Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/01/2020 - 14:40
In roughly 200 million years, the continents will once again unite into a supercontinent. A new study explores how the next Pangea could affect the global climate.
12/01/2020 - 12:56
‘Teach science behind climate change not morality tale,’ says Amanda Spielman The chief inspector of schools in England has pushed back against growing calls to make the national curriculum more diverse, warning against making curriculum changes based on a single issue or purpose. Speaking at the launch of Ofsted’s annual report, Amanda Spielman said there were increasing efforts to “commandeer” schools and the curriculum in support of worthy social issues and campaigns, including environmental causes and tackling racism. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 12:11
Duobrachium sparksae is a type of ctenophore, or comb jelly Video identification without specimen ‘can be controversial’ Scientists have for the first time identified a small gelatinous blob in the deep sea as a new species, using only high-definition underwater cameras. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 10:43
Highways England scheme to encourage species-rich grasslands could create hundreds of miles of rare habitats after decades of loss Native wildflower meadows will line the verges of all new large-scale road projects under an initiative by Highways England, the Guardian can reveal. Nodding blue harebells, clusters of yellow kidney vetch and flashes of bird’s-foot-trefoil could soon become the norm on stretches of the road network in England with the infrastructure provider committing to the creation of biodiverse grasslands as standard on all new major schemes. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 10:41
Four men destroyed metal pillar, saying: ‘Leave no trace’ Monolith had sparked intense interest and wild theories A mysterious monolith that baffled officials and adventurers when it appeared and then swiftly disappeared in the remote Utah desert was removed by four men – not aliens, as many around the world might have hoped. A group of friends who were photographing the monolith captured the removal last Friday night, then shared the images on Instagram. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 08:32
Boris Johnson’s advisers did not understand how vital UN Cop26 talks were, former minister tells MPs Boris Johnson’s team had a “cavalier attitude” to hosting a vital UN climate summit in the UK, taking the view “they could wing it with a few press releases and that would all be fine” rather than putting serious work into the talks, the sacked former minister originally in charge has said. Claire O’Neill was appointed by Johnson to head the Cop26 summit in September 2019 but was summarily dismissed on the eve of the launch of the UK’s presidency in February this year. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 07:00
Young people from 140 countries presented policies to UK climate action champion Young people from 140 countries who attended an online “mock Cop26” climate summit have presented a treaty of 18 policies to Nigel Topping, the UK’s high level climate action champion. After two weeks of negotiations, delegates from the international youth-led conference presented their formal treaty to Topping during the event’s closing ceremony on Tuesday, and called on world leaders to prioritise the policies during Cop26, which was postponed for a year because of the pandemic and is now due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 06:58
New analysis finds 40% was brought in without sourcing checks from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay More than 1m tonnes of soya used by UK livestock farmers to produce chicken and other food last year could be linked to deforestation, according to a new analysis. Large areas of forest in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are being cleared to produce soya, which is then exported to the UK to be used by farmers, mainly to feed chickens and dairy cows. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 05:00
A new study has found that affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California will be at particular risk The amount of affordable housing in the US vulnerable to coastal flooding is set to triple over the next 30 years, a new study has found in a further sign of the escalating hardships faced by low-income Americans amid an unraveling climate crisis. Affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California is at particular risk of flooding from worsening storms or even high tides pushed on by rising sea levels, according to research conducted by Climate Central, a New Jersey-based science organization. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 04:44
Wall is going up in four sections in Arizona’s mountain ranges spanning the US-Mexico border where the cats had reappeared By the 1960s, the North American jaguar had vanished from the southern US borderland after being hunted to extinction. Yet in the mid-1990s, there was a remarkable discovery: the jaguar had reappeared in the Sky Islands of Arizona, a region of rugged linked mountain ranges spanning the US and Mexico border that boasts the highest biodiversity in inland North America. Since then, the large cats have been seen over a dozen times in the region, reviving hopes of a full return of the elusive predators to the US. Continue reading...