Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/21/2024 - 07:00
The firestorm that engulfed Lahaina last year disrupted a whole way of life and led some to reflect on food, land and a future beyond tourism In the aftermath of last summer’s catastrophic wildfire in West Maui, Miriam Keo began to question everything – from her well-paid union job at an upscale resort and the island’s reliance on tourism and food imports, to what role she, a Native Hawaiian, should play in rebuilding Lahaina. At the heart of much of this soul searching was the question of food (meaʻai) and land (Āina) – who controls it, and why it matters. “My outlook changed during the pandemic, but the fire was the last straw for me … I don’t want to serve tourists any more. This isn’t what our ancestors would want,” said Keo, 40, who recently resigned from the hotel after 16 years to work at a composting company. “I want to be a better steward for my people and Āina. I want to show my kids that there’s an alternative to the corporate tourism we’ve been under for so long, and food is a big part of that.” Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 05:00
Analysis gives clues as to why butterflies and moths have been resilient through dramatic changes on Earth – and could help with future conservation The genomes of butterflies and moths have remained largely unchanged for more than 250m years despite their enormous species diversity, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. In the face of rapid environmental changes in the 21st century, the researchers said the analysis gives clues as to how Lepidoptera – the order of winged insects that contains butterflies and moths – have been so resilient throughout dramatic changes on Earth. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 02:00
Armed with a Geiger counter, Michael Collins was given access to multiple power stations across the UK – he found them tranquil, beautiful and sinister Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 01:57
The Australian Automobile Association has found some SUVs use up to 20% more fuel on the road than reported in laboratory tests. Is your vehicle underperforming? The Crunch: what Australia’s love for SUVs means for emissions and safety – video Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails,free app or daily news podcast A real-world testing program at the Australian Automobile Association has revealed that some SUVs consume more petrol than their manufacturers claim. The government-funded program, which compares the fuel consumption and emissions of vehicles in Australian driving conditions with each vehicle’s laboratory test result, has so far shown some SUVs use up to 20% more fuel on the road than reported in laboratory tests. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 00:00
Porous dams in Purbeck are being used to ‘rewet’ the mires, bringing a richer landscape for flora and fauna Leaky dams may not sound ideal but they are being used to great effect on dried-out marshland in the English West Country to produce fresh habitat for carnivorous plants and a spider that whizzes over the surface of water to grab prey. Bales made out of heather and bunds constructed out of peaty soil and timber are being used to create porous dams on two mires, Agglestone and Greenlands, in Purbeck, Dorset. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 23:32
BMW X3 has biggest gap between manufacturer’s laboratory consumption claims and real-world testing in latest Australian Automobile Association data Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Cars driven in Australia consume up to 20% more petrol than manufacturers are claiming, according to a program that tests “real-world” on-road fuel efficiency with laboratory calculations. The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) testing – funded by the federal government – also found four of the 13 vehicles tested in its latest round of compliance checks exceeded regulatory limits for oxides of nitrogen or carbon monoxide. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 15:12
This blog is now closed. Family of young Indigenous woman who took her own life in Melbourne hospital call for investigation Julian Assange extradition appeal: what’s at stake and what will happen next? Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Man dies after electric unicycle crash in Victoria A man has died after crashing his electric unicycle in Bellfield yesterday evening. We have concerns for his health. We have been working consistently since coming to government, particularly behind-the-scenes, to say that we believe Mr Assange should be returned … These sort of issues of diplomacy are not always best done through a megaphone, but we will continue to advocate for an end to this and see Mr Assange returned home. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 14:44
A thousand kilometers south of Tokyo, far into the largest ocean on Earth, lies a chain of small, volcanic islands -- the Ogasawara Islands. Nature has been able to develop on its own terms here, far from both humans and the warm Kuroshio current, which acts like a shuttle, moving marine species from Taiwan, over the Ryukyu Islands, and up the Pacific coast of mainland Japan. With upwards of 70 % of trees and many animal species being endemic to the archipelago, the islands have been dubbed 'the Galapagos of the East', as they are valuable as both a biodiversity hotspot and a cradle of scientific discovery.
02/20/2024 - 14:44
Research shows the relationship between a species' age and its risk of going extinct could be accurately predicted by an ecological model called the 'neutral theory of biodiversity.'
02/20/2024 - 14:39
Knowledge from local communities has resulted in the first-ever nesting evidence and discovery of a breeding population of an incredibly rare turtle in India.