Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/19/2020 - 18:01
Orca, cuckoo and peregrine falcon some of species enjoying breathing space of quieter world First came the goats. During the first days of lockdown the bearded, ghostly white creatures wandered down from their north Wales clifftop home into the town of Llandudno and made headlines around the globe. Now the National Trust is reporting that emboldened wildlife, from raptors and warblers to badgers, otters and even orcas, appear to be enjoying the disappearance of humans from its gardens, castles and waterways across the UK. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 13:01
With support of the Trump administration, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have partially reopened after Covid-19 closures Live global updates See all our coronavirus coverage On Monday, thousands of visitors from across the country descended on Yellowstone national park, which opened for the first time since its closure in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We have been cooped up for weeks,” Jacob Willis told the Guardian near a crowd of onlookers at the Old Faithful Geyser. “When the parks opened, we jumped at the opportunity to travel,” said Willis, who had arrived from Florida. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 12:30
Environmentalists say the Morrison government is directing emissions reduction funding to polluting companies Fossil fuel industry groups and companies have applauded new climate change measures proposed by the Morrison government, including support for carbon capture and storage developments. The government has agreed to 21 of 26 recommendations made by an expert panel review headed by the former gas industry executive and business council president Grant King, who was asked to come up with new ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at low cost. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 11:11
Unmanned submersible will descend nearly 2.5 miles to bottom of the ocean to get radio, believed to still be near grand staircase A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic. The order is a big win for RMS Titanic, the court-recognized salvor, or steward, of artifacts from the doomed ocean liner. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 10:00
Responses to coronavirus crisis cause sharpest drop in carbon output since records began Steep fall in emissions during coronavirus is no cause for celebration Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Carbon dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically since lockdowns were imposed around the world due to the coronavirus crisis, research has shown. Daily emissions of the greenhouse gas plunged 17% by early April compared with 2019 levels, according to the first definitive study of global carbon output this year. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 10:00
Brief hiatus will make little difference to catastrophic levels of global heating, experts say Lockdowns trigger dramatic fall in global carbon emissions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The sudden sharp fall in greenhouse gas emissions recorded in the early part of this year may seem like an environmental blessing, a breathing space as the world fights climate breakdown. Skies clear of aeroplanes and streets free of cars have encouraged the return of nature and brought visions of a cleaner world. Carbon dioxide emissions had fallen by 17% on average by early April, according to a definitive study published in Nature Climate Change on Tuesday, as a result of the lockdown measures put in place around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 09:18
Gough Island in South Atlantic is home to mutant mice that feast on young seabirds Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Among the places not to be stranded when the world goes into lockdown is surely one of the planet’s most remote islands, renowned for its freakishly giant house mice that have evolved into merciless killers. The Foreign Office has revealed details of one of the trickiest rescues it has had to mount because of the coronavirus pandemic, one involving a 12-day sail across the Atlantic and a 4,000 mile flight in an RAF A400 transport aircraft. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 07:44
Concern that new strategy, which also includes protecting primeval forests, ‘lacks tools’ The European commission will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis on Wednesday, including a call for 3bn trees to be planted in the EU by 2030 and a plan to better protect the continent’s last primeval forests. The draft policy document, published online by an environmental NGO, admits that to date in the EU, “protection has been incomplete, restoration has been small-scale, and the implementation and enforcement of legislation has been insufficient”. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 06:43
Key to ensuring policymakers see nature’s relevance is to show its physical and mental health benefits Coronavirus offers chance to create fairer UK food supply chain Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A perfect storm appears to loom over any attempt to restore wildlife and environmental health to one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. British conservationists were already facing the loss of EU funding and environmental regulations after Brexit. Now, as a deep recession bites, conservation funding is likely to be further hit as donors and philanthropic funders channel money towards human health. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 06:13
Harnessing power from sun, wind and sea could spur UK’s post-pandemic economy while tackling climate crisis, say experts Is the Covid-19 crisis the catalyst for greening the world’s airlines? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In the first months of 2020 Britain relied on renewable energy like never before. The power generated by clean energy projects eclipsed fossil fuels for the first time ever, making up almost half the electricity used to keep the lights on. As the UK emerges from the financial maelstrom of the coronavirus pandemic, analysts, economists and environmentalists argue that the renewable energy industry could – and should – play a greater role, powering a green economic recovery too. Continue reading...