Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/12/2020 - 01:17
Conservation charity aims to help restore 150,000 hectares of bee-friendly corridors to save the insects from extinction Andrew Whitehouse has been on the cliffs at Prawle Point, south Devon, searching on his hands and knees for a rare bee. He saw only one last year, and so far this summer there has been no sign of the six-banded nomad bee with its striking yellow markings. Whitehouse fears it is on the brink of extinction because, as a parasitic bee, it depends on a host – the long-horned bee – in whose nest it lays its eggs, and the host is now also scarce. Continue reading...
07/11/2020 - 15:00
While oil and gas are not alone in struggling in the economic slump, the reality of the climate crisis is starting to bite, analysts say The global oil and gas industry has crashed. In mid-June, BP – formerly British Petroleum – slashed the value of its assets by US$17.5bn and revealed plans to cut its workforce by 15%. It forecast the price of oil would be a third lower than expected for decades to come and said it may be forced to leave new fossil fuel discoveries in the ground. It was later joined by Royal Dutch Shell, which announced its own US$22bn writedown, with its vast gas business – including major liquefied natural gas (LNG) developments in Australia – expected to take the heaviest toll. Continue reading...
07/11/2020 - 13:02
Architect is ignoring his own environment pledge, say critics One of Britain’s most famous architects is under fire for agreeing to design an airport and terminal in Saudi Arabia despite signing a climate emergency manifesto that called for an “urgent need for action” on climate change. Norman Foster’s design firm, Foster and Partners, was one of the founding signatories of the profession’s Architects Declare manifesto last year. However, The Architects’ Journal last week revealed that several new Foster and Partners projects in Saudi Arabia have caused controversy in the profession over their links to the aviation industry. Continue reading...
07/11/2020 - 01:13
Emergency crews responded to the incident near Grafton but were unable to save teenage boy’s life A shark attack on New South Wales’s north coast has claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy. Witnesses have told police a shark attacked the teenager while he was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, just before 2.30pm. Continue reading...
07/10/2020 - 17:55
The state energy ministers still need to deliver on their promises, but imagine if any of them held the federal portfolio Sometimes it just takes a bit of leadership. Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull likes to say that we must choose “engineering and economics” over “idiocy and ideology”. The New South Wales energy minister, Matt Kean, has been making the right choices. Continue reading...
07/10/2020 - 15:00
Labor calls for greater transparency into fundraising of foundation, which was awarded $443m by Coalition The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has raised only $21.7m out of a target of $357m in donations more than two years after it was awarded the largest single environmental grant in Australian history. It has prompted Labor to call for greater transparency from the foundation about its fundraising, while the Greens have said the figure “makes a mockery of the government’s logic” for awarding the grant. Continue reading...
07/10/2020 - 14:47
Lockdowns, travel bans and factory closures drive reduction Dramatic decline falls short of necessary global heating cuts The coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest drop in heat-trapping emissions in human history, according to a new study. Lockdowns, travel bans and closed manufacturing sites have caused global emissions to drop by 4.6%, or 2.5 gigatonnes, according to a University of Sydney review of 38 regions and 26 sectors published in the journal Plos One. Fine particle pollution decreased by 3.8% and two other types of air pollution declined 2.9%: sulfur dioxide – which is linked to a number of respiratory issues, and nitrogen oxide, which leads to smog. Continue reading...
07/10/2020 - 13:07
New research explores how lower-latitude oceans drive complex changes in the Arctic Ocean, pushing the region into a new reality distinct from the 20th-century norm.
07/10/2020 - 10:46
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a ring-tailed lemur and a spiky sea cucumber Continue reading...
07/10/2020 - 10:42
Tehran says incident in early hours in garrison town of Gamdareh was a power outage Iran has denied reports that fresh mysterious explosions have rocked two towns close to Tehran, accusing the west of waging psychological warfare by spreading false messages on social media. Reports suggested that the blasts had occurred in the early hours of Friday in Gamdareh, a residential town that houses a number of military garrisons, including bases of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and in Shahr-e Qods. Officials insisted the reports were false but accepted there had been a power outage. Continue reading...