Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/16/2024 - 04:49
Opponents lodge legal appeal against Sunday’s planned mascletà, a celebration of noise, near recently restored Manzanares river Environmentalists and animal welfare groups are protesting against Madrid city council’s plans to stage an especially noisy firework display in a nature reserve created on the recently restored Manzanares river. Opponents say the mascletà, a celebration of noise rather than light, planned for this Sunday lunchtime will lead to a “massacre” of wildlife, and of birds in particular. Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 03:00
The best of this week’s wildlife photographs from around the world Continue reading...
02/16/2024 - 02:00
Exclusive: The animal translocation scheme by wildlife NGOs including African Parks, once headed by the royal, has been dogged by controversy Four more people have died after an elephant translocation overseen by two wildlife organisations, including one that was headed by Prince Harry, in a protected area in Malawi. The recent deaths bring the total fatalities connected to the relocated elephants to seven. In July 2022, more than 250 elephants were moved from Liwonde national park in southern Malawi to the country’s second-largest protected area, Kasungu, in a three-way operation between Malawi’s national park service and two NGOs: the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw), and African Parks. Prince Harry was president of African Parks for six years, before being elevated to the board of directors from 2023. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 18:19
EPA confirms bonded asbestos found at St John of God hospital in North Richmond, Kellyville Woolworths and Transport for NSW park in Wiley Park Map and full list of locations where asbestos mulch has been found Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Asbestos has been found in mulch at a hospital, a supermarket and another park in Sydney, and seven schools will be tested as a priority as the state’s environmental watchdog continues its largest ever investigation. The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority confirmed on Friday that bonded asbestos had been found in mulch at St John of God hospital in North Richmond, Woolworths in Kellyville and a Transport for NSW park in Wiley Park. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 16:54
An overturned barge has been leaking oil into the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, prompting authorities on the island nation to declare a state of emergency. Satellite imagery showed parts of the Trinidadian coast dyed black from the spill, and the leak began reaching nearby Venezuela and Grenada. Farley Augustine, chief secretary of Tobago’s House of Assembly, said: 'We need those responsible to come clean and we need those responsible to know that they have to pay for this mess, that they are culpable as part of this mess' Trinidad & Tobago says oil spill from mystery vessel is national emergency Tobago oil spill spreads to Grenada waters and could affect Venezuela Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 16:06
New research has shown that the tropical subsurface ocean gained oxygen during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (commonly referred to as PETM). During this short-lived interval of time in Earth s history that occurred 56 million years ago the average temperatures rose by up to six degrees within a few thousand years.
02/15/2024 - 14:22
Africa's forested areas -- an estimated 14 % of the global forest area -- are continuing to decline at an increasing rate -- mostly because of human activities to convert forest land for economic purposes. As natural forests are important CO2 and biodiversity reservoirs, this development has a significant impact on climate change and effects the integrity of nature.
02/15/2024 - 14:17
The Tijuana River flows through Mexico and empties off California, carrying pathogens and chemicals and threatening public health Raw sewage and runoff in the Tijuana River is exposing communities at the US-Mexico border to an unusual and noxious brew of pathogens and toxic chemicals, according to a report released this week. Billions of gallons of sewage flow through the river, which winds north from Mexico through California and empties into the Pacific Ocean, containing a mix of carcinogenic chemicals including arsenic, as well as viruses, bacteria and parasites, according to public health researchers at San Diego State University, who published the report. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 14:00
Research reveals area size of France is under threat by restoration projects taking place in unsuitable landscapes Misguided tree-planting projects are threatening crucial ecosystems across Africa, scientists have warned. Research has revealed that an area the size of France is threatened by forest restoration initiatives that are taking place in inappropriate landscapes. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 12:27
Lack of activity persists despite lifting of ban on projects last year, and contrasts with 46 applications made in Scotland No new proposals for general-use windfarms were submitted for planning permission in England last year, despite the government’s much-vaunted relaxation of planning restrictions. Only seven applications were submitted for onshore wind turbines for the whole of 2023 in England, new data from the government has shown, and all of those developments were for the replacement of existing turbines or for private sites, where the energy produced is destined for a particular consumer, such as a business. Continue reading...