Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/17/2021 - 12:37
Soaring energy prices slow production of gas used to stun animals before slaughter in abattoirs Britain’s pig farmers are the latest casualty of the worsening energy crisis which threatens to trigger a shortage of carbon dioxide used across the food and drinks industry. Rocketing gas prices have caused a Europe-wide slowdown for some chemical factories that produce fertiliser, a byproduct of which is carbon dioxide, used in fizzy drinks and beer as well as in the meat industry to stun animals before slaughter. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 12:02
Labour sources say climate crisis and green jobs will be key themes, amid concerns about leader’s commitment to policy Keir Starmer is committed to debating plans for a green new deal at Labour’s conference later this month, his team have insisted, despite the party having rejected a grassroots motion on the issue. Labour sources said the need to transform the economy to meet the climate challenge and create green jobs in the UK would be a key theme in Starmer’s conference speech, and in a lengthy essay for the Fabian Society he is due to publish in the run-up to the conference in Brighton. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 11:07
Major commitment with deadline of 2030 is big advance towards reaching 1.5C goal set out in Paris agreement The US and the EU made a joint pledge on Friday to cut global methane emissions by almost a third in the next decade, in what climate experts hailed as one of the most significant steps yet towards fulfilling the Paris climate agreement. The pledge came as the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, warned of a “high risk of failure” at the vital UN climate talks, Cop26, set for Glasgow this November. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 10:23
People living amid toxic fumes hope ruling will force Walleys Quarry to make urgent changes When she returned to her home in the village of Knutton, outside Newcastle-under-Lyme, after a trip to London on Thursday, the landfill fumes hit Helen Vincent like a brick wall. “We were saying to each other: ‘Oh how nice was the fresh air in London?’ You won’t hear many people say that,” she laughed. Vincent had been in London for a landmark high court ruling which ordered the Environment Agency to do more to protect five-year-old Mathew Richards from the landfill’s hydrogen sulphide fumes, which doctors said were shortening his life expectancy. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 10:00
Overfishing, a heating planet, pollution and habitat destruction have devastated reefs, scientists warn The world’s coral reef cover has halved since the 1950s, ravaged by global heating, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, according to an analysis of thousands of reef surveys. From the 1,430-mile (2,300km) Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the Saya de Malha Bank in the Indian Ocean, coral reefs and the diversity of fish species they support are in steep decline, a trend that is projected to continue as the planet continues to heat in the 21st century. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 08:55
With Cop26 on the horizon, activists are finding new ways to make politicians and public pay attention A new wave of climate activism, during which motorways have been blocked and politicians confronted by young people, is attempting to put pressure on the UK government before the UN Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow later this year. Insulate Britain staged its first protest on Monday and has since brought large sections of the UK’s busiest motorway to a standstill to demand action to tackle the escalating climate emergency. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 08:04
Global warming is causing a rapid decline in sea-ice area, which affects weather patterns and, surprisingly, increases wave height in the Arctic. In a new study, Japanese scientists analyzed data from a 2018 research expedition into Chukchi Sea to demonstrate the peculiar link that exists between sea spray induced by high waves and the formation of ice-containing clouds. Their results pave the way for more accurate climate change and sea-ice models.
09/17/2021 - 07:25
Nine sea turtles hatch on beach in Jesolo, Veneto, in what scientists describe as ‘exceptional’ event Eggs that were laid on a sandy beach in northern Italy by a loggerhead sea turtle, or Caretta Caretta, have hatched in what scientists describe as an “exceptional” event possibly brought on by global heating. It was the first time that the hatching of Caretta Caretta sea turtle eggs had been recorded along the northern Adriatic coast. Nine sea turtles were born on Wednesday night on the beach in Jesolo, a popular seaside resort close to Venice where their mother had deposited 82 eggs, about 25 metres from the sea, overnight on 9 July. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 06:30
Fifteen finalists chosen for providing innovative solutions to environmental challenges facing the planet The first finalists in the Duke of Cambridge’s ambitious £50m global Earthshot prize to help repair the planet over the next 10 years have been announced and include a schoolgirl, a city and a country. The prestigious global environment prize is designed to encourage solutions on climate change. The 15 inaugural finalists – three in each of the prize’s five categories – were chosen by experts and the prize council members. Continue reading...
09/17/2021 - 05:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including an ambush bug, friendly frogs and a rescued orca Continue reading...