Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/17/2020 - 09:53
An international consortium of researchers under the aegis of CMIP6 has calculated new estimates for the melting of Earth's ice sheets due to greenhouse gas emissions and its impact on sea levels, showing that the ice sheets could together contribute more than 40 cm by the end of 2100.
09/17/2020 - 09:53
Deep-sea coral reefs face challenges as changes to ocean chemistry triggered by climate change may cause their foundations to become brittle, a study suggests.
09/17/2020 - 06:21
Hundreds of vessels caught logging 73,000 hours of fishing in just one month in new analysis A vast fishing armada of Chinese vessels just off the Galápagos Islands logged an astounding 73,000 hours of fishing during just one month as it pulled up thousands of tonnes of squid and fish, a new report based on data analysis has found. The discovery of the giant flotilla off the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution stirred controversy and outrage in Ecuador and abroad. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 05:43
Data reveals just 14% of good ecological standard and none of good chemical standard All English rivers have failed to meet quality tests for pollution amid concerns over the scale of sewage discharges and agricultural and industrial chemicals entering the water system. Data published on Thursday reveals just 14% of English rivers are of good ecological standard, a rating that suggests they are as close to their natural state as possible. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 05:00
As forests evolve in the face of climate crisis, some surprising methods are being used to track how species migrate Angelica Patterson is on the lookout, shotgun in hand, as she hikes through New York state’s Black Rock Forest. She focuses on her target high up in the canopy, then bang – a branch falls to the ground. “I can’t climb trees, building scaffolding is expensive, and using a slingshot requires a lot of skill,” she says. “A shotgun is an efficient, cheap and effective way to collect the high-up leaves that have full exposure to the sun.” Patterson puts the northern red oak branch into a bucket of water, cutting the submerged stem to ensure that its leaves continue to function, before walking back to her laboratory in the forest. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 04:41
Discovery of high-grade metal used for electric car batteries ‘could be enough to meet total future UK demand’ The hills and woods around the town of Redruth are dotted with reminders of Cornwall’s proud mining history – lovely old engine houses, terraces of workers’ cottages, memorials and statues. So rich were the reserves of tin and copper in the region that one site near the village of Gwennap was once nicknamed “the richest square mile on Earth”. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 03:38
NSW premier implores John Barilaro to stick to agreement after he refused to rule out further threats to dismantle the Coalition The New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has made it clear she will not tolerate any further public posturing by the Nationals over koala habitat protections or new threats by the junior partner to leave the Coalition. Berejiklian on Thursday also implored her Liberal colleagues to move on and refocus on their jobs following last week’s near split in the government, brought on by the Nationals leader, John Barilaro, threatening to move to the crossbenches with his MPs. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 03:26
Greens join Labor criticism of overhaul saying it is ‘like taking money from the health budget and giving it to a tobacco company’ The Labor leader Anthony Albanese has declared the Morrison government is trying to “emasculate” the Australian Renewable Energy Agency by overhauling the mandate of the organisation so there is less focus on solar and wind, and more investment in hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, microgrids and energy efficiency. Responding to the Coalition’s decision, Albanese said the government had never liked Arena or the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. “They have tried to abolish it and now they are trying to emasculate it,” he said. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 01:00
Wildlife Trusts says designated new areas of protected land is needed to help nature recover New areas of protected “wild belt” land across the English countryside and in towns and cities must be created as part of the government’s planning changes to help nature recover, the Wildlife Trusts has said. The trusts’ analysis of the planning changes outlined by the government in a white paper suggests they will damage nature, increase air pollution and leave local people with no say on protecting urban wildlife corridors. Continue reading...
09/17/2020 - 01:00
Tyre attachment designed by four students aims to reduce road transport pollution A device that captures microplastic particles from tyres as they are emitted – and could help reduce the devastating pollution they cause – has won its designers a James Dyson award. The Tyre Collective, a group of masters students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, scooped the UK prize of the international competition with their solution for the growing environmental scourge of tyre wear caused by road transport. Continue reading...