Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/01/2015 - 22:37
All beaches in Ballina Shire closed after 32-year-old man was bitten at Lighthouse Beach, suffering severe injuries to his lower legs A bodyboarder is fighting for his life after being attacked by a shark near Ballina in northern NSW. The 32-year-old man was bodyboarding with two friends at Lighthouse Beach just after 10am on Thursday morning when he was bitten by a shark, suffering significant injuries to his lower legs. Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 15:33
Unesco world heritage committee passes draft ruling that reef’s status remain unchanged, but says Australia must do more to prevent further damage The UN has ruled against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, congratulating Australia on its conservation plan but giving it five years to halt deterioration of the natural icon. Unesco’s world heritage committee in Germany on Wednesday unanimously passed an earlier draft ruling that the reef’s status remain unchanged but that Australia must show significant progress in pushing its plan by the end of 2016. Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 14:34
Activist Naomi Klein, who is in an ‘unlikely alliance’ with Vatican on climate change, says she believes a possible divestment policy is under discussion The Vatican may consider, but is not committed to, divesting its holdings in fossil fuels, a Catholic church official has said, despite Pope Francis’s call for bold action to fight climate change and global warming. The statement – made at a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the pope’s recently released encyclical on the environment – is likely to disappoint climate activists, who have praised Pope Francis’s essay stressing that climate change is mostly a man-made problem. Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 14:18
Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the hatcheries.
07/01/2015 - 14:11
Defra report, published in full after freedom of information battle, admits impact on water quality and wildlife is ‘uncertain’, though possible benefits also listed Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time. Entitled Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) document was released on Wednesday after a freedom of information battle. Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 14:05
Sir Howard Davies’s independent airports commission report makes strong recommendation for third runway at Heathrow Tory grandees are warning David Cameron that he will face a heavy parliamentary defeat if he fails to back a third runway at Heathrow airport, in line with the morning’s recommendation by Sir Howard Davies’s independent airports commission. The prime minister and the Tory chief whip, Mark Harper, have been told that the pro-Heathrow contingent in parliament – comprising a sizeable number of Tories, the Labour party, the SNP and the DUP – has a clear Commons majority. Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 13:33
Victim, about 50, bitten at Ocracoke island beach before being airlifted for treatment of wounds to ribcage, leg, hip, and hands Authorities say a man apparently bitten by a shark off the North Carolina Outer Banks is being airlifted to a hospital with serious wounds. Related: Teenager bitten by shark no longer in critical condition in North Carolina Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 12:33
Davies report recommends a third runway at Heathrow, but critics are concerned conditions intended to allay their fears will not be upheld The Davies report has landed, but its recommendations may never take flight. Amid the hysterical antipathy from Sir Howard Davies’ bête noire, London mayor Boris Johnson, were pertinent questions: not least, would the conditions the Airports Commission placed upon building a third Heathrow runway be met? Certainly, the measures would make a real difference. Davies said Heathrow needs to be a better neighbour; the airport accepts it. Some campaigners see an opportunity: a third runway could actually give more respite for those who now live under the approach to Britain’s busiest airport, especially if a ban on night flights is enforced. While new neighbourhoods would clearly suffer, it would share out the pain of aircraft over London more fairly, and enlarge the constituency of people set to erupt at any breach of Heathrow’s promises. Continue reading...
07/01/2015 - 12:28
(Click to enlarge) A fin whale off Southern California. (Credit: University of California – San Diego, NMFS, NOAA) A new study led by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego indicates a steady population trend for blue whales and an upward population trend for fin whales in Southern California. (From ScienceDaily) — Scripps marine acoustician Ana Širović and her colleagues in the Marine Bioacoustics Lab and Scripps Whale Acoustic Lab intermittently deployed 16 High-frequency Acoustic Recording Packages (HARPs)–devices that sit on the seafloor with a suspended hydrophone (an underwater microphone)–to collect acoustic data on whales off Southern California from 2006-2012. Blue and fin whales are common inhabitants of the Southern California Bight, the curved region of California coastline with offshore waters extending from San Diego to Point Conception (near Santa Barbara, Calif.), but little is known about their use of the area. As described in the June 24 issue of the journal Endangered Species Research, Širović and her colleagues analyzed seven years of acoustic data (26 instrument-years) to study the call abundance of blue and fin whales in the Southern California Bight. The study, largely supported by the Office of Naval Research, provides the first detailed view into the spatial use of Southern California waters by blue and fin whales, the two largest cetacean species in the world. Both are classified as endangered species. Širović found that blue whale calls were more commonly detected at coastal sites and near the northern Channel Islands, while fin whale calls were detected further off shore, in central and southern areas. The acoustic data indicate that the blue whale population in Southern California is relatively steady, while the fin whale population is increasing. Read the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150625161438.htm
07/01/2015 - 10:51
A significant step has been made for potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment, with the publication of the results from the world's first experiment into the realistic simulation of potential environmental impact of a submarine CO2 leakage.