Archives for November 2015

Brazil on right track for reducing deforestation rates: study

TORONTO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tropical deforestation, a significant driver of climate change, could be cut in half by 2020 if countries follow Brazil’s example in protecting the rainforest with better law enforcement and more transparency, a study released on Monday said.

Reuters: Environment

Oklahoma governor declares state of emergency after storms hit state

TULSA, Okla. (Reuters) – Governor Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in Oklahoma after storms over the weekend caused floods, coated roads with ice and left about 60,000 customers without power on Monday.

Reuters: Environment

World leaders launch bid for climate breakthrough in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth’s rising temperatures, with French President Francois Hollande saying the world was at “breaking point” in the fight against global warming.

Reuters: Environment

Opportunity: Upcoming Call for Research Proposals, C-DEBI

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OpportunityAs we begin the second phase of the C-DEBI Science and Technology Center, we are preparing to announce the next call for proposals for small grants and fellowships on 12/1/15.  

We will invite proposals for one-year research projects and graduate student and postdoctoral fellowships* that will significantly advance C-DEBI’s central research agenda: to investigate the subseafloor biosphere deep in sediments and the volcanic crust, and to conduct multi-disciplinary studies to develop an integrated understanding of subseafloor microbial life at the molecular, cellular, and ecosystem scales. Phase 2 of C-DEBI comprises a transition from dominantly exploration-based investigations to projects that balance discovery with hypothesis testing, data integration and synthesis, and ecosystem modeling. The deadline for the next call will be 1/31/16.
To prepare you for this and future calls, please review the C-DEBI Renewal Proposal for details on research themes in C-DEBI Phase 2. Other guidelines for the grants program in Phase 2:

  1. For C-DEBI Phase 2, we will have one call per year, with proposals due January 31 to align project start dates with the Center’s budget periods beginning April 1.
  2. The Executive Committee (ExCom) will continue to handle the review process with reviews by non-conflicting ExCom members and Senior Scientists.
  3. Research grant, postdoctoral fellowship and graduate student fellowship proposals will be solicited in the same call, but submission and review will be distinguished by type of request.
  4. *Postdoctoral and graduate student fellowships will continue to be renewable for a second year, pending justification and satisfactory progress. These proposals will also be required to include a broader impacts component, in alignment with NSF criteria. Finally, institutions receiving C-DEBI fellowships will now be able to include overhead/indirect costs in their fellowship budgets.
  5. C-DEBI intends to fund 7-8 research proposals in response to the next call in the range of $ 50,000-$ 80,000 each.  In rare cases, we will consider awarding up to an additional $ 20,000, but this will require specific justification and a separate budget indicating how the additional funding increment would be used.
  6. A call for education and outreach projects will be posted concurrently. Submissions in response to this call will be reviewed separately from submissions in response to the call for scientific grants and fellowships.

Please look for the next C-DEBI Small Grants and Fellowships RFP in the next two weeks.

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Opportunity: Oceanographic Research Instrument Associate, PacIOOS

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OpportunityThe PacIOOS Oceanographic Research Instrument Associate is a new full-time, exciting position responsible for logistical and technical support for our oceanographic field operations, particularly our wave buoys.

Our stakeholders rely on PacIOOS to provide timely, reliable, accurate ocean data and information to support their decision-making. This position helps to ensure that our ocean observing instruments are operating correctly, are deployed safely and precisely, and that PacIOOS users get the information they depend upon. Strong on- and in-water skills, experience related to oceanographic fieldwork and engineering, and knowledge of safe and effective small boat operations are essential for this position. We are looking for a detail-oriented, flexible, adaptive problem-solver with excellent communication and personal skills. Please use the link below to view all of the job qualifications. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Upcoming initiatives for this position will include the deployment of new PacIOOS wave buoys. Tasks will include planning and executing oceanographic instrument deployments on small ocean-going vessels, often as the boat operator.

You will love this job at PacIOOS because:

  • You will be making a difference in the lives of people across the Pacific.
  • You will engage with an extremely diverse group of people and cultures. (Yes, this means travel to awesome locations within the eastern and south Pacific!)
  • You will be encouraged to be creative and innovative in how you succeed and meet PacIOOS program goals and objectives.
  • You will be part of an awesome team of talented and capable technicians, scientists, students, and programmers.
  • You will have the opportunity to grow in this position and to take on additional responsibilities as you excel and learn about program operations and goals.
  • You will have flexible work hours in a relaxed and friendly work environment.
  • You will always have a new challenge to address. Ocean observing is extremely dynamic!

Here is why one employee loves working at PacIOOS:

“I love how much PacIOOS and its employees value and respect the ocean. Members are always trying to expand on what we offer, from new data sets, to new tools, to new outreach programs. Everyone is constantly doing everything in their power to help the public make better decisions related to the most prominent aspect of our lives, the ocean…No matter the field or specialty, whether programming, instrument technology, modeling, community outreach, or research, we all find a way to work together to make a difference. Even when things go wrong (like a buoy is run over!), PacIOOS keeps pushing forward. I have never worked with a group of people who are so patient and willing to help one another. Questions are never met with condescending attitudes or remarks, but are rather met with genuine interest and knowledge.”


