Breaking Waves: Ocean News

NOAA Announces Environmental Literacy Grants for Science Education
11/16/2010 - 08:11
November 2, 2010 NOAA's Office of Education announced today that it has awarded grants totaling more than $8 million to seventeen institutions across the  country to engage the public in science education activities that  improve understanding and stewardship of the local and global  environment. Included are projects that enhance or expand museum  exhibits using data visualization, expand citizen science networks,  develop family programs for underserved/underrepresented audiences and  enhance teen education programs. <Read More at NOAA News>  
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New, Interactive Website - Hurricanes: Science and Society
11/11/2010 - 11:21
The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI/GSO) has launched one of the most comprehensive Internet resources on hurricanes. The Hurricanes: Science and Society (HSS) website and its associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes.   In addition to in-depth science content, the website includes educational resources, case studies, and a historical storm interactive. Information is tailored for specific audiences, including middle school through undergraduate educators and students, the general public, and the media.  All content has undergone rigorous peer review by an esteemed panel of hurricane experts.   “I am very impressed by the scope of scientific content in the Hurricane Science and Society website,” said Bill Read, Director of the National Hurricane Center.  “I believe it will become a nationwide classroom tool for anyone interested in teaching or learning hurricane science.”  The development of the HSS website was led by GSO’s Gail Scowcroft and Isaac Ginis and designed in coordination with Raytheon Web Solutions. The website has been made possible by a grant from the Informal Science Education Program of the National Science Foundation.
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Online Discussion on Ocean Energy
11/04/2010 - 09:53
This month's online topic: Is lack of investment the only challenge holding back wave and tidal energy? Join the discussion today.
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World Meteorological Organization & Convention on Biological Diversity Release Report on Climate Change and Coral Reefs
10/28/2010 - 14:56
26 October 2010: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have released a report titled "Climate, Carbon and Coral Reefs," outlining the threat to coral reefs caused by climate change and subsequent coral bleaching, as well as by ocean acidification. The report outlines the role of meteorological services in addressing climate change and coral reef issues. It highlights the importance of identifying periods of coral bleaching risks, sea temperature trends, ocean salinity trends, ocean circulation trends and sea level rise. It also describes the destructive powers of tropical cyclone impacts, reduced growth of coral due to ocean acidification, and direct human impacts to reefs. THE REPORT calls for: increased communication; cumulative water pollution dispersion maps; global annual briefings on the threat climate change poses to reefs; action at local and global scales; and increased research in coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling, coastal and hydrological modeling and weather prediction. The report was released on the sidelines of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10)  to the CBD, taking place in Nagoya, Japan.
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Finding a Sustainable Way to Farm the Seas
10/28/2010 - 07:09
LONDON — With the rising global demand for fish and the oceans’ stocks dangerously depleted, fish farming has a potentially huge role to play in feeding the world’s growing population. But environmentalists say the industry is plagued with problems like disease, heavy antibiotic use and parasite infestations, and often causes more damage to wild fish populations than it prevents. Read more.
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Washington Announces the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force
10/26/2010 - 14:54
Obama Administration officials today released the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force, which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination.  The Final Recommendations prioritize actions for the NOC to pursue, and call for a flexible framework for coastal and marine spatial planning to address conservation, economic activity, user conflict, and sustainable use of the ocean, our coasts and the Great Lakes. Read more.
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The Experience Project: Stories of the Ocean
10/26/2010 - 09:48
Read and share stories about people's personal connections to the Ocean. The Experience Project
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Energy Needs Water: The IWA water & energy conference in Amsterdam.
10/21/2010 - 08:21
Did you know that water is essential for energy and fuel production and refinement? – During production of solar cells, biofuels, or for cooling water for coal or nuclear plants.  Energy needs water. Did you know that energy is essential for water services? – For abstraction of groundwater, pumping and water transfers through pipes and treatment for both drinking water and for wastewater treatment. Water needs energy. International interest in the constrained resources of both water and energy continues to grow. The 2nd Water and Energy conference co-organised by the International Water Association brings together leading experts to explore real solutions to the water and energy nexus. The conference focuses on innovation, demonstration and implementation within the water sector of energy production, improvements and efficiencies. The conference will be held from 10-12 November 2010 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Visit the IWA water & energy conference website for further details.    
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APEC Ministers Address Climate Change Impacts on Oceans and Fisheries
10/15/2010 - 15:10
Oceans-related Ministers of the members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) discussed climate change impacts on oceans at a meeting titled "Healthy Oceans and Fisheries Management towards Food Security," held from 11-12 October 2010, in Paracas, Peru. The meeting focused on four themes: sustainable development and protection of the marine environment; climate change impacts on the oceans; free and open trade and investment; and the role of oceans in food security. At the conclusion of the meeting, Ministers adopted the Paracas Declaration, which contains a section devoted to the "Impacts of climate change on the oceans." In the Declaration, Ministers express support for APEC economies to cooperate in gathering and sharing scientific knowledge on climate change and its impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture. They also encourage APEC economies to increase efforts to improve the capacity of coastal communities, fishing industries, and resource managers to respond and adapt to climate change. APEC Ministers further commit to promote increased stakeholder participation and public awareness about climate change impacts on oceans and their resources, and to pursue efforts through appropriate APEC working groups and other APEC fora to improve understanding of the role of the oceans in climate change to support community resilience and planning for adaptation. APEC oceans-related Ministers are to convey the outcomes of the Paracas meeting to the first APEC Ministerial Meeting on Food Security, which will be held on 16-17 October 2010, in Niigata, Japan, and to the APEC Leaders' meeting scheduled in November 2010, in Yokohama, Japan.
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World Development Report 2010 Now Available: A Climate for Change in East Asia and the Pacific
10/15/2010 - 14:41
Produced by the World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Region, this booklet focuses on policy recommendations and steps already being taken in East Asia and the Pacific to reduce the sources of greenhouse gases (mitigation), adapt to changing weather (adaptation), and to develop financial and technological partnerships in the face of a pressing global challenge. Such topics as changes in land use and deforestation, vulnerable coastal populations, water availability, floods and disease are discussed at length in this informative and attractive volume. Download the booklet here.
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