Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/17/2024 - 02:00
The founder of the Seahorse Trust explains how his life-long fascination with the enigmatic creatures helped us to understand and protect them I saw a seahorse for the first time when I was 14. There is something very unfishlike about the way seahorses swim upright, and their constantly moving eyes – it made me feel completely in awe of them. Fifty-one years later, and that feeling has never gone away. Even now, if I’m on a dive and I see one, I find it amazing. Seahorses are fish that don’t fit into any category; they seem like an amalgam of lots of different creatures. They have horse-like heads, kangaroo-like pouches and prehensile, monkey-like tails – which often seem to have a mind of their own – plus they can change colour like a chameleon. It’s quite remarkable. Continue reading...
06/17/2024 - 00:00
Beavers’ dams have created more places for water voles to hide from predators and hopefully flourish, say experts Beavers reintroduced to a Scottish rainforest 15 years ago may have created the right habitat for the area’s endangered water voles to flourish. The voles, once abundant in Scotland but now one of the country’s most threatened native animals, could thrive in the “complex boundary between water and land” that beavers have created in Knapdale in Argyll and Bute since their reintroduction there in 2009. Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 22:28
The Australian Bureau of Statistics updated its methodology and says there are 4 million more cattle than previously estimated Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community Official figures have underestimated the number of cows in Australia by about 20%, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found, after researchers suggested there could be as many as 10 million unreported cattle in Australia. ABS agriculture statistics, released on Friday, estimated there were 27.8 million beef cattle across the country in 2023, a significant increase on previous years. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 18:18
Jordanians died in Saudi Arabia after suffering heatstroke, said officials, with temperatures reaching 47C in Mecca At least 14 Jordanian pilgrims have died while on the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as temperatures soar in the kingdom. Jordan’s foreign ministry said “14 Jordanian pilgrims died and 17 others were missing” during the performance of hajj rituals. It said its nationals had died “after suffering sun stroke due to the extreme heatwave” and that it had coordinated with Saudi authorities to bury the dead in Saudi Arabia, or transfer them to Jordan. Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 16:30
Party begins week of campaigning on economy under pressure to say if it will raise taxes to pay for £7.3bn plans Labour will create more than 650,000 jobs with its green investment plans, Rachel Reeves has said, as the party kickstarts a week of campaigning on the economy. The UK shadow chancellor has revealed new details about the £7.3bn green investment vehicle that Labour intends to create after the election, saying it will help create hundreds of thousands of new industrial jobs. Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 10:00
Exclusive: After months of speculation the fundraising giant has identified more electorates where independent campaigns meet its criteria for support Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Climate 200, the fundraising giant that bankrolled the teal independent wave at the last election, has thrown its support behind independent campaigns in nine more Coalition-held seats. After months of speculation, the group said it would support independent campaigns in the Queensland electorates of McPherson, Moncrief, Fisher and Fairfax as well as the New South Wales electorates Cowper and Bradfield, and Casey, Monash and Wannon in Victoria. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 09:39
Meteorologists warn that heat will spread east through the week, with ‘heat dome’ expected to trap high temperatures How do you stay cool in extreme heat? Millions of Americans are facing “dangerously hot conditions”, the National Weather Service said, with a heatwave set to hit the midwest and north-east US from Monday. Michigan, Ohio and western Pennsylvania were all under heat warnings starting Monday, with alerts in place until Friday evening. Meteorologists warned that the heat will spread east through the week, with a “heat dome” expected to trap high temperatures across New York, Washington DC and Boston. Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 07:00
Guardian investigation finds pupils at England’s wealthiest schools have much greater access to land, with implications for mental health Analysis: Green space better for young brains than we realised How England’s top private schools came to own 38,000 acres of land Beagling, golf and jolly hockey sticks: outdoor life at England’s largest private schools Children at the top 250 English private schools have more than 10 times as much outdoor space as those who go to state schools, an exclusive Guardian analysis can reveal. A schoolboy at fee-charging Eton has access to 140 times more green space than the average English state school pupil, the analysis found. Experts condemned the “staggering” and “gross” inequalities. The average student at one of England’s top private schools has access to approximately 322 sq metres of green space, whereas the average state school student has access to about 32 sq metres of green space: a ratio of 10:1. Eton students enjoy the largest area of land of all the schools in the country, with its schoolboys having access to 4,445 sq metres per pupil an area, 140 times larger than that available to the average state school student. Some of that land is also accessible to the public. The private school campuses include tennis courts, golf courses, rowing lakes, swimming pools, equestrian centres, wilderness areas, and remote camping lodges. In contrast, some state schools have little or no green space at all for their students. Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 05:00
Scottish Highlands campaign has raised two-thirds of £300,000 target for footpaths on An Teallach. But more is needed to protect people and environment One of Scotland’s most impressive and recognisable mountains will have its walking paths restored after hillwalkers and charities clubbed together to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds. Mountaineering Scotland and the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland (Oats) launched a campaign last May to raise £300,000 for essential path repairs on An Teallach in Wester Ross, in the north-west Highlands, asking walkers and climbers to “give the hill a few quid”. The It’s Up to Us campaign has announced that £218,000 has already been donated. Continue reading...
06/16/2024 - 05:00
With half a dozen US rail projects in the works, Andy Byford thinks Americans will soon clamor for 200mph train lines After years of dashed hopes, delays and the all-consuming dominance of the car and airplane, high-speed trains may finally be about to have their breakthrough moment in the United States, according to one of the country’s top rail executives. Half a dozen high-speed rail projects across the US are currently planned or have already started construction, with a gush of federal infrastructure dollars, a supportive White House, and rising angst over snarled highways and the climate crisis all helping bring the prospect of bullet trains, belatedly, closer than ever before to the American public. Continue reading...