Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/17/2019 - 00:00
Over half of people in England struggle to see more than 10 stars in Orion, study shows Light pollution is hindering a starry view of the night sky for more than half of people across England, a census has found. Fifty-seven per cent of stargazers struggled to see more than 10 stars, while just 2% of participants said they experienced “truly dark skies” enabling them to count more than 30, according to the research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 21:56
Just 147 adult kākāpō are alive today in their native New Zealand, but scientists hope their fortunes are turning around The world’s fattest species of parrot has had a record-breaking breeding season in New Zealand, with scientists saying the fortunes of the critically-endangered bird are finally turning around. There are only 147 adult kākāpō alive today, although a few hundred years ago they were one of New Zealand’s most common birds, before being hunted to the brink of extinction, killed by introduced pests, and losing their forest homes to farming. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 21:39
Pair sustained critical injuries in the attack, which took place on their property at Moyhu, near Wangaratta A man has been killed by a deer in north-east Victoria and a woman has been seriously injured. Paramedics were called to Moyhu, near Wangaratta, just before 8.30am. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 13:00
Sarah Hanson-Young says party is not afraid to use its numbers in the Senate to push Bill Shorten to back key parts of its plans The Greens will push Labor to back key parts of its new environment strategy – including a $2bn nature fund – in exchange for crucial support of the opposition’s climate change policy in the Senate. Flagging the party’s readiness to negotiate over energy policy if Labor wins the election, the Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the party was not afraid to use its numbers on the crossbench to extract stronger commitments from Bill Shorten on the environment. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 13:00
Water buyback criticised over the lack of open tender and the low reliability of water licence purchased Despite questions in the Senate, calls for papers and freedom of information requests, mystery still surrounds the reason the former agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce chose the companies he did for almost $200m of water buybacks in 2017. The buybacks of water using funds allocated for purchasing environmental water under the Murray-Darling Basin plan have been controversial because they proceeded without open tender and, once announced, were criticised because of the reliability of the water purchased. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 12:45
TfL turns off wifi on tube in bid to thwart group’s plans to disrupt public transport network Climate activists have kept control of four sites in London for a second night, with police saying they have caused “serious disruption” affecting half a million people in the city. After the Extinction Rebellion activist group threatened to disrupt the city’s public transport network on Wednesday, Transport for London disabled wifi on the underground at the request of the British Transport Police. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 11:55
People taking part in protests in London and Edinburgh explain their reasons for doing so Nathan, who was into his second day of protest, was sitting in the road in Piccadilly Circus in front of a large “rebel for life” banner laid across the ground. He was wearing boots stained blue with spray chalk. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 10:27
Ocean Leadership ~ The Program The NRC’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program offers PDFs access to unique world-class facilities and the opportunity to work alongside multi-disciplinary teams of expert researchers and technicians on projects of critical importance to Canada. PDFs will carry out research on innovative research projects, with opportunities for career development (publications and/or industry interaction). PDFs will be offered appointments to the staff of the National Research Council on a term basis and will be offered salaries and benefits currently available to Research Officers. Salaries commensurate with experience are taxable and subject to other deductions. As a guide, the current annual PhD recruiting rate is $68,567. In addition PDFs will be allocated a travel fund to support their work. Project Title Phytoplankton as bio-sensors for monitoring ocean health Your Challenge Due to their ubiquity in aquatic systems, phytoplankton are becoming organisms of choice for developing bio-sensors and models to monitor and predict ocean health and the impact of human activities on the marine environment. Indeed, phytoplankton populations continuously evolve and adapt to their surrounding environment, and can therefore be employed as valuable diagnostic tools if we can better measure, characterize and understand the short- and long-term responses of these microbial communities to environmental stressors, including pollution events. NRC is seeking a PDF researcher to lead the identification and characterization of phytoplankton species that decline or proliferate in response to petroleum oil exposure and develop DNA-based markers for informative species so that they may be quantified in situ in the ocean environment. Based on the emerging field of environmental DNA (eDNA) and new sequencing technology platforms, various sampling techniques and bio-sensing methodologies will be developed and assessed for the collection of real-time data from the marine environment. Click here for more information and to apply.  The post Postdoctoral Fellowship in Marine Genomics, National Research Council of Canada (May 22) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
04/16/2019 - 10:00
Handwritten journals from 50s show how plastic problem has grown to global emergency A trove of data showing when the Atlantic began choking with plastic has been uncovered in the handwritten logbooks of a little-known but doggedly persistent plankton study dating back to the middle of the last century. From fishing twine found in the ocean in the 50s, then a first carrier bag in 1965, it reflects how the marine refuse problem grew from small, largely ignored incidents to become a matter of global concern. Continue reading...
04/16/2019 - 09:58
Ocean Leadership ~ This position serves as the principal policy expert regarding Marine Protected Species (MPS) enforcement for the Coast Guard. Responsible for program direction, oversight, administration, resource planning, technical leadership and execution of the MPS enforcement program within the Coast Guard. Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include: Establishing, developing and overseeing long-term national regional partnerships and cooperative agreements for living marine resource enforcement with other Federal agencies, international organizations, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, industry and research institutions. Developing and distributing national policy, standards and specifications for the MPS enforcement program. Providing technical and advisory assistance and direction to, and participates with other high-ranking ocean resource managers and specialist in, developing national inter-agency Marine Protected Species (MPS) enforcement policies and conservation and management plans. Serving as the program liaison to international organizations, state and local governments, non-government organizations, industry, research institutions, and state organizations. Click here to find out more information and apply. The post Marine Protected Species Manager, U.S. Coast Guard (Apr. 29) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.