Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/20/2018 - 07:20
Barriers could halt slide of undersea glaciers and hold back sea level rises predicted to result from global warming Building walls on the seafloor may become the next frontier of climate science, as engineers seek novel ways to hold back the sea level rises predicted to result from global warming. By erecting barriers of rock and sand, researchers believe they could halt the slide of undersea glaciers as they disintegrate into the deep. It would be a drastic endeavour but could buy some time if climate change takes hold, according to a new paper published on Thursday in the Cryosphere journal, from the European Geophysical Union. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 05:00
Spiders’ mating season leaves plants at Aitoliko Lagoon covered in 300-metre cobwebs A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe’s worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long. A video, posted to YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos, shows the beach at the town of Aitoliko in western Greece under siege from the dense web. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 04:00
Supplemental sand may have saved a North Carolina beach from Hurricane Florence, but some say the projects aren’t worth it When the coastal town of Wrightsville Beach, which buffers nearby Wilmington from the open ocean, began to come back to life on Wednesday after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, many people returning home were surprisingly relieved. Despite Florence roaring ashore in this exact spot last Friday and now causing catastrophic flooding inland, the hurricane had not destroyed the beach, as many had expected. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 03:00
Documents suggest an aggressive response to possible protests against the oil pipeline amid fears of another Standing Rock Angeline Cheek is preparing for disaster. The indigenous organizer from the Fort Peck reservation in Montana fears that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could break and spill, destroy her tribe’s water, and desecrate sacred Native American sites. But environmental catastrophe is not the most immediate threat. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 02:01
Financial analysts say regulator’s report makes it clear ‘many Australian companies are not meeting their legal requirements’ Australian companies should be doing more to disclose risks to their business from climate change, according to a report by the corporate regulator Asic. The review, published on Thursday, examined climate risk disclosures by 60 companies in the ASX 300, in 25 recent initial public offering (IPO) prospectuses, and across 15,000 annual reports. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 01:01
Automotive industry risks blowing its carbon budget within 10 years without drastic change, analysis shows New petrol and diesel car sales in Europe must be phased out before 2030 if the auto sector is to play its part in holding global warming to the Paris agreement’s 1.5C goal, a new analysis has found. Forecourt plug-in hybrids will also have to disappear by 2035 at the latest, according to analysis by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), commissioned by Greenpeace. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 00:01
Walkers and KP Snacks are among those failing to address consumer concerns over recyclability, say green campaigners Major UK crisp brands are failing to address consumer concerns about their unrecyclable plastic packets, new research claims, with many relying on pledges that won’t come into effect for years. The latest findings from campaign group 38 Degrees come after more than 310,000 signed its petition demanding that brand leader, Walkers, take the initiative and ditch plastic packaging in favour of amore sustainable alternative. Recent polling has found that plastic waste will soon leapfrog price as shoppers’ top concern. Continue reading...
09/20/2018 - 00:00
Scientists say global warming is behind severe storms but many who face them don’t think humans are the problem Scientists warn that human-induced climate change is responsible for an increase in the number and severity of storms – such as Hurricane Florence, which has engulfed the Carolinas in the last week. But many who weathered the tempest, deep in Trump country, don’t believe global warming fueled it and don’t think humans are the problem – or the solution. Continue reading...
09/19/2018 - 18:59
Using observational and model-based data spanning the entire 20th century, scientists have for the first time have identified three broadly-categorized processes responsible for Earth's spin axis drift -- contemporary mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.
09/19/2018 - 16:40
Child suffers ‘significant’ leg injury, Australian officials say, as they praise swift actions of doctor in first incident A girl has been attacked by a shark at the same Queensland island where a woman was mauled less than 24 hours earlier. A rescue helicopter flew to Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands region around lunchtime on Thursday to retrieve a “a female child in a serious condition with a significant leg injury”, rescue services tweeted. Continue reading...