Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/03/2020 - 02:52
Environmental groups call for salmon farming to be moved onshore after 130,000 fish escape through tear in net Huon Aquaculture has been savaged after another mass salmon outbreak in Tasmania that could threaten native marine life, with conservationists labelling escape management practices in the state “a circus”. About 130,000 farmed salmon swam to freedom after a tear was found in the netting of a fish pen in Storm Bay on Wednesday. Huon’s chief executive, Peter Bender, said there was a “significant loss of fish”. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 02:00
The installer told me they couldn’t do the work before the scheme expires and everyone else is fully booked We applied for a grant under the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme, 12 days after it started, to replace our gas boiler with an air source heat pump. We’d already signed a contract with a registered installer, CB Heating. That was five weeks ago. When I chased the scheme, I was told that high demand was causing delays. I was then contacted by the installer who told me the scheme had led to a surge in demand and they had no further capacity before it expires at the end of March. Other installers we have contacted are also fully booked. Even if we eventually receive a grant, the scheme only allows us three months to make use of it. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 01:15
Stations switch to humble earthen kulhads in move to cut down on toxic waste and boost incomes of village potters A small and humble relic from India’s past is about to stage a major comeback. At all 7,000 railway stations in the country, tea will be served in earthen cups known as kulhads. The kulhads, redolent of a bygone pastoral era, are unpainted, unglazed and have no handles, but are perfectly biodegradable and environment-friendly, which is why the country’s railways minister, Piyush Goyal, has said they will replace plastic cups as part of the government’s goal of making India free of single-use plastic. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 00:46
With Santos and its gas project on our doorstep, we need to protect an entire forest and the vast amounts of water beneath There is a tree on my country that is sacred. Of course, there are many sacred trees there – it is sacred ground, after all – but the tree I am thinking of is sacred to me. It is large. Very, very large, with a section cut out where an ancestor of mine had made a shield or a small canoe. But the wound – for it was cut with care – has long since healed over. Now, owing to the sheer size of the tree, the wound more resembles a door; sometimes I wonder if the canoe is on the other side, river and all. The tree is large in other ways too; it has big spirit, or energy. Big dhui. This is something that cannot be explained, not really. It can only be felt. Continue reading...
12/02/2020 - 23:24
Increase in conflict between species and drought prompt sale of animals that are at risk of extinction due to poaching Namibia has put 170 “high value” wild elephants up for sale due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, the southern African country’s environmental ministry has said An advertisement carried by the state-owned daily New Era said an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict motivated the sale of the large mammal that is at risk of extinction due to poaching and ecological factors. Continue reading...
12/02/2020 - 22:06
When the McCormicks came home on Wednesday, the Christmas tree in their Adelaide house had acquired a new ornament The McCormicks went for a silver, pink and blue theme on their Christmas tree. The old plastic leaves were worn but looked beautiful with baubles on each branch and twinkling lights. But this year the family tree included one very unexpected ornament: a wild – and somewhat confused – juvenile koala. Continue reading...
12/02/2020 - 19:28
A new study demonstrates the potential for plastic bottles tagged with tracking devices to deepen our understanding of how plastic pollution moves through rivers.
12/02/2020 - 19:27
Fish are thriving and poachers are staying out of marine protected areas around California's Channel Islands, a new population analysis shows.
12/02/2020 - 19:27
Superstorm Sandy brought flood-levels to the New York region that had not been seen in generations. Now, due to the impact of climate change, researchers have found that 100-year and 500-year flood levels could become regular occurrences for the thousands of homes surrounding Jamaica Bay, New York by the end of the century.
12/02/2020 - 19:01
Report calls on oil and gas extraction to be phased out and jobs switched to clean energy The UK’s North Sea oil and gas industry should agree to phase out production through a series of five-year targets to help its 260,00 strong workforce migrate to clean energy sectors, according to a report. The plan would require the UK and Scottish governments to scrap a controversial policy that calls on North Sea companies to extract as much oil and gas as they can from the ageing basin. Continue reading...