Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/18/2019 - 13:02
Ocean Leadership ~ (Credit: NOAA Aquaculture Program) (From University of Georgia / By ) — A team of University of Georgia investigators is working on a murder mystery, not your everyday who-done-it, but one in which the investigators are scientists, and the victims are thousands of tiny oyster larvae. The mystery began the in the summer of 2017 at the UGA Shellfish Research Laboratory, a unit of UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant on Skidaway Island near Savannah. The shellfish lab is leading a movement to develop oyster aquaculture in Georgia and operates the state’s only oyster hatchery. One day, as they frequently do, the oyster hatchery team changed the water in the tanks containing oyster larvae. The team pumped water from the Skidaway River behind the lab and ran it through filters before introducing it to the larvae tanks. At this stage in their life cycle the oysters are free swimmers — not having developed a shell or attached to any surface — and they are tiny, only a tenth of a millimeter in diameter. When the team arrived at work the following day, they were shocked. “We came in the next day and we had lost 80 to 90 percent of our larvae,” Tom Bliss, director of the shellfish lab, said. “The day before, they were perfectly healthy, then overnight they went.” They quickly concluded the mortality must have been connected to… Read the full article here: https://www.skio.uga.edu/2019/03/13/uga-scientists-investigate-marine-murder-mystery/ The post Member Highlight: UGA Scientists Investigate Marine Murder Mystery appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
03/18/2019 - 12:00
BAEconomics modelling had been used by energy minister to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under Labor Lifting Australia’s emissions reduction target from 27% to 45% by 2030 would increase the implicit carbon price by as little as $24 a tonne, according to new modelling. The BAEconomics modelling, released on Tuesday, was leaked to the Australian and then used by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, to claim workers face a pay cut of $9,000 under Labor. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 11:17
Hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate as a statewide emergency was declared after rivers overflowed their banks and multiple levees failed Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 09:18
Labour peer Robert Winston has asked about regulating cyclists. An imagined transport minister responds On Monday, the scientist and Labour peer Robert Winston is to formally ask a question in the House of Lords about what assessments ministers have made “for requiring adults riding bicycles in city centres to have a licence and third-party insurance”. Below is the entirely imagined response I would like the government to make to him. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 07:24
Racing pigeon Armando goes for huge sum after bidding war between Chinese enthusiasts A racing pigeon has been sold for a world record €1.25m (£1.1m) as a result of prices being driven sky-high by a craze for bird racing among an elite group of Chinese enthusiasts. Related: The rebirth of coo: reconsidering the pigeon – in pictures Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 06:47
Environment Agency says flooding expected early this week for rivers Dee and Severn Flood warnings have remained in place across parts of England after torrential rain over the weekend. On Monday there were 16 flood warnings in force, meaning flooding is expected, down from 20 earlier, and 25 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible. Most were in Yorkshire and the Midlands. None were in the most severe category. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 01:00
Delegates at UN environment assembly say the oil producers are protecting their industries The United States and Saudi Arabia have hamstrung global efforts to scrutinise climate geoengineering in order to benefit their fossil fuel industries, according to multiple sources at the United Nations environment assembly, taking place this week in Nairobi. The world’s two biggest oil producers reportedly led opposition against plans to examine the risks of climate-manipulating technology such as sucking carbon out of the air, reflective mirrors in space, seeding the oceans and injecting particulates into the atmosphere. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 00:27
Marine biologists horrified to find 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags inside Cuvier’s beaked whale A young whale that washed up in the Philippines died from “gastric shock” after ingesting 40kg of plastic bags. Marine biologists and volunteers from the D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, in the Philippine island of Mindanao, were shocked to discover the brutal cause of death for the young Cuvier’s beaked whale, which washed ashore on Saturday. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 00:00
Democratic candidate says other issues matter, but America cannot afford to have another leader who does not have climate change as their top priority There are other things around which Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, could craft his stump speech. He could talk about how he dropped out of Stanford and moved into his parents’ basement because he couldn’t afford tuition. He could tell voters he was the first governor to challenge Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Related: Pete Buttigieg to Fox: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant' Continue reading...
03/17/2019 - 19:19
Australia’s largest export customer for thermal coal is scrapping plans to build power plants Major Japanese investors, including those most indebted to coal, are seeking to back large-scale renewables projects across Asia, marking a “monumental” shift that energy market analysts say is “the start of the end for thermal coal”. At the same time, Japanese banks and trading houses are walking away from coal investments, selling out of Australian mines and scrapping plans to build coal-fired power. Continue reading...