Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/23/2021 - 01:00
World’s Forgotten Fishes report lists pollution, overfishing and climate change as dangers Freshwater fish are under threat, with as many as a third of global populations in danger of extinction, according to an assessment. Populations of migratory freshwater fish have plummeted by 76% since 1970, and large fish – those weighing more than 30kg – have been all but wiped out in most rivers. The global population of megafish down by 94%, and 16 freshwater fish species were declared extinct last year. Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 19:45
Scott Morrison says Coalition is ‘getting on with’ reductions, but analysis finds end of lockdowns and drought will reverse trend Most of the reduction in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions last year is likely to be wiped out as transport rebounds after Covid-19 lockdowns and farming recovers from the long-term-drought, according to an audit of national climate data. Scott Morrison told the National Press Club earlier this month the government was “getting on with” reducing emissions, citing official data that found emissions were down 3% in the year to June to their lowest levels since 1998. He declared “these are the facts”. Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 19:34
About 50 long-finned pilot whales became stuck in the shallow water off Farewell Spit, and about 26 have died A team of experts and volunteers are racing the tides to save a pod of pilot whales stranded at Farewell Spit at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Dozens of the roughly 50 long-finned pilot whales have already died since they stranded on Monday, and the remaining animals stayed in the shallows on Tuesday morning despite efforts to move them out to sea. Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 17:30
Address to National Farmers’ Union aims to extend party’s support beyond urban strongholds Sir Keir Starmer will call on farmers and people living in rural areas to take a fresh look at the Labour party, vowing to push for new investment in food and farming and a revision of subsidy payments, in an effort to move beyond the party’s urban strongholds. He will urge people to buy more British food, and for more of the public sector’s £2.4bn food procurement budget to be spent locally, as well as calling for subsidised wages for apprentices to shore up the UK’s ageing farm workforce. Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 16:04
National Farmers Federation and business groups call for pandemic recovery regionalisation strategy Renewable energy zones must be “at the centre of any regionalisation agenda”, the National Farmers Federation has said. In a policy paper released on Tuesday, the NFF makes the call for renewable energy to be part of new investment to address the $3.8bn annual shortfall in infrastructure in regional Australia. Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 14:24
Ocean Leadership ~ The Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) seeks an Executive Director to lead its research, education and public policy initiatives. CCS is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 and dedicated to understanding and preserving marine ecosystems and the coastal environment. CCS is internationally-known for whale research and rescue programs and has growing research programs in the fields of coastal ecology, geology and fisheries. The dedicated staff strives to advance science, support resource management and educate people of all ages through the wide ranging suite of CCS programs. CCS is based in Provincetown, where it is part of a diverse local community surrounded by nature, within driving distance to Boston. CCS seeks a strategic leader to empower a talented staff, manage a well-established and multi-faceted organization, and expand its external partnerships. The Executive Director will promote excellence, diversity and collaboration and will act as a strong ambassador to individual, corporate, governmental, public and private partners. The successful candidate will be responsible to a Board of Directors for the strategic, programmatic, financial and operational health of the organization. Requirements: The ideal candidate will have expert knowledge of and strong appreciation for CCS research, education, and policy priorities; be well-versed in nonprofit management; and have the ability to diplomatically engage a range of audiences on important issues. The following are minimum requirements: A proven track record as a professional in a relevant field of research, education or conservation. At least five (5) years of experience as the director of a comparable organization or equivalent supervisory and administrative experience. This position is based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It requires occasional travel as well as evening and weekend hours. CCS is committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. This position is open to citizens of the United States of America and those authorized to work in the United States. Please email applications to edsearch@coastalstudies.org with a cover letter, resume, and three references, all in PDF format. For further details on this position please visit our website at www.coastalstudies.org CCS is an equal opportunity employer The post Center for Coastal Studies Executive Director (Mar. 19) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
02/22/2021 - 13:42
Larch Maxey’s exit leaves four in tunnel, as judge grants possession order to HS2 A fifth HS2 protester has voluntarily left the Euston tunnel, leaving four people still in occupation. The decision by Dr Larch Maxey came on the same day that a high court judge granted a possession order to HS2 for the site in London. Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 13:16
Israel is reeling from a disastrous tar slick, while oily sand has been found in southern Lebanon At first sight there are few obvious signs of the oil spill on the Mediterranean beach. Wooden parasols stand solitary in the sand, while a few runners make their way along the waterline, enjoying the winter sun. “The beach looks OK, but it’s all underneath,” says a volunteer, sitting at a water station on the boardwalk. “It’ll take decades to clean.” Continue reading...
02/22/2021 - 11:30
As climate impacts intensify, power grids stuffed with ageing fossil fuel infrastructure crumble Climate change is full of surprises. We were warned about heatwaves, hurricanes and high-intensity firestorms. What we didn’t see coming was a cynical, cyclical economy of blackout bullshit. As climate impacts intensify, power grids stuffed with ageing fossil fuel infrastructure crumble. Those blackouts are usually blamed on wind and solar – and used to extend the lifespan of existing fossil fuel generators. Opportunity costs increase, climate impacts worsen and blackouts intensify. It’s an accelerating death spiral. Last week Texas suffered an outage likely to be the worst on record in the US. Millions of people were without power for days, initially at a scale roughly equivalent to all of eastern Australia going dark at once. A burst of winter weather froze vital components at power stations, gas supplies were limited by frozen pipelines and, consequently, a third of the state’s thermal power stations were offline (mostly gas). An unspecified proportion of wind turbines were disabled due to icing and low-temperature shutoffs, but “gas and coal were actually the biggest culprits in the crisis”, Eric Fell, director of North America gas at Wood Mackenzie, told Bloomberg. Continue reading...
Main Street Bucksport Partners with W2O for International Maritime Film Festival
04/30/2019 - 13:16
Bucksport, Maine, USA | April 2019 Main Street Bucksport is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with World Ocean Observatory to produce the International Maritime Film Festival. They join media partner WoodenBoat Publications and community partner Island Institute. Since 2003 World Ocean Observatory has been a major utility for ocean communication as a means to advance public awareness and political will, and is dedicated to providing information and education about the health of the ocean. Online at worldoceanobservatory.org. The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is now in its 4th year and is an annual juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed film making. This year’s festival takes place at the historic Alamo Theatre in downtown Bucksport from September 27-September 29, 2019. A program will be announced and tickets will go on sale in July 2019. IMFF accepts films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, and environment and science. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles. A Grand Prize of $1,000 will be awarded in the Feature Length category and the Runner Up will receive $500. A Grand Prize of $500 will be awarded to winning Short Film and the Runner Up will receive $250. Submissions may be made online at maritimefilmfestival.com.
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