Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/23/2019 - 21:15
New timeframe for controversial Carmichael mine is ‘good news’, Queensland premier says The Queensland government has placed a three-week deadline on the final environmental approvals for the controversial Adani Carmichael coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The assessment and management plan for the endangered black-throated finch is due next week, on 31 May, and a decision on the groundwater management plan is due on 13 June. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 20:00
Organisers say more than 1.4 million young people are set to protest about the climate crisis Hundreds of thousands of children and young people are walking out of lessons around the world on Friday as the school strike movement continues to snowball. Climate strikes were planned in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Organisers say the number of young people taking part is set to top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 19:32
Hunt is on in Melbourne for grassland earless dragon – not seen since 1969 – after one species was reclassified as four A newly reclassified species of lizard that is native to areas now paved by Melbourne’s suburbs could become the first reptile on mainland Australia to be declared extinct. A taxonomic survey of the grassland earless dragon, published in the Royal Society Open Science journal this week, discovered that the species classified as Tympanocryptis pinguicolla was in fact four species – one of which has not been seen since 1969. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 18:01
Mature crickets better at luring females – but struggle to live up to expectation The sweet singing charms of an old male appear to be irresistible to a younger female – if you are a field cricket in a Spanish meadow. Researchers studying wild crickets have found older males are better than younger, more immature rivals at attracting females back to their burrows with their song. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 15:30
Parents across Europe take action as air pollution found to restrict children’s lung growth Almost every week our newspapers report new studies on the damage that air pollution does to our health and especially to children. For example, last November, researchers revealed reduced lung growth in children who lived in the most polluted parts of east London. In March 2018, a group of Belgian parents took action. Instead of going for coffee on a Friday morning, they closed the road outside their children’s school. They named their movement Filter-Café-Filtre. Over the next two weeks, another 42 schools joined in. Now parents and teachers in 21 cities meet each Friday morning. With hazard tape from DIY shops, banners and musical instruments, they close about 76 schools. Children play in the street and the parents drink coffee together to demand traffic-free zones, better walking and cycling routes and public transport so children do not have to be driven to school. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 15:28
Eighteen-count DoJ indictment alleges Assange, who was arrested last month in London, ‘risked serious harm’ to America US charges Julian Assange with publishing classified information Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 1.01am BST Quiet end to an exciting day: 12.35am BST It’s been a dramatic two days for President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Here’s a quick rundown of all that went down: I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway - Fake & Corrupt Press! Here is a 7+ minute video, from ABC, of Trump calling on multiple senior aides to defend him and vouch for his 'calm' demeanor in the infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Nancy Pelosi said that he'd had a temper tantrum. pic.twitter.com/iiLcrjnTe4 When the “extremely stable genius” starts acting more presidential, I’ll be happy to work with him on infrastructure, trade and other issues. https://t.co/tfWVkj9CLT Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 15:11
In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists has found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles on Mars.
05/23/2019 - 13:00
In some central and western areas on Murray-Darling no ground water can be accessed by bores, as dams run close to dry Towns in western and central New South Wales, including Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Walgett and Tamworth, are facing a crisis in their water supplies within a few months unless it rains, prompting emergency planning by water authorities. And on properties throughout the Murray-Darling basin, irrigators are bracing for their water entitlements to be reduced to around 10% of their usual allocations, which will severely constrain agricultural production. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 12:36
Vast quantities of carbon would be saved if the UK moved away from primary production Recycling steel could provide a much-needed lifeline for the UK’s troubled steel industry, a new study has found, and have the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the steel currently used is made from primary production, and most of the remainder comes from off-cuts of the steel-making process, rather than recycled goods. The UK does not currently use all the scrap steel produced in the country, but global stocks of recyclable steel are expected to rise sharply in the coming decades. Continue reading...
05/23/2019 - 12:02
The team that led a twin satellite system launched in 2002 to take detailed measurements of the Earth, called the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), reports on the contributions that their nearly two decades of data have made to our understanding of global climate patterns.