Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/30/2022 - 02:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including an injured pangolin, a trapped dragonfly and a sneaky pig Continue reading...
09/30/2022 - 00:01
Cairngorms national park drawing up plans as RSPB says latest survey shows population at critical level of 540 An emergency plan is being drawn up to save the capercaillie, one of the UK’s most elusive and threatened woodland birds, after its numbers plunged. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said the latest population survey found its estimated population had fallen from roughly 1,114 in 2015/16 to about 542 birds last winter, putting it at a critically low level. Continue reading...
09/30/2022 - 00:00
YouGov survey for major charities finds 81% believe wildlife and environment are under threat A majority of the public believe nature is under threat and needs urgent action to protect and restore it, according to a YouGov poll. The poll for the National Trust, RSPB and WWF comes as they and other mainstream green groups are mobilising their millions of members to counter what they say is the government’s attack on nature. Continue reading...
09/30/2022 - 00:00
In Surrey, the cost of living crisis could push voters away from the Conservatives and towards a progressive alliance Deep in the rolling hills of the Surrey commuter belt lies a narrow, winding lane overhung with trees. Halfway down the bridleway that leads off it, Sarah Godwin points out the barn one of her farming neighbours has converted into a wedding venue. Brides and grooms use this unspoilt view, over grazing sheep and ancient woodland to the beauty spot of Hascombe Hill, as the backdrop for wedding photographs. But soon, that view might include an oilwell. This summer, ministers granted permission for exploratory drilling here, overruling objections from the Conservative-controlled county council and local Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt. Gaby Hinsliff is a Guardian columnist Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 22:12
National Parks and Wildlife Service says threat ‘should be condemned by all Australians’ Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Police are investigating a letter threatening to “firebomb” a New South Wales national parks office in the Snowy Mountains region over the culling of feral horses in the Kosciuszko national park. The state’s environment minister, James Griffin, said the “disgraceful and unacceptable” behaviour had been reported to NSW police, while the head of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Atticus Fleming, said the threat “is a criminal act, and should be condemned by all Australians”. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 19:03
In this month's episode of The American Blue Economy Podcast, our host Rear Admiral (ret) Tim Gallaudet conducts the fourth and final show in a subseries featuring leading women wavemakers in the American Blue Economy where his guests include blue economy leaders at universities in 3 geographic areas. First up is Dr. Leila Hamdan, Interim Associate Vice President of Research and Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi. Next in line is Amy Kukulya, Principal Investigator, underwater roboticist, and expedition leader at WHOI. Rounding out the group is Vanessa Scott, Director of Corporate Affiliates, Business Development, Industry Outreach & Innovation, and Director of StartBlue Accelerator at Scripps Institution of Oceanography|. Be ready to be inspired by these 3 remarkable role models!
09/29/2022 - 13:00
Scientists ‘shocked’ by rate of change as rapid sea-ice melt drives absorption of CO2 – with ‘huge implications’ for Arctic sea life Acidification of the western Arctic Ocean is happening three to four times faster than in other ocean basins, a new study has found. The ocean, which absorbs a third of all of the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, has grown more acidic because of fossil fuel use. Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic region over the past three decades has accelerated the rate of long-term acidification, according to the study, published in Science on Thursday. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 12:30
With rising seas expected to submerge the nation by 2100, official says ‘we should always be able to remember Tuvalu as it is, before it disappears’ Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast When Tuvalu vanishes beneath rising seas, its diaspora still want somewhere to call home – and that could be a virtual version of the tiny Pacific nation. Global heating is threatening to submerge Tuvalu by the end of the century, and its 12,000 inhabitants are considering the future. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 11:48
Planting trees, rainwater gardens and de-paving can mitigate effects of climate crisis, according to analysis of 2,000 cities Urban greening initiatives such as planting street trees, rainwater gardens and de-paving can help mitigate the impacts of urban heating due to the climate crisis and urban expansion, according to a study that has found cities have been warming by 0.5C a decade on average. Scientists at Nanjing and Yale Universities analysed satellite data from across 2,000 cities and compared surface temperature readings between cities and rural areas from 2002 to 2021. Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 11:09
State officials accused of violating civil rights, which resulted in ‘persistently unsafe and unreliable drinking water’ for residents The NAACP filed a federal complaint on Tuesday accusing Mississippi state officials of violating civil rights law by repeatedly diverting federal funds meant for ensuring safe drinking water away from the state’s predominantly Black capital, Jackson, to smaller, white communities. Their conduct amounted to racial discrimination and a devastating loss of access to drinking water for more than a month for residents in Jackson, where more than 80% of residents are Black and a quarter are in poverty. Continue reading...