Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/05/2021 - 14:09
Prime minister denounced for comments on visit to Scotland, where he refused to meet Nicola Sturgeon Margaret Thatcher gave “a big early start” to green energy by closing coalmines, Boris Johnson has joked, in comments denounced as “unbelievably crass.” On a visit to Scotland on Thursday, the prime minister made a number of provocative comments, stating that a second referendum on Scottish independence is “about as far from the top of my agenda as it is possible to be”. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 11:27
Hottest Olympics in history will put pressure on organisers to rethink sport in light of climate crisis Olympic athletes and volunteers in Tokyo are being “tortured” by dangerous heat, meteorologists have said, as the hottest Games in history puts pressure on organisers to rethink the future of sport in a climate-disrupted world. Temperatures hit 34C in the Japanese capital on Thursday with humidity of nearly 70%. Athletes and sports scientists say the combination of heat and moisture has led to “brutal” conditions that must be avoided at future events. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 10:54
A major Atlantic ocean current -- the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, or AMOC -- may have been losing stability in the course of the last century, according to new research. A potential collapse of this ocean current system could have severe consequences.
08/05/2021 - 10:08
A shutdown would have devastating global impacts and must not be allowed to happen, researchers say Climate scientists have detected warning signs of the collapse of the Gulf Stream, one of the planet’s main potential tipping points. The research found “an almost complete loss of stability over the last century” of the currents that researchers call the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). The currents are already at their slowest point in at least 1,600 years, but the new analysis shows they may be nearing a shutdown. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 09:00
President outlines plan to tackle the climate crisis by cutting emissions and tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks Joe Biden is setting a goal for half of all new US vehicle sales to be electric by 2030 while also tightening pollution standards for cars and trucks, in a barrage of action aimed at reducing the largest source of planet-heating gases in America. Related: Climate crisis: Scientists spot warning signs of Gulf Stream collapse Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 07:14
This summer will have highest number of fledged chicks since 2002, according to Moorland Association The endangered hen harrier is continuing its recovery from near extinction in England with this summer set to have the highest number of chicks fledging since 2002. Of 24 successful nests producing at least 77 fledged chicks this summer, 19 were on moors managed for red grouse, according to the Moorland Association. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 07:12
As irrigated crops compete with fish for scarce water, farmers in the Klamath Basin lament they may be the last generation to work the land They are land rich and resource poor. Most have hundreds of acres of fertile soil, some thousands, but little money in the bank and – most importantly – no water. Now the young farmers of the Klamath Basin, an agricultural community on the border of Oregon and California, fear they might be the last generation of their kind. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 05:24
The ‘heat dome’ over the Pacific north-west brought unprecedented death to sealife. And the effects will be felt for years to come As a marine biologist who has studied the effects of extreme weather events for decades, I expected it would be bad. The “heat dome” brought record high air temperatures to the Pacific north-west, and for the plants and animals living along our extensive coastlines the late June timing could not have been worse. The scorching heatwave coincided with some of the lowest daytime tides of the year, leaving tidal lands exposed to hot air and sun for hours during the hottest part of the day, several days in a row. And bad it was. In the days immediately after the historic heatwave, I visited shorelines that looked and smelled like death. Mussel, oyster and clam shells open wide with rotting tissue exposed, snails and chitons no longer able to cling to the rock, kelp and surfgrass bleached white and sloughing off dead tissue. Similar scenes were reported throughout the Salish Sea of Washington and British Columbia by scientists, shellfish growers and the general public, with mortality estimates ranging from millions to billions of individuals. We’ve never seen anything quite like this before. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 04:30
Researchers also find impact of bottled water on ecosystems is 1,400 times higher than that of tap water The impact of bottled water on natural resources is 3,500 times higher than for tap water, scientists have found. The research is the first of its kind and examined the impact of bottled water in Barcelona, where it is becoming increasingly popular despite improvements to the quality of tap water in recent years. Continue reading...
08/05/2021 - 00:01
Exclusive: Area twice the size of London devoted to grouse shooting in UK’s parks, threatening efforts to tackle climate crisis National parks supposedly at the heart of efforts to tackle the climate crisis and boost nature are dominated by intensively managed grouse moors, according to new research. Driven grouse moors, which are associated with the controversial burning of vegetation and the illegal persecution of birds of prey, make up 44% of the Cairngorms national park, 28% of the North York Moors and a fifth of the Peak District, a study by the charity Rewilding Britain has found. Continue reading...