October 18th 2017 at 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time (9 am PDT; 1 pm ADT; 4 pm UTC) - Presented by Dr. Prateep Nayak. Issues of power and politics are at the heart of community conservation which in turn influences its ultimate success and failure. Power is central to understanding processes and structures associated with resource and environmental conservation. For more details and to register, click here.
On behalf of a state interagency team, Ecology is releasing the Draft Marine Spatial Plan for Washington’s Pacific Coast for review and comment by interested parties, agencies, and tribes through December 12, 2017. The draft plan provides information on ocean uses and resources and a framework for evaluating proposed new ocean uses on Washington’s Pacific Coast.
A Draft Programmatic EIS evaluates the effects of the management actions contained in the draft plan and is also available for review and comment. This review process helps decision makers and the public understand the specific actions in the draft plan and how they would affect people and the environment.
The Draft Marine Spatial Plan and Draft EIS documents are available online at: http://www.msp.wa.gov/learn/resources/.
Your feedback on the draft documents will help us identify issues and concerns and provides the opportunity for your input on the drafts to be considered prior to the state adopting a final plan. Comments are due December 12, 2017.
Trump's pick of Barry Meyers (the AccuWeather CEO) to head NOAA is drawing a lot of criticism and concern that Meyers will hobble the National Weather Service due to conflicts of interest.
Via Ars Technica
"Climeworks’ Swiss plant is an array of 18 blower units, together capable of capturing about 900 tons of CO2 per year, which is about what 55 average Americans emit. The company has installed one of these units (so capturing only about 50 tons per year) in Iceland as a test."
"The project [...] involves locating, rescuing and then temporarily relocating the vaquitas to an ocean sanctuary off the coast of San Felipe. The explicit goal of [VaquitaCPR] is to return the vaquitas to their natural habitat once the primary threat to their survival has been eliminated."
"Scientists have long used Adélie penguin populations to monitor the health of the Southern Ocean and to understand how major factors such as fishing and climate change impact the oceans and the animals that rely on them. Now an extensive analysis of all known data on Adélie penguin populations over the last 35 years has found that only a small fraction of year-to-year changes in Adélie penguin populations can be attributed to measureable factors such as changes in sea ice."