Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/23/2019 - 01:00
Administration’s move is a ‘head in the sand approach’ that will further imperil creatures threatened by the climate crisis Life as a sea turtle is already harrowing. Emerging alone from a shell to crawl through a deadly gauntlet of predatory birds, dogs and ants, all for the goal of reaching the ocean, a place where fish swallow you whole and fragments of discarded plastic slowly suffocate you. Now climate change – in the form of sea level rise, rising temperatures and fiercer storms – is adding further, existential hardships and in the US a recent weakening of endangered species protections by the Trump administration will further imperil sea turtles and other creatures threatened by the climate crisis. Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 00:00
For residents of Anchorage, July’s wildfire and unprecedented temperatures plus the current McKinley Fire confirm that global heating has changed life forever Major fires are burning this week in south-central Alaska, lengthening the state’s wildfire season, which has usually ended by the beginning of August. They come after Alaska’s hottest July on record, during which its largest city, Anchorage, had a temperature pass 90F (32C) for the first time. On top of that, the area has seen little rain this summer, resulting in extremely dry conditions. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 22:45
Report says outlook in India is ‘finely balanced and uncertain’ despite resources industry’s high hopes Thermal coal exporters face “significant risk” that demand from India will decline, a report by the Australian office of the chief economist says. It also warned of long-term uncertainties in the market considered a “great hope” by miners. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 13:18
Changes in the behaviour of hydrothermal vents may be indicative of changes in the volcanic system underneath, thus being a useful precursor for the next generation of early warning systems. New exploration approaches will help improving site-specific risk assessment and monitoring concepts by taking a closer look at hydrothermal vents.
08/22/2019 - 13:00
Researchers say the Thomson catchment is missing out each year on the amount of water used by 250,000 people Logging is causing Melbourne’s main catchment area to miss out on about 15bn litres of water each year, equivalent to the amount used by 250,000 people, a peer-reviewed study has found. If logging in Victoria’s Thomson catchment continues as planned, that number would increase to 600,000 Melburnians by 2060, according to the research from the Australian National University. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 13:00
Exclusive: Farmers United says ‘we know in our hearts and minds’ experts are wrong about run-off damaging the reef Queensland cane growers’ groups are backing an opaque front organisation working to undermine Great Barrier Reef consensus science, including publishing claims that “we know in our hearts and minds” that the experts are wrong. The group, Farmers United, published full-page advertisements in News Corp Queensland newspapers this week. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 11:39
Lack of rain may be forcing animals to seek food from rubbish bins in Aiguafreda A small town outside Barcelona is using wolf urine to deter wild boar that have been coming in from the surrounding countryside. After trying a variety of deterrents, the town council of Aiguafreda has agreed, in association with the local hunters’ association, to see if the smell of the pheromones of the wild pigs’ principal predator will keep them at bay. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 10:47
Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism. Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazil’s supreme court. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 10:42
Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route paves the way for solar-powered trains The world’s first solar farm to directly power a railway line will plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains. About 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 10:42
Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route could pave way for direct powering of trains The world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains. From Friday, about 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Continue reading...