Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/22/2024 - 09:41
Conservative majority appears unsympathetic to environmental agency’s ‘good neighbor’ rule for areas downwind of smog sources The supreme court’s conservative majority seemed skeptical on Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency sought to continue enforcing an anti-air-pollution rule in 11 states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country. The EPA’s “good neighbor” rule is intended to restrict smokestack emissions from power plants and other industrial sources that burden downwind areas with smog-causing pollution. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:00
Visitors cannot return to tourism-reliant coastline so there’s ‘no money to pay the bills’ or for rebuilding, MP Warren Entsch says Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community Far north Queensland is “stuck in recovery mode” after ex-Cyclone Jasper caused catastrophic flooding, Warren Entsch says. The weather system crossed the coast near the remote Indigenous community of Wujal Wujal, 120km north of Cairns, in mid December, dumping more than a metre of rain on surrounding communities. The army was mobilised as people fled to rooftops to survive the flood waters, and the entire population of Wujal Wujal was evacuated. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:00
Scientists are investigating reports of dying coral from Lizard Island in the north to Heron Island in the south Scientists are reporting corals are bleaching white and dying from rising ocean temperatures across a more than 1,000km stretch of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science were preparing on Thursday to carry out surveys from a helicopter across the southern section of the reef. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:00
Modelling suggests climate change and population growth must be mitigated to avoid high damage bills and coastal hazards will dominate risk in future Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The New South Wales coastline is increasingly at risk of severe natural disasters, with the state on track for an annual damage bill of $9bn by 2060 if the effects of climate change and population growth are not mitigated. Fresh analysis from the NSW Reconstriction Authority revealed that while the highest natural hazard risks historically were from fires and heatwaves – and, at the moment, storms and floods – coastal hazards will dominate in years to come. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 06:15
Proposal focuses on technique that fills atmosphere with particles, reflecting part of sun’s heat and light back into space Switzerland has initiated a global debate on whether the “risks, benefits and uncertainties” of dimming the sun should be studied by a United Nations expert group. It is proposing that the world body should gather information about ongoing research into solar geoengineering, and set up an advisory panel that could suggest future options for the untested and controversial approach to reduce global heating, which would have implications for food supply, biodiversity, global inequality and security. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 05:30
I developed DNA barcoding in my back yard using a UV light and a white sheet to collect the moths of my childhood. I believe it could help discover all life on the planet As a child, I used to roam the countryside collecting moths and butterflies on the edge of the Great Lakes in Canada. It was as idyllic as it sounds: by day, I would scour the fields and forests for butterflies. At night, I would leave a white sheet and UV light in my back yard, rising at 5am to inspect the harvest of moths. By the time I was an adult, I could identify about 700 butterfly and moth species by sight, deciphering the stripes, dots and colours on their wings and bodies. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 03:00
Research from the Royal Agricultural University suggests possible big cat presence in the UK, but others say evidence is flimsy When you think of four-legged British wildlife, the first animal that comes to mind may not be a black leopard. Yet that is exactly what Sharon Larkin-Snowden insists she has seen roaming the Cumbrian countryside over the past few months. The 52-year-old part-time construction worker was first told about alleged sightings of the so-called Beast of Cumbria in November, when local farmers noticed “unusual activity” on their land. But it wasn’t until later in the month that she claims to have had her own sighting. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 02:00
Team behind Little Amal puppet hope to create ‘visceral engagement’ with issues caused by climate emergency The production team behind the Little Amal puppet, which raised awareness about the plight of the refugee crisis in Europe, hope their next project – a herd of animal puppets going on a 20,000km trek – will start a new global conversation about the climate crisis. Amir Nizar Zuabi, the Palestinian artist who helped launch the Amal project, said The Herd – which will tour through several African and European cities and feature dozens of puppets – will be a “soft, beautiful evocation to think differently” about the climate crisis. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 01:00
Proposed Project One cracking plant is ‘hugely destructive’, says Client Earth The creation of the biggest petrochemical plant in Europe in 30 years faces a new legal challenge by a group of NGOs arguing that the true impact of the development on people, nature and the climate has not been considered. Client Earth lodged papers on Wednesday evening in court which aim to halt the building of Project One, a vast cracking plant to produce the chemicals to make plastic, which is being built in Antwerp by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company Ineos. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 01:00
Owner Stellantis’s decision to invest will safeguard 1,500 jobs at the factory Vauxhall’s owner, Stellantis, will make electric vans at its factory in Luton from 2025, helping to secure the future of 1,500 UK jobs at the plant. The Luton factory will produce medium-sized electric vans for the Vauxhall, Citroën, Peugeot and Fiat Professional brands, Stellantis announced on Thursday. Continue reading...