, leading up to the official transition on Oct. 1, COL has worked with WHOI to ensure a smooth changeover occurs. The post NSF Awards Contract to WHOI to Lead OOI Program Management appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
09/19/2018 - 13:49
In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inches per day and has challenged scientists' assumptions about the stability of the cold ice caps dotting Earth's high latitudes.