Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/15/2019 - 10:10
The pick of this week’s best flora and fauna photos from around the world, including a tired tiger and sea goldies Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 08:00
Young XR members travel by canoe into heart of Amazon to form ‘forest pact’ with indigenous groups and land activists The search for solutions to the climate crisis does not get any more radical, far-reaching or deeper into nature than the alternative climate conference currently taking place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. In the past few days, European climate strikers and Extinction Rebellion youth activists have travelled by motor canoe deep into a region known as Terra do Meio to share ideas with indigenous leaders, forest dwellers, environmental activists and Brazil’s leading climate scientists, anthropologists and archaeologists. The Russian punk anarchist Nadya Tolokonnikova, of Pussy Riot, was also set to join the gathering along with local artists and Catholic bishops. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 06:30
Since climate campaigner’s transatlantic adventures, more people are looking to travel by sail Hitching a ride on a sailing boat across the Atlantic might sound like a far-fetched endeavour reserved for the famous and well-connected. But Greta Thunberg has now managed it twice in three months – and her antics appear to be inspiring a growing, if nascent, movement in sail-hitching. Maritime hitchhiking has hitherto been reserved for sailors looking for experience on different routes and vessels. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 04:41
EU’s lending arm to become first ‘climate bank’ by ending financing of oil, gas and coal projects after 2021 The European Investment Bank has agreed to phase out its multibillion-euro financing for fossil fuels within the next two years to become the world’s first ‘“climate bank”. The bank will end its financing of oil, gas, and coal projects after 2021, a policy that will make the EU’s lending arm the first multilateral lender to rule out financing for projects that contribute to the climate crisis. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 03:20
Heavy rains have led to 107 flood warnings across much of England and parts of Wales Flood barriers were erected in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday as more than 100 warnings were issued across the country following November’s wet weather. The Environment Agency (EA) moved to protect some of the key sites associated with William Shakespeare, including the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which is on the banks of the Avon. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 02:00
Study of chicken egg samples reveals presence of dangerous chemical compounds around areas where waste is dumped Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia. A new study that sampled chicken eggs around sites in the country where plastic waste accumulates identified alarming levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls long recognised as extremely injurious to human health. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 02:00
America Recycles Day promoted by EPA is brainchild of not-for-profit backed by companies that produce plastic products America’s government-backed national recycling awareness day is being used as cover by large corporations that are churning out enormous volumes of plastic that end up strewn across landscapes, rivers and in the ocean, critics have said. The America Recycles Day event on Friday is being vigorously promoted by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a way to encourage Americans to recycle more. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 02:00
Richard Berman is running a campaign to educate the public on plant-based meat burgers such as Impossible and Beyond Beef The food industry has a “weapon of mass destruction”. His name is Richard Berman. And he has his sights set on destroying the growing appetite for meatless burgers and plant-based meat substitutes. Berman has form in this line of work. A longtime Washington DC lobbyist and PR strategist, he has advised – and tried to shield – some of America’s most powerful industries from criticism. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 02:00
Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as bad as shipping and aviation emissions combined, researchers find The methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industries combined. Coalmines are belching millions of tonnes of methane into the atmosphere unchecked, because policymakers have overlooked the rising climate threat, according to new research. Continue reading...
11/14/2019 - 16:19
Researchers find environmental developments caused by climate change are contributing to the transformation of the seafloor to a lower, more patchy seascape dominated by shrub-like seaweed which could impact species habitats and the structure of the food web.