Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/04/2016 - 11:33
Fracking has led to hundreds of billions of gallons of waste full of toxic chemicals – yet the process is hardly subject to any standards, coalition says Frack waste has triggered earthquakes from Ohio to Oklahoma, and fouled rivers in Pennsylvania to North Dakota – and now the Obama administration is being sued by environmental groups to crack down on the industry. A coalition of environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to demand a strong uniform standard for the transportation, storage and disposal of frack waste. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 11:17
US Fish and Wildlife Services to shift focus to climate change’s effects on bears Canada had opposed ban as threats to hunting economy and Inuit practices The US government has quietly dropped its campaign for an international ban in the trade of polar bear parts, which would have given the practice the same outlaw status as the elephant ivory market. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has spent several years attempting to ban the overseas trade of polar bear skins, teeth, paws and other parts from Canada, which permits the hunting of the Arctic predators. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 10:54
As Barack Obama visits Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, will he take a strong stand against those in his administration who failed to keep people safe? In the final months of the Obama administration, the president’s legacy is the subject of much speculation. The president admitted last week that the lack of planning for post-Libya intervention was the administration’s biggest mistake. While historians will debate this question, I beg to disagree. I believe history will judge that the “biggest mistake” of the Obama presidency was the lack of leadership in the poisoning of Flint, Michigan. No question, the poisoning rises to the level of criminal negligence involving gross mismanagement and cover-ups. Hundreds of young people will, as a result, never achieve their intellectual promise. How different the reaction of the Obama administration would have been if Isis had claimed responsibility for poisoning Flint. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 10:29
Ocean Leadership ~ Three new Digital Coast Fellowships offered Deadline Friday, May 6, 2016! Hosts are the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, The Nature Conservancy and the Association of State Floodplain Managers. For more information and to apply, click here. The post Opportunities: Digital Coast Fellowships, NOAA appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
05/04/2016 - 10:00
As the wildlife presenter approaches his 90th birthday, we take a look at some of his most awe-inspiring work – from meeting a cannibal tribe to cuddling gorillas To celebrate Sir David Attenborough’s 90th birthday on 8 May, wildlife television producer Stephen Moss has chosen his top 10 TV moments featuring the great man. Enjoy. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 09:46
Ocean Leadership ~ (Click to enlarge) Healthy seagrass in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (Credit: NOAA) The shallow coastal waters of Florida Bay are famed for their crystal clear views of thick green seagrass – part of the largest stretch of these grasses in the world. But since mid-2015, a massive 40,000-acre die off here has clouded waters and at times coated shores with floating dead grasses. (From The Washington Post / by Chris Mooney)– The event, which has coincided with occasional fish kills, recalls a prior die-off from 1987 through the early 1990s, which spurred major momentum for the still incomplete task of Everglades restoration. “It actually started faster as far as we can tell this year,” said James Fourqurean, a Florida International University marine scientist who studies the system. “In the ’80s, it continued to get worse for 3 years.” Fourqurean and government Everglades experts fear they’re witnessing a serious environmental breakdown, one that gravely threatens one of North America’s most fragile and unusual wild places. When most people think of the Everglades, they envision swamps — but seagrass is just as important, if less romanticized. Besides being the home to majestic sea turtles, dolphins, and manatees, Florida Bay also hosts pink shrimp, spiny lobsters, spotted seatrout, and much more – sport fishing alone here is worth $ 1.2 billion per year, according to the Everglades Foundation. Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/27/this-unprecedented-event-has-now-happened-twice-massive-seagrass-die-off-hits-florida-bay/ The post Massive Seagrass Die-off Is The Latest Sign We’re Failing To Protect The Everglades appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
05/04/2016 - 09:37
Perimeter Institute public lecture by Tim Palmer of Oxford University The May 2016 Perimeter Institute public lecture is this evening. Tim Palmer of Oxford University will take about climate change, and the computational techniques used to evaluate the predictability and dynamics of weather and climate. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and a recording will appear here one the live broadcast has finished. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 08:20
As the water crisis enters its third year, the president is on his way to the city following a letter from an 8-year-old – but some say his visit is overdue Since 12-year-old Flint resident Jeremiah Loren contracted a debilitating bacterial infection that has rankled his stomach, his grades have dropped dramatically, he’s missed four months of school this year, and there are days he doesn’t even get out of bed. Jeremiah, who has tested positive for elevated blood lead levels, first contracted the infection a few months after Flint switched its water supply to a corrosive local river. His mother, Tammy Loren, attributes his illness directly to the Michigan city’s contaminated water supply. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 08:20
New research shows the big cats’ global range has shrunk by a shocking amount over the last 250 years The area of the world roamed by leopards has declined by three quarters over the last two and a half centuries, according to the most comprehensive effort yet to map the big cat. Researchers said they were shocked by the shrinking of the spotted hunter’s range, and that the decline had been far worse for several of the nine subspecies of leopards and in some parts of the world. Continue reading...
05/04/2016 - 07:26
Mining subsidiary Samarco blamed for country’s worst environmental tragedy, which left 19 dead, but critics say legal case is politically motivated The mining group BHP Billiton and its partner Vale are facing a 155bn reais (£30bn) claim from Brazilian prosecutors over an iron ore mine dam collapse last year that released a torrent of toxic mud, killing 19 people and leaving 700 homeless. Shares in the London-listed BHP plunged almost 10% after the charges were revealed into what is being called Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster. They closed down nearly 6%. Continue reading...