Our Daily Planet: Interview With COL President RADM Jonathan White

2018-09-21T11:43:26+00:00 September 21, 2018|

Interview of the Week:  Jon White, RADM (Ret.) and CEO Consortium for Ocean Leadership (From Our Daily Planet/ By Monica Medina and Miro Korenha) -- Admiral White is President and CEO of the leading consortium of ocean science and technology institutions from academia, public aquariums, and industry.  He spent 32 years in the Navy where he served ultimately [...]

Climate And National Security Forum 2018: A Responsibility To Prepare

2018-03-01T15:25:27+00:00 February 2, 2018|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Navy base in Norfolk, Virginia (Credit: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott/Wikipedia) The Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, invites you to join us for the 2018 Climate and National Security Forum: A Responsibility [...]

If You’re Interested In Environmental Topics, Put These Dates On Your Calendar To Learn Sea Secrets

2018-03-01T15:43:12+00:00 January 2, 2018|

As the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science enters its 75th year of scientific discovery, it brings the South Florida community another great lineup of speakers on the latest scientific research and exploration of the planet. (From The Islander News) -- The 2018 Sea Secrets is a series of evening lectures [...]

Arctic Domain Topic Of Defense Forum

2018-03-01T15:52:30+00:00 November 23, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Warm-water upwelling can essentially melt the underside of glaciers. (Credit: Antarctica Film Commission) The Patuxent Partnership and the Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland are coming together to present the 12th annual Patuxent Defense Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, from 8:30 am to 5 pm. [...]

2018-03-01T16:04:55+00:00 November 17, 2017|

The Isle of Man is leading the world in the way it is tackling the problem of plastic and marine pollution on beaches, according to scientists and marine experts in the USA. The achievements of the charity Beach Buddies, and its “exceptional engagement with the community” has been praised during a brief visit to [...]

Trump Taps AccuWeather CEO To Head NOAA

2017-11-30T15:53:30+00:00 October 12, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) NOAA Logo (Credit: NOAA) President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Barry Myers, the CEO of private weather company AccuWeather, to lead the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the country's foremost scientific agency for oceanic and climate research. (From EcoWatch / by Lorraine Chow) -- The White House praised Myers and his company for its [...]

White House Will Nominate AccuWeather’s Barry Myers To Lead NOAA

2017-11-30T15:53:56+00:00 October 12, 2017|

President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed Barry Myers as the next administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency whose budget the administration has proposed slashing for fiscal year 2018. (From EOS / By Randy Showstack) -- Myers, who is chief executive officer of AccuWeather, Inc., would be just the second nonscientist nominated to lead NOAA [...]

Trump Taps AccuWeather CEO To Head NOAA, Breaking With Precedent Of Nominating Scientists

2017-11-30T15:56:47+00:00 October 12, 2017|

(Click to Enlarge) NOAA's new weather satellite GOES-16 captures stunning high-resolution imagery that will aid weather system monitoring and forecasting. (Credit: NOAA) Barry Myers, the chief executive of the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather, is President Trump’s pick to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The appointment of Myers, a businessman and [...]

National Security Briefing: Science & Technology To Prevent Ocean Crimes

2018-06-28T12:59:49+00:00 October 11, 2017|

(Credit: International Conservation Caucus Foundation) On October 3rd, the Oceans Caucus Foundation hosted the first in a series of briefings on National Security. This briefing, featuring speakers from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), centered on the role of science and technology in preventing ocean [...]

The Consortium For Ocean Leadership Strengthening EU Bonds

2017-11-30T15:56:22+00:00 October 2, 2017|

The ocean impacts every single human life—it supplies oxygen, medicine, and food. If the sea is our most precious resource, why aren’t organizations across the globe better communicating about breakthroughs in ocean science? (Bilat USA 4.0 / By Callan Yanoff, Jonathan White) -- The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) supports every aspect of oceanic discovery across [...]

