Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/04/2016 - 20:54
Marksman Jason Galvin took 150 shots to release the bird – later named ‘Freedom’ – that was found hanging upside down and tangled in a rope A US army veteran has used his sharp-shooting skills to free a bald eagle trapped in a Minnesota tree ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Jackie Gervais Galvin of Rush City, Minnesota, said on her Facebook page that the eagle had become entangled in a rope in the tree. It had hung upside down from a branch near the cabin belonging to her and her husband, Jason Galvin, for more than two days, she said. Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 18:01
Sir Ian Wilmut said building an ‘ark’ that preserves material from at-risk species could save them from extinction A modern-day “ark” that holds tissues from endangered animals should be built as an insurance policy to save species from extinction, Sir Ian Wilmut, the creator of Dolly the Sheep, has said. A biobank that preserves sperm, eggs and other material from at-risk animals would ensure that scientists had the biological tissues at hand to resurrect extinct creatures once the means to do so exists, the Edinburgh researcher said. Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 16:21
The recent trend of increasing Antarctic sea ice extent -- seemingly at odds with climate model projections -- can largely be explained by a natural climate fluctuation, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).The study offers evidence that the negative phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO), which is characterized by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific, has created favorable conditions for additional Antarctic sea ice growth since 2000.The findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, may resolve a longstanding mystery: Why is Antarctic sea ice expanding when climate change is causing the world to warm?
07/04/2016 - 15:48
Those orange tree patches pictured aren’t harbingers of winter. They are dying or dead trees in California, most likely the result of pine beetle forest damage.It’s hot now in much of the golden state, and as temperatures continue to rise, something else is happening: Trees are dying in unprecedented numbers.A recent U.S. Forest Service aerial detection survey revealed a record 66 million dead trees in southern Sierra Nevada. What we’re left with is a breeding ground for wildfires in a state where wildfires are already rampant—particularly this time of year.40 million trees died statewide from 2010 to October 2015, but an additional 26 million trees died in California since October 2015.
07/04/2016 - 12:36
Scottish Fishermen’s Federation suggests that it could block Holyrood’s efforts to keep Scotland in EU following referendum Fishing industry leaders have clashed openly with Scottish ministers over Nicola Sturgeon’s campaign to keep Scotland in the EU, warning that they are opposed to her efforts to resist Brexit. On Monday, a delegation from the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation told the Scottish rural economy secretary, Fergus Ewing, that trawler workers had unanimously supported the UK-wide vote to leave the EU, unlike the majority of Scottish voters. Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 08:46
YouGov survey of more than 800 people shows 76% want to bring their cities in line with European limits on air pollution The UK may be on its way out of the EU but more than three-quarters (76%) of people want clean air zones to bring their cities into line with European standards, according to a YouGov poll. The poll comes as new forecasting suggests London will still breach the limits for another 14 years without further action and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, prepares to make a major speech on pollution-cutting measures on Tuesday. Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 06:56
Male and female mountain chicken frogs that were sole survivors of deadly disease are hoped to begin breeding on Montserrat for the first time since 2009 The last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat have been reunited, and are hoped to begin breeding on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009. Last month, a project took the last female and relocated her into the territory of the remaining male as part of a 20-year recovery plan for the species, one of the world’s largest and rarest frogs that exists on just two Caribbean islands, Montserrat and Dominica. Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 01:00
Growing trend to lay fake lawns instead of real grass causes loss of habitat for wildlife and creates waste that will never biodegrade Environmentalists have warned that a growing trend to lay artificial lawns instead of real grass threatens the loss of wildlife and habitat across Britain. From local authorities who purchase in bulk for use in street scaping, to primary schools for children’s play areas and in the gardens of ordinary suburban family homes, the sight of pristine, green artificial grass is becoming a familiar sight. One company has registered a 220% year-on-year increase in trade of the lawns. Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 00:43
The Cairns Frog Safe project blames neonicotinoids for population decline and malformations, but cannot attract government or academic interest The head of Australia’s only dedicated frog hospital believes powerful insecticides are behind a staggering decline in frog populations along the Queensland coast. Related: Neonicotinoids: new warning on pesticide harm to bees Continue reading...
07/04/2016 - 00:00
Huge rich-metal deposits on the ocean floor could transform the global commodities market but there are fears mining them could harm rare ecosystems A scientific expedition has been launched from the UK to explore the mining of rich metal deposits on the deep ocean floor, which are the focus of a new gold rush around the world. The UK research vessel, the RSS James Cook, left Southampton on Thursday, heading for the underwater ridge in the middle of the Atlantic where volcanic activity drives hot springs, also known as black smokers. Continue reading...