Breaking Waves: Ocean News en African swine fever outbreak reported in western Poland <p>Highly contagious virus fatal to pigs found close to German border, as illness continues to spread in China</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:42:52 +0000 admin 77584 at Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours <p>Bacterial enzyme originally found in compost can be used to make high-quality new bottles</p> <p>A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.</p> <p>The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:00:20 +0000 admin 77583 at Lobster digestion of microplastics could further foul the food chain <p>Tiny fragments of plastic waste are dispersed throughout the environment, including the oceans, where marine organisms can ingest them. However, the subsequent fate of these microplastics in animals that live near the bottom of the ocean isn't clear. Now, researchers report that lobsters can eat and break down some of this microplastic material, releasing even smaller fragments into the water that other deep-sea organisms could ingest.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:49:29 +0000 admin 77581 at A rapidly changing Arctic <p>A new study found that freshwater runoff from rivers and continental shelf sediments are bringing significant quantities of carbon and trace elements into parts of the Arctic Ocean via the Transpolar Drift -- a major surface current that moves water from Siberia across the North Pole to the North Atlantic Ocean.</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:21:35 +0000 admin 77582 at Airlines lobby to rewrite carbon deal in light of coronavirus <p>Industry says it is not trying to dodge obligations but that it is a ‘matter of survival’<br /></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:36:10 +0000 admin 77580 at Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study <p>Increased contact with animals likely cause of outbreaks such as Covid-19, say experts, as conservationists call for global ban on wildlife markets</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 23:01:00 +0000 admin 77577 at Seal the deal: amorous mammals forced to contend with cruise ships <p>Harbour seals struggle to match volume of passing ships when trying to attract a mate</p> <p>Cruise ships are drowning out the roars of seals that are important for bagging a mate, researchers have found in the latest study to reveal the consequences of human activity on wildlife.</p> <p>Ships are known to produce low-frequency sounds which can overlap with calls made by marine creatures. But now researchers studying harbour seals say such noise could be taking its toll.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 23:01:00 +0000 admin 77578 at Birdwatch: skylark's song lifts my spirits in these darkened times <p>On my daily walk I can enjoy hearing a bird whose song is the definitive sound of the countryside</p> <p>Our world is cribbed, confined and bound in as never before. Yet amid all the fear and horror, there is one silver lining, as we reconnect with nature on our doorstep. My Somerset garden is awash with birdsong: chiffchaffs, wrens, robins and a new arrival, the blackcap, all competing to see who can shout the loudest as spring gathers pace. Overhead, buzzards soar and ravens tumble, as delighted as I am to herald the new season.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 20:30:05 +0000 admin 77576 at Snow-white coral of once-vibrant Great Barrier Reef a sign urgent action must be taken | Adam Morton <p>Plan for net-zero emissions combined with a new diplomatic effort is Australia’s best chance at saving reef for future generations </p> <p>The news is overwhelming and exhausting in a way it has rarely been in most of our lifetimes, but if you have five minutes of energy left this is worth your attention. That it hasn’t been reported in most of Australia’s major news outlets doesn’t make that any less the case.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:30:02 +0000 admin 77573 at Protecting the high seas: Identify biodiversity hotspots <p>Researchers use big data to identify biodiversity hotspots that could become the first generation of high seas marine protected areas.</p> Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:15:07 +0000 admin 77574 at