Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/03/2020 - 10:20
Ocean Leadership ~ Schmidt Ocean – Data Platform Manager The Data Platform Manager will be responsible for managing, curating, and sharing the data, including QA/QC and the incorporation of visualization and other new and innovative methods for making SOI’s data publicly accessible. This includes building and maintaining web-based user interfaces to improve accessibility and visualization of the data and working with the global oceanographic and atmospheric data communities to allow for seamless integration and workflow. The Data Platform Manager must have experience working with a cloud platform, will represent SOI in technical professional settings, and may, occasionally, spend time at sea. This position may require travel domestically and/or internationally. To learn more, visit: https://app.trinethire.com/companies/29571-hillspire-llc/jobs/31930-data-platform-manager-schmidt-ocean-institute The post Data Platform Manager – Schmidt Ocean Institute appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
12/03/2020 - 10:00
Data from 120,000 birdwatchers in 48 countries shows forest birds have expanded their range while area occupied by farmland birds has shrunk Europe’s breeding bird populations have shifted on average one kilometre north every year for the past three decades, likely driven by the climate crisis, according to one of the world’s largest citizen science projects on biodiversity. The European Breeding Bird Atlas (Ebba2) provides the most detailed picture yet of the distribution of the continent’s birds after 120,000 volunteers and fieldworkers surveyed 11m square kilometres, from the Azores in the west to the Russian Urals in the east. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 07:48
Milestone comes as sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, pass 1m in 18 European markets Carmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in the automotive industry’s move away from fossil fuels. Sales of all plug-in cars, including hybrids, have surpassed 1m during the year in the UK and the largest 17 European markets, according to data collated by Schmidt Automotive Research. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 07:41
Environment groups say as Cop26 hosts UK should show leadership and set tougher goal of 75% reduction in emissions Green campaigners and climate experts are set for disappointment as the UK government prepares to publish its carbon target for 2030. Environmental and development groups have been pushing the prime minister to opt for a stretching target of cutting emissions by 75% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, which would have put the UK at the forefront of developed countries in fighting the climate crisis. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 05:30
Letter urges president-elect Joe Biden to offer students in public schools routine lessons on the threats posed by global heating Joe Biden’s efforts to tackle the climate crisis need to extend to American classrooms with routine lessons on the threats posed by global heating, two former US education secretaries have urged. In a letter to the Democratic president-elect, the former top education officials – John King and Arne Duncan – said the education of more than 50 million children in US public schools provides a “critical opportunity” to prepare them for a world transformed by climate change, as well as the opportunities afforded by renewable energy and other potential solutions to the crisis. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 04:47
Guardian Australia revealed Josh Frydenberg raised changing the boundaries of significant wetlands after being lobbied by a Liberal donor Labor says revelations that the former environment minister Josh Frydenberg proposed amending the boundaries to an area of internationally significant wetlands after he was lobbied by a developer and major party donor demonstrate why Australia needs an independent environmental regulator. Federal Labor’s environment spokeswoman, Terri Butler, compared the now-treasurer’s past proposal in relation to Toondah Harbour to the Jam Land case, in which Frydenberg’s office sought advice about changing protections to grasslands at the centre of an investigation into illegal clearing on a property part-owned by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, and his relatives. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 04:24
Huge drop in number of visits during Covid crisis raises concerns polluters are breaking laws with impunity The Environment Agency has dramatically reduced the frequency that it attends water pollution incidents amid the Covid-19 pandemic, raising concerns the crisis is allowing companies to break environmental regulations with impunity. Between the start of April and the end of August the Environment Agency attended just 292 water pollution incidents, down from 1,726 during the same period in 2019, according to data obtained by the Guardian using freedom of information legislation. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 04:01
Leaders attending forum are required to make concrete commitments to cut emissions Scott Morrison has confirmed Australia will attend the virtual “climate ambition summit” on 12 December to “correct mistruths” about the government’s heavily criticised record on emissions reduction. Guardian Australia reported last month that Britain and France were leading a group of countries calling on the Australian government to make ambitious new commitments at the December gathering to combat the climate crisis. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 03:25
Activists have joined Aboriginal traditional owners in voicing opposition to the controversial development that received federal approval last month Hundreds of people in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane have rallied in support of Aboriginal traditional owners to voice their strong opposition to Santos’s $3.6bn gas project in western New South Wales, which they say will devastate Gamilaraay Gomeroi cultural ties to sacred and significant heritage sites. Last month, the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, approved the controversial development that could see up to 850 gas wells being drilled in grazing land and the Pilliga forest, which holds great significance for Gamilaraay Gomeroi people. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 03:21
Ambition to cover area more than one and a half times size of India likely to concern country’s neighbours China is planning a rapid expansion of its weather modification programme to cover an area more than one and a half times the size of India, in a move likely to raise concerns among the country’s neighbours. The decision, announced by the cabinet on Wednesday night, would increase fivefold the world’s biggest cloud-seeding operation, which already employs an estimated 35,000 people. Continue reading...