Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/13/2018 - 13:00
Senate inquiry to visit Port Augusta to investigate mistakes made after the closure of the Northern power plant For the residents living near the site of South Australia’s demolished coal-fired power plant, the coming months could be their third straight summer of dust. A flawed rehabilitation of an ash dam has led to potentially hazardous particles being blown across Port Augusta and its 14,000 residents for the last two years. Continue reading...
08/13/2018 - 13:00
Staff at government scientific agency will likely be seconded to help administer funds, documents show The CSIRO was not aware a $443.8 m grant would be offered to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and staff at the agency are likely to be seconded to the charity to help administer the funds, according to documents tabled in the Senate. The documents, tabled on Monday, show the agency “didn’t have visibility” before the government announced the grant on 29 April, with correspondence from senior staff noting the prime minister’s office appeared to be involved. Continue reading...
08/13/2018 - 10:00
70% of vessels implicated in illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing are registered in tax havens, report finds Money channelled through secretive tax havens has been used to fuel deforestation in the Amazon and illegal fishing around the world, racking up a heavy environmental toll but leaving few ways for businesses to be held to account. Billions of pounds worth of finance has travelled through countries internationally recognised as tax havens, and has been traced by researchers to activities that contribute to environmental destruction, such as growing soy and beef in deforested areas of the Amazon, and expanding a network of largely unregulated fishing vessels operating under “flags of convenience”. Continue reading...
08/13/2018 - 10:00
Île Saint-Louis residents demand removal of bright-red receptacles with no stall A set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals that have been introduced to the streets of Paris are provoking uproar among residents. One of the bright-red “urinoirs” installed on the Île Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame Cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation. Continue reading...
08/13/2018 - 08:42
Ocean Leadership ~ The Marine Programs Outreach Coordinator will work with Marine Science and affiliated faculty and staff to develop a formal outreach program that serves UNE students and the community. The Coordinator will mentor UNE marine science, marine affairs, marine entrepreneurship, and aquaculture & aquarium science students in all informal community science education and other experiential education activities. The Coordinator and his/her undergraduate mentees will develop and deliver marine themed lessons to audiences of all ages, give research tours, develop long-term monitoring projects involving the community, and raise UNE’s profile in the region by communicating the exciting and ongoing projects happening at the Marine Science Center. Through these experiences, UNE students will gain real and marketable science communication skills and community connections while earning their formal degree. More details and application information here https://une.peopleadmin.com/postings/4418. The post Marine Program Outreach Coordinator (Sept. 4) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
08/13/2018 - 05:00
Trump is trying to accelerate the key contributor to California’s expanding wildfires – climate change Last week, 18 wildfires were burning at once in California, including its largest in history, destroying over 1,100 homes and forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. The smoke made the air in the state’s Central Valley unhealthy to breathe for a record 15 consecutive days, as I can personally attest. Fun fact: there are currently no clouds at all over NorCal. The opaque skies from #SanFrancisco to #Sacramento to #Redding to #Lake Tahoe are the exclusive product of dense #smoke from numerous large #wildfires. #CarrFire #RanchFire #DonnellFire #FergusonFire #CAfire #CAwx pic.twitter.com/feVtfkDJTT Continue reading...
08/13/2018 - 02:54
Under pressure from Labor, minister proffers timeline of grant decision-making The environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, says his department conducted two stages of due diligence on the Great Barrier Reef Foundation before he approached the organisation on 9 April to offer $443.8m in funding. Under pressure from Labor in the House of Representatives on Monday, the environment minister proffered a timeline of his decision making. It came after Frydenberg said on Sunday extensive due diligence had been done ahead of awarding the controversial grant, and the managing director of the foundation said on Monday she was unaware of that due diligence process and no one from the government had contacted her. Continue reading...
08/13/2018 - 01:01
Greenpeace says government should be ‘exercising the precautionary principle’ until more studies conducted Greenpeace has called on the Australian government to suspend the sale of the weedkiller Roundup after a US court ruled it had caused the terminal cancer of an American man. On Friday, the San Francisco superior court of California ruled that Roundup caused school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma – a fatal blood cell cancer. Continue reading...
08/12/2018 - 23:00
Coral Triangle could be key to conserving the world’s reefs as Indonesia corals survive worst coral bleaching event in history. A recent scientific survey off the coast of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia suggests that some shallow water corals may be less vulnerable to global warming than previously thought. Between 2014 and 2017, the world’s reefs endured the worst coral bleaching event in history, as the cyclical El Niño climate event combined with anthropogenic warming to cause unprecedented increases in water temperature. Continue reading...
08/12/2018 - 20:35
Foundation’s timeline appears to contradict Josh Frydenberg’s assurance that ‘extensive due diligence’ took place before grant Due diligence the government says it conducted before announcing a $443.8m grant to a not-for-profit group was actually conducted as part of an application for funding for a separate project, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation says. The environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, says “extensive due diligence” took place before awarding the foundation almost half a billion dollars of taxpayer money. Continue reading...