Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/21/2019 - 18:35
Hold-ups reach southern ports as analysts warn that trade could dry up amid China restructuring and diplomatic tension The number of Chinese ports restricting or delaying Australian coal imports has continued to rise, threatening to end the export bonanza that is bloating federal coffers and signalling possible painful long-term structural change to the economy. In an ominous development for Australia’s trade balance and federal budget, traders and buyers in China reported on Thursday that the hold-ups for Australian shipments that began in February have spread from the northern port of Dalian to Fuzhou in the south-eastern Fujian province and Rizhao in Qingdao. Continue reading...
03/21/2019 - 11:03
Bodies previously entombed in ice have been made accessible due to global warming Melting glaciers on Mount Everest are exposing the dead bodies of climbers previously entombed in ice, as global warming causes temperatures to rise. Almost 300 climbers have been killed attempting to climb the mountain since the first attempt to scale it in 1922. Continue reading...
03/21/2019 - 08:35
Two-thirds of the lower 48 US states will have a heightened risk until May, Noaa forecast says, after severe flooding in the midwest The severe flooding in the American midwest is set to only be a prelude to “unprecedented” levels of flooding across the US in the coming months that will imperil 200 million people, federal government scientists have warned. Related: Nebraska floods: private pilots fly in to help city walled off by water Continue reading...
03/21/2019 - 08:12
Munich Re, world’s largest reinsurance firm, warns premium rises could become social issue Insurers have warned that climate change could make cover for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires. Ernst Rauch, Munich Re’s chief climatologist, told the Guardian that the costs could soon be widely felt, with premium rises already under discussion with clients holding asset concentrations in vulnerable parts of the state. Continue reading...
03/21/2019 - 07:43
Exclusive: body parts of endangered animals among those imported through legal loophole Lion bones, leopard skulls and an ottoman chair’s elephant leather were among the body parts of endangered animals imported into the UK by trophy hunters through a loophole in international law in 2018, the Guardian can reveal. The government is facing renewed calls to ban trophy hunting imports of endangered species after 74 rare animal body parts were legally brought into the country by hunters last year, including hippopotamus teeth, elephant ears and crocodile skins. Continue reading...
03/21/2019 - 07:15
Vain promises and empty slogans have got us nowhere. Fossil-fuel extraction must end before more lives are lost As Africa climate week unfurls in Ghana, the countries of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe count the costs of Cyclone Idai, which ripped through villages and towns, taking hundreds of lives and leaving a trail of destruction. For a continent already racked by the effects of the climate crisis, Idai is another chilling reminder of the destructive power of the kind of storms that will become more common as the world warms up. Continue reading...
03/21/2019 - 04:00
Tens of thousands still trapped by flood waters as rescuers in Mozambique race against clock New satellite images of the Mozambican port city of Beira have revealed the vast scale of flooding, as rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by flood waters from Cyclone Idai. European Space Agency images show a huge new inland “lake” measuring about 80 miles by 15 miles (125km by 25km). Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 17:08
In a rebuke of the Trump administration’s ‘energy-first’ agenda, a judge rules greenhouse gas emissions must be considered In the first significant check on the Trump administration’s “energy-first” agenda, a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis. The decision stems from an environmental lawsuit. WildEarth Guardians, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Western Environmental Law Center sued the BLM in 2016 for failing to calculate and limit the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from future oil and gas projects. Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 13:17
Craig Bennett, CEO of Friends of the Earth, says rich countries must act to make disasters such as the cyclone that hit Mozambique less likely. Meteorologist Bernadette Woods Placky describes how Climate Matters is helping to end the ‘TV news desert’ around global warming. Plus letters from Caroline Evans and Daniel Scharf The disaster to hit Mozambique is reported as one of the worst tropical cyclones to visit the southern hemisphere, with hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands more needing urgent assistance. I note the Guardian was the only major newspaper to lead with this story on Wednesday (Race to find survivors after deadly cyclone, 20 March). People suffering in Mozambique and neighbouring countries didn’t create the climate crisis, but they are dying from more intense weather events like Cyclone Idai. Continue reading...
03/20/2019 - 12:50
Ocean Leadership ~ Opportunity ID 19249 Opportunity URL https://npp.usra.edu/opportunities/details/?ro=19249 The Applied Sciences Manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a post-doc candidate in the area of water quality. The new candidate will work closely with AquaWatch, the water quality initiative by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) as well as Goddard labs that process and validate aquatic satellite data and develop a near-real time information system to monitor water quality using current multi-spectral satellite data and future hyperspectral data from PACE and any field campaigns associated with a potential mission on Surface Biology and Geology, currently an architecture study. Prospective candidates will work closely with AquaWatch to grow Earth Observation-derived water quality products to support effective monitoring, management and decision-making. This effort will contribute to building and maintaining an operational, collaborative global water quality validation system using available in situ data from the international aquatic science community. Validation activities will include quality checks of inland and coastal water quality products derived from satellites, metrics of algorithm performance, and refining data products. Validation will also ensure the satellite-derived products meet scientific requirements for research and global applications, including the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, data from robust, long-term in situ aquatic databases such as SeaBASS (https://seabass.gsfc.nasa.gov) and LIMNADES (https://www.limnades.org/) will be incorporated along with new sources of data from developing countries and under-sampled regions. Another source of global in situ data is AERONET-OC, which contains globally distributed autonomous radiometer systems maintained at fixed coastal nearshore and inland sites. This validation effort will include building international partnerships (similar to the previous NASA SIMBIOS program) and exploiting networks such as AERONET-OC for product validation and water quality monitoring. Prospective candidates may also support capacity building in conjunction with NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program, among others. Candidates should have experience in one or more of the following: aquatic remote sensing, bio-optical sampling, limnology, oceanography, environmental science, and/or data assimilation. Experience with NASA Earth science satellite missions or research activities is desirable. The post Post Doc in Global Water Quality, NASA (Apr. 15) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.