Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/03/2024 - 11:00
Some farmers have turned from livestock to crops to avoid the financial pitfalls and thorny ethics of industrial agriculture Farmer Tom Lim had been raising poultry for 20 years when the company he worked for as a contractor terminated him without warning, leaving him saddled with debt and unsure of where to turn. “My heart just dropped,” he said. “I didn’t know where to make money to pay off our loans.” Lim was born in rural Cambodia, where his parents tended rice fields with water buffalos, raised a smattering of chickens and grew vegetables around their home. That lifestyle shaped his love of farming, but was a far cry from what he found himself doing as an adult, raising 540,000 chickens a year in North Carolina for Pilgrim’s Pride, one of the largest meat producers in the US that supplies chicken to Walmart, Costco and KFC. Continue reading...
03/03/2024 - 06:00
At a San Diego laboratory, four women do the painstaking work of preserving cells amid a growing extinction crisis In a basement laboratory abutting an 1,800-acre wildlife park in San Diego, California, Marlys Houck looks up to see a uniformed man holding a blue insulated lunch bag filled with small pieces of eyes, trachea, feet and feathers. “Ah,” she says, softly. “Here are today’s samples.” Continue reading...
03/02/2024 - 14:03
The tree will be exhibited at the Sill in Hexham, close to where it once stood The largest section of the Sycamore Gap tree unlawfully cut down last September is to go on public display, Northumberland national park has announced. The tree, which stood in a dip next to Hadrian’s Wall, will be exhibited at the Sill, a tourist attraction in Hexham, not far from where it once stood. Continue reading...
03/02/2024 - 13:00
The wildlife charity allegedly dropped a study highlighting farm pollution linked to the supply chain of its former supermarket partner The wildlife charity WWF-UK shelved a report that warned how intensive chicken production is devastating the River Wye, the Observer can reveal. Since 2018, the charity has received more than £6m in donations from the supermarket chain Tesco, which has faced action from campaigners over the decline of the Wye because many of the intensive poultry farms in the river’s catchment area are in its ­supply chain. Continue reading...
03/02/2024 - 08:30
US ski industry is losing billions as average season has become five to seven days shorter in past half century If you have been enjoying lushly covered mountains by skiing or snowboarding this winter then such an experience could soon become a receding memory, with a new study finding that an era of reliably bountiful snow has already passed due to the climate crisis. The US ski industry has lost more than $5bn over the past two decades due to human-caused global heating, the new research has calculated, due to the increasingly sparse nature of snowfall on mountain ranges. Previous studies have shown that in many locations precipitation is now coming in the form of rain, rather than snow, due to warming temperatures. Continue reading...
03/02/2024 - 07:18
Kanchha Sherpa, 91, says more respect should be shown to sacred peak that has been climbed thousands of times since 1953 ascent The only surviving member of the mountaineering expedition that first reached the summit of Mount Everest has said the world’s highest peak is too crowded and dirty, and the mountain is a god that needs to be respected. Kanchha Sherpa, 91, was one of the 35 members of the team that helped the New Zealander Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay to the top of the 8,849-metre (29,032ft) peak on 29 May 1953. Continue reading...
03/02/2024 - 01:00
Michael Gove said UK needed coal to make steel, but business department papers drafted around same time say it will not Previously unseen documents have emerged that appear to contradict the government’s case for a new coalmine in Cumbria. When Michael Gove, the levelling up secretary, approved plans to build the Woodhouse Colliery near Whitehaven in December 2022, he said the UK would need the coal in order to carry on making steel. Continue reading...
03/02/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 02 March 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00046-w Projecting contributions of marine protected areas to rebuild fish stocks under climate change
03/02/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 02 March 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00051-z Author Correction: Targeting ocean conservation outcomes through threat reduction
03/01/2024 - 17:01
Attack on juvenile is thought to be first known time a lone orca has hunted down a great white It is a smash and grab that has stunned scientists: in less than two minutes, a killer whale attacked and consumed a great white shark before swimming off with the victim’s liver in its mouth. Experts say the event off the coast of Mossel Bay in South Africa offers new insights into the predatory behaviour of orcas. Continue reading...