Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/23/2018 - 13:00
Feral cats kill a million native birds every night and have caused extinction of 20 native species The world’s largest cat-proof fence has been completed in central Australia, creating a 94 square kilometre sanctuary for endangered marsupials. The 44km fence – made of 85,000 pickets, 400km of wire and 130km of netting – surrounds the Newhaven wildlife sanctuary, a former cattle station that has been bought by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 13:00
Queensland government takes Kingvale station to court over clearing that Olkola people say threatens sacred sites • Sign up to receive the top stories every morning The traditional owners of Kingvale Station on Cape York peninsula have said clearing occurred on the property without their knowledge and sacred burial sites that are hundreds of years old are at risk from further bulldozing. “If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you won’t see them,” said Mike Ross, chairman of the Olkola Aboriginal Corporation in Cape York. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 13:00
When scientists exposed the crop to higher levels of carbon dioxide vitamin levels fell significantly Rice will become less nutritious as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, potentially jeopardising the health of the billions of people who rely on the crop as their main source of food, new research suggests. Scientists have found that exposing rice to the levels of carbon dioxide that are expected in the atmosphere before the end of the century results in the grain containing lower levels of protein, iron and zinc, as well as reduced levels of a number of B vitamins. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 13:00
Costly rehabilitation to be largely left to developers, including on Melbourne site involving 130 chemicals • Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Most of the non-residential sites being offloaded by the Department of Defence in its land disposal program are contaminated, a legacy of past environmental failings. Defence has eight unwanted non-residential properties listed for disposal across Australia, including former rifle ranges and armaments factories. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 12:00
Almost all nations would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C, a new study indicates Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Most nations, representing 90% of global population, would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the research indicates. This includes almost all the world’s poorest countries, as well as the three biggest economies – the US, China and Japan – contradicting the claim of US president, Donald Trump, that climate action is too costly. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 10:58
Undercover footage recorded more than 100 incidents over 10 days, with workers apparently kicking pigs in their heads and stomachs The RSPCA has launched an investigation after the release of footage that appears to show farm workers brutally kicking and punching pigs at a farm in Lincolnshire. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 10:34
Water shortages could stretch into the 2050s, according to the Environment Agency. It’s time to do your bit The sun is shining and we are due a hot bank holiday Monday, so it must be time for a drought story. And not just any old drought, but one stretching into the 2050s and beyond, according to the Environment Agency, which warns that our use of water is unsustainable. While the agency puts much of its focus on the need for companies to change their behaviour, especially by reducing leakage, there are practical steps we can all take. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 09:34
The news that Mediterranean whales have died after ingesting our plastic waste comes as no surprise – but seems to be an omen for fallout from our disruption of the natural world Plastic bags have been blamed for the deaths of sperm whales in the Mediterranean. The Athens-based Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute found that more than a third of the sperm whales found dead in Greek waters had stomachs blocked by plastic waste. But this comes as no surprise to whale watchers. In a plangent 2011 report by same researchers on a mass sperm-whale stranding, a combination of factors – noise from naval exercises, dehydration and stress that caused toxic chemicals and heavy metals to be released from the whales’ body fat – was found to have caused them to beach. The scene of the dying whales moved the scientists to unusually emotive language as they recorded finding them “agonising on the shore”. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 09:13
Ban will stop 214,000 vehicles from using two key roads as part of pollution crackdown Hamburg is to become the first German city to ban some diesel cars to improve air quality, setting a template for other urban centres in the country. The ban will affect about 214,000 cars, more than two-thirds of the diesel vehicles registered in Germany’s second-largest city. Continue reading...
05/23/2018 - 08:02
Eleven people protesting over pollution from a copper plant have been killed by police in Tamil Nadu in south India Another person has been shot dead during violent protests in south India against a copper plant operated by a British mining giant residents say is polluting the local environment. Opposition politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu have accused the police of committing mass murder against protesters opposed to the expansion of a copper smelting facility in the port city of Thoothukudi. Continue reading...