Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/02/2014 - 18:01
Breitling Energy's Telegraph advert 'misled the public' Continue reading...
09/02/2014 - 17:16
Halliburton provided the cement intended to seal the Gulf of Mexico well in the event of disaster and has been embroiled in an ongoing series of legal actions Continue reading...
09/02/2014 - 12:40
CLF has an opening for an Ocean Campaign Director. Reporting to the VP and Director of the Ocean Conservation Program and in coordination with a multi-disciplinary regional team of advocates, he or she will lead the development and implementation of CLF’s integrated campaigns for ocean habitat and biodiversity protection, sustainable fisheries and National Ocean Policy implementation. Core elements of this job will include coordinating the development of the scientific, legal and economic advocacy support for the program’s various campaign efforts, and developing and executing the related legislative strategy. The Ocean Campaign Director will develop and manage strategic partnerships with other organizations and also be responsible for building a large and diverse constituency among the public and a wide range of marine users and other stakeholders in support of CLF’s ocean conservation objectives. Working with CLF’s VP of Communications and Marketing, the Ocean Campaign Director will be responsible for the development of appropriate and effective messaging and associated outreach materials across an array of different media. The Ocean Campaign Director will also work closely with the VP and Director of the Ocean Conservation Program to identify funding entities and implement fundraising strategies. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced campaign advocacy leader with a proven track record of national campaign design and implementation to work in a venerable, mission-driven organization with a 50-year history of environmental advocacy success. CLF is seeking a smart, self-starter who thrives in a dynamic environment and welcomes the exciting challenges of working for a regional environmental advocacy organization dedicated to the mission of protecting New England’s environment. Qualifications Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, Master’s preferred; five (5) plus years of senior-level experience in public campaigning and/or legislative, electoral and grassroots organizing. Experience with, and knowledge of, environmental issues and a passion for the environmental mission of CLF; professional background in environmental campaigning and ocean conservation highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to plan and execute a strategic, multi-level advocacy initiative. Successful experience in planning, building and mobilizing a diverse base of support, including developing and managing influential relationships and diverse coalitions. Experience in advancing federal policy and legislative objectives and cultivating associated relationships highly desirable. Proven track record of taking initiative, working well within a team and independently, and coordinating an interdisciplinary group of team members using clear program metrics and milestones. Exceptional organizational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, very strong public speaking ability and demonstrated talent for enlisting others to share in a vision. Ability and desire to assist with fundraising and interact with foundations and donors. Experience working within budget constraints and adhering to financial parameters. Non-profit experience preferred. Strong work ethic coupled with the ability to be flexible and supportive in a dynamic, sometimes demanding work setting. Good sense of humor. Must be willing and able to travel. Salary and Benefits CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. Send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to [email protected]  Please make “Ocean Campaign Director” the subject of your e-mail.  Application materials must be received no later than September 4, 2014. Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please. * * * * * * Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders — in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings — to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.  
09/02/2014 - 12:37
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) is excited to announce the Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in GEO REU (MS PHD’S®–GEO REU) Professional Development Program! The MS PHD’S-GEO® REU joins the MS PHD’S® family as a unique program designed specifically for underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduates who have participated in a recent National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) program in one of the following disciplines: Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Polar Sciences, or Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (Preference will be given to those applicants who completed their NSF REU program in 2014). The MS PHD’S®–GEO REU will occur at the December 2014 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Participants in the MS PHD’S®–GEO REU program will engage in virtual and on-site professional development, networking, community building and mentoring activities designed to provide URM undergraduates with exposure to, interaction with, and increased participation in the STEM community. These activities include: Mentoring – by pairing students with mentors and facilitating mentor-mentee activities and dialogue Professional Development – by conducting a series of carefully designed activities and workshops covering several topics including networking, career awareness and preparation, as well as oral and written communication Science Exposure – by providing students with exposure to a national research conference and by networking students with established minority and non-minority researchers in the STEM fields Access to Resources – by connecting students with opportunities such as paid internships, scholarships, and fellowships and the resources to help them create successful applications A Supportive Community of Peers – by actively engaging students in community building activities and by providing platforms for ongoing virtual communication among program participants. To be eligible for the MS PHD’S®–GEO REU, applicants Must have completed a recent NSF REU program in one of the following disciplines: Earth Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Polar Sciences, or Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (Preference will be given to those applicants who completed their NSF REU program in 2014) Must be a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. resident Deadline to apply: September 15, 2014! Please click here to begin the application. Please have two letters of recommendation from university/college faculty, instructors and/or research advisors emailed to [email protected] by the application deadline. Recommenders should include your name in the subject line of the email. It is your responsibility to contact your references; we will NOT be contacting references on your behalf! For questions regarding the MS PHD’S®–GEO REU, please contact [email protected]
09/02/2014 - 12:34
Does the EU really want to ban powerful electrical appliances? Despite what the tabloid papers think, it's actually about getting designers to come up with energy-efficient appliances Continue reading...
09/02/2014 - 10:40
Researchers have created a new model that could help determine what area of the world is to blame for each ocean garbage patch of floating debris – a difficult task for a system as complex and massive as the ocean.
09/02/2014 - 10:00
Scientists modify E coli genes to produce gas that can power cars and heat homes Continue reading...
09/02/2014 - 09:52
First of its kind CSI-style technique to gather genetic material from animals could help track plight of endangered species Continue reading...
09/02/2014 - 09:20
New Indian prime minister also expected to miss UN climate meeting of world leaders in New York, reports ChinaDialogue Continue reading...
09/02/2014 - 08:53
We are leading a fascinating Chief Development Officer search for a client that is at the forefront of scientific discovery.  Under the expert guidance of founders Scot Galliher and Sara Seager, this Foundation has invested years of careful study and conducted extensive discussions with members of the scientific and space exploration communities.  Their mission is to leverage a comparatively modest level of funding in order to design, demonstrate and successfully deploy telescopic technology capable of discovering planets like Earth in nearby solar systems.  Experts have concluded such an effort is feasible, that it would be possible to privately fund such an effort, and that private funding will accelerate the discovery process by no less than two to three decades.  Several talented individuals have joined the team already and given the importance of finding an executive who can connect such an ambitious effort to funding sources, leadership has launched this national search.  Clearly such an initiative requires the capacity and energy of executives whose technical acumen is deep, whose commitment to execution and delivery is demonstrable, and whose imagination extends well beyond the limits of conventional thinking.  The primary responsibilities of this role include: Identify promising funding sources with the capacity, passion and vision to support The Foundation. Design and develop a high impact development strategy. Successfully inform, engage, and develop these funding sources as enabling financial supporters of the project. Build credibility, transparency, and trust within the broader funding community to develop future, potential funders of The Foundation.  The successful candidate for this role should bring a minimum of twenty years of development or fundraising experience, at least five of which have been served as the top development or leadership executive for an organization noted for its stature and its positive reputation for success.  S/he should have proven experience as a leader/influencer of a successful, innovative initiative where entrepreneurial drive and an inherent sense of urgency were demonstrated. Equally important, this CDO will need to show a natural fascination regarding the concepts of exploration and discovery, both from an enormity of the challenge and the enormity of the payoff for humankind.  Most likely, this person presents as a captivating story teller; someone who is able to draw people into the vision and to identify like-minded partners who are excited about discovery and investigating new frontiers.  Location is flexible and leadership is committed to adding a highly skilled, strategic leader.  A full Leadership Profile is available which better details the opportunity and we would be glad to forward it if interested.  Nominations and expressions of interest, including a cover letter and current CV, should be submitted to the Foundation’s search consultants (Wayne Luke, Manny Berger and John Fazekas) via: [email protected]