Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/18/2014 - 06:58
Controversial cull will continue despite government admitting for the first time that the Gloucestershire cull may prove unsuccessful due to low number of badgers killed The controversial badger cull in Gloucestershire may not succeed in reducing tuberculosis in cattle, the government has admitted for the first time. But environment secretary Liz Truss, releasing the results of the 2014 cull pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset on Thursday, said she is determined to continue culling. Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 06:10
British Trust for Ornithology finds 99% of birds avoid wind turbines, easing fears over the impact of blades but caution still needed, reports Business Green Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 05:21
Extreme right accused of inconsistent stance on environmental issues with the launch of eco-nationalist New Ecology movement The launch of a ‘New Ecology’ movement by France’s National Front (FN) this week has been condemned by environmentalists as opportunistic and inconsistent. The far right eco-nationalist grouping was launched by Marine Le Pen, with a ‘patriotic’ platform of opposition to international climate talks and support for France’s nuclear industry. Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 00:30
Wylam, River Tyne: Indigo chest feathers, burnished brass shimmering across the wings Continue reading...
12/18/2014 - 00:00
Waigaoqiao plant in Shanghai releasing dangerous nitrogen oxides in excess of national emission standards, study finds China’s largest coal-fired power plant has been violating national emission standards for chemicals that cause dangerous fine particulate matter pollution, official figures show. The Waigaoqiao coal-fired power plant located in Shanghai has been violating China’s national standards for nitrogen oxides every week since new standards came into force in July, according to analysis of publicly available government data by researchers at Greenpeace East Asia. Continue reading...
12/17/2014 - 22:10
Ocean conservation group claims to have intercepted illegal fishing boat pulling Antarctic toothfish out of Australian waters Continue reading...
12/17/2014 - 19:08
The reef spawns for a second time this year – a rare occurrence. Marine scientists say the egg release, coral's way of reproducing, usually happens once a year and its timing is unpredictable. The full moon slows the tidal flow to just twice a day, allowing the eggs to float in the calmer waters. The Great Barrier Reef is regarded as the best place in the world to watch this phenomenon as it has the most diverse coral system and spawning off the Queensland coast involves 60% of the varieties of coral Continue reading...
12/17/2014 - 13:47
Decision comes after two-year study spearheaded by health commissioner into the effects of fracking on the state’s air and water raises ‘serious questions’ Continue reading...
12/17/2014 - 12:29
When the Somerset Levels were hit by devastating flooding last winter, it wasn’t just bricks and mortar that were damaged, as one couple relate• February 2014: ‘There was no way to stop the water’ Continue reading...
12/17/2014 - 12:17
(Click to enlarge) Gorgonian coral. (Credit: NOAA) A new study on tropical shallow-water soft corals, known as gorgonians, found that the species were able to calcify and grow under elevated carbon dioxide concentrations. (From Phys.org / University of Miami)–These results suggest that Caribbean gorgonian corals may be more resilient to the ocean acidification levels projected by the end of the 21st century than previously thought. An international team of scientists, including from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, tested the effects of elevated CO2 concentrations on the growth and calcification rates of the sea rod, Eunicea fusca, a type of gorgonian or soft coral found throughout the Bahamas, Bermuda, South Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers collected E. fusca specimens from Big Pine Shoals in the Florida Keys to simulate a range of predicted future ocean acidification conditions – CO2 concentrations from 285-2,568 parts per million (pH range 8.1-7.1) – during a four-week experiment at the UM Rosenstiel School’s Coral Reefs and Climate Change Laboratory. Eunicea fusca showed a negative response to calcification under elevated CO2 concentrations, but growth and calcification did not stop under any of the CO2 levels used in the study. Read the full story here: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-caribbean-gorgonian-corals-resistant-ocean.html