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10/23/2019 - 18:22
Firms must report actions on environmental and social issues under revamped code Pension funds and asset managers will have to disclose their shareholder voting records on issues including the climate crisis, as part of UK guidelines that will come into force in January. The revamped stewardship code means firms will have to publish annual reports showing they have taken environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into account when investing and engaging with companies. Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 16:30
Strategy includes 30 recommendations including insulation upgrades for every home in UK Labour will unveil plans to create a carbon-neutral energy system by the 2030s including insulation upgrades for every home in the UK and enough new solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches. The party will set out its fast-track climate strategy on Thursday after adopting plans to work towards a net-zero carbon economy two decades ahead of the government’s legally binding 2050 target. Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 16:23
There is a transcript of his conversation with US attorney, but officials say they do not intend to share it with estimates. All the day’s events, live 2.48am BST From AAP: Private schools will be able to spend $1.2bn of taxpayer funds however they see fit, regardless of how much money they rake in from fees and donations. Education bureaucrats told senators on Thursday they would have no role in assessing applications for money from the special fund, set up in a side deal with Catholic and independent schools a year ago to ease their transition to new funding arrangements. 2.40am BST And Joel Fitzgibbon has responded to the Nationals backbench drought plan: The National Party back-bench hasn’t produced a national drought plan, just a plan to save the Nationals,” he said The Nationals are in revolt within the Coalition because the prime minister doesn’t have a drought plan.” Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 15:43
House Democrats on Wednesday laid out evidence that the oil behemoth ExxonMobil had known since the 1970s about the potential for a climate crisis and intentionally sowed doubt about it. One of those testifying was Martin Hoffert, a scientist consultant for Exxon Research and Engineering in the 1980s. Responding to the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Hoffert testified that in 1982, Exxon scientists predicted how carbon dioxide levels would rise and heat the planet as humans burned more fossil fuels Exxon sowed doubt about climate crisis, House Democrats hear in testimony Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 14:14
Ocean Leadership ~ ASSISTANT PROFESSOR POSITION AT SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY, UC SAN DIEGO – Air-Sea Interactions or Geophysical Fluid Dynamics The http://scripps.ucsd.edu at UC San Diego invites applications for the faculty position described below. We seek an outstanding scientist/educator to establish a vigorous research program and provide intellectual leadership in their field while complementing existing expertise at SIO and other UC San Diego departments. SIO is a world-renowned center of oceanographic, atmospheric, biological, and solid earth research with approximately 200 principal investigators leading research programs. SIO is part of the University of California, San Diego, which is one of the top research universities in the world. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to inclusive excellence by providing leadership in teaching, mentoring, research, and service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. We seek outstanding candidates for one tenure-track Assistant Professor position pursuing innovative research activities in one or both of the following areas: (i) physical processes occurring at the air-sea interface, with a demonstrated expertise in sea-going observations preferred; and (ii) geophysical fluid dynamics and other theoretical research related to oceanic phenomena. Both of these areas have been identified as high-priority long-term needs for the SIO Physical Oceanography faculty. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong extramurally supported research program that complements existing physical oceanography research at SIO. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to teaching the Physical Oceanography curricula for graduate and undergraduate students. For full consideration, please apply by December 31, 2019 at: https://apptrkr.com/1677351 A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physical oceanography or a relevant field is required at the time of appointment. Strong potential for development of a vigorous, externally funded, and internationally recognized research program and associated scholarly impact, together with evidence of service and broader contributions to diversity, leadership activities, and other items that will contribute positively to departmental welfare are preferred. In addition, documentation of strong interest and any history of achievement in mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs is requested. Salary will be consistent with the applicant’s qualifications and experience and with University of California pay scales. UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to http://diversity.ucsd.edu. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Requirements Document requirements • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. • Cover Letter • Statement of Research • Statement of Teaching • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our http://facultydiversity.ucsd.edu/recruitment/contributions-to-diversity.html site for more information. • Misc / Additional (Optional) Reference requirements • 3 required (contact information only) The post Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Air-Sea Interactions or Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Dec. 31) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
