Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/24/2019 - 02:21
Chain will charge 5p, 7p, or 10p for various sizes of paper bag, with profits going to BBC Children in Need Boots will phase out all plastic bags from its stores by 2020, replacing them with brown paper bags. The move will remove from use 40m plastic bags a year, amounting to 900 tonnes of single-use plastic. Continue reading...
06/24/2019 - 01:59
Conservationists urge Sussan Ley to get her priorities right, saying her job is to protect species, not industries Victoria’s faunal emblem, the tiny Leadbeater’s possum, will keep its critically endangered listing after the environment minister, Sussan Ley, rejected a push by Coalition MPs to downgrade its conservation status. But Ley has been criticised for suggesting a long-delayed recovery plan for the possum should also consider the needs of the Victorian timber industry. Continue reading...
06/23/2019 - 23:57
Rangers and scientists and a white cartoonist converge for the night parrot but where is the night parrot??? Greetings from Paruku. I’m here at the Species of the Desert Festival having a lovely time. We are 12 hours drive eastish from Broome on the shores of (currently empty) Lake Gregory (Paruku) near the community of Mulan. It is very in the middle. This festival is a gathering of Indigenous rangers who live and work on country and also sometimes get together at events like this to share knowledge, do some organising and have a friendly chat. For a humble and very white cartoonist from rural Tasmania it is another world and I am feeling very lucky to be here and thoroughly enjoying myself – although the red dust gets into literally everything, even one’s undies (sorry TMI but it really does). Continue reading...
06/23/2019 - 20:24
Workers have been fighting uranium mining for decades – the environment needs mass civil disobedience What do Clive Palmer, Tony Abbott, Cory Bernardi, Barnaby Joyce, Mark Latham, Jim Molan, Craig Kelly, Eric Abetz and David Leyonhjelm have in common? No doubt many answers will come to to mind. But whatever else unites them, they all support nuclear power. Continue reading...
06/23/2019 - 14:24
Trump VP resists direct questioning in CNN interview EPA moved this week to roll back Obama Clean Power Plan At the end of a week in which the Trump administration rolled back Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Mike Pence declined repeated invitations to say the human-induced climate crisis is a threat to US national security. Related: Arrests at protest over New York Times' 'unacceptable' climate coverage Continue reading...
06/23/2019 - 11:25
Swimming in the ocean alters the skin microbiome and may increase the likelihood of infection, according to new research.
06/23/2019 - 01:00
Event organisers have already gone to war on plastic bottles and diesel generators, with the full support of music fans When Chris Johnson first started putting on outdoor parties with his mates, they were small, impromptu and shambolic – or “really good fun”, as he puts it. Seventeen years later and he and the same four university friends are still pioneering in their field of partying, albeit Shambala is now a four-day festival in rural Northamptonshire with 15,000 people that has set an industry standard for its eco-credentials. “We’re a purpose-led organisation, the point of it existing is to contribute something to the world,” says Johnson, “and the environment is an important part of our outlook; we have a responsibility – but also an opportunity to experiment.” Continue reading...
06/23/2019 - 00:00
Cold, rainy weather has meant severe planting delays for farmers from Ohio to Nebraska – and next week’s acreage report takes on heightened importance In his 32 years of farming, Steve Fourez says he’s almost never been so late planting corn and soybean crops on the 500 acres he farms in east-central Illinois. Normally by the start of May he’s finished planting corn, and soybeans are seeded soon after. This year, Fourez said, he wrapped up planting on 6 June, as cold, grey and rainy weather kept him idle. Fourez’s experience is playing out across the corn belt, a deeply fertile agricultural region stretching roughly from Ohio to Nebraska. Continue reading...
06/23/2019 - 00:00
The government stands accused of failing to protect workers as it sold off projects to EDF and other foreign firms In the renewables sector, the Scottish government has been perfecting a form of political alchemy over the last decade. In this, Nicola Sturgeon and her ministers have succeeded in spinning mere optimism into hard political currency. The title of its manifesto for the 2011 Holyrood election asked voters to “Re-elect a Scottish Government Working For Scotland” and claimed that developing the low-carbon economy would create “around 130,000 jobs”. At the current growth rate of real jobs in this sector, you wouldn’t bet on that figure of 130,000 being reached before that big asteroid with Earth’s name on it finds its bearings. Continue reading...
06/22/2019 - 21:31
Floating boom is designed to trap 1.8tn items of plastic without harming marine life – but broke apart last time A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in a second attempt to clean up a huge island of garbage swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. Boyan Slat, creator of the Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 600 metre (2,000ft) long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific garbage patch this week after four months of repair. Continue reading...