Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/23/2021 - 07:37
Unesco says ‘the facts are the facts and the science is the science’ after its recommendation is ignored The Great Barrier Reef will not be placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger” after a global lobbying effort from Australia against the proposed listing. The 21-country World Heritage Committee on Friday ignored a scientific assessment from the UN’s science and culture organisation, Unesco, that the reef was clearly in danger from climate change and so should be placed on the list. Continue reading...
07/23/2021 - 06:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a bear cub, a released howler seal and hot dogs Continue reading...
07/23/2021 - 02:43
Competition watchdog investigates dominance of one provider across motorway service stations The UK’s competition authority has called for the government to intervene in the electric car charger market to prevent “charging deserts” and increase availability in locations outside London, which remain underserved. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also said it had opened an investigation into the dominance of one provider, Electric Highway, in the fast-charging network at motorway service stations. Continue reading...
07/23/2021 - 01:00
Bootleg fire is generating enough energy and extreme heat that ‘it’s changing the weather’, says expert In southern Oregon, the Bootleg fire has now burned a swath of land larger than the city of Los Angeles. It has forced at least 2,000 residents from their homes and burned 160 houses and buildings. And it’s not alone – there are more than 80 fires burning across the United States. Some of these fires are now so intense and large they can create their own weather systems, including fire tornadoes, clouds and other weird phenomena – including smoky haze that has reached New York City, 3,000 miles from where the fires started. New York City now has some of the world’s worst air quality, prompting state officials to issue an alert for residents with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, to avoid the outdoors. Continue reading...
07/23/2021 - 00:00
With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadership Protesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade. Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “missing in action” on the climate crisis. Continue reading...
07/22/2021 - 18:01
Greenpeace threatens to take government to court as approval risk undermining climate targets The government faces the threat of legal action over plans to allow exploration at the Cambo oilfield near Shetland after promising to put an end to new oil exploration licences that do not align with the UK’s climate goals. Greenpeace has threatened to take the government to court over the decision, which has triggered an outcry from climate experts and green campaigners in Scotland and across the UK in recent weeks. Continue reading...
07/22/2021 - 15:12
POSITION SUMMARY The Program Associate for Ocean Observing has a unique opportunity to support a range of ocean science, technology, and policy activities. The candidate will work with a small team in the Research & Education department focused on advancing regional, national, and international ocean observing strategies. The candidate will primarily support, and in some cases lead, various projects associated with the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, a body comprised of all U.S. Federal agencies with ocean infrastructure, assets, and data. Duties also include supporting broader community engagement efforts that integrate disparate, emerging, and proven methods for collecting, assimilating, and distributing ocean data and information. Key challenges that the candidate will support are: how to optimize interagency contributions to the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS); how to best position and execute ocean activities associated with the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and other ocean observing initiatives; and how to generate consensus and action on collective priorities among ocean stakeholders. The responsibilities are largely administrative: organizing meetings, generating notes and reports, etc.; but requires a mix of scientific and technical comprehension, organizational prowess, writing and interpersonal skills, and common-sense judgement. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Providing assistance with the development of technical reports and communications materials in support of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC), as well as for goal- and agenda-setting associated with meetings, workshops, and conferences of regional, national, and international steering committees, governing councils, and working groups associated with IOOS and its partners. • Staffing working groups, steering committees, and other bodies associated with technical topics such as: underwater gliders, biological observations, air-sea interactions, deep ocean observing, numerical modeling, data management, ocean societal indicators, and ocean observing metrics. • Supporting the development of emerging programs associated with U.N. Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, including IOOS Grand Challenges; OceanObs’19 Living Action Plan including Research Coordination Network groups focused on Observing Systems, Technology & Interoperability, Impacts & Applications, and Governance; and National Academies of Science recommendations for Sustaining Ocean Observations. • Ensuring successful program implementation by maintaining and growing regional stakeholder engagement and seeking new organizational and programmatic initiatives. • Assisting, on occasion, with routine financial documents, project and program deliverables, proposals for funding, and award compliance. • Supporting strategic action and implementation to improve ocean observing related activities, including toward leveraging and maximizing collaboration across ocean communities, committees, and stakeholders. • Developing research, surveys, websites, and promotional materials. QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS REQUIRED We recognize that each applicant for this role will bring unique skills, knowledge, experiences, and background to this position, lending their own flair to the project. We welcome diverse experiences and perspectives, and will be looking for candidates who possess many, but not necessarily all the following qualifications and experience: • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably in a scientific, technical or policy related discipline and at least two years’ experience in providing support to a scientific/marine/environmental policy or program (or equivalent science training and management experience). • Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for the required work experience. • Knowledge of the ocean observing enterprise and ocean science communities. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail. • Initiative, creativity, and the ability to work well both independently and as part of a team. • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including staff, scientists, government officials, and academic institutions. • Proven problem-solving capabilities with the ability to exercise good, independent judgment on courses of action and to exhibit a proactive approach to assigned projects. • General IT savviness with online collaborative workspaces, web and social media, and document design and composition (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.), experience with WordPress and Drupal front-end web interfaces a plus. • Demonstrated flexibility and ability to work well under pressure. This position is based in the Washington D.C. office [with remote telework flexibility] and occasional overnight travel. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance. To apply, please forward cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and any other relevant application materials to jobs@ oceanleadership.org with the subject line, “Program Associate, Ocean Observing”.
07/22/2021 - 13:29
Coal plants and nuclear reactors shut down while energy demand expected to rise after Covid restrictions Great Britain faces its greatest risk of blackouts for six years this winter as old coal plants and nuclear reactors shut down and energy demand rises as the economy emerges from Covid-19 restrictions. National Grid’s electricity system operator, which is responsible for keeping the lights on, said it expected the country’s demand for electricity to return to normal levels this winter, and would be braced for “some tight periods”. Continue reading...
07/22/2021 - 13:00
Sulphur-crested cockatoos’ ability to pry open bins has spread across 44 suburbs in only two years Sulphur-crested cockatoos are learning from each other to open wheelie bins in order to scavenge for food and the behaviour is rapidly catching on across Sydney, according to new research. With help from the public, Australian and German ecologists have documented cockatoos learning the bin-diving behaviour through social interactions, with reported sightings of the behaviour growing across Sydney in recent years. Continue reading...
07/22/2021 - 12:30
Environmental campaigners welcome announcement saying ‘the vast majority of the toys were either littered or dumped in landfill’ Coles has announced it will no longer give away plastic toys as it looks to become more sustainable and reduce its contribution to plastic waste. The retailer has long been criticised for promotions such as its Stikeez and Little Shop ranges which were denounced for being environmentally damaging. Continue reading...