Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/23/2018 - 06:18
Samples of Scottish lake will be tested to reveal truth behind centuries-old legend An examination of Loch Ness using DNA sampling techniques will try to establish exactly what lives in the UK’s largest freshwater body – it may also discover whether there is any scientific basis to the monster legend. The mission will involve genetic code being extracted from the lake over a two-week period to determine the types of creatures that live there. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 05:00
Farmers take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation, and at twice the rate of military veterans. Two bills to help farmers were included in the federal farm bill In early May, Kansas farmer John Blaske is waiting for the rain to stop so he can begin planting. From the front door of his farmhouse, a green yard decorated with bird feeders slopes down to a series of fields where the corn will be planted. Beyond the fields, there’s a tree line and a small bridge with a creek running below. It’s peaceful here, and mostly quiet, except for the sound of the occasional car or tractor, or the cows calling from the paddock. The waiting makes him restless, he tells me. And it’s not just the rain. He’s also waiting desperately for the opportunity to talk to fellow agrarians or to legislators about the stress, depression and suicidal ideation he experiences as a farmer. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 05:00
Hot oceans fueled Hurricane Harvey, generating intense rainfall Last summer, the United states was pummeled with three severe hurricanes in rapid succession. It was a truly awesome display of the power of weather and the country is still reeling from the effects. In the climate community, there has been years of research into the effect that human-caused global warming has on these storms – both their frequency and their power. The prevailing view is that in a warming world, there will likely be fewer such storms, but the storms that form will be more severe. Some research, however, concludes that there will be both more storms and more severe ones. More generally, because there is more heat, there is more activity, which can be manifested in several ways. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 00:01
Wasted water from leaking pipes and overuse in homes is causing damage to rivers and wildlife and putting increasing pressure on overstretched supplies, warns the Environment Agency People need to use less water and companies must curb leaks to prevent future water shortages and damage to rivers and wildlife, the Environment Agency (EA) has warned. Many sources of water supplies are already overstretched and, with climate change and a growing population, much of England could see significant supply shortages by the 2050s – particularly in the south-east. Continue reading...
05/22/2018 - 23:30
Bodnant Garden, Gwynedd: Rhododendrons and azaleas flash white, pink, red, orange and blue as the oaks awaken from a long winter dream These oak leaves open like bloody beef. Not the “rich brown-umber hue the oaks unfold/ When Spring’s young sunshine bathes their trunks in gold” that John Clare described in his poem Wood Pictures in Spring. These are the emerging leaves of a Quercus robur “Atropurpurea” (they will mature to a deep red-purple), a form of English or common oak, growing in a Welsh wood on the ravine of a stream flowing into the Vale of Conwy. Continue reading...
05/22/2018 - 23:01
Exclusive: Study finds 12,000 items worth $4m, including ivory, live orangutans and a huge number of reptiles and birds for the pet trade The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife is rife across Europe, a new investigation has revealed, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans and bears to ivory, polar bear skins and many live reptiles and birds. Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on 100 online marketplaces in four countries, the UK, Germany, France and Russia. They found more than 5,000 adverts offering to sell almost 12,000 items, worth $4m (£3m) in total. All the specimens were species in which trade is restricted or banned by the global Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species. Continue reading...
05/22/2018 - 22:44
Yacht club members can finally take to the ephemeral lake in South Australian outback after tracking water from western Queensland • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon After weeks of tracking the slow progress of flood waters through outback Queensland, members of the improbable Lake Eyre Yacht Club have been able to return to the water. Water reached Lake Eyre, or Kati Thanda, in South Australia on 15 May, two months after falling in the upper Diamantina catchment in western Queensland, some 1,000km away. Continue reading...
05/22/2018 - 19:00
With insect numbers falling because of pesticides, natural controls are being sought for a pest threatening valuable oilseed rape crops One of the pests that troubles British farmers is the pollen beetle, Meligethes aeneus, which is particularly fond of yellow flowers and is a menace to oil seed rape. On some plants it is a beneficial pollinator, but on oilseed rape it destroys the plant’s ability to produce the all-important seed. Related: Our wildlife can be saved – but only with political will | Letters Continue reading...
05/22/2018 - 14:29
Potentially deadly plumes of volcanic gas and particles are polluting the Big Island in the wake of recent eruptions Three dozen tourists were gathered at the Wailoa Sampan Basin Harbor in Hilo, Hawaii, hoping to get a glimpse of the lava that they’d seen on the news for weeks. But because Hawaii Volcanoes national park – often a key stop in travelers’ itineraries – was closed after Kilauea erupted, their best hope on Monday afternoon was taking a boat to the point where the lava met the sea. Continue reading...
05/22/2018 - 13:54
Ocean Leadership ~ Assistant Teaching Professor, Marine Biology Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at University of California San Diego (https://scripps.ucsd.edu) invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor – a UC faculty position formally titled “Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment,” (LPSOE). The teaching faculty (LPSOE) series has equivalent rights and responsibilities as the traditional UC tenure-track Professor series, but with a stronger emphasis on teaching and scholarly activity related to education. The successful candidate will be an outstanding educator with demonstrated commitment to effective and innovative undergraduate teaching who can provide guidance and leadership for the marine biology undergraduate program and contribute to University and public service. Primary responsibilities will be to teach core undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses, including SIO 187 ‘Statistical Methods in Marine Biology’ and SIO 136 ‘Marine Biology Laboratory’ (co-teaching the latter). See https://scripps.ucsd.edu/education/courses for course descriptions and links to past syllabi. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology or a relevant field. Areas of research and teaching expertise that will be favorably looked upon to enhance the teaching program include but are not limited to: biometry, biodiversity, data analytics, fisheries, evolution and genetics of marine organisms, fieldwork methods, marine biochemistry and physiology, marine ecology, and marine mammal biology. In addition, candidates are expected to: • Provide evidence of effective and innovative undergraduate teaching in marine biology with demonstrated experience in scholarly activities related to innovations and advancements in undergraduate teaching strategies. (required) • Have a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education, with ability to successfully address the educational and academic needs of a diverse student population – including identifying and/or developing effective teaching strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups who are underrepresented in higher education. (required) • Have a record of success in educational grant writing, educational program development and assessment and/or research in marine science education. We will also consider candidates demonstrating a strong interest and promise in developing these activities. (preferred) Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. Please apply by June 30, 2018 at: http://apptrkr.com/1224898 SIO is a world-renowned center of marine research with more than 200 principal investigators leading research programs on all aspects of earth, ocean, biological and atmospheric sciences. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The SIO undergraduate educational mission is interdisciplinary and includes undergraduate majors in Earth Sciences, Marine Biology, and Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and two academic minors: Marine Science, and Earth Sciences. The Marine Biology undergraduate major is the largest major offered at SIO, with nearly 400 students (see https://scripps.ucsd.edu/undergrad/marine-biology-bs). The University of California San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For applicants with interest in spousal/partner employment, please also see: http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/partneropp/index.html for the UCSD Partner Opportunities Program. The post Assistant Teaching Professor, Marine Biology (Jun 30) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.