Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/07/2016 - 05:35
Rightwing MEPs vote to slow down the introduction of the new rules that could delay simple, colour-coded system until 2030 Householders in Europe buying a new boiler could face confusing energy labels until as late as 2030, after rightwing MEPs voted to slow down an introduction of the new rules in the European parliament on Wednesday. The current labelling system means a product rated at A+ may be the least efficient appliance in its class due to the introduction of A+++ labels, prompting a European commission proposal to replace the grading with a simpler A-G format. Continue reading...
07/07/2016 - 05:00
Climate Science Legal Defense Fund is forced to defend climate scientists against constant frivolous lawsuits Today’s climate scientists have a lot more to worry about than peer review. Organizations with perverse financial incentives harass scientists with lawsuit after lawsuit, obstructing research and seeking to embarrass them with disclosures of private information. On June 14th, an Arizona court ruled that thousands of emails from two prominent climate scientists must be turned over to the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E), a group that disputes the 97% expert consensus on human-caused climate change and argues against action to confront it. E&E and its attorneys are funded by Peabody Coal, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources, coal corporations with billions of dollars in revenue. Continue reading...
07/07/2016 - 03:45
Mongabay: New IUCN assessment shows hunting and habitat loss are the biggest drivers, with experts warning ‘conservation is failing’ The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This change means that both species of orangutan now face an “extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.” “This is full acknowledgement of what has been clear for a long time: orangutan conservation is failing,” Andrew Marshall, one of the authors of the assessment, told Mongabay. Regardless of any positive outcomes of past conservation efforts, they have not achieved the only meaningful goal: a stable or increasing population. Continue reading...
07/07/2016 - 03:37
Katter says he raised the issue in negotiating his support for a possible minority Coalition government, but says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for Indian miner Adani to own it Bob Katter has canvassed federal funding for the Galilee basin railway in talks with Malcolm Turnbull but says it would be “totally unacceptable” for the Indian coalminer Adani to own it. Katter said he raised the issue as a factor of his support for a possible minority Coalition government with Turnbull in Brisbane on Thursday but “we’ve done no deals”. Continue reading...
07/07/2016 - 03:30
Government advisers also say more action would be needed to cut emissions in other areas to cope with full-scale fracking Shale gas production will break the UK’s climate change targets unless there is stricter regulation now, according to the government’s official advisers. More action to cut carbon emissions in other areas would also be needed to cope with full-scale fracking, despite the government already struggling to meet existing commitments. Continue reading...
07/06/2016 - 23:30
Witton-Le-Wear, Durham Vegetation towers above my head and I hear reed warblers delivering their incessant songs like gossips With the easy grace of a circus trapeze artist the reed bunting delivers his five-note scratchy song with gusto from the top of his swaying reed stem, issuing a confident challenge to any who doubt that this is his territory. Related: Country diary: A regional dialect may be the way to a reed warbler's heart Continue reading...
07/06/2016 - 18:01
Friends of the Earth and local group fight council’s decision to approve UK’s first fracking operation for five years Anti-fracking campaigners have applied for judicial review of a council’s decision to allow use of the gas extraction technique in North Yorkshire. Councillors on North Yorkshire county council’s planning committee voted by seven to four in May to give the green light to the first fracking operation in the UK for five years on a site just outside the village of Kirby Misperton, near Pickering. Continue reading...
