Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/12/2022 - 05:00
Invasive species on islands: when signs of the pests were discovered on the Scilly isle in January, a crack squad of conservationists mobilised to save threatened seabird colonies Words and photographs by Alexander Turner Driving out invasive species on islands has high success rate and big benefits – study As the boat weaves between the jagged rocks of the Scilly archipelago off the coast of Cornwall, Round Island, uninhabited but for a lonely Victorian lighthouse, comes into view. Those on board preparing for their visit are not armed with cameras and binoculars but with buckets of toxic cereal bait and rat traps. When signs that rats were running riot over the island were first spotted in January 2022, a rescue operation to save resident seabirds kicked into action. There was just a small window of opportunity to attempt a “total eradication” of the rats before Manx shearwaters and storm petrels returned in April. The steep cliffs of Round Island as seen on approach Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 04:07
Expert group todeclare official drought amid prolonged dry spell, meaning water rationing may take place A drought is to be declared across wide swathes of England after a meeting of experts, the Guardian has learned. The prolonged dry conditions, with some areas of the country not receiving significant rainfall all summer, have caused the National Drought Group to declare an official drought, according to leaked documents from a meeting on Friday seen by the Guardian. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 02:13
Yorkshire Water announces ban from 26 August and Thames Water could introduce measure from Friday A hosepipe ban could be introduced as early as Friday by Britain’s largest water company, covering London and much of the south-east of England, after a drought is declared across eight areas of England on Friday. Thames Water is “ready to go” with its hosepipe ban, according to its strategy and regulatory affairs director, Cathryn Ross, who said there was a process for introducing a ban but that it could be bypassed if an official declaration of drought is made on Friday. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 02:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including grazing camels, hot bats and a newly hatched turtle Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 01:00
Ex-US vice-president says with $370bn package of clean energy spending ‘we have changed history and will never go backwards’ America’s passing of its first ever climate legislation will prove a pivotal moment in history that will help bring to an end the era of fossil fuels, according to Al Gore, the former US vice-president. Joe Biden is poised to sign a huge $370bn package of clean energy spending, overcoming decades of American political rancor and inaction on the climate crisis. Gore said he was now sure the fossil fuel industry and its political backers will not be able to reverse the shift to a decarbonized world, even if Republicans are able to wrest back control of Congress or the White House. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 01:00
Yes, it’s a real word. Here’s the science (and etymology) behind it It’s baking hot in New York, which can only mean one thing for the city’s small mammal population: it’s splooting season. This week, with temperatures reaching 95F (35C), the city’s parks department urged residents not to worry about the health of squirrels seen sprawling on the ground, legs extended behind them like a person whose arms gave out halfway through a yoga class. “On hot days, squirrels keep cool by splooting (stretching out) on cool surfaces to reduce body heat,” the department tweeted. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 01:00
Exclusive: Britishvolt’s 95-hectare site seen as great hope for car industry, but construction severely limited until February Construction of a huge electric car battery factory that has attracted tens of millions of pounds of taxpayer cash and been hailed as a flagship project of Boris Johnson’s levelling up policy has been put on “life support” to cut spending, leaked internal documents suggest. Work on Britishvolt’s 95-hectare site near Blyth in Northumberland has been severely limited until February to minimise spending as it focuses on unlocking its next round of funding and critical power supply infrastructure, the documents suggest. Continue reading...
08/11/2022 - 21:15
Agency chief calls for immediate end to military activity around plant, saying further ‘deeply worrying’ incidents could lead to disaster Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 170 of the invasion The United Nations nuclear watchdog has called for officials to visit Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia power plant as soon as possible amid renewed shelling in the area and warnings of the “catastrophic consequences” of continued fighting near Europe’s largest atomic plant. “This is a serious hour, a grave hour and the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] must be allowed to conduct its mission to Zaporizhzhia as soon as possible,” the agency’s chief, Rafael Grossi, told an emergency meeting of the UN security council on Thursday night. Continue reading...
08/11/2022 - 16:03
Candidates to be next prime minister clash over how to tackle energy crisis at hustings in Cheltenham Liz Truss’s tax cut-based approach to the energy crisis risks putting millions of Britons in “real destitution”, Rishi Sunak has warned, as the Conservative leadership candidates again clashed bitterly over economic policy. The hustings event on Thursday in Cheltenham, a key Tory-held marginal seat, also saw the foreign secretary effectively rule out any increased windfall tax on energy firm profits, as she hit out at the “depressing” sight of fields used for solar power. Continue reading...
08/11/2022 - 14:07
Experts warn of current and future impact of drought as ministers are expected to make official declaration England is likely to be declared officially in drought on Friday, a move that will allow water companies to impose tough restrictions on water use as temperatures remain high across swathes of the UK. Hosepipe bans are likely to follow in areas that have not yet declared them, with people being urged to save water by not washing their cars, using lawn sprinklers or filling large pools. Continue reading...