Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/18/2019 - 05:58
Prof David King says would-be PM oversaw ‘devastating’ cuts in efforts to tackle crisis Prof David King, the former chief scientist, has expressed alarm at the prospect of Boris Johnson becoming prime minister because the Tory MP oversaw “devastating” cuts in efforts to tackle the climate crisis when he was foreign secretary and then wanted to hush them up. Related: UK climate plan unclear, says European commission Continue reading...
06/18/2019 - 05:24
Protests planned as People’s party rolls back key policy of Spanish capital’s former mayor Madrid’s new rightwing city council has begun rolling back one of the flagship initiatives of the last mayor three days after taking office by in effect shutting down the Spanish capital’s low-emissions zone. The plan, known as Madrid Central, covers 472 hectares (1,166 acres) and was intended to cut nitrogen dioxide levels and put people at the centre of the city’s transport thinking. Continue reading...
06/18/2019 - 02:35
Proposals, including lowering M25 and rerouting rivers, raise fears of environmental impact The scale of the disruption from Heathrow airport’s expansion project has been revealed with the publication of detailed plans to lower the M25 for the third runway to cross, reroute rivers, replace utilities and build car parks for nearly 50,000 cars. A 12-week public consultation opened on Tuesday at 8am, with campaigners warning of the severe impact for years to come of more than 700 extra planes in the sky after 2026, when the runway is due to open. Continue reading...
06/18/2019 - 00:01
Government backs only voluntary measures for clothing industry despite rising environmental costs Ministers have rejected recommendations from MPs to clean up the huge environmental impact of fast fashion, which sees 300,000 tonnes of clothing burned or buried in the UK every year. MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said a charge of 1p for each garment was urgently needed to raise £35m a year for better clothing collection and sorting, a move supported by many in the industry. But the government’s response, published on Tuesday, failed to commit to this, stating only that it could be considered by 2025. Continue reading...
06/18/2019 - 00:00
A booming seal population is drawing the apex predator to the Massachusetts peninsula where contact with humans follows When beachgoers arrive at Cahoon Hollow Beach in Wellfleet on Massachusetts’ Cape Cod peninsula, the first thing they see is a large sign displaying a photo of a great white shark. “WARNING” it reads. “Great white sharks hunt seals in the shallow water at this beach. People have been seriously injured or killed by sharks along this coastline.” Continue reading...
06/17/2019 - 23:39
It’s a ‘fairly rare’ event, arachnology expert says, as it’s more common to see huntsman eat small birds or frogs. Prepare for Tasmania’s spider possum Pygmy possums usually aren’t on the menu for huntsman spiders. But an Australian man from Tasmania has captured the rare moment a huntsman attempted to devour a tiny possum at a lodge in the Mount Field national park, 64 km north-west of Hobart. Continue reading...
06/17/2019 - 18:56
Research teams traversing partially melted fjord to retrieve weather equipment release startling picture Rapidly melting sea ice in Greenland has presented an unusual hazard for research teams retrieving their oceanographic moorings and weather station equipment. A photo, taken by Steffen Olsen from the Centre for Ocean and Ice at the Danish Meteorological Institute on 13 June, showed sled dogs wading through water ankle-deep on top of a melting ice sheet in the country’s north-west. In the startling image, it seems as though the dogs are walking on water. Continue reading...
06/17/2019 - 15:46
The first mission involving the autonomous submarine vehicle Autosub Long Range (better known as 'Boaty McBoatface') has for the first time shed light on a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures. Data collected from the expedition will help climate scientists build more accurate predictions of the effects of climate change on rising sea levels.
06/17/2019 - 15:20
Ocean Leadership ~ Photo: Alli drawing blood from a juvenile green sea turtle. Green sea turtles also nest on the Florida coast and have seen a tremendous increase in numbers over the last 30 years. Jon took the Father’s Day weekend to heart, so please enjoy the inaugural “Alli’s Alley” from our own in-house sea turtle expert — President’s Corner to return next week. Turtles on the way up!  Sometimes, it seems like the world’s problems are too large for an individual to really make a difference. Will recycling this bottle really help our ocean plastic problem? Does taking public transportation rather than driving really reduce emissions that much? But every now and then, meaningful good news about the ocean reminds me that we can each make a difference, and we should never stop trying. A story that inspired me last week described a comeback by loggerhead sea turtles nesting on the Atlantic coast. A few short decades ago, many scientists feared these gentle giants could be on the brink of extinction. Now, thanks in large part to conservation efforts — from protecting individual nests to using turtle excluder devices on fish and shrimp nets to increasing environmental protections (including listing them under the Endangered Species Act) — subpopulations of loggerheads from Florida through the Carolinas are on the rise. After spending a few years doing sea turtle research myself, I know that there are thousands of scientists, researchers, volunteers, and policymakers throughout the decades who have contributed to this comeback, to whom I’m endlessly thankful. It’s good news indeed, just in time for World Sea Turtle Day. Meet The Machines That Could Unlock The Ocean’s Deepest Secrets These autonomous subsea robots may someday predict storms, detect oil leaks, locate shipwrecks, and slow down climate change. In 2016, the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition sponsored by Royal Dutch Shell plc, announced it would dole out $7 million to the technologies that could demonstrably advance the knowledge of the Earth’s most mysterious frontier: the ocean. Announced in June, the winner was the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO)-Nippon Foundation (NF) alumni, a diverse union of scientists made up of members from 14 different countries, all graduates from the University of New Hampshire’s postgraduate program in ocean bathymetry. Read our most recent and past newsletters here: http://oceanleadership.org/newsletter-archive/ The post Allison Hays – From the Public Affairs Office: 06-17-2019 appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
06/17/2019 - 13:00
Essential poll finds 44% of Australians support nuclear power plants and 40% oppose them Australians are slightly more inclined to support nuclear power plants than oppose them, but a clear majority of voters do not want to live near one, according to new polling. With nuclear power making a return to the national political agenda, a new survey from Essential finds 44% of Australians support nuclear power plants, up four points since the question was last asked in November 2015, and 40% oppose them. Continue reading...