Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/13/2022 - 05:00
Six young orca calves were separated from their mothers in 1970 and sold to marine parks. Only one is still alive at the Miami Seaquarium Five decades ago, a group of men rounded up more than 80 orcas in a cove on Whidbey Island off Washington state. Using boats, explosives, nets and sticks, they separated young orca calves from their mothers. Locals were haunted by the whales’ human-like cries, according to an account of the day. Six baby whales were taken away that day in Penn Cove and sold to marine parks. Most didn’t last a year in captivity. Only one who was captured and sold is still alive. Continue reading...
08/13/2022 - 01:44
Dorset and Wiltshire fire service says it has seen a ‘massive’ rise in wildfires compared to last year London Fire Brigade has called on people to avoid barbecues during the extreme weather, following a grass fire in Hayes, west London, yesterday. It tweeted: Firefighters tackled another grass fire in #Hayes which damaged around 400sqm of grass and shrubland, along with some boundary fencing, a chicken coop & a shed. Remember - don’t barbecue in parks, dispose of cigarettes properly & clear away rubbish & glass. Continue reading...
08/13/2022 - 01:00
Farmers in Auvergne despair as cows cannot be fed on grass left parched by hot summer Traditional cheese has become the latest casualty of France’s summer drought, as production of the salers variety in the central Auvergne region was halted due to a lack of grass for cows. Salers is an unpasteurised cow’s cheese that has been made for centuries in central France. It carries France’s appellation d’origine protégée (AOP) stamp of approval, meaning it is unique to the small area where it is produced. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 18:24
Nationals leader outlines vision for party at federal council meeting. This blog is now closed Nationals leader says party must rebuild trust with women but rejects quotas Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast White whale calf seen off NSW coast There’s one newborn hogging all the attention off the NSW coast – a southern right whale calf born whiter than usual, AAP reports: Southern right whales are mostly very dark, although some have splashes of white called a blaze. Its white areas will darken to grey as it ages. It’s one of around one-in-30 southern right whale calves born with brindle colouring. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 15:51
Scientists concluded that a series of storms could dump enough rainfall to displace millions, causing over $1tn in losses Driven by the climate crisis, exceedingly rare megafloods will become more common – and more catastrophic – according to a new study that found their likelihood has already doubled in California. The unexpected threat lingers even as browning hillsides, fallowed fields and bathtub ring-laden reservoirs serve as a constant reminder of the drought disaster in the state, which may be woefully unprepared when the coin inevitably flips. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 15:09
Chlorine exposure appears to be cause of death of animals at UC Davis research center A “catastrophic failure” at a university research facility in California killed 21,000 fish this week, some of which were endangered. The University of California, Davis, reported the loss of about 21,000 fish at its Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. Chlorine exposure, which the university noted fish are particularly sensitive to, appears to have caused the deaths. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 12:00
Leaked documents predict crop failure rates of up to 50% as water companies resist calls to prioritise food production Experts have warned of widespread crop failures across England, as charities and farmers criticised water companies for dithering over hosepipe bans despite drought being declared across much of the country. On Friday, the Environment Agency classified eight of the 14 areas of England as being in a drought. Despite this, water companies, including Anglian Water, Southern Water and South West Water have not brought in hosepipe bans. Thames Water said it does not plan to expedite a hosepipe ban expected next week. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 11:56
Water levels fall to below 40cm on parts of key route for transporting fuel, wheat and other commodities The levels of the Rhine River fell to a new low on Friday due to the ongoing drought in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, further restricting the distribution of coal, petrol, wheat and other commodities amid a looming energy crisis. The water level at Kaub near Frankfurt – a key waypoint where the fairway is shallower than elsewhere on the river – fell below 40cm on Friday afternoon, the level at which it is no longer economical for many barges to transit the river. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 10:00
Hard sea defenses prompted by extreme weather and rising sea levels can have unintended consequences down the coast – is there a better way? Areas across the US staring down a greater risk of flooding due to extreme weather and sea level rise are turning to a stark solution: building a wall. In Miami, a 20ft seawall has been proposed. In Charleston, South Carolina, a $1.1bn plan to build a seawall around the city’s downtown awaits sign-off from Congress. And in New York City, a 2.5-mile seawall under construction along the shoreline of lower Manhattan is expected to be finished by 2026. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 08:42
HMRC figures come as Europe rushes to bank supplies for winter in absence of Russian pipeline Energy exports from the UK to the Netherlands rocketed by 67% in June, official figures reveal, in the latest sign of Europe’s scramble to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas. British exports of fossil fuels more than doubled in value in June compared with the same period last year, the latest trading data from HMRC shows. Continue reading...