Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/21/2019 - 00:20
Extreme weather conditions trigger fires in several states and thunderstorm asthma warning and dust storm in Victoria. Follow all the latest updates 5.20am GMT Lots of parts of Victoria broke the maximum record temperatures for November today. Preliminary analysis shows large areas of central & eastern #Victoria have broken November max. temperature records today, incl. #Melbourne (40.9 equal warmest), #Laverton (42.4), #WilsonsProm (38.0), #EastSale (40.8), and #Mangalore (42.2). Latest obs at: https://t.co/980vXhVPOE pic.twitter.com/j4525T0XS6 5.15am GMT My colleagues Nick Evershed and Andy Ball have put together animations that show the extent of the fires in New South Wales and Queensland over the past few weeks using satellite data from Nasa’s hotspot detection program. Related: How Australia's bushfires spread: mapping the NSW and Queensland fires Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 00:00
Leaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risks Iceland has been accused of threatening the long-term sustainability of vital mackerel stocks after unilaterally increasing its catches in the international waters of the north-east Atlantic. In a damning leaked document agreed at a meeting in London in October, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands lambasted Reykjavik’s decision to significantly raise its quota without consultation. Russia and Greenland were also criticised. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 22:56
Temperatures top 40C in state’s north as up to 11 properties hit by fire in South Australia, while NSW and Tasmania face worsening conditions Out-of-control bushfires are raging in central parts of Victoria as strong winds pick up, causing a regional town to turn orange in a haze of dust. Meanwhile, more than 30 people have been treated for minor injuries, and homes and sheds have been destroyed as authorities continue to battle a dangerous bushfire on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. Victoria’s highest bushfire warning – code red – was issued for central and north-western parts of the state on Thursday. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 21:00
Under the level-two water restrictions, people will need to use a bucket or watering can to water gardens at approved times Parts of New South Wales will face tougher water restrictions in an attempt to stem falling dam levels as the state grapples with drought. The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the water minister, Melinda Pavey, on Thursday announced Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra would be subject to level-two water restrictions from 10 December. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 20:47
Murdoch was responding to a question at AGM about time given to ‘climate deniers’ by News Corp outlets in Australia News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has said “there are no climate change deniers around I can assure you” after he was asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much airtime” in Australia. Murdoch was speaking in New York on Wednesday when he received a question from a proxy for Australian activist shareholder Stephen Mayne. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 19:31
Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate. Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.” Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 19:01
Half global population could be slaughtered in next five years for ejiao industry, warns report Half the world’s donkey population could be wiped out in the next five years, as millions are slaughtered for their hides to meet rising demand for a traditional Chinese medicine. It is estimated that 4.8m donkey hides a year are needed to satisfy demand for a gelatin-based traditional medicine called ejiao, according to a new report from the Donkey Sanctuary. At the current pace, the global donkey population of 44m would be halved over the next five years, the report warns. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 19:01
Party wants UK workers to take advantage of opportunities in a global green economy worth £3tn Labour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis. Environmental protection is expected to be a central theme of Jeremy Corbyn’s general election manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, with new jobs promised through insulation upgrades, offshore wind and carbon capture developments. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 18:43
PM suggests Australia could increase emissions without worsening current fire season, and says government finalising plans to crack down on environmental protests Scott Morrison has argued there is no direct link between Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and the severity of fires ravaging the continent, even suggesting Australia could increase its emissions without making the current fire season worse. Under pressure due to a record season of early bushfires and the accusation by a coalition of former fire chiefs that the government has avoided the issue of climate change, Morrison said on Thursday there was no “credible scientific evidence” that cutting Australia’s emissions could reduce the severity of bushfires. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 17:56
The 2019 'dead-zone' report card for Chesapeake Bay indicates that the volume of low-oxygen, 'hypoxic' water was on the high end of the normal range, a finding that scientists consider relatively good news given the unfavorable weather conditions.