Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/11/2019 - 11:11
Soaring temperatures bring tales of eight-legged invaders as huge numbers of communal species spin invisible webs in the sky Summer in south-east Brazil has brought soaring temperatures and some disconcerting eight-legged visitors. Residents in a rural area of southern Minas Gerais state have reported skies “raining spiders”, a phenomenon which experts say is typical in the region during hot, humid weather. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 10:53
The change aims to reduce plastic waste, following readers’ feedback The Guardian’s print edition will no longer be sold in plastic packaging, becoming the first national newspaper to switch to biodegradable wrapping. The Saturday edition of the paper contains a large number of supplements which are currently packaged in polythene to meet the demands of retailers and ensure they reach readers. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 10:02
An adopted leopard cub, a preening moorhen and tiny turtles feature in this week’s gallery Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 08:48
Move by Japanese firm would be blow to UK plans to replace coal plants and ageing reactors The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters. An impasse in months-long talks between the company, London and Toyko on financing is expected to result in the flagship project being axed at a Hitachi board meeting next week, according to the Nikkei newspaper. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 08:35
Charlie Ewart discovered the 64-metre lump and will be part of the team breaking it up Charlie Ewart, a 51-year-old father of two from Plymouth, has been battling blockages in the sewers of south-west England for 15 years. But even he was not prepared for the dreadful sight, and smell, of what he found lurking beneath the elegant seafront in the regency town of Sidmouth when he scrambled through a small manhole. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 06:56
Attorney general quashes Ella Kissi-Debrah verdict, paving way for fresh hearing The mother of a schoolgirl who died of an asthma attack linked to air pollution has won the right to seek a new inquest at the high court. The attorney general moved on Friday to quash the inquest into the death of Ella Kissi-Debrah at the age of nine, after new evidence linked it to air pollution spikes from traffic near her home in south London. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 02:00
Mikołaj Golachowski describes plan as ‘evil’ and warns of environmental consequences Conservationists have branded plans by the Polish government to cull almost the entire wild boar population of the country as “pointless, counterproductive and evil”. In a move to tackle an epidemic of African swine fever, the Polish government has ordered a series of hunts, beginning this weekend, with the aim of killing the vast majority of the country’s population of around 200,000 wild boar. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 01:01
Logo drawn up by water firms aims to ensure only wipes that degrade properly are flushed The fight to eliminate “fatbergs” is to receive a major boost with the launch of a universal standard for wet wipes, clarifying which can be safely flushed down the toilet. Manufacturers of wipes will be able to use a “fine to flush” symbol on their packaging – drawn up by the water industry – provided they pass stringent tests. The logo aims to reassure consumers that the products do not contain plastic and will break down in the sewer system instead of clogging up sewers and contributing to fatbergs. Continue reading...
01/10/2019 - 16:15
Two dozen boats douse conversation vessel with gasoline As few as 15 vaquita may remain in Gulf of California The Sea Shepherd environmental group has published video showing an attack by about two dozen small fishing boats on the group’s vessel Farley Mowat in Mexico’s Gulf of California. The fishermen in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, oppose environmentalists trying to protect the vaquita marina, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise. Continue reading...
01/10/2019 - 14:00
Seawater temperature is rising faster than predicted, which is likely to worsen extreme weather events around the world The world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate than previously estimated, new research has found, raising fresh concerns over the rapid progress of climate change. Warming oceans take up more space, a process known as thermal expansion, which the study says is likely to raise sea levels by about 30cm by the end of the century, on top of the rise in sea levels from melting ice and glaciers. Warmer oceans are also a major factor in increasing the severity of storms, hurricanes and extreme rainfall. Continue reading...