Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/26/2020 - 09:55
George Eustice rejects need for inquiry as NFU president calls for ‘seismic investment’ The government has rejected calls for a public inquiry into the UK flooding disaster, arguing that it has the crisis under control. The environment secretary, George Eustice, came under sustained attack at the National Farmers’ Union annual conference, but said the government had already saved thousands of homes from flooding and would be spending “record” amounts on future defences. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 09:12
New research has found that the smallest type of killer whale has 28 different complex calls, comprising a combination of burst-pulse sounds and whistles, which they use to communicate with family members about the changing landscape and habitat.
02/26/2020 - 08:11
UK oil firm withdraws from energy organisations as it pursues net zero ambitions BP is to sever links with three US-based trade associations, including the country’s main refining lobby, because of disagreements over their climate-related policies and activities. The decision comes after the UK oil corporation’s new chief executive, Bernard Looney, set an ambitious target to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050. To achieve this it will have to cut more greenhouse gas emissions every year than the amount produced by the whole of the UK. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 04:30
A ‘punk’ mollusc named after Joe Strummer and a snail with a bright orange shell are among the creatures at risk from deep sea mining It takes an hour from the surface of the Indian Ocean, descending 3,000 metres in a submersible research pod, to reach the bizarre creatures that cluster around hydrothermal vents on the seabed. “You’re in a titanium sphere that is about two metres in diameter,” says evolutionary biologist Julia Sigwart, describing her voyage to Kairei hydrothermal vent field, east of Madagascar. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 04:02
Evacuation in Ironbridge, Shropshire, as Environment Agency warns of continued flooding until at least Sunday Are you affected by the flooding? Tell us your story Residents evacuated from properties in Ironbridge due to flooding are facing further misery with wet weather expected to cause disruption on Thursday after flood defences were breached along the banks of the River Severn, forcing householders and businesspeople to flee their properties. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for much of the Midlands including the Severn in Shropshire. Flooding along parts of the Severn, which remained close to its highest levels in some areas, is likely until at least Sunday, the Environment Agency has said. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 04:00
The toxin has endangered hundreds of thousands of kids. But parents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods may never be warned of the threat Shanaya Ball did everything right during her pregnancy: she attended check-ups, ate well, and kitted out the nursery for her son Amari, who was born in March 2017. But by his first birthday, Amari had failed to meet almost every developmental milestone, and was unable to play, communicate or move like other infants. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 02:47
World’s second biggest miner says it will reduce emissions by 15% by 2030, but ‘will not set targets for our customers’ Mining giant Rio Tinto says it wants its globe-spanning operations to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and will spend US$1bn over the next five years to reduce its carbon footprint. The second biggest miner in the world has also committed to reducing its emissions by 15% by 2030. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 23:03
Homes 500km west of Brisbane at risk of flooding with water levels expected to rise in coming days Flood waters in a rural Queensland town have shut a main highway and are expected to continue rising throughout the week. About 35 homes were threatened by flood waters in the town of St George, about 500km west of Brisbane, on Wednesday. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 21:20
Himalayan tahr numbers reach 35,000 despite controversial culling aimed at limiting them to 10,000 A non-native goat-like animal is destroying New Zealand’s fragile alpine regions, and government culling has been unable to keep up with its population booms. The Himalayan tahr was introduced to New Zealand in 1904 as hunting game for sports shooters, and has thrived in the rugged, alpine environment of the South Island. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 21:16
A group of experts has called for the ban in response to ‘climate, fire and drought’ but others say it is a ‘simplistic solution to a complex problem’ A group of forestry and climate scientists are calling for an immediate and permanent end to the logging of all native forests across Australia as part of a response to climate change and the country’s bushfire crisis. In an open letter, the group said forestry workers involved in logging in native forests should be redeployed to support the management of national parks. Continue reading...