Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/28/2022 - 01:30
New restrictions on administering drugs to healthy animals come into force across EU to tackle critical overuse, but UK fails to follow suit The reputation of British farming is at risk after its failure to follow the EU in curbing the overuse of antibiotics in healthy animals, say campaigners.Antibiotic use is the main driver of antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest threats to human and animal health. Reducing its use in farming is seen as critical, with about two-thirds of antibiotics globally given to animals. From today [28 January], a ban on the administration of antibiotics to groups of healthy animals comes into force across the EU. As a result, European farmers will be able to use antibiotics as a preventive measure only in exceptional cases when there is a high risk of infectious disease, and then only with individual animals. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 01:00
National Trust plan for England, Wales and Northern Ireland aims to help people reconnect with the countryside A “green corridor” inspired by the 18th-century fashion of perambulating for both pleasure and therapy is to be created, linking the city of Bath with the rolling hills that surround it. The corridor is the first of 20 projects that the National Trust is planning to design to connect urban areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to green spaces on their fringes. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 00:00
When the drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico exploded in 2010, Stephen Stone escaped with his life. But in the years that followed, he came to feel deeply betrayed by the industry he had once trusted. By Eyal Press • Read the text version here Continue reading...
01/27/2022 - 17:26
A new study has implications for predicting coral reef survival and developing mitigation strategies against having their bony skeletons weakened by ocean acidification.
01/27/2022 - 17:00
The last recorded sighting of a leafhopper from the same genus as Phlogis kibalensis was in 1969 A new species of insect has been found in the Ugandan rainforest that belongs to a group of insects so rare that its closest known relative was last seen more than 50 years ago. The species of leafhopper, named Phlogis kibalensis, was discovered by a British scientist doing field work in a national park in western Uganda. Continue reading...
01/27/2022 - 11:58
Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site. The Polish border guard said the barrier would measure 186km (115 miles), almost half the length of the border shared by the two countries, reach up to 5.5 metres (18ft) and cost €353m (£293m). It will be equipped with motion detectors and thermal cameras. Continue reading...
01/27/2022 - 11:57
Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique worst affected with 77 people reported dead and 80,000 more forced from their homes Humanitarian agencies have mounted an emergency response across southern Africa this week as the death toll from tropical Storm Ana reached 77. Officials reported that at least 41 people had been killed in Madagascar, 18 in Mozambique and 11 in Malawi. The EU’s aid agency Echo said on Thursday that at least 350,000 people have been affected across the three countries, including more than 80,000 displaced from their homes. Flooding has cut off roads and damaged power and water supplies. Continue reading...
01/27/2022 - 11:30
Aemo report shows renewable energy accounted for record share of generation as NEM emissions fell to lowest quarterly total on record Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Electricity demand hit a record low in several states during a milder-than-usual end to 2021, but average wholesale prices were up from a year earlier due to the higher cost of fossil fuels even as their share of the market dived. The December quarterly energy dynamics report by the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo), released on Friday, showed renewable energy set generation highs in the national electricity market (NEM). Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
01/27/2022 - 11:30
Coalition investment includes funding for water quality projects, pest management and reef science Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing A re-elected Coalition would pour $1bn into Great Barrier Reef conservation projects over the next decade, the government says, just months after campaigning to prevent the reef being listed as “in danger” by the world heritage committee. The announcement, to be made by the prime minister, Scott Morrison, in north Queensland on Friday, comes a fortnight after Labor pledged $163m to protect the natural wonder. It highlights the reef as a key election fight in the Cairns electorate of Leichhardt. Continue reading...
01/27/2022 - 11:30
Tiny steps towards net zero are being undermined by new fossil fuel projects. An election year offers the chance to hold our politicians to account Even during the summer holiday switch-off it was impossible to miss the takes about the Netflix satire Don’t Look Up. Climate scientists related to the helplessness and panic felt by the astronomers in the movie who discovered a “planet killing” comet about to hit Earth, only to have their warnings mocked and ignored. Continue reading...