UMass Amherst, more than 20 scientists urge greater effort to gather sand lance data
Provision would make it easier for Congress to spend money to maintain nation's harbors
Well, it looks as if World War C — fighting the Corona pandemic — will stretch on for awhile. In the interest of maritime safety, I’ve had these two book available at no charge for several months.
ALERT: Identifying the needs in coastal communities in important. As coastal stakeholders and local government officials. Your voice is needed now. Take the ASBPA survey now.
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people are ordering delivery for dinner a lot more often. If you fall into that category and were thinking about sushi tonight, a new study has a pretty important warning for you.
Since pre-industrial times, the world's oceans have warmed by an average of one degree Celsius (1°C). Now researchers report that those rising temperatures have led to widespread changes in the population sizes of marine species. The researchers found a general pattern of species having increasing numbers on their poleward sides and losses toward the equator.
The maritime industry has been deeply affected as a result of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus and its impacts to Chinese manufacturing and logistics services.
Humans don’t easily grasp the concept of exponential growth, but it’s exactly why coronavirus has gotten so hard to manage—and why climate change could too.
Let us resolve to leave the standing forests and other natural landscapes alone and revisit the provisions of forest land diversion under the legal framework to minimise biodiversity loss and buffer humanity from zoonotic emerging infectious diseases.
USCRP and ASBPA have released a survey to evaluate coastal practitioners’ roles and responsibilities, management challenges, and preferred methods of data and tool delivery. The survey will be open between November 2019 and April 2020. The results of this short <10-minute survey will inform USCRP coastal research investments and guide future ASBPA S&T activities (this is part of our 3-year strategic plan). ASBPA’s Science & Technology Committee will publish white papers on each topic to provide science-based guidance for policy makers.
A collaborative research project between the Universities of Manchester, Utrecht, and Durham, and the National Oceanography Centre has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.
A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as "a quintessential forage fish" for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales, and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod, and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine and northwest Atlantic Ocean. But scientists say right now they know far too little about its biology and populations to inform relevant management, climate adaptation and conservation efforts.
Just off the coast of Singapore, a group of scientists huddles together in the warm ocean water as waves roll and crash around them.
Microbial genomics techniques came of age following the Deepwater Horizon spill, offering researchers unparalleled insights into how ecosystems respond to such environmental disasters.
Humans have been adapting to changes in the environment for thousands of years. Probably since the beginning of time, we have roamed the Earth looking for the best place to settle based on our needs as farmers, herders, hunters or fishers.
Brace for another flooded spring — but not one as bad as last year, forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned on Thursday.
Algae might be small, but when they grow out of control, forming harmful algal blooms (HABs), they can cause big problems. Detecting HABs can present a challenge due to the complexity of the coastal environment. Now, scientists have developed a way to detect HABs early on by using images of Earth from space.
Skills gaps due to technology advances can be filled by simulators, e-learning, virtual reality and onboard mentoring
Just as it has almost every aspect of global society, the COVID-19 virus is having a massive effect on the sport fishing industry. We will see bait shops closing, harbors reducing services and severe limitations on charter boat operations during the next few weeks, at least.
A compilation of beach closure stories by CNT
NFWF, NOAA and grantees deliver $98 million in total conservation impact for communities devastated by 2018 natural disasters
Reporting to Louisianians about the existential threat climate change presents to our state’s coast often has me recalling one of Winston Churchill’s famous sayings: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they’ve tried everything else.”
Hurricane response fund offers help for marine debris removal after Hurricanes Michael, Florence and Typhoon Yutu
In a sampling of fish from a creek that flows into San Diego Bay, nearly a quarter contain microplastics, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study, which examined plastics in coastal sediments and three species of fish, showed that the frequency and types of plastic ingested varied with fish species and, in some cases, size or age of fish.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society ship Resolute quietly slipped out of Buenos Aires, Argentina the night of March 5. The ship was arrested last October by various companies that were owed money by Squamish, B.C.-based One Ocean Expeditions.
In an example of the measures that cruise lines are taking as they wind down operations, the Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) vessels Columbus and Vasco da Gama swapped their European and Australian passengers at sea Wednesday so that all could return home.
A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the University of California, Davis, elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released the first annual report on the progress made in mapping U.S. ocean, coastal and Great Lakes waters, the agency said in a release.
