Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/25/2020 - 05:15
A 20-year project to reintroduce the species across the peninsula has seen their numbers rise to 855 Spotty of coat, tufty of ear, and teetering on the verge of extinction less than two decades ago, the Iberian lynx is continuing to claw its way back across Spain and Portugal. According to the latest survey, the lynx population on the peninsula has increased ninefold over 18 years, rising from 94 in 2002 to 855 this year. Experts say that if the current conservation and reintroduction efforts can maintain their momentum, the species could be out of danger by 2040. Continue reading...
10/25/2020 - 05:00
Route chosen for £250m dual carriageway around Arundel avoids national park but slices through three villages “It’s like they are torturing us. Each step, it just gets worse.” Gilly McCadden is in tears. She has just learned that the route chosen for the £250m dual carriageway around Arundel in West Sussex will bring four lanes of 70mph traffic within metres of her house and garden. The new route of the A27, bypassing a bypass built in the 1960s, has been planned – and resisted – since the 1980s. Now Highways England has unexpectedly chosen the “grey route” – a longer, more expensive plan that slices through three villages but avoids the South Downs national park. For locals in the village of Binsted who fought previous iterations of the plan for destroying ancient woodlands, it means the proposed road will crash through their gardens and peaceful meadows. Continue reading...
10/25/2020 - 05:00
As the climate crisis brings increasingly unpredictable fire seasons, the future of the $43bn industry is uncertain The Silverado Trail, a two-lane road that weaves through the bucolic hillsides in the heart of California’s wine country, is the quintessential vision of Napa Valley. Home to dozens of wineries, it is a destination within a destination – one that welcomes both vacationing imbibers and oenophiles from around the world. But recently the amber hillsides have been laced with the ashen aftermath of wildfires that have torn through the region, leaving behind charred rubble that is fast becoming as much a part of the landscape as the neatly trussed rows of vines. Continue reading...
10/25/2020 - 02:00
The tech giant claims that no one is forced to use its search engine. All power to regulators set on proving otherwise Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is a mild-mannered software engineer who is not good at games of verbal fisticuffs with US politicians. He received a drubbing last month during the “big tech” congressional hearing. Pichai can, however, summon lawyers and lobbyists galore as soon as the game gets more serious, which it definitely has. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) last week launched a huge and historic antitrust case against Google, accusing the tech company of abusing its position to maintain an illegal monopoly over internet searches and search advertising. Continue reading...
10/25/2020 - 00:13
Paramedics airlift man to hospital after being bitten on Britomart Reef, a popular spear-fishing location A man is in a critical condition after being attacked by a shark at the Great Barrier Reef. He was airlifted to Townsville University hospital after being bitten at Britomart Reef around 12.20pm on Sunday, Queensland Ambulance says. Continue reading...
10/24/2020 - 16:04
Nest near Canadian border contained an estimated 100 to 200 invasive insects, which crews vacuumed into canisters Heavily protected crews worked in Washington state on Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States. Related: First US murder hornet nest located in Washington state Continue reading...
10/24/2020 - 14:00
The mining giant’s decision to abandon its Olympic Dam mine has raised questions about the government’s ‘opaque’ selection process for major projects The collapse of a government-declared priority project at the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia has prompted claims the Morrison government pursued an “opaque” process lacking evidence to select projects. Mining giant BHP abandoned a proposed multibillion-dollar expansion at the mine last week after deciding it did not make economic sense. It came four months after prime minister Scott Morrison declared it a major project of national economic significance that would be fast-tracked. Continue reading...
10/24/2020 - 05:00
Using cork to clad an extension – inside and out – was a speedy, sustainable and affordable choice for this family home When Dan Barber and Hat Margolies bought a two-bed Victorian terrace house in 2013, the entire building needed an overhaul. It had leaky pipes, asbestos and rattling windows; and it needed rewiring, new radiators and a new boiler. Wind whistled through the front room floorboards. “The light and proportions made it really special but there were no original features – the fireplaces had long gone,” says Margolies, a photographic agent with an eye for vintage furniture. But the couple saw it as a chance to make their new home, in south London, as eco-friendly as they could: to conserve energy, and recycle and reuse as much as possible. They lived with the house as it was for five years, during which time their second daughter was born, and then employed NimTim architects to transform it on a tight budget. Continue reading...
10/24/2020 - 03:15
Barrett previously recused herself from cases because her father worked for Shell but has failed to commit to doing so in future Amy Coney Barrett is poised to make critical rulings on whether oil and gas companies will be held accountable for the effects of the climate crisis once she is confirmed to the supreme court, even though she has acknowledged in the past that she has a conflict of interest in cases involving Royal Dutch Shell. Related: Trump and Barrett's threat to abortion and LGBTQ rights is simply un-American | Robert Reich Continue reading...
10/23/2020 - 14:36
Experts warn of more encounters as animals forced into populated areas to find food A spate of bear attacks in Japan has prompted calls to improve their natural habitat, as experts warned of more potentially dangerous encounters with the animals as they venture into populated areas in search of food. Japanese media have reported several incidents of “ursine terror” in recent weeks, including an attack in Ishikawa prefecture last weekend that left four people injured, including a man in his 90s and two hunters called to confront the bear. Continue reading...