Breaking Waves: Ocean News en The struggle for life in the Dead Sea sediments: Necrophagy as a survival mechanism <p>The Dead Sea is not completely dead. The most saline lake on Earth (more than 10 times saltier than sea water) is a harsh environment where only salt-loving microbes from the Archaea domain, known as extreme halophiles, are able to survive. Geologists are interested in the evolution of this lake and have been investigating its subsurface to reconstruct its biological and geological history.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:10:33 +0000 admin 72495 at Koalas should be given endangered listing, environment groups say <p>Current regime fails to halt the creeping loss of critical habitat, WWF Australia warns</p> <p>Koala populations on the Australian east coast have diminished to the extent the species should now be considered “endangered”, environment groups have said, amid concern that existing protection measures have failed to halt the creeping loss of critical habitat.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:00:15 +0000 admin 72494 at Antarctic snowfall dominated by a few extreme snowstorms <p>A new study reveals the importance of a small number of intense storms around Antarctica in controlling the amount of snow falling across the continent.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:20:22 +0000 admin 72493 at 'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind <p>Around 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables, with industry out-competed on cost by 2025<br /></p> <p>Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 11:00:09 +0000 admin 72492 at Who keeps buying California's scarce water? Saudi Arabia <p>Saudi-based Almarai owns 15,000 acres of an irrigated valley – but what business does a foreign food production company have drawing resources from a US desert?</p> <p>Four hours east of Los Angeles, in a drought-stricken area of a drought-afflicted state, is a small town called Blythe where alfalfa is king. More than half of the town’s 94,000 acres are bushy blue-green fields growing the crop.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:00:07 +0000 admin 72486 at La Pampa: the illegal mining city Peru wants wiped out <p>Government invades modern-day gold-rush town in Amazon in its biggest ever raid on illegal gold mining</p> <p>Located along a jungle highway in the Amazon around 60 miles from the nearest city, La Pampa was a place you entered at your own risk. At night it was a riot of neon lights and pulsating <em>cumbía</em> music from “prostibar” brothels, frequented by roaming groups of men flush with cash. Neither authorities nor outsiders – and particularly not journalists – were welcome.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:06 +0000 admin 72485 at Don't know how to save the planet? This is what you can do <p>Should we become vegetarians? Is it OK to fly? The author of There Is No Planet B, A Handbook for the Make or Break Years, answers the big questions </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:00:14 +0000 admin 72483 at Australian zoo breeds rare plains-wanderer by replacing absent father with feather duster <p>Captive population of critically endangered bird doubles with the birth of nine chicks </p> <p> The captive population of Australia’s most unique critically endangered bird has doubled with the birth of nine plains-wanderer chicks, helped out by a feather duster, a heat lamp and a lot of cotton wool.</p> <p>The chicks were born to two pairs and hatched within 24 hours of each other at Werribee open range zoo in Victoria last week.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 05:48:27 +0000 admin 72484 at Ban cars outside UK schools to tackle air pollution, teachers say <p>Government must take urgent action to improve air quality around schools, report finds</p> <p>Nearly two-thirds of teachers would support car-free roads outside schools during drop-off and pickup times, while more than half want the government to take urgent action to improve air quality outside schools, a survey suggests.</p> <p>The study, in which 840 people in teaching roles across the UK participated, found that 63% would support a ban on motor vehicles outside the school gates at the start and end of the day.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 05:00:09 +0000 admin 72481 at NSW state election 2019: Coalition wins majority government <p>NSW Coalition has the seats to form a majority as Michael Daley stands aside until new Labor leader vote held after the federal election</p> <p>ABC’s election analyst <a href="">Antony Green has called </a>the seat of Dubbo for the Nationals, giving New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian the 47th seat she needs to claim majority government of the state.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 04:55:55 +0000 admin 72482 at