Breaking Waves: Ocean News http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves en Expected sea-level rise following Antarctic ice shelves' collapse http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/expected-sea-level-rise-following-antarctic-ice-shelves-collapse <p>Scientists have shown how much sea level would rise if Larsen C and George VI, Antarctic ice shelves at risk of collapse, were to break up. While Larsen C has received much attention due to the break-away of a trillion-ton iceberg from it last summer, its collapse would contribute only a few millimeters to sea-level rise. The break-up of the smaller George VI Ice Shelf would have a much larger impact.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:54:24 +0000 admin 67802 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org One-third of UK supermarket plastic is not easily recyclable, analysis shows http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/one-third-uk-supermarket-plastic-not-easily-recyclable-analysis-shows <p>Morrisons leads league table of supermarkets analysed for the proportion of their packaging that can be recycled</p> <p>Almost a third of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/plastic">plastic packaging</a> used by UK supermarkets is either non-recyclable through standard collection schemes or difficult to recycle, according to a new analysis by a consumer group. <br /></p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/one-third-uk-supermarket-plastic-not-easily-recyclable-analysis-shows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 05:30:36 +0000 admin 67796 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Sydney waste-power incinerator blocked over air quality fears http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/sydney-waste-power-incinerator-blocked-over-air-quality-fears <p>Planning commission finds ‘uncertainty’ around the massive project’s emissions </p> <p>A plan for a massive waste-to-energy incinerator in western Sydney has been blocked, after the New South Wales Independent Planning Commission ruled there was “uncertainty” over human health and environmental impacts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/sydney-waste-power-incinerator-blocked-over-air-quality-fears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:58:43 +0000 admin 67795 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Country diary: carp find their quarry but become easy prey in the shallows http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/country-diary-carp-find-their-quarry-become-easy-prey-shallows <p><strong>Stanhope, Weardale:</strong> A watchful heron awaits his moment as the fish introduced to this former industrial landscape gorge on a rich supply of damselfly nymphs</p> <p>In the heat of yet another cloudless summer afternoon the still air in <a href="http://www.discoverweardale.com/images/PDF/walks/Stanhope_Ashes_Quarry_walk.pdf">Ashes quarry</a> wobbled in the heat haze. Blasting, hewing and hauling of limestone ended here 60 years ago. Since then nature has reclaimed this peaceful mile-long scar in the fellside; today the loudest sound came from chirruping grasshoppers. </p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/country-diary-carp-find-their-quarry-become-easy-prey-shallows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:30:34 +0000 admin 67797 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org EPA fans struggling coal industry by rolling back pollution regulations http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/epa-fans-struggling-coal-industry-rolling-back-pollution-regulations <p>Acting administrator says easing of Obama-era rules, which pushes back deadline to close ash dumps, saves $30m annually<br /></p> <p>The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 US coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under Barack Obama.</p> <p>The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, said the changes would save utilities roughly $30m annually. </p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/epa-fans-struggling-coal-industry-rolling-back-pollution-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:35:17 +0000 admin 67793 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org In the ocean's twilight zone, tiny organisms may have giant effect on Earth's carbon cycle http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/oceans-twilight-zone-tiny-organisms-may-have-giant-effect-earths-carbon-cycle <p>In a new study that challenges scientists' presuppositions about the carbon cycle, researchers find that tiny organisms may be playing in outside role in the way carbon is circulated throughout the ocean.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 21:03:08 +0000 admin 67794 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Origami-inspired device helps marine biologists study octopuses and jellyfish http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/origami-inspired-device-helps-marine-biologists-study-octopuses-and-jellyfish <p>Scientists have tried to find the safest and most effective ways to explore marine life in the oceanic water, the largest and least explored environment on Earth, for years. Each time, they were faced with the same challenge: How to capture delicate or gelatinous pelagic animals -- like jellyfish, squid, and octopuses -- without harming them? An origami-inspired device may change that.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:30:45 +0000 admin 67791 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Recycling: how corporate Australia played us for mugs | Jeff Sparrow http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/recycling-how-corporate-australia-played-us-mugs-jeff-sparrow <p>Australians tried to do the right thing by recycling but corporations shifted responsibility and set us up to fail</p> <p>The announcement by China earlier this year that they would no longer purchase Australia’s contaminated waste <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/26/waste-crisis-wheres-your-recycling-going-now">plunged the local recycling industry into a crisis </a>from which it has yet to recover.</p> <p> But the consequences for public trust might be even more severe.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/recycling-how-corporate-australia-played-us-mugs-jeff-sparrow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:00:23 +0000 admin 67789 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org 'It's dire': farmers battle their worst drought in 100 years – photo essay http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/its-dire-farmers-battle-their-worst-drought-100-years-photo-essay <p>In central-western New South Wales some families on the land are facing ruin as the rain stays away</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/its-dire-farmers-battle-their-worst-drought-100-years-photo-essay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:00:22 +0000 admin 67790 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Atlantic circulation is not collapsing -- but as it shifts gears, warming will reaccelerate http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/atlantic-circulation-not-collapsing-it-shifts-gears-warming-will-reaccelerate <p>Data suggest that the recent, rapid slowdown of the Atlantic Ocean circulation is not a sign of imminent collapse, but a shift back toward a more sluggish phase. The slowdown implies that global air temperatures will increase more quickly in the coming decades.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:11:28 +0000 admin 67787 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org