Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/19/2018 - 13:00
Shale gas not covered in by existing water regulations in ‘glaring omission’, Labor’s environment spokesman says Regulations on unconventional gas development across Australia would be tightened up if Labor wins the next election. Labor’s shadow minister for the environment Tony Burke says the party, if elected, will keep the commitment it took to the 2016 election to broaden the “water trigger” to include other forms of unconventional gas extraction. The current water trigger, introduced by the Gillard government in 2013, assesses water resources as a matter of national significance only in relation to coal seam gas and coal mining. Continue reading...
06/19/2018 - 12:28
A new study examined the global carbon cycle and suggests that scientists may have misgauged how carbon is distributed around the world, particularly between the northern and southern hemispheres. The results could change projections of how, when and where the currently massive levels of atmospheric carbon will result in environmental changes such as ocean acidification.
06/19/2018 - 11:31
Located in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas at NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the juvenile manta ray habitat is the first of its kind to be described in a scientific study.
06/19/2018 - 11:24
Researchers discovered friction -- or 'basal drag' -- between ice sheets and the hard bed underneath has no influence on how fast glaciers flow.
06/19/2018 - 09:07
Antibiotic use on farms is a major cause of human drug resistance. Yet slick social media campaigns – funded by the multi-billion-dollar industry – are confusing and complicating the issue How much does big pharma make from animal antibiotics? Can China’s farmers kick their antibiotic habit? Slick industry PR campaigns about antibiotics in food are muddying the water around a serious public health risk, say critics. Pharmaceutical and meat companies are using similar tactics to the cigarette industry, in an attempt to confuse consumers and hold off regulation, despite the fact that the rapidly growing risk of anti-microbial resistance is one of the biggest health risks of our time. It’s estimated that by 2050 10 million people might die a year because we have overused antibiotics. Continue reading...
06/19/2018 - 09:07
It could be a struggle, but the world’s largest consumer of antibiotics is trying to convince its farmers to change their ways How much do pharmaceutical companies make from animal antibiotics? High in the hills of Fuzhou, surrounded by acres of rustling bamboo, is a small farm that is pioneering something genuinely unusual in China. Here in the Fujian province, they have turned their backs on industrial farming in favour of natural methods. After years of working in the industrial farming sector Mr Sun (not his real name – he asked to remain anonymous) wanted to create a space to raise animals with “respect for nature, respect for life”. Continue reading...
06/19/2018 - 09:07
Animal antibiotics are far cheaper than the human equivalent but fears are growing over their real cost Calm down about your chicken, say the pharmaceutical companies Can China’s farmers kick their antibiotic habit? How much money do pharmaceutical companies earn from animal antibiotics? Pharmaceutical companies are earning about $5bn (£3.77bn) a year from producing antibiotics for farm animals, according to calculations by Animal Pharm, the agricultural business analysts. The European animal antibiotics market is worth about $1.25bn a year, and the US animal antibiotics industry about $2bn a year. Continue reading...
06/19/2018 - 07:31
150,000 bees stolen near Tessenderlo in latest incident, as interest in hobby grows Dirty tricks by rival beekeepers have been blamed for a rise in hive thefts in Belgium after huge growth in interest in the hobby. Following the disappearance of 150,000 bees from hives near the Flemish town of Tessenderlo, keepers have been advised to keep a keen eye on their insects and alert the police to suspicious activity. Continue reading...
06/19/2018 - 06:47
Labour says figures show government’s commitment to green energy is ‘nothing but an empty PR move’ New solar power installations halved in the UK last year for the second year in a row, as the fallout of government subsidy cuts continued to shake the sector. Labour said the figures showed the government’s commitment to green energy was “nothing but an empty PR move”. Continue reading...
06/19/2018 - 05:00
Canadians haven’t heard enough about the positive influence that similar projects have had on many indigenous groups Justin Trudeau promised to protect indigenous rights. He lied, again Like many Canadians, and specifically First Nations, I have been following the news on the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion pipeline with interest, and attended a protest in Vancouver back in January 2017. The pipeline expansion is on the ropes. Notwithstanding the government’s decision to nationalise it, its future is in serious doubt. Related: The Squamish Nation are furious about the pipeline – and we aren't alone Continue reading...