Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/26/2015 - 17:06
Researchers say heavier storms of recent years such as current blizzard bearing down on US north-east – carry imprints of climate change Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 15:57
Proposals ban drilling in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water collection Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 12:45
Syriza may be eco-friendly on renewables, energy efficiency and decentralised energy production but it faces internal tensions over plans for new coal plants and, potentially, the world biggest gas pipeline Syriza’s election victory has kindled hopes of an environmental champion pushing for greater climate ambition on the European stage, but the party will need to balance its green credentials with a commitment to new coal plants, and ambivalence about a major gas pipeline. Syriza is in an alliance with a faction of the Greek Green party, which will have at least one MP in the new government, and it is seen by many as a tribune of European social movements, particularly environmental ones. Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 11:42
Noisy neighbours, barking dogs and traffic now perceived as environmental problem on a level with air pollution, survey finds People are becoming increasingly intolerant of loud music, barking dogs, noisy neighbours, road traffic and aircraft noise, a major government survey has found. According to a government survey of attitudes conducted once a decade, noise has risen from ninth to fourth since 2000 in the league table of perceived local environmental problems and is now on a level with air pollution and only behind dog fouling, litter and the loss of green belt land. Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 11:05
Science agency the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology predict temperature rises of up to 5.1c in Australia by 2090 in their most comprehensive forecast yet Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 10:13
The School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (SFOS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) seeks applications from exceptional candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in chemical oceanography. Specialties of interest include ocean acidification, marine inorganic carbon chemistry, carbon biogeochemistry, carbon cycle-climate interactions, isotope biogeochemistry, and evaluation of the biological impact of ocean acidification. We are particularly interested in applicants whose research plan involves the new ice-capable, Global Class Research Vessel Sikuliaq. UAF is Alaska’s research university, North America’s Arctic university and a world leader in Arctic and climate change research. The successful applicant will enjoy opportunities for collaboration within SFOS’s vibrant high-latitude research program. The School offers a Minor in marine science, and MS and PhDs in oceanography and in marine biology. The UAF campus houses the Ocean Acidification Research Center (OARC), Alaska Stable Isotope Facility (ASIF), UAF’s Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory (AIL), the Core Facility for Nucleic Acid Analysis, and is linked to the joint NOAA, UAF Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, Alaska SeaLife Center and the Seward Marine Center. SFOS has over 60 faculty based throughout Alaska and over 150 graduate students engaged in thesis research in Alaska waters, and throughout the world. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in oceanography or closely related discipline, and preferably have post-doctoral and teaching experience. The position requires research, education and service that support Alaska’s ocean resources and the communities that rely on them. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core and/or develop specialty oceanography courses for the graduate and undergraduate academic programs, develop a vigorous externally-funded research program and mentor graduate students. Applicants must submit a statement of interest that outlines their qualifications for this position and includes a research plan, teaching statement, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of at least three references. Applications must be submitted to Job Posting #0069942 at https:// www.uakjobs.com. For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Matthew Wooller, chair of the search committee, at [email protected] Review of applications will begin February 15th. For full consideration applications should be received by March 1st, 2015.
01/26/2015 - 10:09
Prime minister renews his support for exploiting shale gas as MPs call for moratorium and anti-fracking campaigners protest in Westminster David Cameron has rejected calls for a moratorium on fracking from senior MPs, including his former environment secretary Caroline Spelman, saying the US shale gas revolution can be repeated in the UK. The prime minister’s renewed backing for increasingly controversial shale gas exploration comes at the start of a pivotal week for the industry, with key votes by parliament on Monday and Lancashire County Council from Wednesday. 'Stop the infrastructure bill': ex-FCO diplomat John Ashton rallies hundreds opposing fracking #banfracking pic.twitter.com/82Qt1DZxIq Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 09:00
A new study is the first to incorporate empirical estimates of climate change impacts on economic growth in models Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 07:58
UK gallery group releases numbers from 17-year period to campaign group Platform after ruling by an information tribunal The protests have included a ‘mass exorcism’ in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, gallons of oily black molasses ‘accidentally’ split at Tate’s annual summer party, and transcripts of the Deepwater Horizon trial whispered accusingly round the galleries – yet through it all, Tate has stood by its longest-running and most controversial sponsor, the oil company BP. On Monday, the primary reason why was revealed. Tate figures, released after a three-year legal battle showed for the first time how much money BP donated over a 17-year period. The total was £3.8m, given in annual amounts varying between £150,000 and £330,000 – an average of £224,000 a year. A “considerable sum” say Tate. An “embarrassingly small” figure, counter the protesters. Continue reading...
01/26/2015 - 07:44
Hundreds are expected to arrive at an anti-fracking demonstration in Westminster with further protests this week – we’d like to hear from those taking part in the protests Continue reading...