Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/17/2022 - 21:00
A Guardian investigation has revealed 195 oil and gas projects known as ‘carbon bombs’ that could trigger catastrophic climate breakdown if allowed to continue. Damian Carrington reports Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown During emotional scenes in Glasgow last year, world leaders came together to agree to “phase down” the use of coal. But absent from the UN climate summit was any similar pledge about oil and gas, the fossil fuels that make up more than half of the world’s energy production. The environment editor, Damian Carrington, tells Michael Safi that a Guardian investigation has laid bare the reality of what those oil and gas projects add up to: 646 gigatonnes of additional carbon dioxide that would be pumped into the atmosphere unless they are halted. The investigation uncovered 195 “carbon bombs” – projects that would each result in at least 1bn tonnes of CO2 emissions over their lifetimes – and found that the dozen biggest oil companies were on track to spend $103m a day for the rest of the decade, exploiting new fields of oil and gas that could not be burned if global heating was to be limited to well under 2C. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 17:30
Toxic air, water and soil are ‘existential threat to human and planetary health’, says global review Pollution is killing 9 million people a year, a review has found, making it responsible for one in six of all deaths. Toxic air and contaminated water and soil “is an existential threat to human health and planetary health, and jeopardises the sustainability of modern societies”, the review concluded. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 12:56
Owners of community land bought shares to join annual meeting of Fresnillo, a Mexican FTSE 100 company Mexican farmers have travelled to London to demand that a FTSE 100 company compensates them for illegal mining on their land and explain violence against anti-mining activists. Penmont mining, a subsidiary of Fresnillo, was ordered by an agrarian court in Mexico in 2013 to pay members of El Bajío community, co-owners of common land in Sonora, north-west Mexico, for the gold extracted and to restore the land to its original state. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 12:42
Ocean Leadership ~ International Fisheries The international fisheries project at the Pew Charitable Trusts is designed to secure an enduring system of rules and consequences that ensures the sustainability of fish populations and supports the health and resilience of the marine ecosystem more broadly. The project is focused on three main objectives: (1) adoption of harvest strategies and compliance regimes in regional fisheries management organizations designed to end overfishing of targeted fish stocks; (2) increased protections for biodiversity, vulnerable marine species, and their habitats from harm caused by commercial fishing, especially industrial longlines, and (3) improved enforcement of policies aimed at ending illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The work is global in nature. Position Overview The Director oversees a multifaceted portfolio working on international fisheries conservation and management projects across the globe. The Director manages 3-4 direct reports and oversees a team of 25 staff in the US, Europe, and Australia. The position reports to the Vice President, Environment who is based in and heads Pew’s Portland, OR office. Responsibilities Leadership and strategy setting Manage a multi-million dollar budget and projects in regions around the world. Lead development and implementation of targeted, effective, and measurable strategies that seek to secure policy reform and other necessary actions at a national and regional level. Manage day-to-day operations and activities and collaborate closely with project and department leadership to assess progress, refine strategies, and achieve critical milestones. Provide thoughtful and inclusive leadership to diverse staff spread over multiple countries and time zones, including setting measurable goals and targets, establishing work plans and milestones, conducting performance evaluations, monitoring individual and team achievements, creating professional opportunities for staff, and ensuring staff follow Pew policies and procedures. Ensure the projects and campaigns have the necessary capacity and support and risk mitigation to achieve objectives. Develop ongoing mechanisms to analyze policy opportunities and regulatory and scientific developments that have relevance for overall project efforts. Contribute to, and participate in, the tasks of Pew’s broader marine and land conservation programs, as well as other Pew Charitable Trust-related projects and activities as needed. Relationships Work with colleagues on the partnerships team to participate in fundraising and partner development, the preparation and submission of funding proposals, cultivation of new donors, and meet reporting requirements. In collaboration with the government relations team, establish and maintain relationships with senior policymakers including ministers, heads of organizations, and other officials. Liaise with conservation groups, expert bodies, and other constituencies to advance campaign objectives. Leverage meaningful working relationships across Pew and partner organizations. Support fundraising and partner development efforts by contributing to funding proposals, cultivating donor relationships, and providing informative progress reporting. Manage executive committee and facilitate monthly meeting with the principal partners and campaign leaders. Serve as a spokesperson in order to cultivate and engage the public and key constituencies about the ecological, economic, scientific, and cultural importance of international fisheries conservation and management, including representing Pew publicly at conferences, seminars, official forums and in the press. Qualifications Skills Excellent strategic and program management skills, with a proven ability to analyze complex programs and then lead, develop, execute, and evaluate a range of diverse strategies to achieve goals. Strong