Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/16/2018 - 08:23
14 people dead in storm as NHC warns of ‘catastrophic’ floods This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes? Florence tracker: latest maps show hurricane path and rainfall 9.03pm BST Enormous search and rescue efforts are underway in North and South Carolina, where days of rain and flooding have driven thousands from their homes. Related: This is how the world ends: will we soon see category 6 hurricanes? 8.54pm BST Khushbu Shah writes for the Guardian from Rice’s Creek, North Carolina, a town of 27 people. Rice’s Creek is in a low-lying, rural, unincorporated area of Brunswick county. It was seeing the waters rise, in real time. Related: 'It's bad, bad, bad': Rice's Creek residents see Florence waters rise fast Continue reading...
09/16/2018 - 08:12
Accusation comes only weeks before the UK’s first fracking in seven years The shale gas explorer Cuadrilla has accused the Labour party of being divided on its proposed fracking ban and of unnecessarily politicising the search for shale gas. Francis Egan, the chief executive of Cuadrilla, which is only weeks away from beginning the UK’s first fracking in seven years, said the prospect of a Labour government coming to power was a risk that he would be “silly to ignore”. Continue reading...
09/16/2018 - 08:00
Great whites follow seals and collisions with swimmers and surfers ensue. I decline to demonize the scything dorsal fin The terrible news of a young man’s death after an attack by a shark off Cape Cod comes wreathed in a kind of narrative that cannot be any consolation to his family, suffering the grief of his violent taking. Related: Cape Cod shark attack: Man dies from injuries suffered in incident Continue reading...
09/15/2018 - 18:01
The catastrophic prospect of 300m tonnes of carbon a year appears to have been averted, but even 25m poses a danger to the climate The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didn’t Adani go that way in the first place? The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse. Continue reading...
09/15/2018 - 15:00
‘We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,’ Longreach farmer says “This drought has really hit our family hard,” says Longreach farmer Jody Brown. “Climate change is making the droughts more severe.” Those two sentences are the opening lines to a new advertisement challenging the federal government’s stance on climate change and the drought in Australia’s eastern states. Continue reading...
09/15/2018 - 14:54
Police: 26-year-old dies in attack off Newcomb Hollow Beach First fatal shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936 Police said a 26-year-old man died after being attacked by a shark off Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Related: Rising numbers of great white sharks headed toward Cape Cod, scientists say Continue reading...
09/15/2018 - 09:00
In Dar-es-Salaam, local fishermen are being squeezed out by illegal boats with explosives which take much of the catch, killing coral reef and putting an eco-system at risk Fishing boat XTK191, known as Home Boy, returned to Kivukoni fish market in downtown Dar es Salaam at dawn one day last week. The 15 young men on board the old dhow dropped anchor and heaved their catch over the side for others to run it across the beach to where hundreds of traders milled. Within an hour of landing in eastern Africa’s largest fish market, Home Boy’s fish, crabs, prawn, lobsters, tuna, squid and shark pups were being sold in impromptu auctions, along with the catches of several dozen other boats. Continue reading...
09/15/2018 - 03:00
Policymakers, farmers and consumers face ‘deeply uncomfortable choices’, says author of report advising urgent reduction of unsustainable livestock sector Europe’s animal farming sector has exceeded safe bounds for greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient flows and biodiversity loss, and urgently needs to be scaled back, according to a major report. Pressure on livestock farmers is set to intensify this century as global population and income growth raises demand for meat-based products beyond the planet’s capacity to supply it. Continue reading...
09/15/2018 - 02:00
There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm - yet. But a combination of warmer oceans and more water in the atmosphere could make the devastation of 2017 pale in comparison There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm – yet. The highest level – the top of the scale for the most powerful, most devastating hurricane or tropical storm capable of destroying entire cities like New Orleans or New York – is a category 5 storm. Meteorologists and scientists never imagined that there would be a need for a category 6 storm, with winds that exceed 200 miles per hour on a sustained basis, sweeping away everything in its path. Until now, such a storm wasn’t possible, so there was no need for a new category above category 5. Continue reading...
09/14/2018 - 18:01
Bags for fruit and veg to be replaced by compostable versions and 5p bags to be axed Waitrose & Partners is to remove traditional plastic bags for loose fruit and vegetables and 5p single-use plastic bags from its stores by next spring. The supermarket said the move would cut 134m plastic bags, the equivalent of 500 tonnes of plastic a year. Continue reading...