Breaking Waves: Ocean News en A year after the Beast, Scotland basks in record winter highs <p>Glaswegian men are going topless and Aberdeen is positively balmy. What is going on with the weather? </p><p>In Scotland, good weather is rarely unconditional. Take the honey bees, for instance. You’d think the wee fellas would be delighted with all this unseasonably good weather, but you’d be wrong. In Edinburgh on Saturday, Michelle Wood, who sells organic vegetables from her stall in the farmers market below the castle, was delivering a lesson in bee welfare. “People are tempted to cut their lawns too early when the weather is as mild as this in February,” she said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2019 21:27:07 +0000 admin 72072 at Where Jesus once preached, the holy waters are draining away <p>Climate change and conflict have left the river Jordan a stagnant stream and the Sea of Galilee critically low</p> <p>If Jesus were alive today, he might reconsider a baptism in the river Jordan; there’s a good chance he’d pick up an eye infection. Faecal bacteria in the pungent, murky waters have risen in recent years to up to six times the recommended levels.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2019 16:00:00 +0000 admin 72071 at 'You didn't vote for me': Senator Dianne Feinstein responds to young green activists <p>Sunrise Movement says California senator reacted with ‘smugness and disrespect’ to their campaigning for New Green Deal</p> <p>The California senator Dianne Feinstein is facing criticism over a video of her response to a group of children and teenagers asking her to support the <a href="">Green New Deal</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 Feb 2019 00:12:05 +0000 admin 72070 at Al Gore admits US poverty 'shocking' – but warns climate crisis will make things worse <p>Former vice-president continues environmental justice tour in Alabama and urges political leaders to take drastic action</p> <p>Al Gore continued an environmental justice tour with a visit to poor areas of Alabama – and warned that already dire conditions are set to worsen because of climate change.</p> <p> Related: <a href="">Hoda Muthana's father sues in bid to bring his daughter back to US</a> </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:20:31 +0000 admin 72068 at Boy, 12, said to have created nuclear reaction in playroom lab <p>Hobbyists say Jackson Oswalt of Tennessee is youngest person to achieve fusion</p> <p>An American 14-year-old has reportedly become the youngest known person in the world to create a successful nuclear reaction.</p> <p>The Open Source Fusor Research Consortium, a hobbyist group, has recognised the achievement by Jackson Oswalt, from Memphis, Tennessee, when he was aged 12 in January 2018.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:16:13 +0000 admin 72069 at Teachers and students stage mock climate classes in Whitehall <p>Traffic blocked at Department for Education during call for national curriculum changes</p> <p>More than 100 teachers, academics and students have blocked traffic and staged mock climate classes outside the Department for Education in a protest against the underplaying of environmental problems in the national curriculum.</p> <p>The demonstrators – who carried Teach the Truth, Rebel for Life and Climate: More Important Than Brexit banners – urged the government to make the climate and ecological crisis an educational priority.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:50:57 +0000 admin 72067 at The week in wildlife – in pictures <p>Pangolins, a mountain lion and a sad good-bye to Papua New Guinea’s Bramble Cay melomys</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:18:57 +0000 admin 72066 at Crusade ends as Indiana Dunes becomes newest national park in US <p>Redesignation makes Indiana Dunes the US’s newest national park, ending a fight for recognition lasting 103 years</p> <p>Wild and rugged – though the link to Spielberg’s similarly-named action hero ends there – Indiana Dunes has been designated America’s newest national park, marking the end of a 103-year-long effort instigated by the US National Park Service’s first director Stephen Mather. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 15:18:42 +0000 admin 72065 at Watchdog permits 170,000 wild bird killings in five years <p>Exclusive: birds and eggs from 70 species, some rare, have been licensed for destruction</p> <p>The government’s conservation watchdog has issued licences to destroy 170,000 wild birds, eggs and nests, including rare and declining species such as curlews and swifts, in the past five years.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:39:36 +0000 admin 72063 at Naturalists concerned for early-emerging spring species in UK <p>A cold, wet March could prove problematic for animals now out of hibernation</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:31:54 +0000 admin 72064 at