operational management acumen. Ability to analyze budgetary information, assess organizational needs and problem solve within a large institution. Persuasive and influential at gaining support and commitment from individuals and organizations capable of providing financial support for Pew projects. Exceptional interpersonal skills, with seasoned judgment and analytical capacity, diplomacy, collaborative spirit, and ability to make decisions. Responsive, clear, and firm with colleagues and partners. An understanding of national and multilateral regulatory and legislative processes, and strong political, strategic, and analytical skills. Dexterity to productively navigate a complex, global partnership with a diverse set of influential stakeholders whose objectives often differ and occasionally compete. Media-savvy and politically astute. Able to use marketing techniques and media exposure to communication the impact of research on conservation needs. Fluency in English required. Favorable consideration for applicants with additional competency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, French, and Japanese. Experience Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. At least 12 years of applicable experience. Five years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience leading the performance management process for direct reports, providing career development advice and counsel to staff and teams across dispersed geographies, and fostering productive relationships with consultants, partners, and other stakeholders to achieve project objectives. To Apply To be considered for this position, interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter through CEA Consulting’s job portal through the following link: https://job.ceaconsulting.com/jobs/director-international-fisheries-washington-dc-106575. This position will remain posted until filled. 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05/17/2022 - 12:30
Group previously accused of being part of ‘astroturfing’ campaign says ‘community deserves clarity’ on position of Labor candidate in Queensland seat of Groom Guardian Australia’s full election coverage Seat explorer: the state of play Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Last Monday morning, two weeks before election day, journalists in Toowoomba began calling and emailing the Labor candidate for the seat of Groom, Gen Allpass, to ask whether she supported the expansion of the controversial New Acland coalmine. “I had all the media after me that day, and some online trolling as well,” Allpass said. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 11:21
First female prime minister in 30 years faces calls to act fast after ‘five lost years’ on tackling global heating The new French prime minister, Élisabeth Borne, has immediately come under pressure from environmentalists on the left who warned “hopes were low” that she would drastically cut France’s carbon emissions or move fast enough to address global heating, despite Emmanuel Macron’s election promise to make France a world-leader on the climate emergency. Borne’s first comments after taking office were to promise to “act faster and stronger” to deal with climate challenges, after the newly re-elected centrist president, Macron, promised his prime minister special oversight powers to plan France’s transition to become “the first major nation to abandon gas, oil and coal.” Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 08:04
Report tells of 20-hour shifts for £3.50 an hour, racism and sexual abuse under cover of transit visa loophole A third of migrant workers on UK fishing vessels who responded to a research survey work 20-hour shifts, and 35% reported regular physical violence, according to a new study that concludes there is rampant exploitation and abuse on British ships. “Leaving is not possible because I’m not allowed off the vessel to ask for help,” one migrant worker told researchers at the University of Nottingham Rights Lab, which focuses on modern slavery. They found fishers reported working excessive hours, with few breaks, on an average salary of £3.51 an hour. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 05:16
Increasing supply is ‘absolutely part of the solution’ to decarbonising the economy, Appea chair tells conference Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Fossil fuel representatives have joined the Morrison government in rejecting scientific warnings that no new oil and gas fields should be opened if the world is to deal with the climate crisis, with a national conference hearing Australia should be “smart enough” to back continued expansion. Increased gas and oil supply was “absolutely part of the solution” to decarbonising the economy, the annual conference of gas industry group the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) was told. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 04:33
Pascal Lamy to lead commission exploring how methods to tackle global heating could be governed Countries must urgently agree a way of controlling and regulating attempts to geoengineer the climate, and consider whether to set a moratorium on such efforts, as the danger of global heating exceeding the 1.5C threshold increases, the former head of the World Trade Organisation has warned. Pascal Lamy, a former director general of the WTO and a former EU trade commissioner, now president of the Paris Peace Forum, said governments were increasingly likely to explore the possibilities of geoengineering, as efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions have so far been inadequate. Continue reading...
05/17/2022 - 01:00
Exclusive: Nearly half existing facilities will need to close prematurely to limit heating to 1.5C, scientists say Nearly half of existing fossil fuel production sites need to be shut down early if global heating is to be limited to 1.5C, the internationally agreed goal for avoiding climate catastrophe, according to a new scientific study. The assessment goes beyond the call by the International Energy Agency in 2021 to stop all new fossil fuel development to avoid the worst impacts of global heating, a statement seen as radical at the time. Continue reading...