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08/15/2019 - 14:43
Environment groups fear possibly ‘weakened’ earthquake risk rules after report on Cuadrilla drilling Environmental groups have voiced fears that the government is preparing to row back on fracking regulations after officials said they were considering reviewing earthquake safeguard rules. The limits affecting shale gas fracking are strongly contested by the industry because they bring an immediate halt to fracking if even a minor tremor of 0.5 on the Richter scale is recorded. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 14:25
Ocean Leadership ~ Recruitment for this position is ongoing and will continue until filled. Initial review of applications will commence on September 22, 2019. Job Description – Candidates are sought at the Assistant or Associate level in the broad areas of community ecology, restoration ecology and ecophysiology with all positions focusing on processes that are critical for maintaining and rebuilding ecosystem resilience and function of coastal ecosystems. The FSUCML is located on the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Coast, in a relatively undeveloped area of rich marine biodiversity, with complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by coral and sponge communities. It is expected that successful candidates will focus a significant portion of their research on these estuarine and nearshore areas surrounding the lab and in the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem as part of our recently funded initiative (The Apalachicola Bay System Initiative at the FSUCML https://marinelab.fsu.edu/the-apalachicola-bay-system-initiative/ ). The FSUCML is only one hour from the main campus in Tallahassee, allowing easy access to the campus and its sophisticated analytical resources. Successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate excellence in scholarship, student mentoring, and outreach and to develop a well-funded, independent research program. Postdoctoral experience is desirable. Applicants with strong publication records and a successful record of obtaining grants will be preferred. Salary will be provided at 12 months/yr for the first two years and 9 months/yr from the 3rd year forward (the remaining 3 months each year can be met through external funding). A competitive start-up package will be offered. How to Apply – To apply, send a single PDF containing a cover letter, curriculum vita, a two-page narrative describing research interests and plans, a one-page graduate student mentoring statement, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants are encouraged to present their research in a way that is complementary to and can form a basis for integrative collaboration with faculty at the FSUCML and on the FSU main campus. Applications must be sent electronically to committee chair, Dr. Felicia Coleman (fcoleman@fsu.edu). The Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer and the FSUCML is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. The post Faculty Research Positions, Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) (Sep. 22) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
08/15/2019 - 13:05
Forum’s chair describes leaders’ 12 hours of talks as ‘very, very tough struggle’ Australia stands in opposition to other Pacific Islands nations after distancing itself from language calling for urgent action on climate change at a regional meeting in Tuvalu. Eighteen leaders including Australia’s Scott Morrison, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern and Fiji’s Frank Bainimarama met for almost 12 hours at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), and its chair, Enele Sopoaga, the Tuvaluan prime minister, described the talks as “a very, very tough, difficult struggle”. Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 10:00
Underland was the author’s fourth work to be shortlisted, and judges decided unanimously that the ‘claustrophobic thriller of sorts’ was his best After making the shortlist for the UK’s top nature-writing award three times, Robert Macfarlane has finally won the Wainwright Golden Beer book prize for what judges called his “best book”: a journey into the worlds beneath our feet, Underland. Related: Underland by Robert Macfarlane review – a dazzling journey into deep time Continue reading...
08/15/2019 - 00:00
To protect itself from destructive flooding, the city has built a park designed to store and recycle rainwater In Alicante it never rains but it pours. The city in southeast Spain goes without rain for months on end, but when it comes it’s torrential, bringing destructive and sometimes fatal flooding. Or at least, it used to. In San Juan, a low-lying area of the city, authorities have built a new park with a twist. Called La Marjal, it serves as a typical recreation area and a nature reserve – but its primary purpose is to store, and then recycle, rainwater. Continue reading...
08/14/2019 - 23:27
Australia PM says radio host ‘way out of line’ for comments about New Zealand leader Scott Morrison has said the radio presenter Alan Jones was “way out of line” for saying the Australian prime minister should “shove a sock down the throat” of his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern. Speaking after a 12-hour meeting with other leaders of Pacific countries in Tuvalu on Thursday, Morrison said: “The comment has been relayed to me; on what’s been reported to me, I find that very disappointing and of course that’s way out of line. Continue reading...
08/14/2019 - 20:56
A common species of urban lichen is being promoted as a natural alternative to Viagra, much to the concern of scientists Botanists in New Zealand are warning the public not to consume lichen growing on footpaths and shady rocks throughout the country, after misleading stories about its stimulatory properties spread rapidly online. The University of Otago lichenologist Dr Allison Knight dubbed a common species of local lichen “sexy pavement lichen” after discovering it was being promoted as a natural alternative to Viagra in online marketplaces, especially in China. Continue reading...
08/14/2019 - 18:57
MPs, celebrities and academics criticise ‘disgraceful’ comment by Brexit backer Arron Banks has been criticised after he appeared to wish harm upon Greta Thunberg as the 16-year-old activist set sail across the Atlantic in a solar-powered yacht on a zero-carbon two-week voyage. The controversial Brexit backer warned the teenager that “freak yachting accidents do happen in August” as he responded to a tweet by Green party MP Caroline Lucas who said Thunberg was carrying “the vital message to the UN that time is running out to address the climate emergency”. Continue reading...
08/14/2019 - 17:31
Sources say Canberra has softened language, getting rid of all but one reference to coal Australia has succeeded in removing all but one reference to coal on the draft communique of the Pacific Islands Forum, and is expected to be able to get that removed on Thursday as Pacific leaders including Scott Morrison meet to debate the text. Sources familiar with the negotiations on the communique, which is used for regional policy making, told Guardian Australia that Australia has been working hard during negotiations to soften the language on climate change and has succeeded in many mentions. Continue reading...
08/14/2019 - 13:00
Exclusive: Speaking tour by controversial academic Peter Ridd is being supported by sugarcane managers paid for with Queensland government funds Support our independent journalism with a single or recurring contribution Sugarcane industry managers funded by grants from the Queensland government to help cane growers reduce pollution flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef are promoting lectures by a controversial scientist who argues farm runoff is no threat to the reef. Peter Ridd began a speaking tour of regional Queensland on Monday amid fierce opposition to proposed state regulations that would set restrictions for sediment and chemical runoff from farms into reef catchments. Continue reading...