Archives for November 2013

EU carbon down 9.4 percent in November as supply curbs seen distant

LONDON (Reuters) – EU carbon fell 9.4 percent in November as lawmakers advanced a plan to cut supply but were unable to move fast enough to block an influx of government permits depressing the market.

Reuters: Environment

Forecasting heavy rain events

It is difficult to forecast heavy precipitation events accurately and reliably. The quality of these forecasts is affected by two processes whose relative importance has now been quantified by a team at the Laboratoire d’Aérologie (CNRS / Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier). The researchers have shown that these processes should be taken into account in low wind speed events. Their findings should help forecast these events, which repeatedly cause significant damage, especially in south-eastern France. They are first published online the November 28, 2013 in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society.
ENN: Top Stories

China accused of stealth land grab over Mozambique’s great rice project

China led the reclamation of the largest abandoned rice farm in Mozambique, with the blessing of the authorities. But now the company involved is accused of land grabbing and displacing thousands. Cecilia Anesi and Andrea Fama report
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

DNews: How Astronauts Celebrate Holidays in Space

Just because astronauts in orbit are miles and miles above the Earth's surface doesn't mean they have to miss out on all the holiday festivities. Trace shows us how this festive time of year is celebrated in space.
Discovery News

Iroko trees, the new warrior for climate change

Iroko trees are native to the west coast of Africa. Sometimes called Nigerian teak, their wood is tough, dense, and very durable. Their hardwood is so sought after that the trees are often poached and are now endangered in many regions of Africa. But a new scientific discovery may aid in reforestation efforts.
ENN: Top Stories

Happy Thanksgiving – its time for Football!

Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for. It’s a good time to give thanks for all we have, and think about helping those who really need our help. For many this day also involves lots of football! And for many football fans, predicting the winning team is an important part of the fun. Can science help? A new analysis of National Football League results suggests that the body’s natural circadian timing gives a performance advantage to West Coast teams when they play East Coast teams at night. “Over the past 40 years, even after accounting for the quality of the teams, West Coast NFL teams have had a significant athletic performance advantage over East Coast teams when playing games starting after 8 p.m. Eastern time,” said lead author and board-certified sleep medicine physician Dr. Roger S. Smith. “Both the power and the persistent nature of this sleep-related athletic advantage were surprising.”
ENN: Top Stories

What is the true cost of food production?

Unsustainable farming systems that damage the environment and public health thrive at the expense of sustainable producers. Patrick Holden makes the case for “true cost accounting” … We must account for the real costs of food, or sustainable food systems will never break through to the mainstream. We live in a time when the need for sustainable food and farming systems has never been more urgent. Earlier this year, over 200 leading scientists signed a consensus statement on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century. It expressed deep concern that society has reached the tipping points for a range of environmental and social consequences to our behaviour, which could significantly degrade life on earth by 2050.
ENN: Top Stories

All Eyes on ISON as ‘Phoenix’ Comet Rises from Ashes

When Russian astronomers detected the 'virgin' Comet ISON in September 2012, the world was hoping for something a little bit special. But no comet is the same and the nature of 'dirty snowballs' is rarely predictable. Continue reading →
Discovery News

Wind turbine bird deaths – company pays $1m fine

A major US wind energy company is fined $ 1 million in the country’s first-ever settlement over bird deaths caused by wind turbines, after 149 protected birds were killed.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

Ocean Leadership to Attend 2013 AGU Fall Meeting

2013-agu-fall-meeting-450x350The Consortium for Ocean Leadership will attend this year’s American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California.  The conference, which runs from December 9-13, is expected to draw 22,000 scientists, educators, policy makers and students from around the world.

Ocean Leadership, along with the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), will have a display booth (space #111) in the AGU exhibit hall, which is in Moscone Center North at the Moscone Convention Center.  The booth will highlight the many programmatic, research, education and advocacy aspects of the organization. 

Booth hours are as follows:

Monday, December 9: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, December 10: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 11: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 12: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, December 13: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Additionally, Ocean Leadership and its programs are involved in the following conference events:

Bob Gagosian
Oral Presentation:  Adapting to and Mitigating the Impacts of Recent Policy Changes
Monday, December 9; 1:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
309 Moscone South

Town Hall
Tuesday, December 10; Marriott Union Square (480 Sutter Street)
Reception: 5:30 – 6:30 pm; Meeting: 6:30 – 7:30 pm

IODP Drilling to Basement in the Aleutian Basin: What Can We Learn from the Sedimentary Section?
Wednesday, December 11; 6:00 p.m.  – 9:00 p.m.

Education and Outreach:

Exploration Station
Sunday, December 8; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
103-104 Moscone South

Geophysical Information For Teachers (GIFT) Workshop
Monday, December 9 – Tuesday, December 10
Golden Gate A, Marriott Marquis

Heather Mannix
Poster Presentation: The Role of Knowledge Brokers in International Ocean Policy
Session Title: PA13B Science Policy Progress Reports: Experiences in Classrooms, Administration and the Field Posters
Monday, December 9;  1:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hall A-C Moscone South

Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC)
Nicholas Rome
Poster Presentation:  Interagency Ocean Observing Committee
Wednesday, December 11; 1:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hall A-C Moscone South

Hannah Dean
Poster Presentation:  IOOC Organizational Network (ION) Project
Wednesday, December 11; 8:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Hall A-C Moscone South

Consortium for Ocean Leadership