Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/16/2019 - 13:37
Ocean Leadership ~ Join the Ocean Education Team at the National Museum of Natural History to help in the design, implementation and evaluation of public programs and volunteer support efforts focused on the museum’s Sant Ocean Hall themes. The Ocean Education Team is a dynamic group whose mission is to connect visitors to ocean science and scientists through the Sant Ocean Hall exhibit and Q?rius Education Center; volunteer facilitated objects and carts; scientist-led Expert is In programs; live feeds with research vessels; and marine and climate themed events. Two selected interns will gain experience in a wide range of informal education strategies. Details can be found: https://www.smithsonianofi.com/ocean-education-internship/ APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday February 1, 2018 This is a 30 hrs/week for 6 weeks PAID internship. The post Ocean Education Internship, National Museum of Natural History (Feb. 01) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
01/16/2019 - 12:33
Dan Little, a retired forest service worker, took matters into his own hands when the shutdown left his local wilderness a mess The longest ever government shutdown has left US national parks chronically understaffed, with grim consequences: messy toilets, broken Joshua trees, and unsupervised campers. Related: Keeping US national parks open during the shutdown is a terrible mistake | Jonathan B Jarvis Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 11:34
Government admits process that allowed Pont Valley site to begin operating was flawed The government is to review a decision to allow open-cast coal mining in a valley in County Durham. Lawyers for the government have written to campaigners to say their decision-making was flawed and agreed to look again. The mine in the Pont Valley, known as Bradley, began operating last year after four decades of opposition. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 09:06
Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check. Ocean scientists now have a powerful, simple tool to discover the diets, migrations, and conservation needs of this endangered species.
01/16/2019 - 08:19
As part of London store trial greengrocers will also offer tips on how to prevent food waste Marks & Spencer is to start selling more than 90 lines of loose fruit and vegetables free of all plastic packaging, in a trial that will put the traditional greengrocer back on the shop floor and revive the use of paper bags. As the retailer steps up its drive to reduce plastics, shoppers at its store in Tolworth, south-west London, will be able to pick their own loose produce displayed in two separate aisles. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 07:48
Charities and government officials intervene at Ramsgate port in Kent to prevent animals’ journey time exceeding legal limits Animal welfare charities have backed calls by the RSPCA to substantially reduce journey times for live exports as the government considers a ban on the practice after Brexit. The RSPCA has appealed to the EU Commission after a lorry was stopped at a UK port by the charity along with other campaigners and government officials on 10 January. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 06:00
Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The key to the measurements is the oceans. Oceans absorb more than 90% of the heat that results from greenhouse gases, so if you want to measure global warming you really have to measure ocean warming. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 06:00
Activists fight to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which endangers an ecosystem that is one of the most important bird habitats in the western hemisphere Deep within the humid green heart of the largest river swamp in North America, a battle is being waged over the future of the most precious resource of all: water. On one side of the conflict is a small band of rugged and ragtag activists led by Indigenous matriarchs. On the other side is the relentless machinery of the fossil fuel industry and all of its might. And at the center of the struggle is the Atchafalaya river, a 135 mile-long distributary of the Mississippi river that empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 04:00
After extreme weather-related events, there is ‘need for international cooperation’ Growing tension between the world’s major powers is the most urgent global risk and makes it harder to mobilise collective action to tackle climate change, according to a report prepared for next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Related: Deadly weather: the human cost of 2018's climate disasters – visual guide Continue reading...
01/16/2019 - 01:52
ANAO finds department decided Great Barrier Reef Foundation was the ‘obvious’ partner after just three days An official audit has criticised the Australian government and the environment department for applying “insufficient scrutiny” to numerous aspects of a controversial proposal to award $443.3m to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. In a report tabled on Wednesday, the Australian National Audit Office said the department was given just 11 business days by the government to find a private organisation to deliver the record grant, announced in April last year. Continue reading...