Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/20/2024 - 15:12
This blog is now closed. Family of young Indigenous woman who took her own life in Melbourne hospital call for investigation Julian Assange extradition appeal: what’s at stake and what will happen next? Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Man dies after electric unicycle crash in Victoria A man has died after crashing his electric unicycle in Bellfield yesterday evening. We have concerns for his health. We have been working consistently since coming to government, particularly behind-the-scenes, to say that we believe Mr Assange should be returned … These sort of issues of diplomacy are not always best done through a megaphone, but we will continue to advocate for an end to this and see Mr Assange returned home. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 14:44
A thousand kilometers south of Tokyo, far into the largest ocean on Earth, lies a chain of small, volcanic islands -- the Ogasawara Islands. Nature has been able to develop on its own terms here, far from both humans and the warm Kuroshio current, which acts like a shuttle, moving marine species from Taiwan, over the Ryukyu Islands, and up the Pacific coast of mainland Japan. With upwards of 70 % of trees and many animal species being endemic to the archipelago, the islands have been dubbed 'the Galapagos of the East', as they are valuable as both a biodiversity hotspot and a cradle of scientific discovery.
02/20/2024 - 14:44
Research shows the relationship between a species' age and its risk of going extinct could be accurately predicted by an ecological model called the 'neutral theory of biodiversity.'
02/20/2024 - 14:35
In Nara, Japan, the revered sika deer faces a dilemma as their escalating population damages local farmlands. A new study has revealed a complex situation: while the sanctuary's deer upholds a distinct genetic identity, the surrounding areas display a blend of genetic lineages. This exposes a pressing predicament: whether to cull the 'pest' deer around sanctuary or risk losing a sacred genetic legacy.
02/20/2024 - 11:39
Sultan Al Jaber, an oil executive, calls for governments to be ‘honest’ about costs involved in transition to net zero The problem of the ever-growing demand for power must be addressed if the world is not to risk descending into “energy turmoil” as it transitions towards clean energy, according to the president of last year’s Cop28 summit. In a discussion hosted by the International Energy Agency, Sultan Al Jaber warned governments that they must be “honest and transparent” about the potential costs of transition, and the trade-offs involved in transforming energy supplies. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 09:00
Yearlong trial of ban, including potential prison time, follows two high-profile recent incidents of spearing of protected fish Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Fishing of the blue groper by any method will be prohibited in New South Wales under changes to be trialled by the state government, with penalties of up to six months in jail. The blue groper, the NSW state fish, has been protected from spearfishing since 1969 and commercial fishing since 1980, but the changes announced on Wednesday will prohibit other forms of fishing, including line fishing. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 07:29
IQAir labelled Milan ‘unhealthy’ over PM 2.5 levels, triggering limits on daytime traffic Milan was under a blanket of smog on Tuesday as a row broke out over data from a monitoring group that ranked the northern Italian city long known for its poor air quality among the most polluted in the world, alongside Dhaka, Lahore and Chengdu. The controversy began on Sunday, when the Swiss real time air quality website IQAir labelled Milan “unhealthy” as the level of fine particulate matter, or PM 2.5, in the city’s air was 24 times above the limit recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), ranking the city third after Dhaka in Bangladesh and Lahore in Pakistan. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 07:02
Sunak becomes first PM to address conference since Gordon Brown in 2008, as Tories court farming sector Rishi Sunak has told farmers: “I have your back” at the National Farmers Union conference, as he promised to “change the culture” in government around farming. Sunak was the first prime minister to address the NFU conference since Gordon Brown in 2008, and had brought three Defra ministers with him to put the Conservative case to farmers. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 07:00
Federal tests of one-third of water systems find 70 million Americans exposed to PFAS – suggesting 200 million affected overall About 70 million people are exposed to toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in US drinking water, new testing from the Environmental Protection Agency has found. But the testing completed to date has only checked about one-third of the nation’s public water systems, meaning the agency is on pace to find over 200 million people are exposed, or at least 60% of the US population. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 07:00
Jim Pillen breaks with 14 other Republican governors to enroll in Summer EBT, a new food program for school vacation months Nebraska’s governor announced this week that the state would accept federal dollars to help feed children from low-income families, breaking away from the more than a dozen other Republican governors around the US who have refused to do so. Just last month, Jim Pillen joined 14 other Republican governors in opting not to enroll in Summer EBT, a new federal food program that provides low-income families with a monthly payment of $40 per child during summer vacation. In participating states, families with children in free or reduced-price school lunch programs will get $40 per qualifying child on an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card throughout each of the three summer months. That money can be used to purchase groceries and food from farmers’ markets. Continue reading...