Breaking Waves: Ocean News en Decision to renew Victorian logging agreements criticised after summer bushfires <p>Conservationists call on the state to explain how it will boost wildlife protection in the wake of devastating fires</p> <p>A federal and Victorian government decision to extend agreements that exempt the logging industry from conservation laws has sparked calls for the state to explain how it will boost wildlife protection in the wake of the summer’s devastating bushfires.</p> <p>The state government posted five updated regional forest agreements (RFAs), covering native forest logging in different parts of the state, online late on Wednesday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:30:56 +0000 admin 77537 at Our oceans are suffering, but we can rebuild marine life <p>It's not too late to rescue global marine life, according to a study outlining the steps needed for marine ecosystems to recover from damage by 2050. The study found many components of marine ecosystems could be rebuilt if we try harder to address the causes of their decline.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:08:58 +0000 admin 77536 at Six decades of change in plankton communities <p>New research shows that some species have experienced a 75% population decrease in the past 60 years, while others are more than twice as abundant due to rises in sea surface temperatures.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:08:37 +0000 admin 77538 at Discovery of life in solid rock deep beneath sea may inspire new search for life on Mars <p>Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have provided clues about how to find life on Mars. These bacteria were discovered living in tiny cracks inside volcanic rocks after researchers perfected a new method cutting rocks into ultrathin slices to study under a microscope. Researchers estimate that the rock cracks are home to a community of bacteria as dense as that of the human gut, about 10 billion bacterial cells per cubic centimeter.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:05:06 +0000 admin 77534 at 'We must use this time well': climate experts hopeful after Cop26 delay <p>Moving summit gives world time to respond to coronavirus and may allow a new US leader to join talks</p> <p>Green campaigners and climate leaders have vowed to keep up the pressure on governments around the world to make stringent new commitments on the climate crisis, as a vital <a href="">UN climate summit</a> was delayed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:01:16 +0000 admin 77535 at Secret footage shows calves from Ireland beaten and kicked in France <p>Video by activists appears to show cruel treatment of weeks-old cattle transported on long journeys to Europe for veal</p> <p>Footage which appears to show Irish calves being beaten and kicked at a French feeding station has been published by animal campaign groups.</p> <p>The video, published by Eyes on Animals (EoA) and French welfare organisation L214, appears to show workers repeatedly beating calves that are a few weeks old with sticks. One is kicked and another is dragged away, unable to stand. The calf was euthanised by a vet, said an EoA observer.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:44 +0000 admin 77533 at 'Thank you Greta': natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda <p>People are increasingly looking to restore the soil’s ability to retain water, planting trees and hedges, and creating relief channels to tackle the recurring threat of high waters</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:30:43 +0000 admin 77532 at House sparrows flocking back to British gardens, survey shows <p>RSPB’s Big Garden Watch finds numbers rising, along with coal tits, wrens and long-tailed tits</p> <p>The decline of the house sparrow in British gardens appears to be reversing, according to the latest RSPB national garden survey.</p> <p>As well as a rise in house sparrows, the milder winter also brought long-tailed tits, wrens and coal tits to British gardens in huge numbers this year.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 05:28:32 +0000 admin 77531 at Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow postponed until 2021 <p>Crucial UN conference will be delayed until next year as a result of the coronavirus crisis</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:14:33 +0000 admin 77530 at About the distribution of biodiversity on our planet <p>Large open-water fish predators such as tunas or sharks hunt for prey more intensively in the temperate zone than near the equator. With this result, a study is challenging a long-standing explanation for the distribution of biodiversity on our planet.</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:08:09 +0000 admin 77529 at