Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/17/2019 - 08:32
Chain tests new concept store in bid to revive activist spirit of founder Anita Roddick The Body Shop has opened a new UK concept store to test out a range ofshopping experiences, as it marks a return to the activist roots of its late founder, the environmental and human rights campaigner Anita Roddick. As well as a dedicated “activist” zone to encourage shoppers to to be part of a collective of local campaigners, new ideas being trialled in the central London outlet include a refill station – initially just for shower gels – which the ethical chain scrapped in the late 1990s after customers failed to understand how it worked. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 08:30
Study recommends move away from ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to reducing carbon footprint A “one-size-fits-all” solution to addressing the climate crisis through our diets could be unhelpful, as how we eat affects the environment in different ways depending on where we live and how our food is sourced, according to a new report. Although reducing the consumption of meat and animal-based products globally could lower greenhouse gas emissions, it could also have adverse impacts on people’s health and nutrition in some countries, according to a report published online in the Global Environmental Change journal on Monday. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 08:00
New York forum aims to ‘restore’ the climate by reducing atmospheric levels of carbon to those of a century ago A new effort to rally governments and corporations behind technologies that suck greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to help stave off disastrous global heating will be launched at the United Nations on Tuesday. The first annual Global Climate Restoration Forum, held in New York, aims to spur international support for emerging and sometimes controversial methods to claw back planet-warming gases after they have been emitted from power plants, cars, trucks and aircraft. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 08:00
Asset management companies BlackRock Inc and Vanguard have failed to live up to pledge to support climate action at energy firms Some of Wall Street’s largest asset management companies are failing to live up to commitments to use their voting power to fight the climate crisis, according to a new report. The report, published on Tuesday by the Washington DC-based Majority Action and the Climate Majority Project, claims that BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset manager with more than $6tn under management, and Vanguard, with assets of $5.2tn, have voted overwhelmingly against the key climate resolutions at energy companies, including a resolution at ExxonMobil’s annual shareholder meeting, and at Duke Energy. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 07:09
Blue shark is paraded through town before being chopped up as part of cookery event Conservationists have criticised an event during a seafood festival in which a shark was paraded through a British port city before being chopped up, cooked and served to onlookers. The blue shark, a near-threatened species, was hoisted in the air by two men and carried through Plymouth, Devon, before being deposited on a stage where it formed part of a cookery demonstration. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 04:42
Greens and conservationists warn it will be used by the Liberal National party to attack state Labor environment rules The Senate has approved a Liberal-backed inquiry into whether farming and poor water quality harm the Great Barrier Reef, interpreted as a bid to debate the claims of the controversial scientist Peter Ridd and discredit Queensland laws to protect the reef. The Greens and marine conservationists have warned the inquiry – due to report in October 2020 – will be used by the Queensland Liberal National party to attack the state Labor government, which is seeking land management changes and will be up for re-election in the same month. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 03:11
New website asks Australians to record sightings of insect that is main food source of the mountain pygmy possum Every spring, 4.4 billion bogong moths migrate up to 1,000km to the alpine regions of Victoria and New South Wales ahead of the summer heat. But for the past two years, the number of moths that have made the journey to those areas from breeding grounds in Queensland, NSW and western Victoria has crashed to almost undetectable levels and scientists are turning to the community for help. Continue reading...
09/17/2019 - 00:00
Six whistleblowers and ex-government scientists describe how the Trump administration made them bury climate science – and why they won’t stay quiet From weakening vehicle emissions to blocking warnings about how coastal parks could flood or the impact on the Arctic, the Trump administration is accused of muzzling climate science. Here six whistleblowers and former government scientists describe being sidelined by the administration – and why they won’t be quiet. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 22:00
Criminals threaten and attack government officials, forest defenders and indigenous people, Human Rights Watch finds Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is a lucrative business largely driven by criminal networks that threaten and attack government officials, forest defenders and indigenous people who try to stop them, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. Rainforest Mafias concludes that Brazil’s failure to police these gangs threatens its abilities to meet its commitments under the Paris climate deal – such as eliminating illegal deforestation by 2030. It was published a week before the UN Climate Action Summit. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 13:55
Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar to also miss the MSNBC event timed to align with global climate strikes Former vice-president Joe Biden and the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, will miss an MSNBC forum on the climate crisis to be held in Washington later this week. The livestreamed event at Georgetown University, which will include hourlong interviews with presidential contenders on Thursday and Friday, is aimed at students and timed to align with global climate strikes inspired by young people. Continue reading...