Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/18/2019 - 19:52
California town bars access to site as stunning flowers draw at least 50,000 visitors Related: Super bloom: can this tiny California town avoid another 'flowergeddon'? This weekend thousands of tourists frolicked through fields of poppies in southern California, posting photos tagged #superbloom. But for the town of Lake Elsinore, the influx of visitors quickly became a #poppynightmare. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 19:01
Bill Giles calls on broadcasters to add slot explaining humans’ impact on climate The veteran weatherman Bill Giles is calling on the BBC and other major broadcasters to radically overhaul their forecasts to incorporate information about climate change. The former head of BBC weather presenters has said more needs to be done by broadcasters to highlight climate change to face the “reality more squarely and openly”. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 17:00
Exclusive: Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned. The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country’s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 16:30
Cost of offshore wind has fallen as turbines have improved, along with energy storage schemes It is hard to keep up with how quickly offshore wind technology is developing. Turbines standing in shallow seas will soon cover hundreds of square miles of the UK’s coasts, providing one-third of Britain’s electricity. Next it will be the turn of floating turbines. Admittedly, it took 15 years for Statoil to develop the first floating windfarm off Aberdeen, but its output has exceeded expectations. The Norwegian state oil company, renamed Equinor to make its image greener, has said more than half of the North Sea is suitable for deploying floating wind power. Electricity produced from these turbines anchored in deep water could provide all the EU’s electricity four times over. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 15:20
Ocean Leadership ~ A terrific day of seas and policies, now let’s seize the opportunities I extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who participated in our Public Policy Forum, U.S. Ocean Policy – Past, Present, and Future, last week. Thanks to all the speakers, panelists, active participants in the audience, and many heroes on the COL staff, we really did identify key elements of ocean policy that must transition across time and circumstance, in addition to transformational concepts that must absolutely be addressed now and in the future. As a result, I am much more optimistic that we can actually achieve the vision set forward by Admiral Watkins and the commissioners on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy back in 2004: “The oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes are clean, safe, prospering, and sustainably managed. They contribute significantly to the economy, supporting multiple, beneficial uses such as food production, development of energy and mineral resources, recreation and tourism, transportation of goods and people, and the discovery of novel medicines, while preserving a high level of biodiversity and a wide range of critical natural habitats.” Or perhaps instead of a vision, it’s time we consider this a mandate. Read our most recent and past newsletters here: http://oceanleadership.org/newsletter-archive/ The post Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-18-2019 appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
03/18/2019 - 14:20
White Hart Lane | A hug that said it all | Car-free rambles | Solar power | Breakup songs | Brexit Brel I’m a long-term Tottenham resident and lifelong Spurs fan living just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. There is no need to waste public money on renaming White Hart Lane rail station as Tottenham Hotspur (Report, 18 March). Spurs are known for playing at “The Lane”. The effort by the current owners of Spurs to get the name changed is another attempt by corporate interests to makeover and rebrand Tottenham. It is a vibrant multicultural working-class area with a strong sense of community. Neoliberalism can’t stand that.Keith FlettTottenham, London • The heart-warming photograph (Front page, 18 March) of Jacinda Ardern hugging a worshipper at a Wellington mosque made me wonder how our own prime minister, Theresa May, would have responded to such a tragic event as the Christchurch killings. Then I remembered the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, and I got my answer.John R GillHeswall, Wirral Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 13:02
Ocean Leadership ~ (Credit: NOAA Aquaculture Program) (From University of Georgia / By ) — A team of University of Georgia investigators is working on a murder mystery, not your everyday who-done-it, but one in which the investigators are scientists, and the victims are thousands of tiny oyster larvae. The mystery began the in the summer of 2017 at the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory, a unit of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant on Skidaway Island near Savannah. The shellfish lab is leading a movement to develop oyster aquaculture in Georgia and operates the state’s only oyster hatchery. One day, as they frequently do, the oyster hatchery team changed the water in the tanks containing oyster larvae. The team pumped water from the Skidaway River behind the lab and ran it through filters before introducing it to the larvae tanks. At this stage in their life cycle the oysters are free swimmers — not having developed a shell or attached to any surface — and they are tiny, only a tenth of a millimeter in diameter. When the team arrived at work the following day, they were shocked. “We came in the next day and we had lost 80 to 90 percent of our larvae,” Tom Bliss, director of the shellfish lab, said. “The day before, they were perfectly healthy, then overnight they went.” They quickly concluded the mortality must have been connected to… Read the full article here: https://www.skio.uga.edu/2019/03/13/uga-scientists-investigate-marine-murder-mystery/ The post Member Highlight: UGA Scientists Investigate Marine Murder Mystery appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
03/18/2019 - 12:00
BAEconomics modelling had been used by energy minister to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under Labor Lifting Australia’s emissions reduction target from 27% to 45% by 2030 would increase the implicit carbon price by as little as $24 a tonne, according to new modelling. The BAEconomics modelling, released on Tuesday, was leaked to the Australian and then used by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under Labor. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 11:17
Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate as a statewide emergency was declared after rivers overflowed their banks and multiple levees failed Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 09:18
Labour peer Robert Winston has asked about regulating cyclists. An imagined transport minister responds On Monday, the scientist and Labour peer Robert Winston is to formally ask a question in the House of Lords about what assessments ministers have made “for requiring adults riding bicycles in city centres to have a licence and third-party insurance”. Below is the entirely imagined response I would like the government to make to him. Continue reading...