Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/08/2020 - 02:00
Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘self-reliant India’ comes at a terrible price for its indigenous population Over the past decade, Umeshwar Singh Amra has witnessed his homeland descend into a battleground. The war being waged in Hasdeo Arand, a rich and biodiverse Indian forest, has pitted indigenous people, ancient trees, elephants and sloths against the might of bulldozers, trucks and hydraulic jacks, fighting with a single purpose: the extraction of coal. Yet under a new “self-reliant India” plan by the prime minister, Narendra Modi, to boost the economy post-Covid-19 and reduce costly imports, 40 new coalfields in some of India’s most ecologically sensitive forests are to be opened up for commercial mining. Continue reading...
08/08/2020 - 00:37
The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protection More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection. Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together. Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 21:37
Alicia Ramsay was hit by humpback whale’s fin days after two others injured swimming at tourist hotspot Ningaloo reef A woman snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, on the north-west coast of Western Australia, has become the third person to be injured by a humpback whale there in less than a week. The woman, Alicia Ramsay, 30, was flown to Royal Perth hospital with rib fractures on Thursday after being hit by the whale, which was swimming nearby with its calf. Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 16:36
Country’s prime minister has asked France for help in tackling the disaster The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel. The prime minister, Pravind Jugnauth, made the announcement late on Friday as satellite images showed a dark slick spreading in the turquoise waters near environmental areas that the government called “very sensitive”. Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 15:30
Giant turbines operating from anchored rafts can harness strong offshore winds Offshore wind farm potential is enormous. They are no longer limited to shallow water but can operate from anchored rafts - and the size and output of the turbines keeps increasing. Less than a decade ago turbines of three megawatts (MW) were the new giants – now the industry is installing 10mMW machines, and designs for 15 to 20MW are ready. The newest turbines will be 150 metres high with a rotor diameter of 240 metres – that is the length of more than two football pitches. Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 12:37
The National Park Service has warned against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack ‘even if the friendship has run its course’ There are a few potential reactions to being attacked by a bear – stand your ground and attempt to scare it off, run away or perhaps curl up into the fetal position and hope for the best. The US government has now, however, officially advised against the most cowardly option: pushing over a slower friend to save yourself. Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 11:39
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a giant pangolin and a tiny hummingbird Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 10:19
A key component of the Gulf Stream has markedly slowed over the past century -- that's the conclusion of a new research paper.
08/07/2020 - 10:07
Last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic lost more than 40% of its areas in two days at the end of July The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July. The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. Continue reading...
08/07/2020 - 09:23
A group of researchers has discovered why the western subarctic Pacific Ocean, which accounts for only 6 percent of the world's oceans, produces an estimated 26 percent of the world's marine resources.