Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/04/2020 - 02:00
Poorer, hotter parts of the world will struggle to adapt to unbearable conditions, research finds The growing but largely unrecognized death toll from rising global temperatures will come close to eclipsing the current number of fatalities from all the infectious diseases combined if planet-heating emissions aren’t constrained, a major new study has found. Related: Killer heat: US racial injustices will worsen as climate crisis escalates Continue reading...
08/04/2020 - 01:45
A new research programme in Gabon is identifying the ‘isotopic fingerprint’ of the world’s most-trafficked mammal in the fight to beat smugglers After a two-week chase through Lopé-Okanda national park, a mosaic of rainforest and savannah in central Gabon, David Lehmann and his Wildlife Capture Unit were celebrating – they had caught a giant pangolin nicknamed Ghost, the biggest on record. The team – consisting of eco-guards, an indigenous tracker, a field biologist and a wildlife vet – hope that Ghost, who weighs 38kg and measures 1.72m from nose to tail, will give valuable insights in their fight against poaching. Continue reading...
08/04/2020 - 01:00
Mounted seats, cargo bikes and trailers offer families different options to give cycling a go Those lockdown days of blissfully quiet roads may be behind us but, with local authorities across the UK investing in cycle infrastructure, now is still an excellent time to give cycling a go. That is especially true for young city-dwelling families who would formerly have relied on public transport to get around but are now reluctant to risk a bus, tram or train journey. Fortunately, cycling with small children is not merely convenient and healthy but also great fun too. Here is how to do it. Continue reading...
08/04/2020 - 01:00
Church of England and Duchy of Cornwall come last in ranking of major landowners by forest cover Many of England’s biggest landowners are not doing enough to plant trees to tackle the climate crisis, according to new data. Government departments, companies such as United Utilities and Network Rail, the royal family and organisations such as the Church of England and the National Trust are among the biggest owners of land in the country, but most have forest cover on their land that is only slightly above the national average, despite having pledged to reduce their carbon footprint. Continue reading...
08/03/2020 - 12:30
Some places in NSW and Queensland had record rainfalls, while Tasmania had its second-driest July on record Rainfall across Australia was 43% below average in July, continuing a long-term drying trend consistent with rising atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, the weather bureau says. The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate statement for July says the continent was drier than average across most of its south, from Western Australia to the south-west of New South Wales and including most of Victoria. Tasmania recorded its second-driest July on record behind 1957. South Australia had its lowest rainfall for the month since 1997. Continue reading...
08/03/2020 - 11:53
At least four people who were unaware of government warnings planted seeds that arrived in mail Americans have been planting mystery seeds which appeared to be sent from China, unaware of government warnings to dispose of the suspicious shipments. Related: Sowing doubt: people around world receive mystery seed parcels Continue reading...
08/03/2020 - 11:36
Animals including leopards have almost disappeared in protected habitats Efforts to protect the giant panda have failed to safeguard large mammals sharing its habitats, according to research showing dramatic declines in leopards and other predators. In its effort to save the giant panda, China has cracked down on poachers, outlawed the trade in panda hides and mapped out dozens of protected habitats. Continue reading...
08/03/2020 - 11:01
A large number of the valley networks scarring Mars's surface were carved by water melting beneath glacial ice, not by free-flowing rivers as previously thought, according to new research. The findings effectively throw cold water on the dominant 'warm and wet ancient Mars' hypothesis, which postulates that rivers, rainfall and oceans once existed on the red planet.
08/03/2020 - 10:00
New research has found extreme melting of the country’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her colleagues set up camp beside two small lakes close to New Zealand’s Brewster glacier. Each time the trek to carry the measuring stakes takes a little bit longer as the glacier’s terminus gets further away. Dr Vargo, a native of Ohio now working at the Antarctic Research Centre at the Victoria University of Wellington, is studying New Zealand’s glaciers from the air and on the ice. Continue reading...
08/03/2020 - 07:53
Stories have emerged of mass killings of chickens and pigs, a tiny fraction of daily abuses heaped on farmed animals More than any event in recent history, the coronavirus pandemic has made plain the consequences of our abuse of animals. From the Chinese wet market where the virus likely emerged to the American slaughterhouses which have become key vectors of transmission, our ravenous demand for cheap meat has been implicated in enormous human suffering. But the suffering is not ours alone. The pandemic has also focused our attention on how American agribusiness – which has benefited from deregulation under the Trump administration – abuses animals on an industrial scale. Related: US nears 150,000 Covid-19 deaths as Republicans and Democrats pitch opposing plans – live Continue reading...