Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/14/2019 - 04:15
Joel Fitzgibbon’s climate change ‘settlement’ is rejected but Labor will allow the government’s ‘big stick’ energy policy to pass Joel Fitzgibbon has copped a blast in the left and right caucus meetings for declaring Labor should adopt the Coalition’s Paris emissions reduction target rather than pursue ambitious cuts to carbon pollution. The internal unrest came as the shadow cabinet was expected to sign off on Monday night on a shift in Labor’s attitude to the controversial “big stick” policy of the Morrison government. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 03:32
Cornwall council and EU will fund scheme to tap into ‘hot rocks’ beneath attraction A plan to heat the giant biomes of the Eden Project and, eventually, neighbouring communities by tapping into the “hot rocks” beneath the Cornish attraction has moved a step closer. The Eden Project announced on Monday that it had secured the funding to begin drilling for clean energy next summer. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 02:44
PM gives the United Nations a blast in parliament for trying to ratchet Australia up on climate targets Scott Morrison has identified the United Nations as the multilateral institution responsible for pursuing “negative globalism” – a Trump-like concept the prime minister flagged in a recent foreign policy speech – because the UN wants Australia to increase its ambition on emissions reduction. But while Morrison gave the UN a blast in parliament on Monday for allegedly ratcheting Australia up, it was actually the current government that agreed to an increase in ambition as part of the Paris framework which Tony Abbott signed Australia onto, and Malcolm Turnbull later ratified. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 01:28
‘Day of disruption’ in City of London targets financial firms profiting from climate crisis Extinction Rebellion activists have blocked a major junction in London’s financial district, as the movement switched its focus towards companies funding and profiting from the climate emergency. About 100 demonstrators walked into the roundabout outside the Bank of England in the City and sat down in the road at 7am on Monday. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 01:00
As the backbone of the river ecosystem because they control silt levels and filter water, mussels are facing a mysterious affliction Each fall since 2016, wildlife biologist Jordan Richard has returned to the same portion of the Clinch River in Tennessee, braced for the worst – tens of thousands of newly dead mussel shells gleaming from the surface of the water. The mass die-off isn’t recognizable at first. But once Richard sees the first freshwater mussel, which look quite different to their marine cousins of moules frite fame, he scans the river and finds another every five to 10 seconds. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 01:00
Community tell of devastating environmental impact on land where their animals grazed How fracking is taking its toll on Argentina’s indigenous people – video explainer The roar of the burning gas well could be heard almost a mile and a half away, from atop the high plateau where Albino Campo Maripe stood, looking down at the orange flames lapping the earth in the distance. When he was a child, the 60-year-old Mapuche chief used to ride there bareback. Those days are gone for ever. The once-pristine landscape is now dotted with fracking wells and the white patches of land cleared for even more. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 01:00
Campaign for Protection of Rural England says brownfield land offers more opportunities Only one in 10 homes built on green belt land in England in the last decade has been classed as affordable, undermining the case for the development of supposedly protected areas, according to countryside campaigners. The Campaign to Protect Rural England also found that only a third of the 266,000 future new homes currently proposed for green belt land around the country are likely to be affordable. In a report published on Monday, called Space to Breathe, the charity said most green belt developments were inefficient, with only 14 homes for each hectare instead of the 31 for each hectare that is the average on other land. Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 01:00
An oil fire burned for more than three weeks next to a freshwater lake in Vaca Muerta, Argentina, one of the world’s largest deposits of shale oil and gas and home to the indigenous Mapuche people. In collaboration with Forensic Architecture, this video looks at the local Mapuche community’s claim that the oil and gas industry has irreversibly damaged their ancestral homeland, and with it their traditional ways of life • Indigenous Mapuche pay high price for Argentina's fracking dream Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 01:00
An oil fire burned for more than three weeks next to a freshwater lake in Vaca Muerta, Argentina, one of the world’s largest deposits of shale oil and gas and home to the indigenous Mapuche people. In collaboration with Forensic Architecture, this video looks at the local Mapuche community’s claim that the oil and gas industry has irreversibly damaged their ancestral homeland, and with it their traditional ways of life Continue reading...
10/14/2019 - 00:00
Fatbergs clogging city sewers consist of 0.5% fat and 93% wet wipes – so a new campaign encourages people dispose of wipes responsibly Andy Serkis is familiar with playing malevolent creatures that lurk in the darkness, so it is perhaps fitting that the Lord of the Rings actor is now raising awareness about the unsightly horrors that lie in the UK’s sewers. A new campaign is warning against flushing wet wipes down the toilet. It turns out that the “fatbergs” clogging up our city sewers actually consist of just 0.5% fat and 93% wet wipes. Perhaps we should be calling them “wipebergs”. Continue reading...