Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/15/2018 - 10:02
Fearsome predator was extinct in England but Scottish relatives have crossed the border and set up home in Northumberland The pine marten, a fearsome but diminutive predator driven to extinction in England, has returned to the country’s largest forest for the first time since 1926. Stills and video from a camera trap have recorded a mature pine marten devouring peanut butter put out for red squirrels at a secret location in Kielder forest, Northumberland. Continue reading...
08/15/2018 - 07:38
Wildlife campaigner Tom Langton claims the culls themselves risk making bovine TB epidemic worse Badger culling will be extended across England on an open-ended basis, conservationists have warned, after the high court rejected a challenge to the legality of the government’s policy. Licences to allow badger culling to continue in particular areas beyond a four-year period are legal, ruled Mr Justice Cranston, rejecting a challenge brought by the independent ecologist Tom Langton. Continue reading...
08/15/2018 - 05:00
A new study examines potential climate feedbacks that could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans may be doing to it. In particular, the authors of this study tried to determine the trajectory that the Earth is on so we can predict what the future climate will be. There are many really important insights from this paper. The authors wanted to know how feedbacks in the Earth’s climate will play a role in shaping the climate in the future. By feedbacks, we mean a change in one part of the climate that then causes another change, which in turn may cause another change, and so on, potentially setting up chain reactions. Continue reading...
08/15/2018 - 04:25
The rapid influx of these beaver-like rodents has decimated parts of the Californian wetlands. They were introduced to the US for the fur trade and now share wetland areas with some of the west coast’s most endangered species. The California department of fish and wildlife has compared the threat of their presence to that of wildfires California v nutria: state seeks to eradicate scourge of giant rodents Continue reading...
08/15/2018 - 04:00
As the dog-sized creatures destroy wetlands and dig through levees, officials have a goal: total extermination The call came from a wildlife trapper working in the wetlands of central California. “I think I caught a nutria,” the man said. Continue reading...
08/15/2018 - 01:20
Foundation board members and government officials will also give evidence into the awarding of the grant The chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and two more board members have agreed to appear at a Senate inquiry examining a $443.8m government grant to the not-for-profit. John Schubert, who attended a meeting with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, on 9 April that led to the awarding of the grant, will appear before the Senate committee for questioning at a second hearing on 18 September. Continue reading...
08/15/2018 - 00:21
UK industrialist’s plan features 780,000 solar panels, generating enough electricity for 96,000 homes Billionaire UK industrialist Sanjeev Gupta has launched a $1bn, one-gigawatt renewable energy plan based in South Australia’s mid-north that he says will lead Australian industry’s transition to more competitive power. In the first of a number of projects slated for the upper Spencer Gulf region, which will also include a lithium-ion battery bigger than Elon Musk’s, Gupta’s energy company Simec Zen has released details of its Cultana Solar Farm. Continue reading...
08/14/2018 - 17:37
Labor pursues environment minister over grant to private foundation and fallout continues from Fraser Anning’s ‘final solution’ speech. All the day’s events, live • Fraser Anning calls for ‘final solution’ on immigration • Exclusive: Centrelink trial bypasses safeguard for mentally ill 10.11am BST Postscript The Senate has voted on David Leyonhjelm’s bill to restore the territories’ rights to legislate for euthanasia and it has been voted down: 9.47am BST I’ve had a good and proper scrounge around and all has gone quiet up here on the hill. To be honest, I think the last 24 hours has left most MPs exhausted. I don’t blame them. Continue reading...
08/14/2018 - 13:00
Coal-fired power subsidies mean the projections relied on by Coalition are not credible, study says The Turnbull government is trumpeting power price reductions as a consequence of its national energy guarantee – but a new analysis says subsidies for coal-fired power stations will render those forecasts “virtually meaningless”. The government has failed to rule out the building of new coal plants as a consequence of its underwriting of new power generation, and Labor declaring that development a deal breaker. Continue reading...
08/14/2018 - 13:00
Politicians and farmers say water should be diverted to crops to keep herds alive There are growing calls for the federal and state governments to start selling government-owned environmental water entitlements to farmers to alleviate the drought and to keep livestock alive. But the proposals would see wetlands and river courses starved of water with potential environmental stress from the drought exacerbated by the diversion of water onto farmland. Continue reading...