Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/27/2020 - 00:08
Developer Ozy Homes agrees to stop works and allow ecological experts to assess unburnt site Clearing of bushland in the small New South Wales south coast town of Manyana will be halted temporarily after a community environment group trying to save the unburnt habitat began legal action in the federal court. Ozy Homes has a development consent for the 20 hectares that dates back to 2008. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 23:14
Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum challenged logging by state-owned forestry corporation in 66 coupes For the first time in 20 years forestry operations may have to be assessed under national environmental laws after the federal court ruled VicForests had breached laws related to threatened species. Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum had challenged logging by the state-owned forestry corporation in 66 coupes in Victoria’s central highlands. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 23:00
Covid-19 pandemic forecast to cause biggest slump in history after collapse in demand Investment in global energy will fall by $400bn (£324bn) this year, the biggest slump in the industry’s history, as the Covid-19 pandemic fuels a collapse in energy demand. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said the unprecedented investment slump follows the most severe plunge in energy demand since the second world war. The price of oil suffered an historic market crash last month when US oil prices turned negative for the first time. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 19:45
APL England lost cargo in rough seas off Australia’s east coast, spilling household appliances, building materials and medical supplies overboard Residents of Sydney’s east have woken to beaches covered in face masks, plastic containers and other items after 40 shipping containers fell off a ship on the weekend. The APL England lost the cargo in rough seas on Sunday while en route from China to Melbourne, forcing the ship to turn around and head to Brisbane. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 19:36
Research reveals vital new information that will improve our scientific understanding of how tiny particles from tires, synthetic fibers from clothing and maritime gear enter the ocean.
05/26/2020 - 18:01
Report calls for urgent action to tackle developing countries’ reliance on bottled water Focusing on improving the water supply in developing nations could be a powerful way to fight the scourge of plastic waste in the oceans, experts have said, highlighting that the issue has received little attention. People in developing countries, and many middle-income countries, often rely on plastic bottles of water as their piped water supply can be contaminated or unsafe, or perceived as such. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 15:37
Ocean Leadership ~ As I try to do every Memorial Day weekend, I spent the last few days reflecting on those heroes in our nation’s military who sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom and prosperity. We owe them and their families an incredible debt of gratitude, and I am forever grateful for their courage as they fought for a brighter future. It has been a great honor to serve alongside men and women of this caliber for much of my life. Now, amidst this current crisis, as we look to a potentially brighter future in a post-COVID world, I am mindful of our present and future ocean heroes, from those striving to better understand the connection between the ocean and human health to those restoring corals reefs and other ecosystems to those developing innovative new technologies to help us explore the ocean. The dedicated efforts of so many across the global ocean community hold great promise for the future, and I am also greatly honored to have served alongside so many of them. This certainly includes Ron O’Dor, who passed away earlier this month. Ron’s transformational work with the Census of Marine Life (COML) provided a profound impetus for us to understand our ocean’s biodiversity in ways never dreamed of even a few decades before. What if, as a true memorial to Ron and many others, we advanced the COML outcomes and the current Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) to a global, real time monitoring and decision-support system that transforms how we understand and predict the health, prosperity, and capacity of ocean ecosystems? That would not only be an excellent memorial, but a massive step forward for ocean observing and biodiversity science – I really don’t see how we ever truly get to a point of “sustainable development” in and near the ocean without doing this. Speaking of ocean heroes, on June 8, World Oceans Day, COL is creating an opportunity to recognize, observe, and cheer on some of our present and future ocean heroes with the first-ever National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) “Battle of the Ages: NOSBs vs PhDs.” This live, virtual competition will feature this year’s NOSB champions from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Missouri, who will take on the “Sages of the Sea” – a team of acclaimed COL scientists: Jen Miksis-Olds (University of New Hampshire), Rob Dunbar (Stanford), Kelly Kryc (New England Aquarium), Ruth Perry (Shell) and Monty Graham (University of Southern Mississippi). The match will be moderated by NOSB co-founder Rick Spinrad (president of the Marine Technology Society), and the science judge will be Marcia McNutt (president of the National Academy of Sciences). I want to sincerely thank in advance those brave sages who have agreed to take on this year’s NOSB winners. While they certainly have a leg up in ocean knowledge over the Ladue team, Ladue has the distinct advantage of studying ocean facts, practicing and executing quiz bowl strategies, and gaining experience in buzzer techniques over the last few months and years. I am approaching this exciting event with great optimism that this small example of the selfless dedication of so many educators, researchers, and mentors will spur on the next generation of students, including future ocean scientists, that will lead us into a bright tomorrow.  I think Ron and all the ocean heroes who have gone before us would appreciate that. In Memoriam: Dr. Ron O’Dor Perhaps Ron is best known for his immense contributions to cephalopod ecology and physiology, achieved by using a suite of interdisciplinary techniques including behaviour and ecology, physiology and innovative telemetry tracking techniques. He was an ecophysiologist long before the term became popular. His lab was always filled with repurposed scientific equipment tied together with wire and plumbing bits. In fact, for a time there was a “MacGyver Award” (named after the TV show hero who was always cobbling things together to save the day) in the Biology Department, but it went out of fashion after a while because Ron was in almost permanent possession of the award. One of the favourite contraptions was a squid “swim tunnel” he put together on a field trip to the Azores made out of building supplies and a fish trolling motor. He harnessed this to observe at what current speeds squid switched between fins and jet propulsion. He famously published papers such as the “Choreography of the squid’s nuptial dance” and “The incredible flying squid”. One of Ron’s quests was to know why squid fly – that is, squid not only swim, they occasionally fly, propelling themselves like rockets forward up and out of the water. His response to a journalist when he was asked why they fly was typical Ron: Who wouldn’t want to be a rocket? Why be an astronaut when you can be a rocket? Read more about Ron from the Ocean Tracking Network here Read our most recent and past newsletters here: The post Jon White – From the President’s Office: Surrounded By Heroes (05-25-2020) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
05/26/2020 - 15:11
An international research collaboration has developed a mathematical method that can speed up search and rescue operations at sea. The new algorithm accurately predicts locations to which objects and people floating in water will drift.
05/26/2020 - 13:58
UK to ask for postponement to November 2021 because of coronavirus travel controls Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vital international climate talks due to be hosted by the UK are expected to be delayed until late next year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has emerged, dashing hopes they could be reconvened sooner. The UN talks, known as Cop26, were to be held in Glasgow this November, but in early April they were postponed as governments around the world grappled with lockdown. At that time governments thought the summit could be reconvened within the first three months of 2021. Continue reading...
05/26/2020 - 11:40
With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.