Although the RCUH application paperwork is admittedly time-consuming, please don’t let this dissuade you from applying to PacIOOS! Once you get past that stage, it is great to be an employee in the RCUH system. Here are some teasers:

  • 21 vacation days every year and 21 sick days every year.
  • Stellar retirement plan through TIAA-CREF, a 403(b) plan. RCUH contributes 10% of compensation once you meet eligibility requirements (1 year of service with RCUH), even if you contribute nothing!
  • UH/RCUH faculty/staff ID card with associated benefits on UH Manoa campus.

Apply Now!

To view the full job description, including details on Major Duties, Primary and Secondary Qualifications, and to apply online, please click the following link:

Or visit the RCUH website ( and enter job ID#15692.

CLOSING DATE: December 8, 2015.

We look forward to hearing from you!

If you have any questions about the position or PacIOOS in general, please contact Melissa Iwamoto at (808) 956-6556 or

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Tales of a Warmer Planet

By running civilization on fossil fuel, we are creating and destroying climates.
NYT > Oceans

‘The terror dividend’ – how traders and lobbyists made a killing from the Paris attacks

Amid the human suffering caused by terror attacks, it’s easy to forget the economic dimensions, writes Paul Mobbs. But after the 13th November attacks in Paris defence industry shares soared, while a host of connected think tanks, lobbyists and politicians dominated the media in pushing for military responses. Is it time to expose and confront the terror industrial complex?
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The Ecologist

Why the Paris Climate Summit pledges are so important

More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate change and to implement a process to reduce greenhouse gases over time. A key part of this agreement would be the pledges made by individual countries to reduce their emissions.

A study published in Science today shows that if implemented and followed by measures of equal or greater ambition, the Paris pledges have the potential to reduce the probability of the highest levels of warming, and increase the probability of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

In the lead up to the Paris meetings, countries have announced the contributions that they are willing to make to combat global climate change, based on their own national circumstances. These Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, take many different forms and extend through 2025 or 2030.

ENN: Top Stories

Sherri Goodman – From the President’s Office: 11-20-2015

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Sherri Goodman

I know that many of you share my distress over the tragic events in Paris last week.  It reminds us that we live in a dangerous world, which places tremendous strain on global stability.  With the continuing threats posed by ISIS and Islamic terrorists worldwide now, we are reminded of the importance of doing our part to promote global stability and good governance wherever possible.  In that vein, it is fitting that the upcoming UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) will be held in Paris in just a few weeks.  Hopefully this event will show the world the leaders determined to advance good governance can overcome both the terrorist threats we face, and the other obstacles to reaching a successful outcome at this negotiation.

As you’ve been reading, over the past month and in light of the upcoming COP21, I have been talking about the critical relationship between ocean and climate. Much of my communication is based on the Ocean Climate Nexus consensus statement from the European Marine Board and Ocean Leadership, and, in conjunction with other organizations’ efforts, the ocean is gaining strong visibility.  This week, I participated in two climate change-related speaking engagements:  The Asia-Pacific Rebalance, National Security and Climate Change report launch at the Woodrow Wilson Center on Environmental Change and Security, and a Council on Foreign Relations panel on Climate Change and the Business of Defense.  Both events highlighted the ongoing and increasing attention that needs to occur to both address climate change threats and create a more resilient society, especially in the maritime arena of the Asia-Pacific. Increasingly, global businesses, such as aviation and defense, are looking at how climate change impacts their economic models, supply chains, and the life cycle of their products.  Extreme weather events can disrupt global supply chains, putting companies at risk.  Improved observations, including ocean observations, will enable better forecasting and prediction, and lead to risk reduction and resilience strategies. 

Our colleagues with the Consortium of Canadian Ocean Research Universities have now added their voice to climate change with a high level briefing for the Canadian government. The briefing, championed by Ocean Leadership members Dalhousie University and the University of Victoria/Ocean Networks Canada, introduces the new Canadian leadership to the importance of the ocean in climate change and urges Canada to take leadership in this area. These complementary messages from Europe, Canada, and the U.S. ocean science research community represent a strong trans-Atlantic voice in the urgency for ocean science capacity.

Funding bills still struggle on the Hill.  While Senate leaders had hoped to finalize the Transportation-HUD bill before Thanksgiving recess, political machinations over Syrian refugees derailed those efforts and seem to threaten the chances of an omnibus spending package for FY 2016. Sadly, we are witnessing a disturbing trend, of preventing victims of violence from seeking refuge in the home of the freedom and the brave.   Even while these broader issues roil our democracy, federal support for geosciences remains a concern.  Ocean Leadership is still working on the issue, and we hope you weigh in with House and Senate appropriators and staff.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and delicious Thanksgiving with family and friends.  


Member highlight: A team of researchers affiliated with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences finds that ocean acidification may not pose the threat to coral reefs that scientists have thought.

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These 10 Endangered Species are Running Out of Room to Roam

It’s never been easier for us to get where we want to go, but our growing transportation systems mixed with development are taking a serious toll on wildlife, from tiny amphibians to large mammals, and pushing some who are already in danger of disappearing even closer to the brink.

A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition, No Room to Roam: 10 American Species in Need of Connectivity and Corridor, focuses on imperiled species who need just what the title says: room to roam.

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