Archives for August 2016

Selenium status influence cancer risk

As a nutritional trace element, selenium forms an essential part of our diet. In collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to show that high blood selenium levels are associated with a decreased risk of developing liver cancer. In addition to other risk factors, the study also examines in how far selenium levels may influence the development of other types of cancer. Results from this study have been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. *

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If it’s jobs they want, Labour and the unions must back renewables, not Hinkley C!

Four of Britain’s major unions are big supporters of nuclear power, writes Ian Fairlie – all because of the jobs. Now Labour’s shadow energy minister has joined them in backing Hinkley C – even though renewable energy is a far better job-creator than nuclear, and already employs three times more people.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

Obama to highlight climate issues at home before journey overseas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday embarked on a 10-day trip during which he will stress the urgency of curbing climate change and try to achieve some final agreements on the issue with world leaders at a G20 meeting in China.

Reuters: Environment

Storm bears down on Florida, hurricane threatens Hawaii

(Reuters) – Forecasters issued a tropical storm warning on Wednesday for the Florida Gulf Coast, where preparations were being made for life-threatening flooding and fierce winds, while residents of Hawaii’s Big Island were warned of an encroaching hurricane.

Reuters: Environment

Earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude strikes off Rabaul in Papua New Guinea: USGS

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Reuters: Environment

Shocking cruelty and welfare breaches to livestock on their way to and at British abbatoirs

Thousands of British farm animals are subjected to needless pain and distress – six times a day on average – as they are slaughtered according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Environment news & analysis, climate change reports –
The Ecologist

Sea Temperature And The Lunar Cycle Predict The Arrival Of Jellyfish In Israel

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Jellyfish on a beach (Credit: Tim Williams / Flickr)

(Click to enlarge) Jellyfish on a beach (Credit: Tim Williams / Flickr)

When should we most beware of Jellyfishes? Large swarms of these jellyfish reach the coast when the sea temperature ranges between 28.2 and 30 degrees Celsius and during the full moon, according to a new study from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Haifa.

(From Science Daily)– The study reveals, for the first time, the link between sea temperature and the lunar cycle and the arrival of swarms of Jellyfish s along the coast of Israel. “It is possible that individual Jellyfish s will also reach the coast during other conditions, but we discovered that the most significant swarms arrive under the above conditions, the proof being that in such periods the number of blockages of the Electricity Company’s cooling facilities due to Jellyfish s have been incomparably greater than during other periods of the year,” said Avi Algazi, who works in the system management unit of the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) and who conducted the research.

Although Jellyfish s have become frequent guests along the shores of Israel — as well as elsewhere throughout the world — and despite their obvious and immediate impact on humans — because swarms of Jellyfish can cause an abandoning of public beaches until they disappear — until now researchers didn’t know for sure what factors cause the massive arrival of swarms of Jellyfish s one summer while during another summer the quantity can be far less.

Algazi conducted the present study under the guidance of Prof. Abraham Haim — Acting Head of the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences and professor emeritus at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental management, Dr. Keren Or-Chen of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental management, and Dr. Anat Geffen Glazer from the IEC. For his study, Algazi sought to examine a link between the arrival of Jellyfish swarms, as determined by operational events that have occurred at the Eshkol Power Station in Ashdod, and environmental factors such as wind direction and speed, seawater temperature and the like.

The results showed that while the wind was not related to the appearance of giant swarms, 94% of the arrival of Jellyfish swarms occurred after the middle of the year (approximately 176 days from the beginning of the year), during the second and third weeks of the Hebrew month — when the moon ranges between being almost full to full, and when sea water temperature ranges between 28.2 to 30.0 degrees Celsius.

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France’s Hollande says Paris climate agreement far from implemented

PARIS (Reuters) – An international agreement on climate change struck in Paris last year is still far from being implemented, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday, and he urged countries to ensure it was ratified by year-end.

Reuters: Environment

Opportunity: Notice of Public Meeting: Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (Sept. 13/14)

Ocean Leadership ~

employment-opportunites-e1433868852278This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). OEAB members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) activities; federal ocean exploration partners, including the Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology, the Office of Naval Research, and NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System program; advising NOAA on out-year budget development with respect to ocean exploration; and other matters as described in the agenda found on the OEAB Web site.

The announced meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EDT, and Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT.

The meeting will be held at the Boeing Company, 929 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202.

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Typhoon Lionrock nears Japan’s tsunami-hit northeast, grounds flights

TOKYO (Reuters) – More than 100 flights were canceled and evacuation warnings were issued for thousands of people as a powerful typhoon approached Japan’s northeast on Tuesday, a region devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago.

Reuters: Environment