Breaking Waves: Ocean News https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves en Aerial video shows mass coral bleaching on Great Barrier Reef amid global heat stress event – video https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/aerial-video-shows-mass-coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-amid-global-heat-stress-eve <p>Scientists have recorded widespread bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef as global heating creates a fourth planet-wide bleaching event. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch, 54% of ocean waters containing coral reefs have been experiencing heat stress high enough to cause bleaching</p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/15/great-barrier-reef-coral-bleaching-global-heating">Global heating pushes coral reefs towards worst planet-wide mass bleaching on record</a></p> </li></ul><p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/aerial-video-shows-mass-coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-amid-global-heat-stress-eve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2024 04:30:38 +0000 admin 95393 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org New Mexico’s rivers are most threatened waterways in US, report finds https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/new-mexico-s-rivers-are-most-threatened-waterways-us-report-finds <p>Supreme court ruling left more than 90% of state’s surface waters with no pollution protections, since they don’t run continuously</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/new-mexico-s-rivers-are-most-threatened-waterways-us-report-finds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2024 04:01:29 +0000 admin 95391 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Soundscape ecology: a window into a disappearing world – podcast https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/soundscape-ecology-window-disappearing-world-podcast <p>What can sound tell us about nature loss? Guardian biodiversity reporter Phoebe Weston tells Madeleine Finlay about her visit to Monks Wood in Cambridgeshire, where ecologist Richard Broughton has witnessed the decline of the marsh tit population over 22 years, and has heard the impact on the wood’s soundscape. As species lose their habitats across the world, pioneering soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause has argued that if we listen closely, nature can tell us everything we need to know about our impact on the planet</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/soundscape-ecology-window-disappearing-world-podcast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2024 04:00:31 +0000 admin 95392 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Conservationists condemn France’s protest over UK’s bottom-trawling ban https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/conservationists-condemn-france-s-protest-over-uk-s-bottom-trawling-ban <p>Paris claims ban breaches UK-EU trade deal but environmentalists say dispute is ‘hypocrisy’, given Macron’s rhetoric on saving oceans</p> <p>France has been accused of hypocrisy by conservationists over a fresh post-Brexit dispute with the UK over fishing rights.</p> <p>France launched an official protest after the UK banned bottom trawling from parts of its territorial waters last month, with the aim of protecting vulnerable habitats.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/conservationists-condemn-france-s-protest-over-uk-s-bottom-trawling-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 17:54:50 +0000 admin 95389 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Climate crisis increasing frequency of deadly ocean upwells, study finds https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/climate-crisis-increasing-frequency-deadly-ocean-upwells-study-finds <p>Intense patches of cold water rising from the depths are killing sharks, rays and other creatures, researchers say</p> <p>A climate-disrupted ocean is pushing sharks, rays and other species to flee ever-hotter water in the tropics, only for them to be killed by increasingly intense upwells of cold water from the depths, a study has found.</p> <p>One of the authors of the paper described the “eerie” aftermath of a mass die-off of more than 260 marine organisms from 81 species in a singular event of extreme cold upwelling off the coast of South Africa in 2021.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/climate-crisis-increasing-frequency-deadly-ocean-upwells-study-finds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:03:48 +0000 admin 95388 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Global heating pushes coral reefs towards worst planet-wide mass bleaching on record https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/global-heating-pushes-coral-reefs-towards-worst-planet-wide-mass-bleaching-record <p>The percentage of reef areas experiencing bleaching-level heat stress is increasing by about 1% a week, scientists say</p> <p>Global heating has pushed the world’s coral reefs to a fourth planet-wide mass bleaching event that is on track to be the most extensive on record, US government scientists have confirmed.</p> <p>Some 54% of ocean waters containing coral reefs have experienced heat stress high enough to cause bleaching, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/global-heating-pushes-coral-reefs-towards-worst-planet-wide-mass-bleaching-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 15:00:14 +0000 admin 95387 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org In Maryland, female migrant laborers face an uncertain future as sea levels rise – photo essay https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/maryland-female-migrant-laborers-face-uncertain-future-sea-levels-rise-photo-essay <p>For the women who pick and prepare Maryland’s famous crab, the once profitable work is far more uncertain – and the climate crisis has had a damaging impact </p> <p>In the evening light, Maribel Malagón stepped outside into a rain storm.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/maryland-female-migrant-laborers-face-uncertain-future-sea-levels-rise-photo-essay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 13:00:49 +0000 admin 95386 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Earthworm crowned UK invertebrate of the year by Guardian readers https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/earthworm-crowned-uk-invertebrate-year-guardian-readers <p>Lumbricus terrestris claims landslide victory with 38% of vote, while Asian or yellow-legged hornet comes in last with 0.8%</p> <p>It’s a political earthquake! The common earthworm, the soil-maker, food provider and grand recycler, is the landslide winner of the inaugural UK <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/uk-invertebrate-of-the-year">invertebrate of the year competition</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/earthworm-crowned-uk-invertebrate-year-guardian-readers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 12:00:24 +0000 admin 95385 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Dragons, sea toads and the longest creature ever seen found on undersea peaks off South America https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/dragons-sea-toads-and-longest-creature-ever-seen-found-undersea-peaks-south-america <p>Underwater mountains are biodiversity hotspots and researchers exploring the Salas y Gómez ridge off Chile have found 50 species probably new to science. How much more has yet to be discovered?</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/dragons-sea-toads-and-longest-creature-ever-seen-found-undersea-peaks-south-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 10:57:03 +0000 admin 95384 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Climate change driving demand for predatory loans, research shows https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/climate-change-driving-demand-predatory-loans-research-shows <p>Study connects heatwaves and cold snaps to surges in payday lending, keeping people in debt and harming communities of color</p> <p>Two competing payday loan stores stand on the corners of an intersection in south Los Angeles. An area of persistent poverty, south LA is also a <a href="https://la.myneighborhooddata.org/2019/02/banking-deserts-in-los-angeles/">banking desert</a> where payday lenders fill the gap. Long lines form inside the stores on the first of the month, when rent is due.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/climate-change-driving-demand-predatory-loans-research-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2024 10:00:47 +0000 admin 95383 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org