Breaking Waves: Ocean News http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-waves en Ex-minister: Bolsonaro ‘most detested’ leader as he neglects the Amazon http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/ex-minister-bolsonaro-most-detested-leader-he-neglects-amazon <p>Rubens Ricupero warns the far-right leader is wreaking havoc on Brazil’s environment and its global standing</p> <p>Jair Bolsonaro’s neglect of the Amazon has made him “the most despised and detested leader” on earth, Brazil’s former environment minister has claimed, as the far-right leader again rebuked French president Emmanuel Macron for challenging his environmental record.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/ex-minister-bolsonaro-most-detested-leader-he-neglects-amazon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:17:27 +0000 admin 74704 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com French climate activists protest as Macron attends G7 summit http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/french-climate-activists-protest-macron-attends-g7-summit <p>Marchers carrying inverted portraits of president demand more action on climate crisis</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/french-climate-activists-protest-macron-attends-g7-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 15:31:28 +0000 admin 74703 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Americans' love of hiking has driven elk to the brink, scientists say http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/americans-love-hiking-has-driven-elk-brink-scientists-say <p>Trail use near Vail, Colorado, has more than doubled since 2009. It’s had a devastating impact on a herd of elk<br /></p> <p>Biologists used to count over 1,000 head of elk from the air near Vail, Colorado. The majestic brown animals, a symbol of the American west, dotted hundreds of square miles of slopes and valleys.</p> <p>But when researchers flew the same area in February for an annual elk count, they saw only 53.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/hiking-elk-driven-to-brink-colorado-vail">Continue reading...</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 10:00:08 +0000 admin 74701 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com G7 can’t turn a blind eye to ecocide in the Amazon http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/g7-can-t-turn-blind-eye-ecocide-amazon <p>Leaders must ask themselves if Jair Bolsonaro’s destructive attitude to the forest and its peoples should be considered a crime</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/g7-can-t-turn-blind-eye-ecocide-amazon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 07:59:05 +0000 admin 74702 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Four wheels bad, but three sehr gut. Germans climb aboard cargo bikes http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/four-wheels-bad-three-sehr-gut-germans-climb-aboard-cargo-bikes <p>As Berlin tries to switch to greener transport, people are choosing the bike, not the electric car – and it’s becoming a status symbol </p><p>In a fashionable corner of the capital of Germany, Europe’s “car nation”, parents picking up or dropping off their offspring have lined the edge of a popular playground with luxury vehicles. There are summery convertibles, wood-panelled multi-seaters and slim racers – but none of them has four wheels.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/four-wheels-bad-three-sehr-gut-germans-climb-aboard-cargo-bikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 07:59:04 +0000 admin 74700 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com UK fracking site near Blackpool reports largest tremor yet http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/uk-fracking-site-near-blackpool-reports-largest-tremor-yet <p>Cuadrilla reports ‘mico-seismic event’ at Preston New Road facility on Saturday night</p> <p>A tremor of magnitude 2.1 has been recorded at the UK’s only active fracking site – the largest detected at the facility.</p> <p>The energy firm Cuadrilla said the “micro-seismic event” at its site near Blackpool had occurred at 11.01pm on Saturday.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/25/uk-fracking-site-near-blackpool-reports-largest-tremor-yet">Continue reading...</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 07:11:53 +0000 admin 74699 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com 'Damage has been done': Newark water crisis echoes Flint http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/damage-has-been-done-newark-water-crisis-echoes-flint <p>The New Jersey city’s lead contamination crisis has been more than three years in the making – and residents feel officials have been slow to act</p> <p>On a steaming August afternoon in Newark, New Jersey, a stream of cars parked in front of the Boylan Street recreation center. Typically, they would be driven by parents, dropping off kids hoping to take advantage of the last days of summer at the giant pool, or to play basketball or tennis. But these people were coming for a different reason. The center had become a hub for the distribution of drinkable water.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/damage-has-been-done-newark-water-crisis-echoes-flint" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 05:00:14 +0000 admin 74696 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Privatising energy is doomed to failure | Letters http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/privatising-energy-doomed-failure-letters <p>Small, private energy firms can’t hope to compete in a global market</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/privatising-energy-doomed-failure-letters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 05:00:06 +0000 admin 74697 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Russian officials blame food for traces of radiation in doctor treating blast victims http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/russian-officials-blame-food-traces-radiation-doctor-treating-blast-victims <p>Authorities say one man had cesium-137 in his muscle tissue, probably from ‘fish, mushrooms, lichens, algae’</p> <p>A doctor who helped treat victims of the mysterious nuclear blast in Russia more than two weeks ago has traces of radiation in his muscle tissue, said regional officials, who blamed the readings on his diet rather than the explosion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/russian-officials-blame-food-traces-radiation-doctor-treating-blast-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 04:56:33 +0000 admin 74698 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Trump officials voice anger at G7 focus on 'niche' issues such as climate change http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/trump-officials-voice-anger-g7-focus-niche-issues-such-climate-change <p>The spark for the fuse appeared to be an impromptu lunch between Trump and Macron, without any aides</p> <p>Senior aides in Donald Trump’s entourage have accused the G7 host and French president, Emmanuel Macron, of seeking to embarrass his US counterpart by making the summit focus on “niche issues” such as climate change, according to multiple US media reports.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/trump-officials-voice-anger-g7-focus-niche-issues-such-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2019 02:08:12 +0000 admin 74695 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com