Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/15/2019 - 16:04
Ocean Leadership ~ The Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering, School of Earth and Ocean Science and Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa invites applications for three full-time, tenure-track assistant professor positions in the area of Ocean/Marine Engineering. The successful candidates are expected to teach graduate and undergraduate courses, mentor graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, develop and conduct extramurally funded research projects, publish research in peer reviewed journals and in other forms as appropriate, and participate in departmental, university and professional activities. Applicants should have (1) a PhD degree in Ocean/Marine Engineering or a closely related discipline received no later than January 31, 2019, (2) demonstrated ability as a teacher and student mentor, (3) demonstrated capability for high quality research, (4) excellent communication skills, and (5) experience in coastal engineering, offshore engineering, ocean resources engineering, underwater vehicles, or oceanographic instrumentation. Additionally, it is desirable for applicants to have established extramurally funded projects and have practical and/or professional experience and licensing. For complete job descriptions, go to https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/hawaiiedu and search for job numbers 0088488 (offshore ocean engineering), 0085926 (underwater robotics, autonomous surface and underwater vehicles, ocean instrumentation, or related topics), and 0085983 (general ocean engineering). Applications must be submitted electronically via email to (orejob@hawaii.edu) as a single PDF file that must include: (1) a detailed resume/CV; (2) external citation report (preferably via Web of Science); (3) teaching and research plans; (4) copies of three relevant publications; (5) transcripts (copies acceptable with application, official document upon hire); (6) names, addresses, and contact information including e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. Completed applications will be reviewed beginning January 31, 2019, open until filled. The Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering (ORE) of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a graduate department offering MS and PhD degrees with a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring graduate students, conducting extramurally funded research, and publishing scholarly materials. The ABET-accredited academic program includes coastal engineering, offshore engineering, ocean resources engineering, oceanographic instrumentation, and interdisciplinary studies. Additional information can be found at: http://www.ore.hawaii.edu/ The post Assistant Professor in Ocean/Marine Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Jan. 31) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
01/15/2019 - 14:08
Confectioner to phase out all non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle plastic from products The food and drink multinational Nestlé has stepped up its effort to reduce its use of plastics, rolling out plastic-free packaging across several products and pledging to phase out plastic Smarties tube tops. Nestlé has pledged to phase out all plastics that are not recyclable or are hard to recycle for all its products worldwide between 2020 and 2025. In the UK, its focus will be on recycling and increasing recycled PET content. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 12:49
Five frogs found on Bolivian expedition funded through lonely hearts profile For 10 years, Romeo, the last known Sehuencas water frog on the planet, led a solitary life in a conservation centre in Bolivia. Now scientists have found him a Juliet. The adult female was among five frogs found on an expedition into Bolivia’s cloud forest. The $25,000 search was funded by donations gathered after Romeo’s keepers posted a lonely hearts profile on the dating website Match.com on Valentine’s Day last year. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 11:00
Scientists say it may still technically be possible to limit warming to 1.5C if drastic action is taken now Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research. It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. The scientists say it is therefore the choices being made by global society, not physics, which is the obstacle to meeting the goal. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 05:40
Tuna fishery gains first MSC gold standard after nation’s huge push to boost stocks, protect livelihoods and ban foreign vessels Indonesia, the world’s largest tuna fishing nation, has pulled out all the stops in recent years to transform the health of an industry blighted by depleted stocks and illegal poaching.Measures by the government – which have even included the bombing of foreign vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters – have helped fish stocks more than double in the last five years. But now the industry has reached another important milestone: one of Indonesia’s tuna fisheries has become the first in the country – and second in south-east Asia – to achieve the gold standard for sustainable practices. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 02:01
Wearers of any brand of soft lens can now have them collected or drop them off at recycling bins The UK’s first free national recycling scheme for plastic contact lenses – worn by an estimated 3.7 million people – is being rolled out this week. Wearers of any brand of soft lens will have the option of either having their discarded items and packaging collected or dropping them off at a network of recycling bins at Boots Opticians and selected independent stores. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 01:46
Bird-watchers flock to Werribee treatment plant, near Melbourne, to see Eurasia native The Werribee sewage ponds are one of the most popular bird-watching locations in Australia. On a good day, says Birdlife Australia’s Sean Dooley, you may see as many as five or six other cars there. That was before the tufted duck arrived. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 01:00
Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished “We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days,” said Brad Lister. “We were driving into the forest and at the same time both Andres and I said: ‘Where are all the birds?’ There was nothing.” His return to the Luquillo rainforest in Puerto Rico after 35 years was to reveal an appalling discovery. The insect population that once provided plentiful food for birds throughout the mountainous national park had collapsed. On the ground, 98% had gone. Up in the leafy canopy, 80% had vanished. The most likely culprit by far is global warming. Continue reading...
01/15/2019 - 01:00
Proposed revised rules include a change that would allow oil companies to select third party companies to evaluate the safety of their equipment The Trump administration is expected to give BP and other big oil companies more power to self-regulate their offshore drilling operations, years after investigators found that lax regulatory oversight was one of the leading culprits behind the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst environmental catastrophe in US history. The move to relax new rules that were put in place by the Obama administration after the BP disaster, which killed 11 workers, spewed 4m barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and cost BP $65bn, comes as the White House is seeking to open offshore oil and gas drilling to the vast majority of US coastal waters, including in the Arctic. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 20:16
A new fish kill in the Murray River is not as severe as initially believed, as fears of more fish deaths increase amid soaring temperatures The New South Wales government will install aerators at various sites across the state amid fears of more fish kills as temperatures soar above 40C in the Murray-Darling Basin. A new fish kill event at Lake Hume was downgraded to 60 dead fish from 1,800 after authorities from the Department of Primary Industries arrived to investigate. Continue reading...