Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/18/2022 - 18:38
New solar capacity in Australia grew by 10% in 2021, a third less than expected, but nation still leads the world with 17GW of installed panels Follow our live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Rooftop solar took a hit in 2021 with the industry growing a third less than expected thanks to lockdowns and supply chain disruptions, despite still showing strong growth overall. More than 3m households and small businesses across the country now have solar panel systems installed, with the milestone reached in November. Continue reading...
01/18/2022 - 12:51
By drilling deep down into sediments on the ocean floor researchers can travel back in time. A research team now presents new clues as to when and why a period often referred to as the 'biogenic bloom' came to an abrupt end. Changes in the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun may have played a part in the dramatic change.
01/18/2022 - 12:51
Heat waves -- like the one that blistered the Pacific Northwest last June -- also occur underwater. A new study paints a worrisome picture of recent and projected trends in marine heat waves within the nation's largest estuary, with dire implications for the marine life and coastal economy of the Chesapeake Bay and other similarly impacted shallow-water ecosystems.
01/18/2022 - 11:30
Federal water minister allocates $126m to Murrumbidgee Irrigation for works it says will save just 7.4 gigalitres of water Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Environmental groups have accused the federal government of paying a record price to retrieve water for the environment by funding irrigators to make savings through efficiencies. The water minister, Keith Pitt, has announced the government will allocate $126m to Murrumbidgee Irrigation for works that it says will save just 7.4 gigalitres of water, and return 6.3 gigalitres to the environment. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
01/18/2022 - 10:41
Freshwater flowing into the Arctic Ocean from the continent is thought to exacerbate Arctic amplification, but the extent of its impact isn't fully understood. New research measures how the flow of the Yenisei River -- the largest freshwater river that flows into the Arctic Ocean -- has changed over the last few hundred years, and describes the impact freshwater has had on the Arctic.
01/18/2022 - 10:27
Special bricks could attract mites or encourage spread of disease if not cleaned properly, say some experts An initiative in Brighton aimed at helping protect the bee population could do more harm than good, scientists have warned. The council in Brighton has passed a planning condition that means any new building more than five metres high will have to include swift boxes and special bricks with holes known as bee bricks. They will provide nesting and hibernating space for solitary bees. There are about 270 species of bee in Britain, just under 250 of which are solitary bees that live alone, although often nest close to one another. Solitary bees in Britain are highly diverse, and so are their nesting habits. Most British species nest in the ground, excavating their own nest. The honeybee is probably the best-known bee. They live socially and are led by a queen and serviced by male drones and female worker bees. The bee population is thought to have declined in the UK since the 1970s. For example, the number of managed honeybee hives in England dropped by 50% between 1985 and 2005, and 67% of common widespread moth species have declined since the 1970s. Since 1900, the UK has lost 13 species of bee, and a further 35 are considered under threat of extinction. The decline in population is thought to be because of changes in land use, which has led to habitat loss. Other issues affecting bees include disease, pesticides, pollution and climate change. One of the best ways of helping bees is thought to be by planting flowers rich in nectar. Continue reading...
01/18/2022 - 09:18
Ocean Leadership ~ The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) seeks an experienced, engaging, and mission-driven Director of the Horn Point Laboratory (HPL). A “Globally Eminent, Locally Relevant” institution, UMCES has a long history of leadership in the science of coastal and ocean environments and their watersheds. For more than 90 years, we have been dedicated to advancing the environmental sciences through discovery, integration application and education, leading the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay–the nation’s largest estuarine system. UMCES is committed to leveraging our research infrastructure and intellectual expertise to address some of the most pressing environmental problems facing society. The Director is responsible for the well-being of the Horn Point Laboratory community and inspiring excellence and growth of HPL and UMCES. The Director plans and implements program directions for research, public outreach and education; administers facilities; oversees personnel; leads fundraising activities; and develops and manages the Laboratory budget. The position reports directly to the president, Dr. Peter Goodwin and is a member of the UMCES executive leadership team. To Apply: Please submit a cover letter describing interest in the position and expressing a brief (up to 2 page) vision for the Horn Point Laboratory within UMCES, curriculum vitae, a statement (up to 1 page) of contributions to, and aspirations for, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contact information of three references using the UMCES job portal below. You may also find more information about the job description here–https://www.umces.edu/content/director-horn-point-lab Application review beings February 21, 2022. https://umces.peopleadmin.com/postings/1488 .fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-0{width:100% !important;margin-top : 0px;margin-bottom : 0px;}.fusion-builder-column-0 > .fusion-column-wrapper {padding-top : 0px !important;padding-right : 0px !important;margin-right : 1.92%;padding-bottom : 0px !important;padding-left : 0px !important;margin-left : 1.92%;}@media only screen and (max-width:1024px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-0{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-0 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 1.92%;margin-left : 1.92%;}}@media only screen and (max-width:640px) {.fusion-body .fusion-builder-column-0{width:100% !important;}.fusion-builder-column-0 > .fusion-column-wrapper {margin-right : 1.92%;margin-left : 1.92%;}}.fusion-body .fusion-flex-container.fusion-builder-row-1{ padding-top : 0px;margin-top : 0px;padding-right : 0px;padding-bottom : 0px;margin-bottom : 0px;padding-left : 0px;} The post Director, Horn Point Laboratory–University of MD Center for Environmental Science (Review begins Feb. 21) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
01/18/2022 - 08:14
Investment fund manager says firms that do not plan for a carbon-free future risk being left behind Larry Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s biggest investment fund manager, said pushing climate policies was about profits, not being “woke”. In his annual letter to CEOs , Fink said businesses, cities and countries that do not plan for a carbon-free future risked being left behind. He argued that the pursuit of long-term returns was the main driver behind climate policies, after being criticised for seeking to influence companies. Continue reading...
01/18/2022 - 08:05
Country at risk becoming ‘the dirty corner of Europe’ without more ambitious targets, say campaigners Continue reading...
01/18/2022 - 06:00
America’s largest oil firm claims its history of publicly denying the climate crisis is protected by the first amendment ExxonMobil is attempting to use an unusual Texas law to target and intimidate its critics, claiming that lawsuits against the company over its long history of downplaying and denying the climate crisis violate the US constitution’s guarantees of free speech. The US’s largest oil firm is asking the Texas supreme court to allow it to use the law, known as rule 202, to pursue legal action against more than a dozen California municipal officials. Exxon claims that in filing lawsuits against the company over its role in the climate crisis, the officials are orchestrating a conspiracy against the firm’s first amendment rights. Continue reading...