Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/26/2024 - 09:43
Spanish city acts to protect ornate Plaza de España, used as a location for Star Wars’ Phantom Menace film Tourists visiting the southern Spanish city of Seville may soon have to pay a fee to explore the wide, ornate Plaza de España, the city hall said, as part of plans to control tourist overload in a public open space. “We are planning to close the Plaza de España and charge tourists to finance its conservation and ensure its safety,” the city’s mayor, José Luis Sanz, wrote on X, accompanied by a video showing missing tiles, damaged facades and street vendors occupying alcoves and stairs. Continue reading...
02/26/2024 - 09:27
Fears for penguin colonies after the discovery of the highly contagious H5N1 virus in two dead skuas Bird flu has reached mainland of Antarctica for the first time, officials have confirmed. The H5N1 virus was found on Friday in two dead scavenging birds called skuas near Primavera Base, the Argentinian scientific research station on the Antarctic peninsula. Continue reading...
02/26/2024 - 09:01
Bathing water status means government is obliged to test water quality throughout summer Twenty seven new bathing sites are being considered for England, but campaigners have said that swimming remains dangerous in many areas because of the pathogens caused by sewage dumping. If all of these sites are granted, it will be the largest ever number of bathing sites in rivers, lakes and coastal areas approved in one year. Activists campaign for bathing water status because it means the government is obliged to test the quality of the water throughout the summer months. Church Cliff beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset Coastguards beach, River Erme, Devon Coniston boating centre, Coniston Water, Cumbria Coniston Brown Howe, Coniston Water, Cumbria Littlehaven beach, Tyne and Wear Manningtree beach, Essex Monk Coniston, Coniston Water, Cumbria River Avon at Fordingbridge, Hampshire River Cam at Sheep’s Green, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire River Dart estuary at Dittisham, Devon River Dart estuary at Steamer Quay, Totnes, Devon River Dart estuary at Stoke Gabriel, Devon River Dart estuary at Warfleet, Dartmouth, Devon River Frome at Farleigh Hungerford, Somerset River Nidd at the Lido leisure park in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire River Ribble at Edisford Bridge, Lancashire River Severn at Ironbridge, Shropshire River Severn at Shrewsbury, Shropshire River Stour at Sudbury, Suffolk River Teme at Ludlow, Shropshire River Tone in French Weir Park, Taunton, Somerset Wallingford beach, River Thames, Berkshire Derwent Water, Crow Park, Keswick, Cumbria River Wharfe at Wetherby Riverside, West Yorkshire Goring beach, Worthing, West Sussex Worthing Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex Rottingdean beach, Rottingdean, East Sussex Continue reading...
02/26/2024 - 09:00
Researchers say the number of Americans exposed to unhealthy air will rise by 50% by the middle of the century Vast swaths of the continental US will be exposed to unhealthy, polluted air by 2054, according to an alarming new report. Researchers at First Street Foundation, a non-profit that analyzes climate risk, found that one in four Americans are already exposed to air that is deemed “unhealthy” by the Air Quality Index (AQI), which provides daily air quality readings. That number is expected to grow by 50% in the next few decades, with an estimated total of 125 million Americans experiencing dangerous air pollution by the middle of the century. Continue reading...
02/24/2024 - 01:20
The bird escaped last year after vandals damaged his enclosure at Central Park Zoo The Eurasian eagle owl named Flaco, which escaped New York City’s Central Park Zoo last year, has died after crashing into a building in Manhattan, officials said late on Friday. Flaco went down after striking a building on West 89th Street and people reported the injured owl to the Wild Bird Fund (WBF), a statement from the Central Park Zoo said. WBF staffers soon found Flaco unresponsive and pronounced him dead at the scene. Continue reading...
02/24/2024 - 01:00
Researchers say toxic chemicals pose a pollution risk as oil and gas companies are allowed to leave pipelines to rot Decaying oil and gas pipelines left to fall apart in the North Sea could release large volumes of poisons such as mercury, radioactive lead and polonium-210, notorious for its part in the poisoning of Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko, scientists are warning. Mercury, an extremely toxic element, occurs naturally in oil and gas. It sticks to the inside of pipelines and builds up over time, being released into the sea when the pipeline corrodes. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 10:00
Research from a now discredited scholar continues to stoke the belief that the sugary drink is better than no milk at all This spring, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to weigh in on one of the most heated arguments in school nutrition: whether chocolate milk belongs in the cafeteria. The USDA is eyeing a proposal to allow flavored milk only at high schools starting in the 2025-2026 school year; children in grades K-8 would have access to fat-free or low-fat unflavored milk. The agency reviews national dietary guidelines every five years, and the milk question has generated hundreds of comments from parents concerned about sugar consumption; nutritionists; school workers who believe any milk is better than none; and the dairy industry, which has stoked that belief. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 04:43
‘Magnificent’ tree in Lilliput, Poole, planted more than 50 years ago, became an attraction due to its pink flowers A magnolia tree believed to be Britain’s tallest has been felled after it was found to be in decay. It was feared the 18-metre (60ft) tree, which attracted visitors to the area when it bloomed, would fall and damage the house in Poole, Dorset in whose garden it stood – or neighbouring properties. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 04:00
Researchers hope the findings will inform policymakers planning cities for a warming world Few things are as soothing on a hot summer’s day as a walk through a beautiful botanical garden, but they are not just oases of calm. As climate breakdown fuels soaring temperatures, they could prove crucial in moderating the heat in the streets around them. A comprehensive review of research into the heat-mitigating effects of green spaces during heatwaves has found that botanical gardens are the most effective. It is a finding the team at the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCCAR) hope will inform policymakers planning cities for a warming world. Continue reading...
02/23/2024 - 03:00
The best of this week’s wildlife photographs from around the world Continue reading...