Category: Public Policy

Measuring and expressing noise

Sub-sea Operations The word “Noise” resides in an etymological basket along with the words “annoyance” and “obnoxious.” “Noise” is thought to have been derived from the Latin “noxia’ (to hurt or damage), and Middle English “nausea” (to quarrel). Although some…

Layers of Distraction

EPA Plaza, Washington DC (c) Tom Brennan, NYT A pretty tumultuous week has thwarted my plans of digging into the Barcelona Animal Communications Symposium. In the wake of senseless attacks on tourists on the Barcelona Ramblas, in importance of scientific…

World Ocean(s) Day – honoring the sea

  Our planet has orbited the sun once more to place us all in position for World Ocean Day! Originally proposed by Canada in 1992 at the UN Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day has been celebrated in…

Field report from Barcelona – OceaNoise 2017

I spent last week at Vilanova i la Geltrú – just down the coast from Barcelona, Spain at OceaNoise2017, a conference specifically focused on ocean noise pollution issues. All conferences have a purpose, but this one also had a personality.…

The Tantrum of the Oilmen

If it wasn’t otherwise abundantly clear, the splurge of Executive Orders (EO) over the last two weeks confirm that the US President has handed the reins (or should I say “handed the reign”) of the executive branch over to the…

The Spirts of Earth Day

Just once a year, for the last 47 years, we as a nation have taken a day to pause and reflect on how much we love this planet. For those who were not around and up on your hind legs…

Pinging ocean noise – a harbinger of things to come?

I want to give a shout out to all of the folks who are sending me links to an ongoing news story about an incessant “pinging noise” up in the Nunavut Arctic areas of the Fury and Hecla Straits (between…

Report from the Georgian International Maritime Forum

Georgia International Maritime Forum

  Through a set of circumstances too Byzantine to unravel here this week I’ve found myself in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea delivering and address to the Georgian International Maritime Forum (GIMF) While…

Acoustical Habitats and Aquatic Noise

I’ve just returned last week from the 2016 Aquatic Noise conference (AN2016), a gathering of souls who have taken it upon themselves to examine, poke, prod, regulate, and abuse our common interest in Marine Bioacoustics. This conference happens every few…

Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

The first of this July we submitted our comments to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap. As submitted for public review we were generally pleased with the tone and essence of the work. It leaned…