Illegal Fishing Part II– How Ocean Science And Technology Can Address IUU Fishing And Secure National, Economic, And Food Security Worldwide

2018-02-01T10:57:43+00:00 September 26, 2017|

Global Fishing Watch uses data and open technologies to help save the oceans by showing, for free, exactly where all of the trackable commercial fishing activity has happened since 2012 and is happening today in near-real time. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s President and CEO RADM Jonathan White (Ret.) wrote a guest blog series – part one was shared last week, read part two below, and check back in next week for part three.

Alaska’s Economy Depends On Ocean Science And Technology

2017-10-12T18:09:44+00:00 September 22, 2017|

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership's President and CEO, RADM Jonathan White (Ret.), and President of the Marine Technology Society, Donna Kocak, wrote an article on the economic importance of ocean technology and science in Alaska. When considering the importance of our national maritime economy, it’s hard to miss the connections between Alaska and the ocean. Alaska has the longest coastline in the U.S., and the busiest water for commercial fishing in the world. Anchorage was the second largest contributor to our nation’s Gross Domestic Product in the mineral sector in 2014.

Trump Sets Record With Delay In Nominating Administrator

2017-09-21T11:45:46+00:00 September 21, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Capital at night. (Credit: Will Ramos) It's official: Donald Trump has waited longer than any president in history to pick a NOAA administrator. Trump yesterday broke the record set by Republican President George W. Bush, who delayed his decision until Sept. 19, 2001, when he nominated former Navy Vice [...]

Illegal Fishing – A Threat To National, Economic, And Food Security Worldwide

2017-09-20T13:25:39+00:00 September 20, 2017|

Global Fishing Watch uses data and open technologies to help save the oceans by showing, for free, exactly where all of the trackable commercial fishing activity has happened since 2012 and is happening today in near-real time. The Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s President and CEO RADM Jonathan White (Ret.) wrote a guest blog series – read part one below, and check back in next week for part two.

Trump Picks Scientist Who Accepts Warming For NOAA Role

2017-09-07T11:58:27+00:00 September 7, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Global warming in the USA (Credit: Andrea Della Adriano/Flickr) There is something unusual about the Trump administration's appointment of NOAA's new deputy administrator: He believes climate change is real. Tim Gallaudet was nominated to be deputy administrator at NOAA last week. He will take the No. 2 slot at the agency [...]

Coast Guard Makes Dire Warning About Drilling In The Arctic

2017-07-19T14:00:29+00:00 July 19, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) WHOI and the University of Delaware  Ocean Drilling Program. (Courtesy of the Ocean Drilling Program) For months now America's climate denying president, Donald Trump, has been maneuvering to open up the Arctic to oil drilling, in another act of defiance against his predecessor, Barack Obama. Back in April, Trump signed an executive order to extend offshore [...]

Adm. Zukunft: We Are Not Ready For Arctic Oil Spills

2017-07-19T13:48:45+00:00 July 19, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) The part of the icberg which lies underwater can be scouring the seafloor. (Credit: AWeith/Wikicommons) On Monday, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft warned that environmental response organizations are not prepared to address a large oil spill in the Arctic. (From The Marine Executive) --- He drew on his experience [...]

‘Red Teams’ Gain Prominence To Question Climate Science

2017-06-29T12:05:45+00:00 June 29, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Global climate change could disrupt the global conveyer belt (Credit: NOAA) Trump administration officials are increasingly floating a new way to raise questions about the scientific findings that humans are driving climate change. It's called red team, blue team. (From Climatewire / by Scott Waldman) -- The concept, which originated in [...]

A Month Into Hurricane Season, Charlie Crist Says Donald Trump Needs To Fill NOAA Post Now

2017-06-27T14:42:55+00:00 June 27, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) The U.S. Capital at night. (Credit: Will Ramos) Among the many positions in the federal government that have gone unfilled during the first five months of the Donald Trump administration is someone to lead the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). With hurricane season only about to get more intense in the coming [...]

Beneath the Waves — Why Climate Change Needs to Be Acknowledged

2017-06-08T16:07:41+00:00 June 8, 2017|

Christopher Skroupa is a Forbes contributor who focuses on the intersection of government, Wall Street, and main street. He held a Q&A with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership's President and CEO RADM Jonathan White centering around Jon's experience and insight on the nexus of national security and climate change.

