Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/29/2022 - 07:37
Hunting and trapping will end after 82 wolves killed Commissioners won’t reinstate quotas ended by Republicans Montana wildlife commissioners on Friday moved to shut down gray wolf hunting in around Yellowstone National Park, amid mounting criticism over a record number of animals shot or trapped after roaming across the park boundary this winter. But commissioners rejected calls to revive quotas that would limit the number of wolves killed along Yellowstone’s northern border to just a few annually. Those longstanding quotas were lifted last year after Republicans passed laws intended to drive down the wolf population by making it easier to kill the animals. Continue reading...
01/29/2022 - 06:29
Orderly pine plantations in the Cairngorms are being messed up as part of a plan to let nature thrive The Scots pine plantations in Abernethy forest are the crème de la crème in forestry terms: tall, straight and dense. These plantations were created in the 1930s, and the wood had a variety of uses, from ships’ masts to trench timbers. Now, this woodland is being retrofitted for wildlife as part of the UK’s largest land restoration project because, although it is striking to wander in such a regimented landscape, nature prefers things to be less orderly. The gnarled older and bigger trees are better for woodland species, which is why conservationists working on Cairngorms Connect are intentionally making a mess and artificially ageing trees as part of their efforts to restore Scotland’s old Caledonian pine forest to its former, imperfect glory. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 16:10
For the first time, scientists measure oxygen flow into the deep ocean interior of the Labrador Sea between Canada and Greenland. They studied how much oxygen absorbed by the sea each winter makes it into the deep, fast-flowing currents that ultimately transport it across the globe.
01/28/2022 - 14:00
Exclusive: ‘Shocked and concerned’ US government scientists say heat stress over Australia’s ocean jewel is unprecedented Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Temperatures over the Great Barrier Reef in December were the highest on record with “alarming” levels of heat that have put the ocean jewel on the verge of another mass bleaching of corals, according to analysis from US government scientists seen by Guardian Australia. On Friday the Morrison government announced $1bn for reef conservation over the next nine years if it wins the next election – a pledge branded by some as a cynical attempt to stop the reef being placed on the world heritage “in danger” list at a meeting in July. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 11:07
Federal judge rules that Biden administration did not properly consider the leases’ impact upon the climate crisis A US federal judge has blocked a highly controversial sale of oil and gas drilling leases across 80m acres of the Gulf of Mexico, ruling that Joe Biden’s administration did not properly consider the leases’ impact upon the climate crisis. The decision, handed down by the DC court late on Thursday, represents a landmark victory for environmental groups that had sued the government to prevent what was the largest ever auction of oil and gas leases in the gulf’s history. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 07:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a big-headed frog, a relocated rhino and a hungry swan Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 06:11
Savings come largely from efficient electrical appliances and boilers but insulation could halve future bills Energy efficiency measures have already saved the average British household about £1,000 a year in energy bills, and further insulation and home improvements could halve future bills, analysis has shown. But the future savings are unlikely to be realised unless the government focuses swiftly on insulation, as the savings to date have come largely from efficiency improvements in electrical appliances and boilers, which will not be repeated. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 05:45
North Yorkshire fishers found pots heavy not with brown crab but with prized invader Invasive king crabs have made their way to British shores, sparking fears that local brown crab and scallop populations could be decimated. This week, fishers in North Yorkshire found their pots heavy not with brown crab, but with the bright-red invader with long, spindly legs prized for their sweet flesh. London restaurants have already snapped up the haul, ready for weekend menus. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 04:54
Country’s ‘corrupt’ approach to conservation leaves protected forests facing ‘oblivion’, human rights watchdog warns Rampant illegal logging of protected forests is threatening the cultural survival and livelihoods of indigenous people in Cambodia, according to Amnesty International. Members of the Kuy people, one of the largest of Cambodia’s 24 indigenous groups, told Amnesty how deforestation in two protected forests, along with government restrictions on access have undermined their way of life and violated their human rights. Continue reading...
01/28/2022 - 02:30
Average Briton produces more carbon in two days than Congolese person does in entire year, study finds In the first two days of January, the average Briton was already responsible for more carbon dioxide emissions than someone from the Democratic Republic of the Congo would produce in an entire year, according to analysis by the Center for Global Development (CGD). The study, which highlights the “vast energy inequality” between rich and poor countries, found that each Briton produces 200 times the climate emissions of the average Congolese person, with people in the US producing 585 times as much. By the end of January, the carbon emitted by someone living in the UK will surpass the annual emissions of citizens of 30 low- and middle-income countries, it found. Continue reading...