Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/13/2019 - 14:42
Government working ‘round the clock’ to help deluged regions, prime minister says Boris Johnson declined to apologise over his government’s slow response to the flooding across parts of the north of England, insisting that a huge amount of work was going on to help and compensate victims. The prime minister faced difficult questions over whether enough had been spent on flood defences in deluged regions of Yorkshire, the east Midlands and Lincolnshire, after giving a speech on how he would give billions of pounds to research and development. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 14:28
Businesses and residents say they feel helpless as they brace for next high tides As tourists posed for selfies at St Mark’s Square on Wednesday evening, shop owners mopped the floors of their premises and cleared debris while assessing the cost of the damage caused by record high tides. “An apocalypse happened,” said Antonella Rossi, who owns a handmade jewellery shop under the portico that surrounds the square. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 14:00
DNA analysis helps work out origin of nearly 6 million mummified ibises An ancient Egyptian mystery has been solved, according to researchers, who say they have cracked the conundrum of where millions of mummified birds came from. Pharaohs and members of the nobility were often mummified, but the practice was not reserved for humans – cats, crocodiles, mice and mongooses are among the mummified animals that have been found. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 12:00
The lying, the scheming and the intrigue puts storylines on The Bold and the Beautiful to shame If this was a poll on which Australian bird is featured most frequently on homewares, superb fairy-wrens would win by a mile. Teacups, plates, tea towels and cushions across the country are adorned with their image. The combination of their tiny size (they weigh about the same as a 20c piece), pointing up tail and the way they cuddle together makes them pretty darn adorable. I’m going to argue though that there are many more reasons that you should vote for them in 2019 than simply “they look cute”. It is not only the public that is drawn to this gorgeously sweet bird. Superb fairy-wrens are actually one of our most well-studied Australian birds (heck I did my PhD on them). The more we learn about them the more we realise that that image of a sweet happy family unit is far from reality. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 11:06
Cows missing for two months were located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after ‘mini tsunami’ carried wildlife away Three cows swept off an island during the raging storm of Hurricane Dorian have been located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks after apparently swimming four miles during the storm. Related: ‘Insect apocalypse’ poses risk to all life on Earth, conservationists warn Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 09:09
Netherlands takes ‘rotten measure’ of reducing 130km/h limit to protect nature reserves The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has taken what he has described as the “rotten measure” of cutting the maximum speed limit on roads in the Netherlands to 100km/h (62mph) after being ordered by the courts to cut pollution. The reduction from the current limit of 130km/h followed a Dutch court ruling earlier this year that found government policies breached EU rules in regard to the protection of nature reserves from ammonia and nitrous oxide. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 08:07
As parts of the north remain inundated, Labour has accused the Conservatives of skewed spending Claim Jeremy Corbyn has said the government’s spending on flood defences until 2021 “heavily favours London and the south-east of England”. Background About 5.4m properties in England are at risk of flooding from rivers, the sea and surface water. Annual flood damage costs the country an estimated £1.1bn. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 07:54
Government responds to judges criticising it over emergency smog levels in Delhi The Indian government has said it intends to use hydrogen-based fuel technology to help combat pollution, as Delhi was once again enveloped in “severe emergency” levels of smog. Pollution levels in the capital peaked to dangerously high levels just over a week after the city endured its longest spell of hazardous air quality since public records began. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 05:57
Exclusive: tiny particles produced by motor traffic can invade the brain and carry carcinogens New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time. The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase people’s chances of getting the deadly cancer. Previous work has shown that nanoparticles can get into the brain and that they can carry carcinogenic chemicals. Continue reading...
11/13/2019 - 04:46
PM appears in Stainforth, South Yorkshire, as troops help shore up battered defences Boris Johnson has been accused of doing nothing to help flood victims as he visited one of the worst hit areas and told residents: “We’ve been on it round the clock”. The prime minister appeared in Stainforth, in South Yorkshire as 100 soldiers were deployed to help shore up the region’s battered flood defences. Continue reading...