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10/15/2018 - 15:14
Ocean Leadership ~ (Credit: Chief Petty Officer David Mosley / U.S. Coast Guard) From: Ocean News Weekly/ By: Ocean Leadership Staff  What It Was The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard held a hearing titled: “The Future of the Fleets: Coast Guard and NOAA Ship Recapitalization” Why It Matters Establishing reliable and consistent maritime domain awareness in the Arctic is essential for U.S. national security. The melting ice in the warming region is creating new shipping routes and access to oil and gas in once unnavigable terrain, and other nations are already taking advantage of this with fleets of heavy icebreakers leading the way. These vessels, capable of breaking through several meters of ice, are a necessity for traversing these harsh areas, but the U.S. fleet currently only contains two operational icebreakers, compared to the 41 that belong to Russia. Key Points Chairman Dan Sullivan (AK) and Ranking Member Tammy Baldwin (WI) began the hearing by agreeing that aging fleets of U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ships are reaching the end of their service life. Chairman Sullivan outlined the Coast Guard’s important roles ranging from maritime first responder to national security maintenance. Ranking Member Baldwin noted that NOAA’s ships conduct many important data collection services — weather warnings and forecasts, hurricane modeling, and fish stock assessments — critical to the nation’s coastal economy. Rear Admiral Michael Haycock (Assistant Commandant for Acquisition, U.S. Coast Guard) echoed these statements in his testimony and updated the subcommittee on progress toward awarding a detail design and construction contract in fiscal year (FY) 2019 for the construction of up to three new heavy polar icebreakers. Ms. Marie Mak (Director, Contracting and National Security Acquisitions, Government Accountability Office (GAO)) emphasized the need to develop a sound business case and a long-term strategic plan that specifies acquisition needs and tradeoffs for the polar icebreakers. GAO’s research found that ship programs routinely exceed cost and schedule targets and fail to meet performance goals when not following a thorough plan. Ms. Mak stated that the Coast Guard’s plan for its polar icebreaker program contains risks in technology, design, cost, and schedule that are not informed by realistic assessments and will likely exceed the proposed timeline. Chairman Sullivan expressed frustration regarding the extended timeline and suggested leasing foreign icebreakers to bridge the gap. Haycock stated there were no suitable foreign icebreakers capable of meeting Coast Guard needs and assured the subcommittee the schedule is accelerating, in part to a shortened design timeline and an integrated program office with the U.S. Navy that utilizes Navy expertise and leverages best practices for both services to maintain an accelerated acquisition schedule. Rear Admiral Michael Silah (Director, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations, NOAA) was an invited witness but was unable to attend due to Hurricane Michael’s landfall. In his written testimony, Silah stated, “NOAA’s aging vessels are increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain. At the conclusion of Quarter 3 FY 2018, unscheduled maintenance on the NOAA fleet had cost $13.5 million and caused more than 425 lost operational days at sea.” He also explained The NOAA Fleet Plan, a living document that evaluates the status of the current fleet, future needs, and a course of action. This plan outlines a solution for long-term recapitalization of the NOAA fleet. Quotable “The need for the Polar Security Cutter is greater now than it has ever been…If we want to have year-round access to the polar regions for national security, national sovereignty, search and rescue, and any other missions the Coast Guard does – we need to keep making progress on that.” — Rear Admiral Michael Haycock (Assistant Commandant for Acquisition, U.S. Coast Guard) Find Out More Watch the full hearing Related Coverage From Ocean Leadership    Breaking The Ice For Coast Guard Authorization On Thin Ice America Losing To Russia 40-3 In Arctic Icebreaker Race U.S. Presence In The Arctic – Armed Icebreakers? U.S. Coast Guard’s Role In Maritime Security Coast Guard Makes Dire Warning About Drilling In The Arctic Want to receive articles like this straight to your inbox? Sign up for our newsletter! The post The Future Of The Fleets appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/15/2018 - 14:39
Ocean Leadership ~ The Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites exceptional candidates to apply for our full-time exempt tenure track position on our scientific staff. We seek to hire at the Assistant Scientist level; however, extraordinary candidates may be considered at Associate Scientist without Tenure, Associate Scientist with Tenure, or Senior Scientist levels. The successful candidate will complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in biology, biological oceanography, and marine ecology. We are particularly interested in applicants who conduct research in marine zooplankton ecology using novel observational, experimental and/or modeling approaches. Expertise may include (but is not limited to) physiology, behavior, trophic interactions, or the impacts of climate change. Applicants should have a doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals. Scientific staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering, Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. Members of WHOI’s scientific staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts; however; the Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the Assistant Scientist level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed. HOW TO APPLY: Please visit http://jobs.whoi.edu and respond to Job Reference 18-10-01. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), three-page research statement that clearly describes your research interests, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications. The package should also be sent separately to the chair of the Biology Department at biologychair@whoi.edu with the subject line “Biology Department Scientific Application”. Application deadline is 12/17/2018. WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information. WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email eeo@whoi.edu for assistance. The post Assistant Scientist in Biology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (Dec. 17) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/15/2018 - 14:00
More than 300 mammal species have been eradicated by human activities, say researchers Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis. More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a startling 2.5bn years. Continue reading...
