Breaking Waves: Ocean News http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-waves en India plans to fell ancient forest to create 40 new coalfields http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/india-plans-fell-ancient-forest-create-40-new-coalfields <p>Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘self-reliant India’ comes at a terrible price for its indigenous population</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/india-plans-fell-ancient-forest-create-40-new-coalfields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 07:00:01 +0000 admin 78786 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/thousands-baby-turtles-released-sea-bali <p>The Olive Ridley turtles are part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population and promote environmental protection</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/thousands-baby-turtles-released-sea-bali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 05:37:09 +0000 admin 78785 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Three women injured swimming with whales in Australia in space of a week http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/three-women-injured-swimming-whales-australia-space-week <p>Alicia Ramsay was hit by humpback whale’s fin days after two others injured swimming at tourist hotspot Ningaloo reef</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/three-women-injured-swimming-whales-australia-space-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 08 Aug 2020 02:37:31 +0000 admin 78784 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Mauritius declares environmental emergency after oil spill http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/mauritius-declares-environmental-emergency-after-oil-spill <p>Country’s prime minister has asked France for help in tackling the disaster</p> <p>The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/mauritius-facing-environmental-disaster-after-striken-bulk-carrier-leaks-oil">a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground offshore days ago</a> began spilling tons of fuel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/mauritius-declares-environmental-emergency-after-oil-spill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 21:36:01 +0000 admin 78783 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Weatherwatch: floating wind farms – the power source of the future http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/weatherwatch-floating-wind-farms-power-source-future <p>Giant turbines operating from anchored rafts can harness strong offshore winds</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/weatherwatch-floating-wind-farms-power-source-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 20:30:48 +0000 admin 78782 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com US government issues bear advice: friends don't let friends get eaten http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/us-government-issues-bear-advice-friends-dont-let-friends-get-eaten <p>The National Park Service has warned against sacrificing slower friends in a bear attack ‘even if the friendship has run its course’</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The US government has now, however, officially advised against the most cowardly option: pushing over a slower friend to save yourself.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/aug/07/bear-attack-advice-sacrificing-friends">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 17:37:57 +0000 admin 78780 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com The week in wildlife – in pictures http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/week-wildlife-pictures <p>The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a giant pangolin and a tiny hummingbird</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/aug/07/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 16:39:17 +0000 admin 78779 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Florida current is weaker now than at any point in the past century http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/florida-current-weaker-now-any-point-past-century <p>A key component of the Gulf Stream has markedly slowed over the past century -- that's the conclusion of a new research paper.</p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:19:29 +0000 admin 78775 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Canadian ice shelf area bigger than Manhattan collapses due to rising temperatures http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/canadian-ice-shelf-area-bigger-manhattan-collapses-due-rising-temperatures <p>Last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic lost more than 40% of its areas in two days at the end of July</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/canadian-ice-shelf-area-bigger-than-manhattan-collapses-due-to-rising-temperatures">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 15:07:28 +0000 admin 78774 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Subpolar marginal seas play a key role in making the subarctic Pacific nutrient-rich http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/subpolar-marginal-seas-play-key-role-making-subarctic-pacific-nutrient-rich <p>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.</p> Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:23:30 +0000 admin 78776 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com