Danielle Blacklock is starting her new role as director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Aquaculture on Monday, 16 March.
NFWF, NOAA and grantees deliver $98 million in total conservation impact for communities devastated by 2018 natural disasters
When a partial fossil specimen of a primordial marine worm was unearthed in Utah in 1969, scientists had a tough go identifying it. Usually, such worms are recognized and categorized by the arrangement of little knobs on their plates. But in this case, the worm's plates were oddly smooth, and important bits of the worm were missing altogether.
It had rained all morning across Jakarta on the first Tuesday in February. The rivers in the Indonesian capital quickly filled up, carrying all kinds of debris toward the Java Sea. In one of the city's largest waterways, a Dutch-made device was trapping some of the trash to prevent it from washing out into the ocean.
The global escalation of COVID-19 is hampering some North American recycling programs, impacting Chinese users of U.S. recovered fiber, constraining global shipping, denting stock prices and threatening an economic recession.
Sharks are killed 30 percent faster than they can reproduce, including for the inhumane fin trade.
A multiyear, collaborative research project to study how polluted runoff affects the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort has led to a push for a broad coastal partnership to better address stormwater-related issues.
Catching up with Surfrider CEO Chad Nelsen after a big week in Washington DC
The recent rains across NSW have brought much needed relief.
The ship landed off the coast of Chile after the country's Minister of Health announced a ban on cruises docking at the country's ports.
When Rahm Emanuel famously advised not to let another “crisis go to waste,” he lamented that the oil crises of the 1970s came and went without solving our energy woes. As the incoming chief of staff amid the 2008 financial crisis, Emanuel foresaw “an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before” in clean energy and beyond. That crisis too passed with too little accomplished.
As the human onslaught against life on Earth accelerates, no part of the biosphere is left pristine. The simple act of consuming more than we actually need drives the world’s governments and corporations to endlessly destroy more and more of the Earth to extract the resources necessary to satisfy our insatiable desires. In fact, an initiative of the World Economic Forum has just reported that ‘For the first time in history, more than 100 billion tonnes of materials are entering the global economy every year’ – see ‘The Circularity Gap Report 2020’ – which means that, on average, every person on Earth uses more than 13 tonnes of materials each year extracted from the Earth.
“Some of my best times have been at large gatherings like concerts and festivals. I really enjoy public spaces, busy downtowns, crowded squares and public transit. Further, I'm from Boston, not an area known for hugging and PDAs, but I live among huggers and have become fully acclimated. Further, about a third of US households are one-person households, many of whom don't currently get enough human contact. When the COVID 19 tsunami passes, let’s be sure we return to, and build on, our humanity and not dive further into isolation and technological solitude.”
A bill designed to develop and support offshore aquaculture in the United States is getting a second chance at passing in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
WASHINGTON — The federal government is giving local officials nationwide a painful choice: Agree to use eminent domain to force people out of flood-prone homes, or forfeit a shot at federal money they need to combat climate change.
As coronavirus outbreak grows, cruise industry grapples with an unflattering spotlight
Scientists agree that sea levels will continue to rise this century, but projections beyond 2050 are much more uncertain regarding exactly how much higher ocean levels will be by 2100. While actions to protect against 2050 sea-level rise have a secure scientific basis, this range in late-century estimates makes it difficult for coastal communities to plan their long-term adaptation strategies.
Scott Rechler was negotiating a deal to build Airbnb rentals in a Manhattan office tower when the real estate developer had an epiphany. Tree houses and other unconventional lodgings were popular on the home-sharing site. Why not a ship?
THE Kingdom of the Netherlands is a small country in Europe, but packs the economic, technological and cultural wallop representative of the entire continent.
Insurance remains the primary tool for managing climate-related risk. But for how long?
NORFOLK, Va., March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- RISE Urban Mobility Challenge offers up to $500,000 to create a next generation traffic app that offers drivers real-time flooding and rerouting information. June 1, 2020 is the deadline.
Stories of churches reimagining their land, mission, and ministry for the age of climate change.
Led Zeppelin‘s Robert Plant has canceled an upcoming G! Festival appearance in protest of an annual whaling practice known as grindadráp (the “Grind”).
