Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/25/2019 - 01:00
For locals, the phenomenal success of this driving route means blocked roads, a racetrack mentality and mess, rather than the promised benefits to business At Bettyhill General Merchants, a convenience store and post office in a remote village on Scotland’s far north coast, perched above the spectacular dunes of Torrisdale Bay, owner Susan Malone is anticipating the summer tourist season with ambivalence. “There’s a sense among locals that the situation is going to get worse this summer. We’ve already had a much busier April and May than expected: I don’t think anybody realised how popular this [driving route] would become.” Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 12:02
A new study finds that the loss of marsh-edge salt grasses and mangroves due to disturbances such as heavy oiling from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill doubles the rate of shoreline erosion in hard-hit marshes.
05/24/2019 - 11:08
Plantations are an excellent way to combat climate breakdown, writes Andrew Weatherall, of the National School of Forestry. And Rachel Kerr says heather moorland is rarer than rainforest and the underlying peat is more effective at carbon storage than trees The Forestry Commission was established 100 years ago to create a “strategic reserve of timber” after Lloyd George stated “Britain had more nearly lost the war for want of timber than of anything else”. The UK is 50% self-sufficient in food, but only 20% self-sufficient in wood, so we still want timber more than anything else. Any call to redirect subsidies to restore woodlands is welcome (Use farm subsidies to rewild quarter of UK, urges report, 21 May). The Rewilding Britain report states: “Commercial conifer plantations should not be eligible, except where they are removed and replaced with native woodland.” This approach is understandable if the aim is to increase habitat for wildlife. However, plantations are an excellent way to combat climate breakdown, because the growing trees sequester carbon and the forests store it, just like in more natural woodlands, but harvested wood products also provide a carbon substitution effect when used instead of concrete or steel. Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 10:08
Albatross lovebirds, white storks in England and a walrus mother and baby Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 06:00
Got a question for the Swedish 16-year-old who started a youth climate revolution? Here’s your chance to ask her... On 20 August 2018, Greta Thunberg, then aged 15, did not attend her first day back at school after the summer holidays. Instead, she made a sign that read “School strike for climate change” and stood in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, demanding the government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris climate agreement. Her protest sparked the international movement Fridays for Future, in which schoolchildren around the world skip class to insist their governments take urgent action to halt the ongoing climate crisis. Since then, Thunberg has given a TED talk on the subject, been named one of the world’s most influential teens by Time magazine, and been nominated for the Nobel peace prize. After she addressed the Houses of Parliament in April, MPs endorsed Jeremy Corbyn’s call to declare a climate emergency, aiming to “set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe”. Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 05:42
Use of terms ‘climate crisis’ and ‘global heating’ prompts reviews in other newsrooms Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment The Guardian’s decision to alter its style guide to better convey the environmental crises unfolding around the world has prompted some other media outlets to reconsider the terms they use in their own coverage. After the Guardian announced it would now routinely use the words “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown” instead of “climate change”, a memo was sent by the standards editor of CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, to staff acknowledging that a “recent shift in style at the British newspaper the Guardian has prompted requests to review the language we use in global warming coverage”. Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 04:14
Students around the world are walking out of lessons to demand politicians take urgent action on climate change Are you taking part? Share your photos, videos and experiences 2.02pm BST We’re going to close down this live blog now. Thanks for reading and commenting – here’s a summary of the afternoon’s events: • Hundreds of thousands of children and young people walked out of lessons around the world on Friday, with strikes in more than 1,400 cities in more than 110 countries. Beforehand, organisers said the number of young people taking part would top the 1.4 million people who participated in the global day of strikes in March. 1.54pm BST Manchester, St. Peter's Square at lunchtime pic.twitter.com/V3SjfQ8YaN Parents and young people out this afternoon, about 200 at a peak, positive vibe pic.twitter.com/dqAXnzCWjO pic.twitter.com/1YoqmBJitM Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 03:00
British specialist among those aiming to develop ‘next generation’ treatment that could help millions of victims each year Scientists in five countries, including the UK, hope to find a universal cure for snakebite using the same technology that discovered HIV antibodies. A new consortium of venom specialists in India, Kenya, Nigeria, Britain and the US will locate and develop antibodies to treat critical illness from snakebites, which harm nearly 3 million people worldwide each year. Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 01:01
Authority finds science show breached impartiality standards in its portrayal of the beef industry as harmful to the environment The media watchdog has found the ABC science program Catalyst breached editorial standards for impartiality in its presentation of the beef industry as harmful to the environment. Meat & Livestock Australia complained to the ABC last year that the program was unfair to the beef industry and insects were promoted as an alternative source to cattle. But an internal investigation found the program met editorial standards. Continue reading...
05/24/2019 - 00:00
Midway Atoll to be bombarded with rodenticide after scientists and volunteers discovered seabirds with open wounds Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean was the scene of a crucial naval battle in the second world war. It is now set for a very different sort of conflict – a bombing campaign to rid the area of mice. The US government is moving ahead with a plan to strafe Midway with poison aimed at eradicating mice that are on a deadly rampage through one of the world’s most important sites for seabirds. Continue reading...