Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/22/2019 - 22:45
Report says outlook in India is ‘finely balanced and uncertain’ despite resources industry’s high hopes Thermal coal exporters face “significant risk” that demand from India will decline, a report by the Australian office of the chief economist says. It also warned of long-term uncertainties in the market considered a “great hope” by miners. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 15:50
Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific community. A new study identifies the parasite's specific strains that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.
08/22/2019 - 15:50
Researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New England; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.
08/22/2019 - 13:18
Changes in the behaviour of hydrothermal vents may be indicative of changes in the volcanic system underneath, thus being a useful precursor for the next generation of early warning systems. New exploration approaches will help improving site-specific risk assessment and monitoring concepts by taking a closer look at hydrothermal vents.
08/22/2019 - 13:00
Researchers say the Thomson catchment is missing out each year on the amount of water used by 250,000 people Logging is causing Melbourne’s main catchment area to miss out on about 15bn litres of water each year, equivalent to the amount used by 250,000 people, a peer-reviewed study has found. If logging in Victoria’s Thomson catchment continues as planned, that number would increase to 600,000 Melburnians by 2060, according to the research from the Australian National University. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 13:00
Exclusive: Farmers United says ‘we know in our hearts and minds’ experts are wrong about run-off damaging the reef Queensland cane growers’ groups are backing an opaque front organisation working to undermine Great Barrier Reef consensus science, including publishing claims that “we know in our hearts and minds” that the experts are wrong. The group, Farmers United, published full-page advertisements in News Corp Queensland newspapers this week. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 11:39
Lack of rain may be forcing animals to seek food from rubbish bins in Aiguafreda A small town outside Barcelona is using wolf urine to deter wild boar that have been coming in from the surrounding countryside. After trying a variety of deterrents, the town council of Aiguafreda has agreed, in association with the local hunters’ association, to see if the smell of the pheromones of the wild pigs’ principal predator will keep them at bay. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 10:47
Political storm over rainforest devastation as Ricardo Salles attends summit The environment minister of Brazil, where wildfires have been sweeping the Amazon rainforest, was booed at a climate event on Wednesday as celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande joined an international chorus of criticism. Videos of Ricardo Salles being booed by demonstrators as he took to the stage at Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week in the north-eastern city of Salvador circulated widely in Brazil. An opposition senator is planning to seek his impeachment at Brazil’s supreme court. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 10:42
Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route paves the way for solar-powered trains The world’s first solar farm to directly power a railway line will plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains. About 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Continue reading...
08/22/2019 - 10:42
Pilot scheme on Network Rail’s Wessex route could pave way for direct powering of trains The world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly is due to plug into the track near Aldershot, paving the way for solar-powered trains. From Friday, about 100 solar panels at the trackside site will supply renewable electricity to power the signalling and lights on Network Rail’s Wessex route. Continue reading...