Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/10/2024 - 06:41
EPA takes action for first time in 27 years against ‘forever chemicals’ feared to be contaminating water for over 200 million The US Environmental Protection Agency has set legally enforceable drinking water limits for a group of the most dangerous PFAS compounds, marking what public health advocates hailed as “historic” rules that will dramatically improve the safety of the nation’s water. PFAS, known as “forever chemicals”, are ubiquitous in the environment and thought to be contaminating drinking water for more than 200 million people across the US. Any exposure to some highly toxic varieties of the compounds is considered a health and cancer risk. Continue reading...
04/10/2024 - 05:23
Reduction in yields means UK will be dependent on imports for wheat in coming year and possibly beyond Record-breaking rain in recent months has drastically reduced the amount of food produced in the UK, farming groups have said. Livestock and crops have been affected as fields have been submerged since last autumn. Continue reading...
04/10/2024 - 01:16
Heat stress from global heating could lead to impaired vision and increased deaths of pregnant mothers and their unborn young, Australian researchers say Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Octopuses could lose vision and struggle to survive due to heat stress by the end of the century if ocean temperatures continue to rise at the projected rate, a new study has found. While previous research has suggested octopuses are highly adaptable, the latest research found heat stress from global heating could result in impaired eyesight and increased deaths of pregnant mothers and their unborn young. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
04/10/2024 - 00:20
Steven Miles says ‘good news’ as government finds way for seized bird to be returned to couple and Peggy, their Staffordshire bull terrier Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Instagram-famous Molly the magpie could be flying home “very soon” after the Queensland premier declared there was a clear pathway to return the bird to its Gold Coast carers. Steven Miles threw his support behind the Gold Coast couple who cared for the animal, after it was seized from them last month due to the lack of a wildlife carer’s permit. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 17:30
Switch could also cut prevalence of disability linked to diet-related disease and help tackle the climate crisis, researchers found Swapping red meat for forage fish such as herring, sardines and anchovies could save 750,000 lives a year and help tackle the climate crisis, a study suggests. Mounting evidence links red meat consumption with a higher risk of disease in humans as well as significant harm to the environment. In contrast, forage fish are highly nutritious, environmentally friendly and the most abundant fish species in the world’s oceans. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 15:00
Paper dates 82 pottery pieces found in single dig site at between 3,000 and 2,000 years old Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Groundbreaking archaeological research may have upended the longstanding belief that Aboriginal Australians did not make pottery. A paper published in the Quaternary Science Reviews on Wednesday details the finding of 82 pottery pieces from a single dig site on a Great Barrier Reef island, dates them at between 3,000 and 2,000 years old and determines that the pots were most likely made by Aboriginal people using locally sourced clay and temper. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 11:40
Scientists from Macquarie University have come up with an innovative way to stop cane toads killing native wildlife by training goannas to avoid eating the deadly amphibians.
04/09/2024 - 11:40
Through the ages, the presence of humans has increased the heterogeneity and complexity of ecosystems and has often had a positive effect on their biodiversity.
04/09/2024 - 10:00
From decomposing waste to building coral reefs, invertebrates provide structure to ecosystems Invertebrate of the year 2024: all hail Earth’s spineless heroes Nominate your UK invertebrate species of the year From the moon jellyfish to the humble garden snail, invertebrates play a central – and often invisible – role in shaping our world. Numbering in their millions, species of insects, arachnids, snails, crustaceans, corals, jellyfish, sponges and echinoderms are among the least understood animals on Earth, often overshadowed by their vertebrate cousins. We asked scientists to tell us about how invertebrates shape our world and structure its ecosystems – and the unforeseen consequences of their disappearance. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 09:28
Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rule to strengthen protections for communities living near industrial sites More than 200 of the US’s chemical plants will be mandated to reduce toxic emissions linked to cancer to and better protect communities from hazardous pollution, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday. The long-awaited rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will strengthen protections for communities living near industrial sites, especially along the Gulf coast. Continue reading...