Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/19/2024 - 00:00
Independent advice provider calls for clarity on funding and says project may offer ‘poor value for money’ Ministers have been urged by Citizens Advice to protect consumers from a hike in household energy bills to pay for the proposed Sizewell C power station, amid international tensions over the rising costs of nuclear projects. The UK’s largest independent advice provider has raised concerns that the project in Suffolk may offer “poor value for money” and called for greater clarity on its funding, in a letter to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 19:01
Global Witness says the five ‘super-majors’ are the ‘main winners of the war’ while many struggle to heat their homes The world’s five largest listed oil companies have made profits of more than a quarter of a trillion dollars since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to dramatic increases in energy prices and household bills. The “super-majors” – BP, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil and TotalEnergies – have made $281bn (£223bn) since the war began in February 2022, according to Global Witness. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 10:20
Farmers say pontiff’s blessing will give them strength in their fight to save their industry Italian farmers who were invited, along with a cow called Ercolina II, to mass at the Vatican amid Europe-wide agricultural protests have said the blessing from Pope Francis would give them the strength “to win the game”. The farmers, their tractor and Ercolina II, who also made an appearance at the recent Sanremo music festival, were among the worshippers gathered in St Peter’s Square for the pontiff’s Sunday Angelus. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 09:00
Exclusive: Former compliance officer Jason Scarborough criticises Environment Protection Authority and industry over ‘lost opportunity’ to prevent contamination Testing regime meant to stop toxic chemicals going into NSW landscape products gamed by suppliers Asbestos mulch locations: map and full list of sites where it has been found Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A former senior New South Wales environment watchdog officer says the state’s widening asbestos contamination crisis was “destined to happen” after the regulator failed to act on problems in the waste recovery sector uncovered more than a decade ago. Jason Scarborough was a senior waste compliance officer at the NSW Environment Protection Authority from 2009 t0 2018. He now runs his own consultancy providing advice on regulatory matters. “Both the regulator and industry were fully aware of these issues” in waste recovery for more than 10 years. The EPA abandoned much-needed reforms in 2022 for one type of recycled soil product without explanation other than saying, “We’ve heard what industry had to say”. The regulator must now focus on “protecting the community’s health” over “saving a dollar”. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 18 February 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00043-z Two decades of research on ocean multi-use: achievements, challenges and the need for transdisciplinarity
02/17/2024 - 15:25
At Native Cat Flat in Victoria’s Alpine national park, four fenced-off areas show a strikingly different ecology,  highlighting the damage wrought by more than 2,700 feral horses in the area. Behind the fences, lush sphagnum, dense vegetation, grass tussocks, shrubs and herbs thrive. Outside the plots, the ground is pockmarked with deep hoofprints, and the native grasses are overgrazed, exposing endangered animals in the area — which rely on dense vegetation — to predators ‘Feral horses don’t know state borders’: the push to protect Victoria’s Alpine national park Continue reading...
02/17/2024 - 15:00
The environmentally friendly LignoSat probe – set to orbit this summer – has been created to combat harmful aluminium particles Japanese scientists have created one of the world’s most unusual spacecraft – a tiny satellite that is made of timber. The LignoSat probe has been built of magnolia wood, which, in experiments carried out on the International Space Station (ISS), was found to be particularly stable and resistant to cracking. Now plans are being finalised for it to be launched on a US rocket this summer. Continue reading...
02/17/2024 - 11:29
Island made famous by BBC series to be rewilded and turned into a survival retreat, say owners With spectacular white beaches and an abundance of wildlife, the island of Taransay has seen pagan Celtic settlers, a massacre involving warring medieval clans and in 2000 was made famous by the BBC reality television series Castaway. Now the owners of one of the largest Scottish islands in private hands plan to return it to its natural condition and into a survival retreat. Continue reading...
02/12/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 12 February 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00041-1 Marine ecosystem-based management: challenges remain, yet solutions exist, and progress is occurring
World Ocean Explorer Wins Gold Medal Serious Simulation Award from Serious Play Annual International Competition
10/26/2023 - 14:35
For Immediate Release October 19, 2023 Sedgwick, Maine USA World Ocean Explorer, a 3D virtual aquarium and educational simulation, was recently cited for excellence, winning a Gold Medal Award in the 2023 International Serious Play Awards Program. World Ocean Explorer is an innovative 3D virtual aquarium designed for educational exploration of the world’s oceans. With interactive exhibits and a lobby space, visitors can immerse themselves in realistic marine environments, including a DEEP SEA exhibit funded by Schmidt Ocean Institute, showcasing unprecedented deep-sea discoveries off Australia. Targeted at 3rd graders and beyond, this immersive experience offers a range of perspectives on the ocean environment and can be explored through guided tours or user-controlled interfaces. Visit DEEP SEA at worldoceanexplorer.org/deep-sea-aquarium.html. Serious Play Conference brings together professionals who are exploring the use of game-based learning, sharing their experience, and working together to shape the future of training and education. For more information on Serious Play Award Program visit seriousplayconf.com/international-serious-play-award-programs. World Ocean Explorer is a transformative virtual aquarium designed to deepen understanding of the world ocean and amplify connection for young people worldwide. Organized around the principles of Ocean Literacy and the Next Gen Science Standards, World Ocean Explorer brings the wonder and knowledge of ocean species and systems to students in formal and informal classrooms, absolutely free to anyone with a good Internet connection. As an advocate for the ocean through communications, World Ocean Observatory believes there is no better investment in the future of the sustainable ocean than through a new approach to educational engagement that excites, informs, and motivates students to explore the wonders of our marine world and to understand the pervasive connection and implication for our future, inherent in the protection and conservation of all aspects of our ocean world. World Ocean Explorer presents an astonishing 3-dimensional simulated aquarium visit, organized to reveal the wonders of undersea life, with layers of detailed data and information to augment the emotional connection made to the astonishing beauty and complexity of the dynamic ocean. Within each of the virtual exhibits, students visit exemplary theme-based sites with myriad opportunities to understand the larger perspectives of scientific knowledge as organized and visualized to dramatize the impact and change on ocean life as a result of natural and human-generated events. Through immersion among displays, mixed media and 3D models, the experience of an aquarium visit will be brought into classrooms or home school environments as a free, accessible, always available opportunity for teaching and learning. All of this will be available to a world audience without physical limitation or cost. World Ocean Explorer, a project of the World Ocean Observatory, receives support from the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Visual Solutions Lab, the Climate Change Institute, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, and The Fram Museum Oslo. To learn more about the current and future exhibits of World Ocean Explorer, visit worldoceanexplorer.org. media contact Trisha Badger, Managing Director, World Ocean Observatory   |   [email protected] +12077011069
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