Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/22/2014 - 14:56
Drilling of holes to monitor ground movement and water pollution slammed as an attempt to dupe public over shale gas safety Hundreds of government-funded boreholes are set to be drilled across Britain to try to persuade the public that a looming shale gas boom can be developed safely, the Observer has learned. Sensors in the boreholes would detect possible water pollution or earthquakes caused by fracking and the information would be made public. “We will be taking the pulse of the sub-surface environment and will reveal if things are going wrong, but also if they are going right,” said Professor Mike Stephenson, director of science and technology at the British Geological Survey, which would drill the boreholes. “The aim is to reassure people that we can manage the sub-surface safely.” Continue reading...
11/22/2014 - 01:48
Shark sighting comes after two great whites found dead in shark nets off Bondi beach Continue reading...
11/22/2014 - 00:30
Gorley Common, New Forest Some of the gorse bushes look well-manicured. They’re rounded and lack sprawling limbs. These have been trimmed by ponies, which find nutritious winter food in the plant Continue reading...
11/21/2014 - 19:55
2.5m male great white was removed from shark net off northern end of Bondi beach on Saturday Continue reading...
11/21/2014 - 16:41
President’s Corner There was a lot of activity this week in Washington. For the last several weeks it looked like Congress seemed poised to pass an omnibus appropriations bill in December. However, that plan now appears to be threatened by the President’s immigration policy announcement last evening.  While Republican Appropriators would like to wrap up the FY15 spending bills this year, other Members of the caucus favor passing a short-term continuing resolution for the entire federal government until early in the new Congress, when Republicans are set to control both chambers.  So, there is an internal debate within the Republican party and conservative organizations in Washington about whether or not the appropriations process can deny, limit or otherwise undercut the President’s immigration proposal through the denial of resources.  If it can be done and Congress pursues that path, the President would likely veto such a measure setting up yet another potential government shutdown. If you are thinking that this sounds familiar, you are correct. We seem to be stuck in a circle and just keep going around and around. We’ll keep you posted as to where the Merry Go Round stops next! The holiday season is quickly approaching.  Along with black Friday and cyber Monday, there is also a day called Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back.  As many of you know, in late 2013, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) lost its core funding. While we have received generous donations to stabilize the program, we still need core program support and continue to fundraise to ensure the NOSB’s continuing success.  As you think about your year-end contributions, I want to provide you with the opportunity to consider supporting the NOSB and the many students that benefit from the program. The NOSB national program office is currently conducting a year-end campaign for donations that will provide the 2,000 regionally competing students from 325 high schools in 34 states plus Washington, D.C., with study materials and interactive tools to learn about the 2015 competition theme – “Science of Oil in the Ocean.”  To make a NOSB donation, click here.  And for more information on all the ways you can support the NOSB, click here and view the support tab.  I hope you will join me in supporting a fantastic program that has already nurtured 27,000 students over the past 17 years as the next generation of ocean scientists and stewards.​ I personally appreciate your consideration. Bob​
11/21/2014 - 16:41
There was a lot of activity this week in Washington. For the last several weeks it looked like Congress seemed poised to pass an omnibus appropriations bill in December. However, that plan now appears to be threatened by the President’s immigration policy announcement last evening.  While Republican Appropriators would like to wrap up the FY15 spending bills this year, other Members of the caucus favor passing a short-term continuing resolution for the entire federal government until early in the new Congress, when Republicans are set to control both chambers.  So, there is an internal debate within the Republican party and conservative organizations in Washington about whether or not the appropriations process can deny, limit or otherwise undercut the President’s immigration proposal through the denial of resources.  If it can be done and Congress pursues that path, the President would likely veto such a measure setting up yet another potential government shutdown. If you are thinking that this sounds familiar, you are correct. We seem to be stuck in a circle and just keep going around and around. We’ll keep you posted as to where the Merry Go Round stops next! The holiday season is quickly approaching.  Along with black Friday and cyber Monday, there is also a day called Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back.  As many of you know, in late 2013, the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) lost its core funding. While we have received generous donations to stabilize the program, we still need core program support and continue to fundraise to ensure the NOSB’s continuing success.  As you think about your year-end contributions, I want to provide you with the opportunity to consider supporting the NOSB and the many students that benefit from the program. The NOSB national program office is currently conducting a year-end campaign for donations that will provide the 2,000 regionally competing students from 325 high schools in 34 states plus Washington, D.C., with study materials and interactive tools to learn about the 2015 competition theme – “Science of Oil in the Ocean.”  To make a NOSB donation, click here.  And for more information on all the ways you can support the NOSB, click here and view the support tab.  I hope you will join me in supporting a fantastic program that has already nurtured 27,000 students over the past 17 years as the next generation of ocean scientists and stewards.​ I personally appreciate your consideration. Bob​
11/21/2014 - 15:24
Female calf found on beach near Goldhanger died in very poor nutritional condition, according to Zoological Society specialist Continue reading...
11/21/2014 - 11:10
Light punishment of Norfolk buzzard poisoner will not dissuade offenders or help enforcement efforts, says head of EU environmental crimes unit Lenient penalties for environment crimes, such as the suspended sentence handed down to a former gamekeeper who poisoned buzzards, hamper law enforcement and obstruct police efforts to get authorisation for vital wiretaps, the head of an EU environmental crimes unit has told the Guardian. Leif Gorts, who leads a team at Eurojust, was speaking as the cross-border crime-fighting agency launched its first environmental crimes report, showing a dearth of prosecutions in Europe with low penalties, under-reporting, poor cross-border cooperation and corruption all hobbling enforcement efforts. Continue reading...
11/21/2014 - 10:17
The best of this week’s images from the natural world include grazing giraffes, a jumping spider and a particularly nimble elephant Continue reading...
11/21/2014 - 09:42
The week's top environment news stories and green events • If you're not already receiving this roundup, sign up here to get the briefing delivered to your inbox Continue reading...