Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/12/2019 - 11:00
Party says Labour government would tackle climate change by starting economic revolution Labour is to set out how the UK can move swiftly to a decarbonised future to tackle the unfolding climate crisis and put “meat on the bones” of its promise to create hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, unionised green jobs. Trade unionists and industry leaders will come together with academics, engineers and public institutions to build detailed regional plans setting out the challenges and opportunities ahead. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 09:23
Actor attacked Trump and other leaders at World Government Summit for denying science to justify not facing the ‘moral crisis’ Harrison Ford has launched a scorching attack on Donald Trump and other world leaders, for denying science in order to justify doing nothing to face the “moral crisis” of climate change. Related: European colonization of Americas killed so many it cooled Earth's climate Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 08:57
Ombudsman finds authority ‘deliberately set out not to reveal true advice’ about alder tree Sheffield council has apologised after a year-long independent investigation found it “deliberately” misled residents over the city’s street tree-felling programme. A resident, Sally Goldsmith, questioned the decision to remove an alder tree in Aldam Way, Totley, and was told by a council contractor in August 2017 that removal was recommended because of “decay within the stem”. It added that an independent surveyor had “confirmed a decay pocket … as well as damage to the highway network”. A similar email was sent to another complainant. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 06:25
Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version was the cheapest in all places – UK, Germany, France, Netherlands and Norway – owing to a combination of lower taxes, fuel costs and subsidies on the purchase price. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 05:00
Despite second consecutive year of declines, report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positive The solar energy sector lost 8,000 jobs in the US last year, the second consecutive year of declines, hit by uncertainty over the Trump administration’s energy and trade policies and a 30% tariff on imported solar panels, according to a report released on Tuesday. But according to the Solar Foundation the future is still bright for solar. Despite the two-year dip, solar employment has grown 159%, from just over 93,000 to more than 242,000 jobs in all 50 states over the past nine years and the report concludes the long-term outlook for solar energy production is positive. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 02:43
Conservationists urge Queensland government to investigate mining company over Caley Valley pollution Activists have called on the Queensland government to investigate after mining company Adani confirmed that contaminated water released into the Caley Valley wetlands during last week’s Queensland floods occurred at almost twice the rate it is licensed for. The company issued a statement on Tuesday to say investigations at Abbot Point had concluded the flood waters did not enter the Great Barrier Reef marine park area. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 02:30
As the world’s first junior cycle mayor, Lotta Crok wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face – and inspire other children to cycle During Amsterdam’s chaotic rush hour, nine-year-old Lotta Crok cycles to a very busy junction. “Look,” she says. “There’s traffic coming from everywhere. Four trams from four different directions. For a child on a bike that’s really confusing!” Lotta is the first junior cycle mayor in the world and her working area is the Dutch capital. It is her mission to inspire children to cycle every day and draw attention to the obstacles that kids on bikes are facing. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 02:00
Europe urged to promote diets lower in meat and dairy and restrict animals to grass-based systems to free land for crops Nearly a fifth of the EU’s total budget – more than £24bn of taxpayer money – goes to support livestock farming across Europe, according to new research by Greenpeace. At a time when scientists are calling for significant reductions in meat consumption, the report’s authors say taxpayers’ money should be redirected away from grain-fed, industrial animal farming. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 01:00
Environmental and social problems could interact in global breakdown, report says The gathering storm of human-caused threats to climate, nature and economy pose a danger of systemic collapse comparable to the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new report that calls for urgent and radical reform to protect political and social systems. The study says the combination of global warming, soil infertility, pollinator loss, chemical leaching and ocean acidification is creating a “new domain of risk”, which is hugely underestimated by policymakers even though it may pose the greatest threat in human history. Continue reading...
02/11/2019 - 17:18
Ocean Leadership ~ Fair Winds and Following Seas – and Opportunities to Trim the Sails It’s with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Dr. Walter Munk, who has been called the world’s greatest living oceanographer and the “Einstein of the Oceans.” Walter was 101, and his incredible lifetime of achievements in oceanography, spread across so many disciplines, decades, and geographies is both humbling and inspiring. From making wave predictions in support of Allied amphibious landings during World War II to developing tsunami early warning methods and groundbreaking advances in ocean acoustics research that define that science today, Walter’s work will continue to shape ocean science forever. You can read more about his life and achievements in thisnotice from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Our ocean world just lost one of its most pre-eminent heroes. We will never match the course and speed he set over a lifetime of voyages, both literally and figuratively, but we must do our absolute best to follow in his wake and sail ahead with renewed commitment and resolve. I know that’s what he would expect of us. As we trim our sails and press onward, I am encouraged by increasing activity on the Hill related to ocean issues and ocean science.  Barely a month into the new Congress, the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife has already held a hearing on “Healthy Oceans and Healthy Economies: The State of Our Oceans in the 21st Century” that included sensational testimony from Debbie Bronk, President and CEO of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (and one of COL’s member representatives). You can read more details of the hearing below; I look forward to many more events and opportunities like this as the 116th Congress continues. I was equally encouraged to see that Debbie was one of five women witnesses (out of seven total). As I reflect with great pride on the numerous, accomplished women leaders we have in COL and across the ocean science community, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Please join me in recognizing the great strides that have been made to advance opportunities for women in all scientific disciplines across much of our globe while also realizing that we still have a long voyage ahead to ensure full and equal access to science participation for women and girls everywhere – another opportunity that demands we trim our sails and sail swiftly ahead. Study Shows Deep Microbes Hold Clues to Early Life A new study has revealed how a group of deep-sea microbes provides clues to the evolution of life on Earth, according to a recent paper in The ISME Journal. Researchers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute used cutting-edge molecular methods to study these microbes, which thrive in the hot, oxygen-free fluids that flow through Earth’s crust. Read our most recent and past newsletters here: http://oceanleadership.org/newsletter-archive/ The post Jon White – From the President’s Office: 02-11-2019 appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.