Breaking Waves: Ocean News en UK weather: Met Office warns of fire risk with extreme heat warning in place for England and Wales – live <p>The Met Office says increased risk of fires as well as adverse health effects for the vulnerable</p> <p><strong>Making small changes, such as spotting leaks early and showering less, can make a big difference to save water during a drought.</strong></p> <p>After weeks without rain, the grass is parched, the ground is cracked and a drought has officially been declared across eight areas of England. </p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Sat, 13 Aug 2022 06:44:47 +0000 admin 87859 at Production of French salers cheese halted due to drought <p>Farmers in Auvergne despair as cows cannot be fed on grass left parched by hot summer</p> <p>Traditional cheese has become the latest casualty of France’s summer <a href="">drought</a>, as production of the salers variety in the central Auvergne region was halted due to a lack of grass for cows.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 13 Aug 2022 06:00:33 +0000 admin 87860 at At least 89 Covid deaths; Littleproud tells Nationals he’ll bring pragmatic policies to jobs summit – as it happened <p>Nationals leader outlines vision for party at federal council meeting. This blog is now closed</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 23:24:24 +0000 admin 87858 at Risk of catastrophic megafloods has doubled in California, study finds <p>Scientists concluded that a series of storms could dump enough rainfall to displace millions, causing over $1tn in losses</p> <p>Driven by the climate crisis, exceedingly rare megafloods will become more common – and more catastrophic – according to a new study that found their likelihood has already doubled in California.</p> <p>The unexpected threat lingers even as browning hillsides, fallowed fields and bathtub ring-laden reservoirs serve as a constant reminder of the drought disaster in the state, which may be woefully unprepared when the coin inevitably flips.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 20:51:51 +0000 admin 87856 at ‘Catastrophic failure’ kills 21,000 fish at California university <p>Chlorine exposure appears to be cause of death of animals at UC Davis research center</p> <p>A “catastrophic failure” at a university research facility in California killed 21,000 fish this week, some of which were endangered.</p> <p>The University of California, Davis, reported the loss of about 21,000 fish at its Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. Chlorine exposure, which the university noted fish are particularly sensitive to, appears to have caused the deaths.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 20:09:43 +0000 admin 87857 at Mass crop failures expected in England as farmers demand hosepipe bans <p>Leaked documents predict crop failure rates of up to 50% as water companies resist calls to prioritise food production</p> <p>Experts have warned of widespread crop failures across England, as charities and farmers criticised water companies for dithering over hosepipe bans despite drought being declared across much of the country.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 17:00:16 +0000 admin 87854 at Rhine water levels fall to new low as Germany’s drought hits shipping <p>Water levels fall to below 40cm on parts of key route for transporting fuel, wheat and other commodities</p> <p>The levels of the Rhine River fell to a new low on Friday due to the ongoing drought in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, further restricting the distribution of coal, petrol, wheat and other commodities amid a looming energy crisis.</p> <p>The water level at Kaub near Frankfurt – a key waypoint where the fairway is shallower than elsewhere on the river – fell below 40cm on Friday afternoon, the level at which it is no longer economical for many barges to transit the river.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:56:30 +0000 admin 87855 at Can nature-based alternatives to seawalls keep the waves at bay? <p>Hard sea defenses prompted by extreme weather and rising sea levels can have unintended consequences down the coast – is there a better way?</p> <p>Areas across the US staring down a greater risk of flooding due to extreme weather and sea level rise are turning to a stark solution: building a wall.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:00:14 +0000 admin 87853 at UK fuel exports to Netherlands up by 67% in June, data shows <p>HMRC figures come as Europe rushes to bank supplies for winter in absence of Russian pipeline</p> <p>Energy exports from the UK to the Netherlands rocketed by 67% in June, official figures reveal, in the latest sign of Europe’s scramble to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas.</p> <p>British exports of fossil fuels more than doubled in value in June compared with the same period last year, the latest trading data from HMRC shows.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:42:19 +0000 admin 87852 at Give horse riders equal access to English woodlands, say campaigners <p>Equestrian groups call for riders – who are mostly female – to get same access rights as cyclists and walkers</p> <p>The government must allow horse riders <a href="">access to England’s publicly funded woodlands</a>, equestrian groups have said.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 12 Aug 2022 11:00:09 +0000 admin 87850 at