10/23/2019 - 12:43
Subcommittee laid out four decades of evidence just a day after oil behemoth began a trial over misleading investors House Democrats on Wednesday laid out four decades of evidence that oil behemoth Exxon knew since the 1970s that the burning of fossil fuels was heating the planet and intentionally sowed doubt about the climate crisis. The testimony came in a hearing in a House oversight subcommittee on civil rights just a day after ExxonMobil began a trial in New York City over misleading investors on the business risks from government rules meant to address the climate crisis. Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 12:00
Nationals policy document says party will have to ‘fight the next election on this issue’ Nationals MPs are pushing for an extra $1.3bn in government stimulus for drought affected communities, arguing direct community support is needed to help the party hold on to seats at the next election. The push for more government spending comes as the National Farmers’ Federation also calls for more commonwealth action, flagging the need for council rate relief and exit packages for stressed farmers wanting to leave the land. Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 11:13
Forecast suggests rainforest could stop producing enough rain to sustain itself by 2021 Soaring deforestation coupled with the destructive policies of Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, could push the Amazon rainforest dangerously to an irreversible “tipping point” within two years, a prominent economist has said. After this point the rainforest would stop producing enough rain to sustain itself and start slowly degrading into a drier savannah, releasing billions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, which would exacerbate global heating and disrupt weather across South America. Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 10:23
National Trust rangers predict another bumper year as they begin their count of grey seal pups They are one of the world’s rarest seal species, officially endangered by a combination of water pollution, fishing nets and seaside tourism. But on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast, the population of grey seal pups has increased by 57% in five years, with 2,737 born last year. Rangers from the National Trust, which owns the islands, were predicting another bumper year as they began their pup count this week, taking aerial shots by drone and spraying newborns with special paint to keep tabs on their movements. Continue reading...
10/23/2019 - 09:18
A shipment of Chinese antibiotics, headed for a Northern Ireland poultry farm, has sparked an investigation into food security Retailers and the poultry industry have attempted to reassure consumers on the safety of chicken, after a seizure of Chinese antibiotics suspected to be destined for unregulated use on a poultry farm in Northern Ireland.The County Tyrone farm suspected of trying to source the antibiotics is now at the centre of an investigation by the Northern Ireland Department of Health. It sends chickens to the processing company Moy Park, a major supplier to UK retailers including Tesco, Ocado and Sainsbury’s. Investigators have not confirmed publicly whether this is an isolated incident or whether poultry containing antibiotic residues could have been entering the retail food chain for an extended period. The antibiotic seized is believed to have been amoxicillin, which is approved for use as a veterinary medicine in the UK, but is supposed to be administered only under veterinary supervision. It may not be used as a growth promoter, a practice banned in the EU since 2006. The widespread use of antibiotics in farming is leading to the development of germs that are resistant to even the strongest antibiotics used in human health. Food industry analysts said the financial incentives to use low doses of antibiotics as a way of boosting growth rates were enormous.“If you administer growth-promoting antibiotics and get a 10% reduction in feed costs, that is a substantial boost to your profit margin. It’s also unfair competition to honest farmers and a risk to public health through the development of germs that are resistant to antibiotics,” said Erik Millstone, professor of science policy at the University of Sussex.A spokesperson for the British Poultry Council, of which Moy Park is a member, said consumers could be reassured that antibiotic residues would not be present in chicken meat. “The UK has an effective statutory veterinary residue surveillance scheme in accordance with EC legislation. There are strict regulations governing withdrawal period (how much time passes between when an animal is last treated with antibiotics and when it leaves the farm) that ensures that there are no residues in the meat,” said the spokesperson.It is understood that steps have been taken to ensure that the chickens at the farm at the centre of the investigation will not enter the food chain. Moy Park also said in a statement that the poultry industry in Northern Ireland was subject to a testing programme by government vets. “All test results across our supply farms have been negative,” said a spokesperson. Continue reading...