Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/18/2018 - 12:47
Apryl Rogers says she has no hard feelings as officials admit ‘the bear is as traumatized as this poor woman was’ A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman who lost an eye when she was mauled by a black bear inside her house is still recovering from her injuries, but said she has no hard feelings towards the ursine home invader. Apryl Rogers was woken in her home on 17 July and discovered the bear in her kitchen. The animal apparently entered the home through a door that was not fully latched. Continue reading...
08/18/2018 - 10:58
Scientists have shown that coastal waters and river estuaries can exhibit unique vulnerabilities to acidification than offshore waters. This acidification, detected in waters off the United States West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, can lead to disorientation and cognitive problems in some marine fish species, such as salmon, sharks, and cod.
08/18/2018 - 09:51
Indian PM vows more aid and compensation for those hit by worst monsoon in 100 years Thousands of people in the southern Indian state of Kerala were on Saturday still awaiting rescue from the worst flooding in nearly 100 years, with heavy rain predicted to continue for at least the next two days. With more than 300,000 people sheltering in relief camps and thousands of others on high ground in areas cut off by floods, supplying food, medicine and clean water is a growing challenge for authorities. Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 18:01
Size of consultation response could lead to ‘latte levy’ and other fiscal measures in budget An unprecedented number of people have backed tough action against plastic waste in a government consultation that could pave the way for a series of fiscal measures in the autumn budget. The government will say response is evidence that there is broad public support for reducing single-use plastic waste through measure such as a “latte levy” on coffee cups, similar to the plastic bag charge, and tax incentives for recycling. Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 15:00
Exclusive: Giving $444m to small foundation could delay on-ground work, documents reveal The government was warned that there was a “significant” risk that on-the-ground projects for the Great Barrier Reef could be delayed because of a $443.8m grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, documents reveal. The documents, obtained by the Guardian under freedom of information laws, also show the environment department and the office of the environment minister, Josh Frydenberg, discussing a $5m “reef islands” grant, but do not contain any mention of the much larger grant until after the 9 April meeting where it was offered. Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 11:45
‘Capricious’ EPA forbidden from delaying the enforcement of chemical safety rule drawn up by Obama administration A federal court has blocked an attempt by the Trump administration to delay safety regulations for chemical plants – the latest in a string of recent legal setbacks for the administration in its attempts to reverse environmental standards. Related: Weedkiller found in wide range of breakfast foods aimed at children Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 09:43
220,000 people left homeless and thousands still trapped in southern Indian state after unusually heavy rain Pressure intensified on Saturday to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region’s worst inundation crisis in a century. Related: Kerala floods: many thousands await rescue as downpour continues Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 08:26
An anaesthetised polar bear, a surprising pine marten and a potty-mouthed parrot are among this week’s images Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 05:29
Report predicting spiralling global temperatures has been downloaded 270,000 times in just a few days The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer’s heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent “hothouse Earth” report. Following an unprecedented 270,000 downloads of his study, Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said he had not seen such a surge of interest since 2007, the year the Nobel prize was awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Continue reading...
08/17/2018 - 05:29
Just 30 of the prehistoric fish known to exist, raising fears oil wells will push it to extinction Bright blue, older than dinosaurs and weighing as much as an average-sized man, coelacanths are the most endangered fish in South Africa and among the rarest in the world. Barely 30 of these critically-endangered fish are known to exist off the east coast of South Africa, raising concern that a new oil exploration venture in the area could jeopardise their future. Continue reading...