Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/02/2020 - 11:30
Conservationists call on the state to explain how it will boost wildlife protection in the wake of devastating fires A federal and Victorian government decision to extend agreements that exempt the logging industry from conservation laws has sparked calls for the state to explain how it will boost wildlife protection in the wake of the summer’s devastating bushfires. The state government posted five updated regional forest agreements (RFAs), covering native forest logging in different parts of the state, online late on Wednesday. Continue reading...
04/02/2020 - 09:08
It's not too late to rescue global marine life, according to a study outlining the steps needed for marine ecosystems to recover from damage by 2050. The study found many components of marine ecosystems could be rebuilt if we try harder to address the causes of their decline.
04/02/2020 - 09:08
New research shows that some species have experienced a 75% population decrease in the past 60 years, while others are more than twice as abundant due to rises in sea surface temperatures.
04/02/2020 - 07:05
Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have provided clues about how to find life on Mars. These bacteria were discovered living in tiny cracks inside volcanic rocks after researchers perfected a new method cutting rocks into ultrathin slices to study under a microscope. Researchers estimate that the rock cracks are home to a community of bacteria as dense as that of the human gut, about 10 billion bacterial cells per cubic centimeter.
04/02/2020 - 07:01
Moving summit gives world time to respond to coronavirus and may allow a new US leader to join talks Green campaigners and climate leaders have vowed to keep up the pressure on governments around the world to make stringent new commitments on the climate crisis, as a vital UN climate summit was delayed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cop26 talks were scheduled to take place this November in Glasgow, but the UK hosts won a delay on Wednesday night from the UN and other nations, after weeks of speculation the talks would be cancelled. Continue reading...
04/02/2020 - 02:00
Video by activists appears to show cruel treatment of weeks-old cattle transported on long journeys to Europe for veal Footage which appears to show Irish calves being beaten and kicked at a French feeding station has been published by animal campaign groups. The video, published by Eyes on Animals (EoA) and French welfare organisation L214, appears to show workers repeatedly beating calves that are a few weeks old with sticks. One is kicked and another is dragged away, unable to stand. The calf was euthanised by a vet, said an EoA observer. Continue reading...
04/02/2020 - 01:30
People are increasingly looking to restore the soil’s ability to retain water, planting trees and hedges, and creating relief channels to tackle the recurring threat of high waters ‘The losses could be profound’: how floods are wreaking havoc on wildlife There is ponding on nearly every field in the valley where the rivers Severn and Vyrnwy meet on the English-Welsh border. Swollen rivers have been sluggishly sitting in the valley for months. Inhabitants’ attempts to protect their homes from flooding are part of a losing battle played out across the country. The UK’s flooding this year is a story of desperation – but also hope, says John Hughes, development manager at Shropshire Wildlife Trust, who works in the valley. Following widespread acceptance of the climate and ecological emergency, Hughes believes people are increasingly looking to nature for solutions. Continue reading...
04/02/2020 - 00:28
RSPB’s Big Garden Watch finds numbers rising, along with coal tits, wrens and long-tailed tits The decline of the house sparrow in British gardens appears to be reversing, according to the latest RSPB national garden survey. As well as a rise in house sparrows, the milder winter also brought long-tailed tits, wrens and coal tits to British gardens in huge numbers this year. Continue reading...
04/01/2020 - 13:14
Crucial UN conference will be delayed until next year as a result of the coronavirus crisis Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UN climate talks due to be held in Glasgow later this year have been postponed as governments around the world struggle to halt the spread of coronavirus. The most important climate negotiations since the Paris agreement in 2015 were scheduled to take place this November to put countries back on track to avoid climate breakdown. They will now be pushed back to 2021. Continue reading...
04/01/2020 - 12:08
Large open-water fish predators such as tunas or sharks hunt for prey more intensively in the temperate zone than near the equator. With this result, a study is challenging a long-standing explanation for the distribution of biodiversity on our planet.