07/06/2016 - 16:34
Ocean Leadership ~ The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) is pleased to announce the availability of the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan (Draft Plan) for public review and comment.  The Draft Plan was developed through a collaborative process, and the MidA RPB encourages feedback from all interested stakeholders.  The public comment period is open through September 6, 2016. Comments may be submitted via email: [email protected]; or by writing to:  Robert P. LaBelle, Federal Co-Lead,  Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, BOEM, 45600 Woodland Road, Mailstop:  VAM-BOEM DIR, Sterling, VA  20166. Stakeholders are also invited to participate in upcoming opportunities to learn about the Draft Plan and provide comments. Please mark your calendars for the MidA RPB’s public webinar on Monday, July 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Click here to register for the webinar.  Also, please plan to attend the Open House public listening sessions in the Mid-Atlantic states during July, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO), from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on: July 12 – Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, VA July 14 – Pozycki Hall, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ July 19 – Ocean Pines Library, Berlin, MD July 20 – Virden Retreat Center, University of Delaware, Lewes, DE July 27 – Babylon Student Center, Selden Community College, Selden, NY Please check the MidA RPB website for information about these upcoming opportunities for the public to learn about the Draft Plan and provide comments to the MidA RPB. The post Request For Comment: Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
07/06/2016 - 15:45
Ocean Leadership ~ The National Science Foundation (NSF) is currently conducting a review of the position of the Division of Polar Programs within the Directorate for the Geosciences (GEO). Prior to 2013, the Office of Polar Programs (OPP) operated within NSF’s Office of the Director. In 2013, NSF realigned several functions, including positioning OPP within the Directorate for the Geosciences (GEO) as the Division of Polar Programs (PLR). The mission of the enterprise was not changed. Now that we have several years of experience in this new configuration, NSF is conducting this review. The review process is meant to be forward-looking and data driven. Input from the science and engineering research community is an important component of the review process, and we seek your comments and thoughts. Promoting the progress of science in the polar regions is a priority for NSF. The Foundation has a distinguished record of pioneering and supporting robust, leading-edge, polar-oriented science as well as science that exploits the unique characteristics of polar regions as platforms for research. The fascination of the public with polar regions provides excellent opportunities for learning engagement and to showcase the NSF research mission. PLR currently coordinates, manages and initiates funding of basic research and operational support for science that is best done or can only be done in the Arctic and/or Antarctica. Investments in polar science are also made by other NSF directorates, and encompass a broad array of topical areas including the geosciences, biosciences, social sciences, engineering, and astronomy and astrophysics. PLR science is also characterized by strong international collaborations. To enable research in the polar regions, PLR oversees substantial logistics capabilities and infrastructure that include research stations, specialized facilities, surface vehicles, aircraft, and ships in both Polar Regions. Organizationally, PLR comprises four Sections: Arctic Sciences, Antarctic Sciences, Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics, and Polar Environment, Safety and Health. NSF has specific federal responsibilities that are staffed and implemented by PLR: Presidential Memorandum 6646 designates the NSF as the single-point manager for the United States Antarctic Program on behalf of the U.S. government. National Security Presidential Directive 66 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 25 designate NSF to lead the U.S. in advancing Arctic research and international scientific cooperation. NSF is interested in the perspectives of the research community on the following questions. A document with relevant data and trends is available at http://www.nsf.gov/od/plr-review-data.jsp. Are there particular successes or failures that, in your opinion, arise directly from the relocation of the Office of Polar Programs into GEO? Given the data and trends available at the above link, your direct interaction with PLR, and NSF’s budgets in general, please comment on the extent to which PLR’s current role within NSF supports and anticipates the needed science and operations investments in polar regions. Has NSF PLR served the needs of the science and engineering research community as well as possible in light of the current budget realities? What, if any, changes might be made to enable NSF PLR to most effectively perform all of its important functions? We would like to hear from the interested community by July 21, 2016. Please send your comments to: NSF PLR Realignment Review Input at [email protected] The post Seeking Community Input: NSF Polar Programs Realignment appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
07/06/2016 - 15:34
Rising carbon dioxide emissions have caused the world’s oceans to become 30 percent more acidic since the Industrial Revolution, affecting everything from marine life’s ability to build shells to the pH level of fishes’ blood. Now, scientists have discovered that more acidic water also prevents mussels from attaching to rocks and other surfaces, which could have ramifications on the global food chain, the economy, and ecosystem health.