Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/02/2020 - 00:01
Governments to reduce pollution in oceans and end subsidies that contribute to overfishing Governments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines have pledged to end overfishing, restore dwindling fish populations and stop the flow of plastic pollution into the seas in the next 10 years. The leaders of the 14 countries set out a series of commitments on Wednesday that mark the world’s biggest ocean sustainability initiative, in the absence of a fully fledged UN treaty on marine life. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 21:42
Jacinda Ardern calls climate change ‘one of the greatest challenges of our time’ and pledges carbon-neutral government by 2025 New Zealand has declared a climate change emergency and committed to a carbon-neutral government by 2025, in what the prime minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of the greatest challenges of our time”. A motion tabled in parliament on Wednesday recognised “the devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on New Zealand and the wellbeing of New Zealanders, on our primary industries, water availability, and public health through flooding, sea level rise, and wildfire”. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 21:03
UK energy minister Alok Sharma urges ‘all of you who have not already done so to join the race’ to net zero emissions by 2050 The British president of the next major UN climate change summit has pointedly thanked Australia’s states and territories for backing a goal of net zero emissions by 2050 while urging unnamed others – including the Morrison government – to join them. In a speech to an Australian audience on Wednesday, Alok Sharma, the president-designate of the COP26 summit in Glasgow and a member of Boris Johnson’s Conservative cabinet, said more than 120 countries had announced carbon neutrality or net zero emissions targets and urged others to follow. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 19:01
Singapore’s approval of chicken cells grown in bioreactors is seen as landmark moment across industry Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time. The development has been hailed as a landmark moment across the meat industry. The “chicken bites”, produced by the US company Eat Just, have passed a safety review by the Singapore Food Agency and the approval could open the door to a future when all meat is produced without the killing of livestock, the company said. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 16:13
The high-elevation tree – a key source of food for grizzly bears – is vulnerable to climate crisis, beetles and disease Climate crisis, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears across the US west. Whitebark pine trees can live up to 1,000 years and are found at elevations up to 12,000 feet (3,600 meters), conditions too harsh for most trees to survive. The trees grow in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and western Canada, but have been all but wiped out in some areas. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 14:40
In roughly 200 million years, the continents will once again unite into a supercontinent. A new study explores how the next Pangea could affect the global climate.
12/01/2020 - 12:56
‘Teach science behind climate change not morality tale,’ says Amanda Spielman The chief inspector of schools in England has pushed back against growing calls to make the national curriculum more diverse, warning against making curriculum changes based on a single issue or purpose. Speaking at the launch of Ofsted’s annual report, Amanda Spielman said there were increasing efforts to “commandeer” schools and the curriculum in support of worthy social issues and campaigns, including environmental causes and tackling racism. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 12:11
Duobrachium sparksae is a type of ctenophore, or comb jelly Video identification without specimen ‘can be controversial’ Scientists have for the first time identified a small gelatinous blob in the deep sea as a new species, using only high-definition underwater cameras. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 10:43
Highways England scheme to encourage species-rich grasslands could create hundreds of miles of rare habitats after decades of loss Native wildflower meadows will line the verges of all new large-scale road projects under an initiative by Highways England, the Guardian can reveal. Nodding blue harebells, clusters of yellow kidney vetch and flashes of bird’s-foot-trefoil could soon become the norm on stretches of the road network in England with the infrastructure provider committing to the creation of biodiverse grasslands as standard on all new major schemes. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 10:41
Four men destroyed metal pillar, saying: ‘Leave no trace’ Monolith had sparked intense interest and wild theories A mysterious monolith that baffled officials and adventurers when it appeared and then swiftly disappeared in the remote Utah desert was removed by four men – not aliens, as many around the world might have hoped. A group of friends who were photographing the monolith captured the removal last Friday night, then shared the images on Instagram. Continue reading...