Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/24/2018 - 05:25
Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. A case is being pursued in the Luxembourg-based general court, Europe’s second highest, against the European parliament and the council of the European Union for allowing overly high greenhouse gas emissions to continue until 2030. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 05:12
Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. The draft climate change bill, published on Thursday morning, sets a target of a 90% reduction by 2050 – which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently “at the limit of feasibility” – with the aim of achieving 100% reduction, or “net-zero”, as soon as possible. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 05:00
Pigs outstripped people in Duplin county long ago - but now the residents are fighting back Two poles that once hoisted a clothes line stand rusting and unused in Elsie Herring’s back garden in eastern North Carolina. Herring lives next door to a field where pig manure is sprayed and the drifting faecal matter wasn’t kind to her drying clothes. “The clothes would stink so you’d wash them again and again until they fell apart,” said Herring, whose family has lived in Wallace since her grandfather, a freed slave, purchased land in the 1890s. Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 04:17
Most MEPs on the influential agriculture committee have business ties, new research shows, raising concerns about conflicts of interest Most of the politicians on the European parliament’s influential agriculture committee have business or personal links to the farming sector they are charged with regulating, research reveals. The key EU panel oversees some of the most important agricultural decisions in European politics. Its MEPs negotiated the last common agricultural policy (CAP) settlement with 28 nation states and the European commission. The CAP sets subsidy rates for farmers across the continent – accounting for almost 40% of the EU’s overall budget in 2017, or €59bn (£51.5bn). Continue reading...
05/24/2018 - 04:01
Exclusive: study of schools in capital finds dangerous levels of fine particulate pollution within classrooms, putting children at risk Children in London schools are being exposed to higher levels of damaging air pollution inside the classroom than outside, putting them at risk of lifelong health problems, a new study has revealed. Related: Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 23:30
Biggleswade Common, Bedfordshire: Sunseeking yellow buttercups add to the floral riches of the meadows A generous-hearted fellow country diarist, a native of Biggleswade, tipped me off at the beginning of the month to the whereabouts of treasure on the county’s largest common. Biggleswade Common has form: at the turn of the millennium, a detectorist unearthed a gold Saxon coin there that fetched a third of a million pounds at auction. Dawn Lawrence sent me in search of more riches, with precise instructions that took me across the road from the bulk of the common to an offshoot of the meadows that I had not even realised was open public land. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 20:45
Footage captured by the  Australian Wildlife Conservancy shows the construction of world’s largest cat-proof fence. Completed in central Australia, the 94 square kilometre sanctuary will provide protection  for endangered marsupials. The 44km fence – made of 85,000 pickets, 400km of wire and 130km of netting – surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, a former cattle station that has been bought by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 18:01
National Trust finds 12% decline since 2013, with the population of one island off Northumberland down 42% Puffin numbers at one of Britain’s most important habitats have fallen sharply, raising fears they could die out completely there within a century. Every five years National Trust rangers carry out a census of the birds on the Farne Islands, and the latest survey has potentially grim news for the colourful seabird. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 15:07
Ocean Leadership ~ NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science is recruiting for 5 Branch Chiefs as ZP-5 (equivalent to a GS-15) Environmental Scientists. The positions are described below. One position in the Stressor Detection & Impacts Division (SDI), Key Species & Bioinformatics Branch in Charleston, SC. One position in the Stressor Detection & Impacts Division (SDI), Ecotoxicology Branch in Charleston, SC. One position in the Stressor Detection & Impacts Division (SDI), Monitoring & Assessment Branch in Silver Spring, MD. One position in the Marine Spatial Ecology Branch (MSE), Coastal Resilience, Restoration & Assessment Branch in Beaufort, NC. One position in the Competitive Research Program in Silver Spring, MD. Job Announcement # (MAP – open to current or former federal employees and other specific groups): NOS-NCCOS-2018-0023 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/500234400 Job Announcement # (DE – open to all U.S. citizens): NOS-NCCOS-2018-0024 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/500234500 The post Supervisory Environmental Scientists appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
05/23/2018 - 14:18
If the bill becomes law, restaurants that continue to use plastic straws would be warned, then face fines between $100 and $400 A New York city council member announced on Wednesday his plan to ban plastic straws from the city of 8.5 million people, amid a growing effort across the globe to cut back on plastics. “We depend on plastic, and that is a trend we have to reverse immediately,” said city council member Rafael Espinal, who discussed his proposed ban at a press conference on the southern tip of Manhattan, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. Continue reading...