Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/12/2022 - 18:24
Nationals leader outlines vision for the party at federal council meeting, saying it will take regional policies to next month’s jobs summit Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast White whale calf seen off NSW coast There’s one newborn hogging all the attention off the NSW coast – a southern right whale calf born whiter than usual, AAP reports: Southern right whales are mostly very dark, although some have splashes of white called a blaze. Its white areas will darken to grey as it ages. It’s one of around one-in-30 southern right whale calves born with brindle colouring. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 15:51
Scientists concluded that a series of storms could dump enough rainfall to displace millions, causing over $1tn in losses Driven by the climate crisis, exceedingly rare megafloods will become more common – and more catastrophic – according to a new study that found their likelihood has already doubled in California. The unexpected threat lingers even as browning hillsides, fallowed fields and bathtub ring-laden reservoirs serve as a constant reminder of the drought disaster in the state, which may be woefully unprepared when the coin inevitably flips. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 15:09
Chlorine exposure appears to be cause of death of animals at UC Davis research center A “catastrophic failure” at a university research facility in California killed 21,000 fish this week, some of which were endangered. The University of California, Davis, reported the loss of about 21,000 fish at its Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. Chlorine exposure, which the university noted fish are particularly sensitive to, appears to have caused the deaths. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 12:00
Leaked documents predict crop failure rates of up to 50% as water companies resist calls to prioritise food production Experts have warned of widespread crop failures across England, as charities and farmers criticised water companies for dithering over hosepipe bans despite drought being declared across much of the country. On Friday, the Environment Agency classified eight of the 14 areas of England as being in a drought. Despite this, water companies, including Anglian Water, Southern Water and South West Water have not brought in hosepipe bans. Thames Water said it does not plan to expedite a hosepipe ban expected next week. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 11:56
Water levels fall to below 40cm on parts of key route for transporting fuel, wheat and other commodities The levels of the Rhine River fell to a new low on Friday due to the ongoing drought in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, further restricting the distribution of coal, petrol, wheat and other commodities amid a looming energy crisis. The water level at Kaub near Frankfurt – a key waypoint where the fairway is shallower than elsewhere on the river – fell below 40cm on Friday afternoon, the level at which it is no longer economical for many barges to transit the river. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 10:00
Hard sea defenses prompted by extreme weather and rising sea levels can have unintended consequences down the coast – is there a better way? Areas across the US staring down a greater risk of flooding due to extreme weather and sea level rise are turning to a stark solution: building a wall. In Miami, a 20ft seawall has been proposed. In Charleston, South Carolina, a $1.1bn plan to build a seawall around the city’s downtown awaits sign-off from Congress. And in New York City, a 2.5-mile seawall under construction along the shoreline of lower Manhattan is expected to be finished by 2026. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 08:42
HMRC figures come as Europe rushes to bank supplies for winter in absence of Russian pipeline Energy exports from the UK to the Netherlands rocketed by 67% in June, official figures reveal, in the latest sign of Europe’s scramble to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas. British exports of fossil fuels more than doubled in value in June compared with the same period last year, the latest trading data from HMRC shows. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 06:00
Equestrian groups call for riders – who are mostly female – to get same access rights as cyclists and walkers The government must allow horse riders access to England’s publicly funded woodlands, equestrian groups have said. Those who ride horses are banned from many scenic countryside routes, including many footpaths, meaning that most are severely restricted in their access to nature. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 06:00
The US spent six decades losing the climate war as fossil fuel companies spread misinformation. It has finally gained significant ground The scientists’ warning to the US president on climate crisis was stark: the world’s countries were conducting a vast, dangerous experiment through their enormous release of planet-heating emissions, which threaten to be “deleterious from the point of view of human beings”. Some sort of remedial action was needed, they urged. This official alert was issued not to Joe Biden, who is poised to sign America’s first ever major legislation designed to tackle the climate crisis, but in a report given to his presidential predecessor Lyndon Johnson in 1965, a year when the now 79-year-old Biden was still in college. Continue reading...
08/12/2022 - 05:46
Lidl becomes latest retailer to halt sales of the barbecues as Met Office issues highest fire warning All big supermarkets have now stopped selling disposable barbecues in the light of the risk of wildfires across the UK. Morrisons, Asda and Lidl on Friday joined Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in temporarily removing the product from sale in all stores as an official drought was declared across large parts of south and east England and the Midlands. Continue reading...