Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/22/2019 - 07:11
34 million years ago the warm 'greenhouse climate' of the dinosaur age ended and the colder 'icehouse climate' of today commenced. Antarctica glaciated first and geological data imply that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, the global ocean conveyor belt of heat and nutrients that today helps keep Europe warm, also started at this time. Why exactly, has remained a mystery.
08/22/2019 - 06:01
Democratic presidential hopeful’s 10-year plan warns of devastating economic consequences if crisis is not addressed Bernie Sanders has laid out an ambitious 10-year, $16.3tn national mobilization to avert climate catastrophe, warning that the US risks losing $34.5tn in economic productivity by the end of the century if it does not respond with the urgency the threat demands. The Vermont senator has long spoken of the climate crisis as a existential danger to the US and the world, and he has previously endorsed a Green New Deal, which he put forward with the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 04:58
Cycad in Isle of Wight produces outdoor male and female cones for first time on record An exotic plant has produced male and female cones outdoors in Britain for what is believed to be the first time in 60m years. Botanists say the event is a sign of global heating. Two cycads (Cycas revoluta), a type of primitive tree that dominated the planet 280m years ago, have produced cones on the sheltered undercliffs of Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 03:00
Companies are considering years of regulatory uncertainty when aligning with California’s mileage standards deal Automakers pushing back against Donald Trump’s rollbacks to mileage standards want to avoid drawn-out court battles and be seen as on the right side of the climate crisis, according to one of the architects of the Obama administration rules. Jeff Alson, who spent a decade on the standards as senior transportation and air quality adviser in the Environmental Protection Agency, said the companies are worried about years of regulatory uncertainty that could end with judges deciding against Trump. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 02:31
Company says most residents will not have felt microseismic event at Lancashire site Cuadrilla was forced to halt fracking at its shale gas site near Blackpool in Lancashire on Wednesday night after triggering the largest tremor recorded at the location. The tremor closed down operations at the Preston New Road site shortly after it was detected at 8.46pm. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 01:17
Victoria police circle ahead of slated bulldozing of more than 260 trees that are significant to Aboriginal women A standoff between authorities and hundreds of protestors trying to protect sacred trees in western Victoria could come to a head on Thursday night as a police evacuation deadline looms. More than 260 Djap Wurrung trees that are 800 years old are slated to be bulldozed to make way for a 12km duplication of the Western Highway between Buangor and Ararat. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 00:27
The city has been on stage-one water restrictions since May, and the outlook for spring is for more dry conditions Sydney’s dam storage levels have dropped below 50% for the first time in more than a decade. Storages dropped to 49.7% on Thursday, a 0.4% decline on the previous week. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 00:00
Scathing report says Tory governments have held back progress on clean energy goals The government should discourage personal vehicle use and reward energy-efficient homebuilding to meet its legally binding target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, MPs have said In a scathing parliamentary report, the cross-party science and technology select committee said recent Conservative governments have promised more but done less on the climate crisis, which has left several gaping policy holes that need to be filled. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 00:00
There are tens of thousands of pythons in the Florida wild, attacking animals and damaging ecosystems – and the quest to stop them has become a collective crusade On a Thursday afternoon in St Petersburg, Florida, Beth Koehler crouches over a cairn terrier named Ginger, trimming intently as fur collects around her feet. On Koehler’s arm is a scratch – red, jagged and freshly acquired, though not in the way one might expect of a dog groomer. “There was no way I could pin the head,” Koehler says, referring to the snake that was partly responsible. She had grabbed hold however she could, which made it “pissed”: “It decided to coil up and just throw itself at me.” Startled, Koehler had fallen backwards, cutting herself on a vine – an injury far preferable to the bite of a Burmese python. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 00:00
Chief executive says hard-to-recycle plastic on own-brand products will be eliminated ‘I want packaging overhaul to plug into a national framework’ Tesco has pledged to step up its efforts in the battle against single-use plastic with measures that include banning brands using excessive packaging from Britain’s largest supermarket chain. Dave Lewis, Tesco’s chief executive, said the company would “reserve the right not to list” products with too much non-recyclable packaging from next year onwards, in an article published on theguardian.com. Continue reading...