Trump administration ignores warnings about disturbing North Atlantic right whale to relax rules for oil exploration
A partnership between NAPA and C-Job Naval Architects is studying the applications of wind-assisted propulsion using voyage optimisation software, hoping to ultimately drive the industry away from polluting fuels and help it prepare for the IMO’s ever-stricter requirements.
While self-driving cars have hogged the headlines for the past few years, other forms of autonomous transport are gaining steam.
Even before the president reversed course, senators said they intended to ignore his budget proposal
The New Civil Liberties Alliance today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island against the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), as well as the heads of those agencies. The suit challenges the agencies’ unconstitutional and statutorily unauthorized effort to force fishing companies to pay for a new agency enforcement program. NCLA represents Relentless Inc., Huntress Inc., and their related company, Seafreeze Fleet LLC, in this facial challenge to DOC/NOAA’s newly promulgated rule.
The biggest impacts on the sea life in Swansea Bay, Wales, come from waves and tides rather than human activity, a wide-ranging new study—encompassing over 170 species of fish and other sea life such as crabs, squid and starfish—has revealed.
Florida currently has nearly 83,000 private flood insurance policies. In 2015, there were fewer than 1,000 policies. They represent a small fraction of the 1.76 million government-backed residential and commercial policies.
The National Coastal Resilience Fund will award approximately $31 million in grant funding to enhance coastal communities' natural defenses against severe weather and flooding
USC scientists and their colleagues have developed a model that estimates two different ways microbes will respond to warming oceans.
Could pumping oxygen-rich surface water into the depths of lakes, estuaries, and coastal ocean waters help ameliorate dangerous dead zones? New work says yes, although they caution that further research would be needed to understand any possible side effects before implementing such an approach.
I freaking love the beach. It is my place of solace come summertime and my preferred destination come vacation time. So it breaks my heart to share this news: Half of our world’s beaches could be gone by the end of the century.
At least 3.8 million U.S. homes lie in flood plains. Together, they may be overvalued by $34 billion.
U.S. protection of wetlands has expanded and contracted dramatically over the last five years, as Democratic and Republican administrations rewrote Clean Water Act rules to their constituencies’ liking. The lack of high-quality economic analysis has been a recurring theme in debates over how much protection wetlands deserve. Without a dollar figure that could stand up to scrutiny, politicians and regulators were skeptical of the benefits.
Annual U.S. crude oil production reached another record level at 12.23 million barrels per day (b/d) in 2019, 1.24 million b/d, or 11%, more than 2018 levels. The 2019 growth rate was down from a 17% growth rate in 2018. In November 2019, monthly U.S. crude oil production averaged 12.86 million b/d, the most monthly crude oil production in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production has increased significantly during the past 10 years, driven mainly by production from tight rock formations developed using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract hydrocarbons.
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $225 million in discretionary grant funding through the Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP).
The National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City recently announced that this week, March 1 – 7, is Severe Weather Preparedness week in North Carolina, and the organization has launched a new website to highlight daily topics that are essential for safety and preparation.
Out of the rising tides of climate change have emerged nimble projects that embrace floodwaters and shifts in thinking about design and construction.
Geologists have studied exposed, 3.2-billion-year-old ocean crust in Australia and used that rock data to build a quantitative, inverse model of ancient seawater. The model indicates the early Earth could have been a 'water world' with submerged continents.
Climate change poses an existential threat to the world’s sandy beaches, and that as many as half of them could disappear by the end of the century, a new study has found.
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An octopus has two-thirds of its brain cells in its suckers — suction cups along its arms that help in catching prey and moving around. This enables the octopus to process information locally and allows the arms to work independent of the brain.
The Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA) has appointed Lyndie Hice-Dunton as its first executive director.
Zero-carbon ammonia can be used to power ships and make the transport sector greener, a policy briefing by the British Royal Society shows. The research considers opportunities and challenges associated with the manufacture and future use of the product, today mainly known as a fertilizer.
Haider-Moranis Bulletin: A drop in values is more pronounced in areas inhabited by those who believe in climate change
Our coasts and ocean are under siege due to climate change. Sea level rise, extreme weather events and ocean acidification are already putting our nation’s coastlines at risk. Climate change impacts are also taking a devastating toll on coastal economies and local communities.
New research may provide more clues to how grey whales navigate the oceans
The ChoanoVirus genome codes for rhodopsin, perhaps giving its choanoflagellate host extra energy-harvesting capabilities.