U.S. President Donald Trump has picked Richard Spencer to be his Navy Secretary. Spencer is the managing director of the venture capital firm Fall Creek Management.
Spencer will have to pass a Senate confirmation hearing.
Proposed budget cuts to the EPA and NOAA have prompted environmentalists to launch a PSA to rally more digital advocates to petition their Congressional representatives to protect environmental programs, including climate science.
To learn more, check out the “Nature’s Revolt” PSA here.
The ocean conservation film “An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch” will premiere on Earth Day, April 22, at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at 6 p.m. and on the Smithsonian Channel at 8 p.m. or 11 p.m. ET/PT.
The film follows fisheries scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly as he investigates the amount of fish taken from the oceans and the speed at which this resource is declining.
The film calls on governments to take a better accounting of their fish stocks to avoid a global food catastrophe.
The Donald Trump Administration wants to cut NOAA’s budget by 17 percent, The Washington Post reported. This will affect research funding, satellite programs, coastal management, estuary reserves and coastal resilience.
Read the full article here.
Caption: The pier at Santa Barbara, California. (Photo Credit: NOAA)
Rick Perry, a former Texas governor, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 62-37 vote as the new secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy.
As a former presidential candidate, Perry called to eliminate the agency. He also said previously that he did not believe in climate change.
Perry has since softened his views, saying that the Energy Department performs “vital functions” and that “the climate is changing” during his confirmation hearing in January.
Ryan Zinke, most recently a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Montana, was confirmed Wednesday by the U.S. Senate in a 68-31 vote as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Zinke started his first day as Interior secretary by riding to work on a horse, flanked by the U.S. Park Police.
Want to have your say on the next U.S. Ocean Science Plan? If you’re in New Orleans February 8, you can attend a public meeting hosted by the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), which is accepting input on the upcoming plan.
Dr. Rodney Cluck, chief of the Division of Environmental Sciences at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and other federal leaders will be there.
This new plan will describe the most pressing research questions and most promising areas of opportunity within the ocean science and technology enterprise for the coming decade. It will set the stage for actions across federal agencies and with nonfederal entities to address societal needs and issues of national importance.
Caption: Sunset over the Indian Ocean in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. (Photo Credit: SOST)
The 2018 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship competition is now open. Students enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program with an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources may apply.
Applications are due to your state’s Sea Grant program by February 21, 2017.
The length of assignment is one year (nonrenewable), from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. These dates can be slightly adjusted to accommodate academic semester needs.
More info available here.
Caption: The 2016 Executive Knauss Fellows during their Placement Week in November 2015. (Photo Credit: NOAA National Sea Grant Office)