Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/11/2019 - 22:38
Hundreds of votes were cast in Russia, but organisers say the email addresses appeared to be legitimate It’s an election that has spawned meme wars, full-size billboards, trash talking between rival campaigns, and now, accusations of Russian electoral fraud. Organisers of New Zealand’s bird of the year contest – a wholesome poll that raises awareness about the plight of native species – have denied claims the 2019 result was marred by fowl play after revealing a high number of votes cast from other countries. “People are coming up with all kinds of theories about Russian involvement in New Zealand elections,” said Megan Hubscher, a spokesperson for Forest and Bird, the independent conservation group that runs the annual vote. “But we can assure everyone that everything seems above board this time around.” Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 20:23
A range of organisations are asking for financial aid to assist people, communities and wildlife affected by the fires The scale and ferocity of bushfires sweeping NSW and Queensland is testing the resources of firefighters, charities, and animal rescue groups. Many have issued public pleas for financial help, warning of a worsening bushfire threat and a long road to recovery for affected communities. Most organisations are calling for financial donations - rather than donated goods - to help them best meet the varying needs of victims. Here are the main groups working on the ground right now and accepting donations. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 19:56
Development has long been given priority over the endangered bird’s welfare – and is set to again with the Carmichael coalmine Vote now for the Australian bird of the year The black-throated finch is a refugee. For decades, progress has forced the small, rotund, patchwork finch to retreat to a few pockets of grassland in central and north Queensland. Now the largest colony will be forcibly moved from the best remaining habitat to make way for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine. Since it was listed as endangered and protected under Australian law, 775 development applications have proposed removing or damaging potential finch habitat. One has been rejected. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 19:39
Residents in Sydney and other parts of the east coast advised to stay indoors where possible to avoid air pollution • NSW and Qld fires: army training exercise may have started Gold Coast blaze – live Much of Sydney and the Hunter regions of New South Wales have been advised to “stay inside as much as possible” on Tuesday, as winds pushing smoke from the devastating mid-north coast bushfires down the state’s east coast lead to “hazardous” air quality conditions. Air quality in south-east Queensland has also plunged this week, with people urged to limit their time outdoors. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 17:28
Jordon Steele-John uses energy debate to attack Labor and Coalition support of coal industry. Earlier, Barnaby Joyce claimed two people who died in fires ‘most likely’ voted for Greens. Follow all the day’s event’s live ... 4.31am GMT The solicitor general, Stephen Donaghue, has asked the high court to refuse Annika Smethurst’s bid to order police to destroy evidence seized in the raid of her home to preserve evidence for possible future prosecution. Donaghue noted that evidence seized in the raid can be used to prosecute offences other than the one listed on the warrant – namely, the police could use it to prosecute Smethurst’s source. 4.27am GMT Mark Butler has put out this statement on Angus Taylor: Today it was revealed in a Senate estimates spill-over hearing that the minister’s department provided a draft letter to the Minister’s office which responded to the letter from the lord mayor of the City of Sydney. That draft letter is very different to the final letter sent by Minister Taylor to the lord mayor. The department’s draft letter provided to the minister’s office contained no reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure. Senator Keneally: Did that draft response include reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure? Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 17:00
Approval ratings dip for both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in latest survey Australians are divided about a controversial plan, telegraphed by Scott Morrison, to curb environmental activism against the resources sector – with the Guardian Essential sample split between support, opposition and indifference. In the wake of the prime minister using a combative speech to the Queensland Resources Council to unload on “apocalyptic” progressivism and float potential curbs on activism, voters were asked whether they would support a change that could make consumer or environmental boycotts illegal in Australia. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 15:09
Response follows Jeremy Corbyn urging PM to ‘take personal charge’ as locals tell of ruined homes Boris Johnson has agreed to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee on Tuesday to discuss the response to the recent severe floods, after he was urged by Jeremy Corbyn to “take personal charge” of the situation. The announcement by Downing Street came as residents began a clean-up operation, and warned that further damage was likely unless existing water was pumped away. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 15:06
Researchers revealed that many larval fish species from different ocean habitats are ingesting plastics in their preferred nursery habitat.
11/11/2019 - 12:47
The Nile's unchanging path has been a geologic mystery because long-lived rivers usually move over time. Researchers have cracked the case by linking the river's flow to the movement of rock in the Earth's deep mantle. In the course of their investigation, they found the age of the Nile to be 30 million years -- about six times as long as previously thought.
11/11/2019 - 11:00
Long-running survey finds 1976 heatwave boom has been followed by dropping numbers Moths are declining in abundance by 10% each decade in Britain but the average weight of moths caught in traps is still double what it was in 1967, according to a new study. Researchers studying the biomass of moths caught in the world’s longest-running insect survey said their findings suggested that if there had been an “insect armageddon” in Britain, it had occurred before scientific recording began in 1967. Continue reading...