Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/08/2021 - 14:07
Evolutionary arms races between marine animals overhauled ocean ecosystems on scales similar to the mass extinctions triggered by global disasters, a new study shows.
03/08/2021 - 14:03
Support for Australian ex-minister with poor record on climate crisis would send ‘terrible message’ The UK has been warned not to send a dreadful message to the rest of the world by backing a controversial Australian former minister with a much-criticised climate change record to run the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The race to be the next secretary-general of the OECD – the Paris-based economic thinktank that advises governments across the world – has narrowed to Mathias Cormann, the former Australian finance minister, and Cecilia Malmström, the former EU trade commissioner and Swedish centrist politician. The result is due by 15 March. Continue reading...
03/08/2021 - 11:39
Australian Conservation Foundation to file test case to access documents on approvals fast-tracked by federal environment minister The Morrison government’s claim that national cabinet deliberations are exempt from freedom of information laws will be challenged in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, setting up a test over the new body’s immunity from scrutiny. The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) will file a case with the tribunal as it seeks to access information on at least 15 environmental approvals “fast-tracked” by the federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, a task so far stymied by the government’s insistence the documents fall under traditional cabinet rules. Continue reading...
03/08/2021 - 11:30
There is only one daddy longlegs – and it is looking at you right now from the corner you forgot to dust The daddy longlegs spider looks as though it was drawn very quickly on a sheet of paper by the hand of God (the hand of God is the MC Escher drawing of the hands drawing themselves) and then – perhaps after that sheet of paper was photocopied a few billion times, warming each spider up a bit – sprang off the page and into at least two corners in every home in Europe, Africa, North America, Asia, Oceania and South America – but not Antarctica, because they don’t like the cold. Googling the daddy longlegs is a mistake, because this creature you never get too close to, and which looks pleasantly enough like a semicolon on eight spindly legs, is suddenly magnified. Now it looks like (don’t click – don’t do it!) a pitch pipe mated with a lobster. Continue reading...
03/08/2021 - 11:19
A new study to detect calcification stress before and across ancient ocean acidification events.
03/08/2021 - 11:19
New research shows that coastal populations are experiencing relative sea-level rise up to four times faster than the global average. The study is the first to analyze global sea-level rise combined with measurements of sinking land. The impacts are far larger than the global numbers reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The high rates of relative sea-level rise are most urgent in South, South East and East Asia.
03/08/2021 - 11:12
Nature-rich sites such as woods and wetlands more valuable because of the ‘ecosystem services’ they provide The economic benefits of protecting nature-rich sites such as wetlands and woodlands outweigh the profit that could be made from using the land for resource extraction, according to the largest study yet to look at the value of protecting nature at specific locations. Scientists analysed 24 sites in six continents and found the asset returns of “ecosystem services” such as carbon storage and flood prevention created by conservation work was, pound for pound, greater than manmade capital created by using the land for activities such as forestry or farming cereals, sugar, tea or cocoa. Continue reading...
03/08/2021 - 11:00
Rising heat and humidity threatening to plunge much of the world’s population into potentially lethal conditions, study finds The climate crisis is pushing the planet’s tropical regions towards the limits of human livability, with rising heat and humidity threatening to plunge much of the world’s population into potentially lethal conditions, new research has found. Related: 'It is the question of the century': will tech solve the climate crisis – or make it worse? Continue reading...
03/08/2021 - 09:50
We asked you to tell us about women who have made a difference and how they inspired you ‘She was a breath of fresh air on inauguration day’ Continue reading...
03/08/2021 - 05:20
Conservation groups argue ‘excising farming and forestry zones is a catastrophic setback for the species’ The NSW Coalition has agreed to new rules to protect koala habitat but will effectively exempt most rural land from more stringent rules administered through the planning process. Instead, koala habitat on rural land will be covered by yet-to-be-announced protections under land-clearing laws administered by NSW Local Land Services through the primary industries portfolio. Continue reading...