Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/26/2023 - 14:05
Fires, land conversion, logging and water shortages have weakened resilience of 2.5m sq km of forest, says study Human activity and drought may have degraded more than a third of the Amazon rainforest, double the previous estimate, according to a study that heightens concerns that the globally important ecosystem is slipping towards a point of no return. Fires, land conversion, logging and water shortages, have weakened the resilience of up to 2.5m sq km of the forest, an area 10 times the size of the UK. This area is now drier, more flammable and more vulnerable than before, prompting the authors to warn of “megafires” in the future. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 11:00
Scientists identify parts of ocean suitable for seaweed cultivation and suggest it could constitute 10% of human diet to reduce impact of agriculture An area of ocean almost the size of Australia could support commercial seaweed farming around the world, providing food for humans, feed supplements for cattle, and alternative fuels, according to new research. Seaweed farming is a nascent industry globally but the research says if it could grow to constitute 10% of human diets by 2050 it could reduce the amount of land needed for food by 110m hectares (272 acres) – an area twice the size of France. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 10:36
Teenage athlete asks not to be considered for world cross country championships because of impact of air travel A promising teenage athlete has declined to represent Great Britain in a competition due to be held in Australia because she is concerned about the environmental impact of the associated travel. Innes FitzGerald, a leading junior endurance runner, cited her “deep concern” over the issue in a letter to British Athletics in which she asked not to be considered for selection for the world cross country championships. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 04:47
Environment Agency paints bleak picture of coastal regions with eco-systems and people coming under increased pressure Dredging is likely to increase around the English coast, while pollution and sewage are piling pressure on coastal ecosystems, and an increasing number of people are at risk of coastal flooding, the Environment Agency has warned. Three-quarters of shellfish waters around England failed to meet “aspirational” standards for environmental protection in 2021, the report by the agency’s chief scientist’s group found. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 04:27
National Grid puts Drax on standby and briefly calls in EDF’s West Burton unit, as energy use increases and wind power drops National Grid asked coal-fired power stations to warm up on Thursday for the third time this week in case they are needed, as cold weather across the UK continues. Two units at Drax, in Yorkshire, and one at West Burton, in Nottinghamshire, were asked to fire up just before midnight on Wednesday. The West Burton unit was stood down at 5:13am, but the Drax units have continued to heat up, according to notifications sent to the industry. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 03:00
Exclusive: Graham Stuart received £12,000 towards campaign from fuel distributor and aviation consultant The UK climate minister – who recently stated not all fossil fuels were the “spawn of the devil” – received campaign donations from one of the largest fuel distributors in the UK as well as an aviation consultant and recruiter, it has emerged. Graham Stuart, the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, was appointed climate minister by Rishi Sunak in September. He has responsibility for net zero strategy and low-carbon generation, and is the Commons lead for clean heat. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 02:19
Scathing allegations, which company rejects as ‘baseless’, will hamper access to Wall Street but surging coal price will ease burden, experts say Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The ability of Adani Group to raise money will be curbed after scathing allegations in a report by an activist US short-seller, although surging coal prices that underpin the Indian conglomerate’s contentious Queensland operations will help alleviate some pressure, analysts say. Adani, which operates the Carmichael coal and rail project via its rebranded subsidiary Bravus, is the target of US investment firm Hindenburg Research, which alleges the company has engaged in a “brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme”. A private company called Carmichael Rail and Port Singapore Holdings with ties to Adani paid A$147m for unspecified “work in progress” assets from the Australian operations, without a detailed description. The same private company paid A$155m for the right to use the rail facilities at the Queensland operation. The private Carmichael company also received A$100m from an Adani subsidiary to pay off debt. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 02:15
Case brought under Bern convention on nature may set precedent for destruction of biodiversity in war Azerbaijan has launched a landmark legal challenge against Armenia for allegedly destroying its environment and biodiversity during nearly three decades of occupation of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. An international tribunal will consider evidence of widespread environmental destruction during the conflict between the two nations, including deforestation and pollution, and will be asked to order Armenia to pay reparations. Continue reading...
01/26/2023 - 00:20
Thai capital’s already bad air made worse by forest fires and burning on farms People in Bangkok have been advised to work from home and wear face masks due to air pollution that has worsened to unhealthy levels. Officials urged people to use public transport rather than private cars for commuting, and said the authorities would seek to reduce sources of pollution such as outdoor burning and construction activities. Face masks would be distributed to vulnerable people, Bangkok authorities said. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 21:00
North Coast Chronicles visits the Port of Cleveland with its President and CEO, Will Friedman.  Cleveland was founded in 1796 by General Moses Cleveland along the mouth of the Cuyahoga River.  With the first commercial ship arrival in the early 1800's, Cleveland's location at the eastern side of the Great Lakes has put the port in the forefront of domestic and international shipping. Listen and learn about wind energy development, beneficial use of dredge material  and the Port's association with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.