Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/17/2024 - 11:29
Island made famous by BBC series to be rewilded and turned into a survival retreat, say owners With spectacular white beaches and an abundance of wildlife, the island of Taransay has seen pagan Celtic settlers, a massacre involving warring medieval clans and in 2000 was made famous by the BBC reality television series Castaway. Now the owners of one of the largest Scottish islands in private hands plan to return it to its natural condition and into a survival retreat. Continue reading...
02/17/2024 - 05:00
Vast reforestation a major reason for ‘warming hole’ across parts of US where temperatures have flatlined or cooled Trees provide innumerable benefits to the world, from food to shelter to oxygen, but researchers have now found their dramatic rebound in the eastern US has delivered a further, stunning feat – the curtailing of the soaring temperatures caused by the climate crisis. While the US, like the rest of the world, has heated up since industrial times due to the burning of fossil fuels, scientists have long been puzzled by a so-called “warming hole” over parts of the US south-east where temperatures have flatlined, or even cooled, despite the unmistakable broader warming trend. Continue reading...
02/17/2024 - 05:00
Glass Pharms hope its approach could show the way for all kinds of energy-intensive horticulture in the UK For 26 years, Olivier Dehon worked in the corporate sector, ending up as chief financial officer for Xerox in the UK and Ireland before retiring four years ago. Last month he delivered his first consignment of high-strength cannabis. Dehon’s dope is legal and above board, produced to supply the UK’s burgeoning market for medical cannabis on prescription. What’s more, Dehon and his colleagues believe it is the first carbon-neutral indoor weed grown anywhere in the world. Continue reading...
02/17/2024 - 01:00
Rapid ocean warming and unusually hot winter days recorded as human-made global heating combines with El Niño February is on course to break a record number of heat records, meteorologists say, as human-made global heating and the natural El Niño climate pattern drive up temperatures on land and oceans around the world. A little over halfway into the shortest month of the year, the heating spike has become so pronounced that climate charts are entering new territory, particularly for sea-surface temperatures that have persisted and accelerated to the point where expert observers are struggling to explain how the change is happening. Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 16:21
Seventy percent of pregnant women in state had herbicide dicamba in their urine, up from 28% in an earlier study Pregnant women in a key US farm state are showing increasing amounts of a toxic weedkiller in their urine, a rise that comes alongside climbing use of the chemicals in agriculture, according to a study published on Friday. The study, led by the Indiana University school of medicine, showed that 70% of pregnant women tested in Indiana between 2020 and 2022 had a herbicide called dicamba in their urine, up from 28% from a similar analysis for the period 2010-12. The earlier study included women in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio. Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 13:58
Researchers propose a framework for integrating online digital data into biodiversity monitoring.
02/16/2024 - 12:26
Scottish Labour leader defends windfall tax proposal as business leaders say levy could cost up to 100,000 jobs Anas Sarwar has shrugged off an attack on Labour’s oil tax plans after being called a “traitor” by Aberdeen business leaders. The Scottish Labour leader said the party would press on with its plans for a multibillion-pound windfall tax on oil profits, despite claims from more than 800 oil, engineering and business executives that the levy could cost up to 100,000 North Sea jobs. Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 10:00
Residents hope president will announce federal aid as advocates sign letter to him requesting major disaster declaration from Fema Joe Biden will finally make a visit to East Palestine, Ohio on Friday, more than a year after a toxic train derailment devastated the community. For many residents, the trip is overdue. They hope Biden will use the visit to announce federal aid for environmental testing, relocation assistance, and immediate and ongoing healthcare for residents who are still weathering the fallout from the derailment – something community groups have been demanding for the past year. Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 09:00
Exclusive: Manufacturers retest contaminated soil fill until it ‘complies’ with regulations and can then be used at childcare centres, schools or parks Map and full list of locations where asbestos mulch has been found Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A testing regime meant to stop toxic chemicals going into landscaping products in New South Wales has been gamed by suppliers who kept retesting samples until they passed. Waste facilities making soil fill from construction and demolition waste – called “recovered fines” – are required to test their product for hazardous contaminants and report results to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) if they exceed legislated thresholds. 43% of facilities were requesting retesting and were only doing so after they received a result that breached state regulations Waste facilities were sending in samples for testing that looked very different to material EPA officials collected from their stockpiles, a separate 2013 report shows One testing laboratory alleged it was asked by manufacturers “not to report the presence of suspected asbestos” Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 07:04
French energy firm swung to profit in 2023 despite impairment charge on struggling nuclear project in UK The owner of the Hinkley Point C power plant has taken a near €13bn hit after delays and cost overruns to the vast nuclear project, which have triggered international political tensions. France’s EDF Energy said it had taken a €12.9bn (£11bn) impairment charge on the project, weeks after it blamed inflation, Covid and Brexit for a four-year delay and extra £2.3bn bill for the Somerset plant. Continue reading...