Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/12/2016 - 19:01
Project to eradicate non-native brown rats that feed on eggs and chicks on St Agnes and Gugg is declared a success A project to protect breeding seabirds from invasive rats on the Scilly Isles has been a success with the two islands declared “rat-free”. Bird populations on St Agnes and Gugh, linked by a sand bar, are starting to recover after a quarter century of year-on-year declines following work to eradicate the non-native brown rats which were feeding on eggs and chicks, conservationists said. Continue reading...
02/12/2016 - 15:01
More than half of the deaths were in India and China, and researchers compared air pollution problem to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution Air pollution caused more than 5.5 million people to die prematurely in 2013, according to research presented on Friday, with more than half of those deaths in India and China and illnesses in those countries almost certain to rise. According to scientists from the US, Canada, China and India, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC, conditions caused by air pollution killed 1.6 million people in China and 1.4 million people in India in 2013. Continue reading...
02/12/2016 - 14:09
As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' baseline behavior, argue the authors of a new article.
02/12/2016 - 14:09
As the Arctic continues to change due to rising temperatures, melting sea ice and human interest in developing oil and shipping routes, it's important to understand belugas' baseline behavior, argue the authors of a new article.
02/12/2016 - 14:00
Water shortages affecting two-thirds of world’s population for a month every year and the crisis is far worse than previously thought At least two-thirds of the global population, over 4 billion people, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to a major new analysis. The revelation shows water shortages, one of the most dangerous challenges the world faces, is far worse previously than thought. Continue reading...
02/12/2016 - 12:57
Ocean Leadership ~ The post ONW: Week of February 8, 2016 – Number 304 – Available Now! appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
02/12/2016 - 12:06
Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains designated as national monuments to push total land and water protected by Obama to 265m acres Barack Obama is to nearly double the amount of public land he has protected as national monuments, by signing off on the conservation of nearly 1.8m acres (0.7m hectares) of California desert. The three new national monuments designated by President Obama – the Mojave Trails national monument, Sand to Snow national monument and Castle Mountains national monument – will further burnish the president’s reputation for using executive action to protect vast tracts of public land and water. Continue reading...
02/12/2016 - 11:49
Ocean Leadership ~ Last weekend, the regional National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) competitions were held in 25 regions across the U.S.  I salute all of the participants and organizations involved, and congratulate the winners who will all converge on Morehead City, NC for the NOSB Finals beginning on 22 April.  I believe this exemplary Ocean Leadership program is a highly effective means to means to instill knowledge and awareness of our ocean to some incredibly brilliant young people.  They may well be the keys for our future ocean – one that is healthy and sustaining our planet and its inhabitants.  Want to test your ocean knowledge and see how you would fare in a competition?  Go to  Or maybe you already know what seals do to avoid nitrogen narcosis on deep dives? To ensure the youth of today are provided a realistic opportunity to shape tomorrow’s ocean, I’ll turn to the nearer future and the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2017.  The President released his annual budget request this week.  While adhering to the total “discretionary” cap of $1.070 trillion established in the bipartisan budget agreement of last October, he also calls for significant new research and higher education initiatives.  To meet these goals, while working within the cap, the President has proposed that agency budget increases be funded using mandatory, as well as discretionary, funding.   For research, the Administration would raise funding, at least modestly, at most science agencies. NSF, specifically, sees a 7% growth over FY16, with their Research and Related Activities line and the Geosciences Directorate both increasing 6%. NASA’s Earth Science program has a 6% increase, and NOAA’s topline has a 1% increase.  Full details are available on our website, as well as in the policy update section of the newsletter.  If the science community has any hope of seeing these increases survive the congressional appropriations process, we need scientists weighing in with their recommendations and support of federally funded science agencies and programs.  It doesn’t take much, and every voice matters.  Please join the work that we Ocean Leadership is doing on FY17 federal science funding by reaching out to your elected officials and expressing your support.  Along these lines, I hope that you plan on joining us 9 March for the 2016 Public Policy Forum: Science and Solutions for a Resilient Ocean. Registration is filling up, so make sure you have a seat!  Register today. -Jon Jonathan W. White, RADM (ret.), USN President and CEO Consortium for Ocean Leadership The post Jon White – From the President’s Office: 2-12-2016 appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
02/12/2016 - 11:03
Banking advisory group calls for risk disclosure and stress tests to protect against climate inaction should move to low carbon economy happen too late The EU’s financial watchdog has called for governments to consider imposing asset disclosures on industry and stress tests on banks as a guard against the economic crisis that could be caused by an emergency switchover to clean energy. The European Systemic Risk Board – set up by the EU in the wake of the 2008 crash to monitor risks to financial markets – has warned in a new report of economic “contagion” if moves to a low carbon economy happen too late and abruptly. Continue reading...
02/12/2016 - 10:24
The catastrophic release of fresh water from a vast south American lake at the end of the last Ice Age was significant enough to change circulation in the Pacific Ocean according to new research. The study reveals that the lake, which was about one third the size of Wales, drained several times between 13,000 and 8,000 years ago, with devastating consequences.