Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/13/2019 - 14:00
DNA analysis helps work out origin of nearly 6 million mummified ibises An ancient Egyptian mystery has been solved, according to researchers, who say they have cracked the conundrum of where millions of mummified birds came from. Pharaohs and members of the nobility were often mummified, but the practice was not reserved for humans – cats, crocodiles, mice and mongooses are among the mummified animals that have been found. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 12:00
The lying, the scheming and the intrigue puts storylines on The Bold and the Beautiful to shame If this was a poll on which Australian bird is featured most frequently on homewares, superb fairy-wrens would win by a mile. Teacups, plates, tea towels and cushions across the country are adorned with their image. The combination of their tiny size (they weigh about the same as a 20c piece), pointing up tail and the way they cuddle together makes them pretty darn adorable. I’m going to argue though that there are many more reasons that you should vote for them in 2019 than simply “they look cute”. It is not only the public that is drawn to this gorgeously sweet bird. Superb fairy-wrens are actually one of our most well-studied Australian birds (heck I did my PhD on them). The more we learn about them the more we realise that that image of a sweet happy family unit is far from reality. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 11:06
Cows missing for two months were located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after ‘mini tsunami’ carried wildlife away Three cows swept off an island during the raging storm of Hurricane Dorian have been located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after apparently swimming four miles during the storm. Related: ‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to all life on Earth, conservationists warn Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 09:09
Netherlands takes ‘rotten measure’ of reducing 130km/h limit to protect nature reserves The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has taken what he has described as the “rotten measure” of cutting the maximum speed limit on roads in the Netherlands to 100km/h (62mph) after being ordered by the courts to cut pollution. The reduction from the current limit of 130km/h followed a Dutch court ruling earlier this year that found government policies breached EU rules in regard to the protection of nature reserves from ammonia and nitrous oxide. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 08:07
As parts of the north remain inundated, Labour has accused the Conservatives of skewed spending Claim Jeremy Corbyn has said the government’s spending on flood defences until 2021 “heavily favours London and the south-east of England”. Background About 5.4m properties in England are at risk of flooding from rivers, the sea and surface water. Annual flood damage costs the country an estimated £1.1bn. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 07:54
Government responds to judges criticising it over emergency smog levels in Delhi The Indian government has said it intends to use hydrogen-based fuel technology to help combat pollution, as Delhi was once again enveloped in “severe emergency” levels of smog. Pollution levels in the capital peaked to dangerously high levels just over a week after the city endured its longest spell of hazardous air quality since public records began. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 05:57
Exclusive: tiny particles produced by motor traffic can invade the brain and carry carcinogens New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time. The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase people’s chances of getting the deadly cancer. Previous work has shown that nanoparticles can get into the brain and that they can carry carcinogenic chemicals. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 04:46
PM appears in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, as troops help shore up battered defences Boris Johnson has been accused of doing nothing to help flood victims as he visited one of the worst hit areas and told residents: “We’ve been on it round the clock”. The prime minister appeared in Stainforth, in South Yorkshire as 100 soldiers were deployed to help shore up the region’s battered flood defences. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 01:00
Report claims 400,000 insect species face extinction amid heavy use of pesticides The “unnoticed insect apocalypse” should set alarm bells ringing, according to conservationists, who said that without a halt there will be profound consequences for humans and all life on Earth. A new report suggested half of all insects may have been lost since 1970 as a result of the destruction of nature and heavy use of pesticides. The report said 40% of the 1million known species of insect are facing extinction. Continue reading...
11/12/2019 - 22:10
‘This is result of climate change,’ says Venice mayor, who declares state of emergency In pictures: flooding in Venice Two people have died as the highest water levels for more than 50 years caused hundreds of millions of euros of possibly irreparable damage in Venice, officials have said, with another surge expected to cause further flooding. Flood levels in the lagoon city reached the second-highest level since records began in 1923 as a result of the acqua alta, which hit 1.87 metres (74in) late on Tuesday night amid heavy rain, just short of the record 1.94 metres measured in 1966. Continue reading...