10/15/2018 - 12:59
Grenfell United group wants to know why residents were not told of soil contamination fears Survivors of the Grenfell fire have demanded urgent meetings with ministers and senior health officials following revelations that significant amounts of toxins were found in soil close to the tower in preliminary findings of a major study. The disclosures have prompted Grenfell United, which represents the families of the 72 people who died, to ask why no one who knew about the early results of the research had warned residents of the potential contamination problem. Continue reading...
10/15/2018 - 12:10
Activists have attempted to blockade a fracking site in Lancashire as operations began for the first time in seven years in the UK. Campaigners from Reclaim the Power used a van to block the entrance to the site on Preston New Road near Blackpool early on Monday. One protester climbed on top of a scaffold and locked his neck to it. Police dispersed the protesters and the energy company Cuadrilla commenced with planned operations Fracking begins in UK for first time since 2011 Continue reading...
10/15/2018 - 12:00
Chairman of Coalition’s backbench energy committee says Morrison government should wind up program The chairman of the Coalition’s backbench energy committee, the outspoken conservative Craig Kelly, says the government needs to axe current subsidies for households and businesses to install renewable energy technology like solar panels. With the Morrison government in the middle of formulating its new energy policy, and with Labor now promising to maintain subsidies for households and businesses to install small-scale renewable energy until 2030, Kelly told Guardian Australia the Coalition needed to wind up the program. Continue reading...
10/15/2018 - 11:55
Ocean Leadership ~ (Credit: Putneypics/Flickr) By the dawn of the next century, South Jersey’s barrier islands will pretty much disappear at high tide, based on data in a Rutgers University review of scientific literature. (From The Press of Atlantic City/ By Michelle Brunetti Post) — Global sea levels could rise by almost 8 feet by 2100 and 50 feet by 2300, if emissions remain high and the physics of ice sheets work against us, according to the review. “And that rise would be 10 feet in New Jersey (by 2100),” said lead author Robert Kopp, director of Rutgers’ Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. At 10 feet of rise, “about 7 percent of the current New Jersey population and $190 billion (of real estate) would be permanently flooded, and more would be exposed to more frequent flooding,” Kopp said. Even with just 6 feet of sea-level rise, the highest that can be visualized on Rutgers’ njfloodmapper.org, parts of New and Shore roads on the mainland in Atlantic County would be underwater, as well as many properties within blocks of the bay. The trend is the same for other coastal counties as well. The paper is a review of 20 studies published between 2012 and 2018, said Kopp. It is published in this month’s Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Stewart Farrell of Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center said data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimate low… Read the full article here: https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/weathercenter/rising_waters/global-sea-levels-could-rise-feet-by-more-in-nj/article_7c20fe5b-a68d-5785-8397-19265089f464.html  The post Member Highlight: Global Sea Levels Could Rise 8 Feet By 2100, More In NJ, Rutgers Study Says appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/15/2018 - 10:00
Extreme weather damage to the global barley crop will mean price spikes and supply problems, according to new research Trouble is brewing for the world’s beer drinkers, with climate change set to cause “dramatic” price spikes and supply shortages, according to new research. Extreme heatwaves and droughts will increasingly damage the global barley crop, meaning a common ingredient of the world’s favourite alcoholic beverage will become scarcer. Key brewing nations are forecast to be among the worst hit, including Belgium, the Czech Republic and Ireland. Continue reading...
10/15/2018 - 09:39
Ocean Leadership ~ The Marine Policy Center at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) invites exceptional candidates to apply for up to two full-time tenure-track positions. The staff at the Policy Center conducts social scientific research that integrates economics, policy analysis, and law with the Institution’s basic research in ocean sciences. The successful candidate will have research interests that complement our existing interdisciplinary strengths in marine resource economics. We welcome applications from scientists—including social scientists and others who focus on quantitative policy analysis—who use either empirical or theoretical approaches to address questions in any area of marine policy. Candidates whose research lies at the intersection of marine science and the economics of public health; food, water, and energy; or ecosystem management are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a record of research publications in scholarly journals. Scientific staff members are expected to develop independent, externally-funded, and internationally-recognized research programs. They also have the option of advising graduate students and teaching courses through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaborations with colleagues in the other science departments, centers, and labs as well as with researchers in the broader Woods Hole scientific community. WHOI’s Scientific Staff are expected to provide for their salaries from grants and contracts. The Institution provides salary support when no other funding is available, as well as significant internal funding opportunities for developing innovative research projects. Candidates hired at the junior level will receive an initial appointment for four years with salary guaranteed. HOW TO APPLY: Please visit http://jobs.whoi.edu and respond to Job Reference 18-10-02. Applicants should include, as a single PDF document: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three-page research statement, names and contact information of four references, and copies of up to three relevant publications. The package should also be sent separately to Michael Neubert, Director of the Marine Policy Center at mpc_director@whoi.edu with the subject line “MPC Application.” Review of applications will begin on 12/17/2018. WHOI is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit HERC for more information. WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email eeo@whoi.edu for assistance. The post Assistant Scientist in Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (Dec. 17) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/15/2018 - 09:34
As Cuadrilla starts operations in Lancashire, we examine the main arguments Fracking protesters blockade Lancashire site as work begins Fracking restarted in the UK on Monday – the first such operation since 2011. The oil and gas firm Cuadrilla commenced work at a well in Lancashire after seeing off a last-minute legal challenge on Friday. The aim is to extract shale gas to contribute to the country’s energy supply but environmental campaigners fiercely oppose it. Continue reading...