Queensland passes laws banning ‘killer’ single-use plastics

Queensland has become the second Australian state to pass laws banning single-use plastics including straws and cutlery that are blighting the state’s waterways and beaches and endangering wildlife. Environmental groups congratulated the Queensland government after it passed legislation on Wednesday night that will ban single-use plastic items, including polystyrene food containers and cups, from 1 […]

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Basking sharks travel in extended families with their own ‘gourmet maps’ of feeding spots, genetic tagging reveals

Picture the scene. Swimming off Scotland’s west coast during a summer holiday you notice a large dark shark nearly 10 metres long headed towards you. A prominent triangular dorsal fin cuts the surface, the powerful rhythmically beating tail driving it silently through the cloudy green depths. You’re transfixed by a cavernous mouth large enough to […]

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These surfers use sensors in their board fins to monitor ocean warming

By Harry Kretchmer Who better to study the sea than a surfer? That’s the big idea behind Smartfin, a U.S.-based non-profit that’s giving data-collecting “smart” surfboard fins to surfers. The fins collect a range of data, including temperature and location. The fins are needed because scientists need more data about the warming of our ocean. Since […]

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