Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/16/2019 - 01:00
As UK rents rise and online retailers eat into their margins, shops struggle to survive In the early 1930s a young William Laker would cycle the 50-odd miles from his home in Kent to Crystal Palace in south London to visit the woman who would, half a century later, become my grandmother. There is every chance Grandpa would have popped into the small bike shop at 3&5 Central Hill in Crystal Palace. That very shop remained open for about 97 years, serving generations of cyclists, but in July the current custodian of what is now called Blue Door Bicycles, David Hibbs, announced it is to close its door for good. Continue reading...
08/16/2019 - 00:00
Recent mass shootings have been linked to ‘eco-xenophobia’ – part of a tradition that dates to America’s first conservationists The environmentalist, white nationalist, and influential anti-immigration activist John Tanton died less than three weeks before the El Paso shooting. Tanton lived to see his movement shape much of modern US immigration policy, but not this latest violent turn. A hate-filled document allegedly linked to the man suspected of killing 22 people in El Paso on 3 August echoed the kind of rhetoric generally favored by the far right – and also had a decidedly environmentalist, Tanton-like bent. The document praised the Dr Seuss character the Lorax, who says he speaks for the trees, and complained about the unsustainable overuse of paper towels. It concluded that the best course of environmental action would be mass murder. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 20:13
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison came under fire from Tuvalu’s leader Enele Sopoaga Critical talks at the Pacific Islands Forum almost collapsed twice amid “fierce” clashes between the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, and Tuvalu’s prime minister, Enele Sopoaga, over Australia’s “red lines” on climate change. Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu’s foreign minister, who was part of the drafting committee of the forum communique and observed the leaders’ retreat, said there was heated discussion over the Australian delegation’s insistence on the removal of references to coal, setting a target of limiting global warming to below 1.5C and announcing a strategy for zero emissions by 2050. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 17:53
The poison-filled traps are used by the federal government to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals for farmers and ranchers After sustained public outcry, the Trump administration has voided its decision to reauthorize controversial cyanide traps for killing wildlife. The traps, which are known as M-44s and dubbed “cyanide bombs” by critics, are spring-loaded devices that emit a spray of sodium cyanide to kill their targets. The traps are most frequently used by Wildlife Services, a little-known federal agency inside the United States Department of Agriculture, to kill coyotes, foxes and other animals at the behest of private agriculture operators. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 14:43
Environment groups fear possibly ‘weakened’ earthquake risk rules after report on Cuadrilla drilling Environmental groups have voiced fears that the government is preparing to row back on fracking regulations after officials said they were considering reviewing earthquake safeguard rules. The limits affecting shale gas fracking are strongly contested by the industry because they bring an immediate halt to fracking if even a minor tremor of 0.5 on the Richter scale is recorded. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 14:25
Ocean Leadership ~ Recruitment for this position is ongoing and will continue until filled. Initial review of applications will commence on September 22, 2019. Job Description – Candidates are sought at the Assistant or Associate level in the broad areas of community ecology, restoration ecology and ecophysiology with all positions focusing on processes that are critical for maintaining and rebuilding ecosystem resilience and function of coastal ecosystems. The FSUCML is located on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Coast, in a relatively undeveloped area of rich marine biodiversity, with complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by coral and sponge communities. It is expected that successful candidates will focus a significant portion of their research on these estuarine and nearshore areas surrounding the lab and in the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem as part of our recently funded initiative (The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative at the FSUCML https://marinelab.fsu.edu/the-apalachicola-bay-system-initiative/ ). The FSUCML is only one hour from the main campus in Tallahassee, allowing easy access to the campus and its sophisticated analytical resources. Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate excellence in scholarship, student mentoring, and outreach and to develop a well-funded, independent research program. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Applicants with strong publication records and a successful record of obtaining grants will be preferred. Salary will be provided at 12 months/yr for the first two years and 9 months/yr from the 3rd year forward (the remaining 3 months each year can be met through external funding). A competitive start-up package will be offered. How to Apply – To apply, send a single PDF containing a cover letter, curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing research interests and plans, a one-page graduate student mentoring statement, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants are encouraged to present their research in a way that is complementary to and can form a basis for integrative collaboration with faculty at the FSUCML and on the FSU main campus. Applications must be sent electronically to committee chair, Dr. Felicia Coleman (fcoleman@fsu.edu). The Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer and the FSUCML is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. The post Faculty Research Positions, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) (Sep. 22) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
08/15/2019 - 13:05
Forum’s chair describes leaders’ 12 hours of talks as ‘very, very tough struggle’ Australia stands in opposition to other Pacific Islands nations after distancing itself from language calling for urgent action on climate change at a regional meeting in Tuvalu. Eighteen leaders including Australia’s Scott Morrison, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Fiji’s Frank Bainimarama met for almost 12 hours at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and its chair, Enele Sopoaga, the Tuvaluan prime minister, described the talks as “a very, very tough, difficult struggle”. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 10:00
Underland was the author’s fourth work to be shortlisted, and judges decided unanimously that the ‘claustrophobic thriller of sorts’ was his best After making the shortlist for the UK’s top nature-writing award three times, Robert Macfarlane has finally won the Wainwright Golden Beer book prize for what judges called his “best book”: a journey into the worlds beneath our feet, Underland. Related: Underland by Robert Macfarlane review – a dazzling journey into deep time Continue reading...
08/14/2019 - 23:27
Australia PM says radio host ‘way out of line’ for comments about New Zealand leader Scott Morrison has said the radio presenter Alan Jones was “way out of line” for saying the Australian prime minister should “shove a sock down the throat” of his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern. Speaking after a 12-hour meeting with other leaders of Pacific countries in Tuvalu on Thursday, Morrison said: “The comment has been relayed to me; on what’s been reported to me, I find that very disappointing and of course that’s way out of line. Continue reading...
Main Street Bucksport Partners with W2O for International Maritime Film Festival
04/30/2019 - 13:16
Bucksport, Maine, USA | April 2019 Main Street Bucksport is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with World Ocean Observatory to produce the International Maritime Film Festival. They join media partner WoodenBoat Publications and community partner Island Institute. Since 2003 World Ocean Observatory has been a major utility for ocean communication as a means to advance public awareness and political will, and is dedicated to providing information and education about the health of the ocean. Online at worldoceanobservatory.org. The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now in its 4th year and is an annual juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed film making. This year’s festival takes place at the historic Alamo Theatre in downtown Bucksport from September 27-September 29, 2019. A program will be announced and tickets will go on sale in July 2019. IMFF accepts films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, and environment and science. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles. A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded in the Feature Length category and the Runner Up will receive $500. A Grand Prize of $500 will be awarded to winning Short Film and the Runner Up will receive $250. Submissions may be made online at maritimefilmfestival.com.
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