Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/19/2014 - 08:08
Both public and private sector are unwilling to invest in wave power, frustrating the development of what could be a huge clean energy source for the UK Funding for wave power, seen as a potentially huge and clean source of energy for the UK, has become uncertain as investors pull out or are unwilling to invest, according to a new report. Both the public and private sector are reluctant to invest, says the report by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE), a government-funded innovation centre. “This market is strategically important to the UK but is on the brink of foundering. It is crucial that action is taken to bolster the prospects of the industry,” it says. Continue reading...
12/19/2014 - 07:29
Warm sea temperatures are causing massive coral reef die-off across the Northern Pacific in what could be the start of an historic bleaching event around the world Scientists warn extreme sea temperatures could cause a “historic” coral reef die-off around the world over the coming months, following a massive coral bleaching already underway in the North Pacific. Experts said the coral die-off could be the worst in nearly two decades. Reports of severe bleaching have been accumulating in the inbox of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch programme since July. Continue reading...
12/19/2014 - 06:44
A tiny pygmy possum, a rhino at full charge and eagles in arial combat feature in this week’s round-up of images from the natural world Continue reading...
12/19/2014 - 00:30
Burpham, West Sussex: I can just make out triangular flashes of yellow at the top of their grey bills in the failing light Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 22:52
Extension of laws has been backed by environmentalists, certain fishers, the Greens and the independent senator Nick Xenophon Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 22:07
Greens say decision by regulator to remove Waubra Foundation’s tax-deductible status is ‘a victory for science and a victory for public health’ The decision to deregister a controversial anti-wind farming group as a charity proves the organisation has been “pulling the wool over people’s eyes”, renewable energy groups say. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) advised the Waubra Foundation that its status as a health promotion charity had been revoked earlier this month. The status gave the organisation, which campaigns on the health effects of wind farms, the ability to receive tax deductible donations. Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 16:57
Texas man plans to kill animal in Namibia Federal application to import remains prompts outcry Black rhino hunt permit brings $350K at controversial auction A federal agency is sifting through thousands of comments regarding a Texas hunter’s application for a permit to import the carcass of an endangered black rhinoceros that he hopes to kill. Since publishing the application request in November, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 15,000 comments about the hunter’s request, as well as petitions with about 135,000 signatures demanding that it be denied. Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 16:31
Friday’s announcement will provide the first controls for the handling and storage of the toxic waste left behind at coal-burning power plants Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 15:40
The Gulf Research Program’s 2015 exploratory grants and fellowships competitions are now open. Please visit our grants and fellowships webpages to review competition details and access the online applications. Exploratory Grants – Award Year 2015 Deadlines Letters of intent on the topics listed below are due on January 29, 2015 at 8pm ET. Full proposals are due on March 30, 2015 at 8pm ET. A letter of intent is required for this funding opportunity. Award Year 2015 Topics: Exploring approaches for effective education and training of workers in the offshore oil and gas industry and health professions Linking ecosystem services related to and influenced by oil and gas production to human health and wellbeing Fellowships – Award Year 2015 Deadline Applications for Gulf Research Program Early Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships are due on February 6, 2015 at 8pm ET. Informational Webinar for Applicants: We invite prospective applicants for both fellowships to join us for an informational “What You Need to Know” webinar at 1pm ET on January 8, 2015. To register for this event, please click here. To learn more about the Gulf Research Program, please visit www.nas.edu/gulf/about.
12/18/2014 - 15:33
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.