Our Shared Seas: A 2017 Overview Of Ocean Threats And Conservation Funding

2017-06-08T10:56:59+00:00 June 8, 2017|

Our Shared Seas: A 2017 Overview of Ocean Threats and Conservation  Funding is a guide of the primary ocean threats and trends to help funders, advocates, and governments make better, faster, and more informed decisions. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation commissioned California Environmental Associates to develop the guide for the increasing number of philanthropists and [...]

Hurricane Season Starts Without Heads Of FEMA Or NOAA

2017-06-03T14:55:05+00:00 June 3, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Atmospheric gravity waves are thought to relate to hurricane intensity. (Credit: NOAA) The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially started June 1. With the forecast for "above-normal" storm activity predicted, the two federal agencies most responsible for predicting weather and managing disasters face budget cuts and temporary bosses. In a statement on [...]

Ignoring The Changing Climate Threatens Our National, Homeland, and Economic Security

2018-08-28T14:02:15+00:00 June 1, 2017|

(Washington, D.C.) -- In response to President Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the following statement was issued by Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. “Much like geometry, climate change isn’t an abstract concept to be believed or disbelieved. Measurable points, [...]

Trump’s Paris Withdrawal Makes Already Tough Target Harder To Hit

2017-06-01T15:06:06+00:00 June 1, 2017|

(Click to enlarge)  World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 12, 2015. (Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe) President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday could make it difficult, if not impossible, for the world to stay on track to reach an [...]

A Foundation For Greatness Must Include Investing In Our Future

2018-08-28T14:03:22+00:00 May 23, 2017|

(Washington, D.C.) – The following statement was issued by Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jonathan White, President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in response to cuts to federal Earth and ocean science, as well as grant programs, in President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request, “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” “Greatness isn’t [...]

Barry Myers, AccuWeather Chief Executive, Emerges As Front-runner For NOAA’s Top Job

2017-05-15T15:33:00+00:00 May 15, 2017|

Nearly four months into his administration, President Trump has yet to name the next leader of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But several individuals in the weather community say Barry Myers, chief executive of AccuWeather in State College, Pa., is the leading candidate. (The Washington Post/ Jason Samenow) --- Myers, who holds business and [...]

5 Things The Weather-Climate Community Needs In The Next NOAA Administrator

2017-05-15T15:20:09+00:00 May 15, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) North Atlantic weather has been felt through seismic waves in Japan (Credit: NOAA) The Washington Post's Jason Samenow broke a story today that Barry Myers, chief executive of Accuweather, has emerged as the front-runner to be selected as the next Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Filling this position [...]

Abandoning Federal Investments in Ocean Science Jeopardizes Our Nation

2018-08-28T14:04:39+00:00 March 17, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Pacific Ocean. (Credit: Copyright Michele Hogan) Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s Statement of the President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2018. (Washington, D.C.) –The following statement was issued by Admiral Jonathan White, President and CEO of Consortium for Ocean Leadership, in response to the steep reductions to federal Earth and ocean [...]

Possible Deep Cuts To NOAA Funding Worry Agency Supporters

2017-07-27T01:46:08+00:00 March 8, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) The recently launched GOES-R satellite will improve weather satellite imagery and forecasting models. (Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project) Proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2018 could cause significant damage to the agency and the broad services it provides, scientists [...]

Who’s Still Fighting Climate Change? The U.S. Military

2017-08-16T11:16:31+00:00 February 9, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (Credit: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas) Ten times a year, the Naval Station Norfolk floods. The entry road swamps. Connecting roads become impassable. Crossing from one side of the base to the other becomes impossible. Dockside, [...]

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Letter on Ocean Science, National Security, International Collaboration, and Science Communication

2018-08-28T14:01:12+00:00 February 3, 2017|

President and CEO RADM Jon White (Ret.): Our National Security Depends on Attracting the Brightest Minds and Sharing Science In a letter released today, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership President and CEO RADM Jon White (USN, ret.) calls on President Trump to recognize the important role that science, particularly ocean science, plays in our [...]

Natural Security Podcast: Episode 3

2017-03-06T11:54:57+00:00 February 2, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (Credit: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas) In this third episode of the Natural Security Podcast, the Stimson Center’s Johan Bergenas sits down with Rear Admiral (ret.) Jon White. (From National Security Podcast, By Jon White) -- Admiral White [...]

Who Will Lead NOAA Under President Trump?

2017-03-06T10:17:39+00:00 January 20, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) NOAA Logo (Credit: NOAA) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent organization of the National Weather Service, will introduce new leadership when President-elect Donald Trump assumes office. The agency is at a crossroads and faces many important challenges in the coming years. How these challenges are addressed will help [...]

Who Will Lead NOAA Under President Trump?

2017-03-06T10:44:20+00:00 January 17, 2017|

(Click to enlarge) Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet (left) and Rear Adm. (ret.) Jon White (right). (Photo by Will Ramos / Ocean Leadership) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the parent organization of the National Weather Service, will introduce new leadership when President-elect Donald Trump assumes office. The agency is at a crossroads and faces many [...]

So China Grabbed Our Ocean Drone, Does It Really Matter?

2017-01-30T09:32:55+00:00 January 3, 2017|

December 23, 2016 guest blog by COL President Jon White for the Natural Security Forum Last week a Chinese naval ship retrieved an underwater drone, actually a glider, from international waters. The caveat: it didn’t belong to them. The glider was a U.S. Navy-owned unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) completing its oceanographic survey route in the [...]

Working Together For The Ocean

2017-03-03T17:50:46+00:00 January 1, 2017|

Not many will forget 2016. At the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL), we’re looking back on many successes and preparing for more in the future. I’d like to emphasize the word consortium, as it is central to this year’s accomplishments. In a world growing increasingly fragmented by differences of opinion and ideology, finding common ground [...]

So China Grabbed Our Ocean Drone, Does It Really Matter?

2017-03-06T11:25:26+00:00 December 23, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Teledyne Web Research’s “Slocum” Glider. Teledyne will make the necessary design modifications to the company’s “Slocum” glider to meet specific requirements of the Coastal and Global Scale Nodes for the Ocean Observatories Initiative. (Credit: Ben Allsup, Teledyne Webb Research) Last week a Chinese naval ship retrieved an underwater drone, actually [...]

Scientists Ponder The Way Forward Under Incoming Administration

2017-03-06T10:34:02+00:00 December 20, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) A new X prize offers two $1 million awards for developing better sensors to measure ocean acidification. (Credit: NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab & LiveScience.com) The recent U.S. presidential election loomed large last week at the world’s largest annual gathering of Earth and space scientists, the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fall [...]

OINA 2017: Collaboration In Focus As San Diego BlueTech Week 2016 Paves Way For Oceanology International’s North American Debut

2017-03-03T15:48:59+00:00 November 17, 2016|

(Click to englarge) San Diego, California city at night. (Credit: City of San Diego) Oceanology International North America 2017 (OINA 17) partner The Maritime Alliance (TMA) held its annual ‘BlueTech Week’ in San Diego last week (Nov 7-11). The event provided a platform for more than 400 delegates to network with academic and [...]

BlueTech Week Paves The Way For OI North America

2017-03-06T10:45:40+00:00 November 17, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) Shellfish farming (oysters, clams, mussels) is the largest single sector of the U.S. marine aquaculture industry and accounts for about two-thirds of total U.S. marine aquaculture production. Pictured above, an oyster farm in the Damriscotta River in Maine. (Credit: NOAA Aquaculture Program) The Maritime Alliance's BlueTech Week brings ocean industry [...]

ODU, National Security Experts Make Recommendations In Sea Level Rise Resiliency Report

2017-03-02T15:43:58+00:00 October 20, 2016|

(Click to enlarge) (Credit: Mr. William Folsom, NOAA, NMFS) Track the science, identify at-risk infrastructure and choose a thought leader to "own" sea level rise in Hampton Roads — these are among the many recommendations contained in a regional resilience report unveiled Wednesday. "Sea Level Rise Preparedness: An Intergovernmental Blueprint for Community Resiliency" [...]

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