Breaking Waves: Ocean News https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves en Coalition quietly adds fossil fuel industry leaders to emissions reduction panel https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/coalition-quietly-adds-fossil-fuel-industry-leaders-emissions-reduction-panel <p>Critics ask if some appointees to the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee have a potential conflict of interest</p> <p>The Morrison government has quietly appointed fossil fuel industry leaders and a controversial economist to a committee responsible for ensuring the integrity of projects that get climate funding.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/coalition-quietly-adds-fossil-fuel-industry-leaders-emissions-reduction-panel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:00:02 +0000 admin 80715 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Quarter of known bee species have not been recorded since 1990 https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/quarter-known-bee-species-have-not-been-recorded-1990 <p>Global study finds that species numbers reported in the wild fell sharply between 1990 and 2015</p> <p>The number of wild bee species recorded by an international database of life on Earth has declined by a quarter since 1990, according to <a href="https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(20)30651-5">a global analysis of bee declines</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/quarter-known-bee-species-have-not-been-recorded-1990" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:00:04 +0000 admin 80713 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org UN warns most will live downstream of ageing large dams by 2050 https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/un-warns-most-will-live-downstream-ageing-large-dams-2050 <p>Global study calls on governments to step up maintenance efforts to prevent failures, overtopping or leaks</p> <p>By 2050 most people will live downstream of a large dam built in the 20th century, many of which are approaching the limits of the useful lifetime they were designed for, according to global research.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/un-warns-most-will-live-downstream-ageing-large-dams-2050" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:57:06 +0000 admin 80714 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Farmers lead plan to reintroduce white-tailed eagle to Norfolk https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/farmers-lead-plan-reintroduce-white-tailed-eagle-norfolk <p>Consultation comes after the birds have been successfully rewilded in other parts of the UK<br /></p> <p>A consultation has been launched to reintroduce Britain’s biggest bird of prey to Norfolk in an unprecedented rewilding move led by farmers.</p> <p>Supported by other landowners in the region, a west Norfolk farm wants to release white-tailed eagles on to its coastal land, after the successful reintroduction of the birds in western Scotland and the Isle of Wight.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/farmers-lead-plan-reintroduce-white-tailed-eagle-norfolk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:33:00 +0000 admin 80712 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Yosemite closed after high winds bring down two giant sequoias https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/yosemite-closed-after-high-winds-bring-down-two-giant-sequoias <ul> <li>California national park to remain shut over the weekend</li> <li>About 300,000 people in the state had electricity knocked out</li> </ul> <p>Yosemite national park will remain closed through the weekend after high winds that battered much of California knocked down two giant sequoias and caused millions of dollars in damage.</p> <p> Related: <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2021/jan/22/joe-biden-covid-coronavirus-strategy-donald-trump-impeachment-kamala-harris-live">Joe Biden to focus on economic recovery after Covid as 17.5m vaccine shots given in US – live</a> </p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/yosemite-closed-after-high-winds-bring-down-two-giant-sequoias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:47:34 +0000 admin 80710 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Scottish environment agency still struggling against cyber-attack https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/scottish-environment-agency-still-struggling-against-cyber-attack <p>Key operations shut down as Sepa officials say they may never know true extent of data theft</p> <p>Officials at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) have warned a cyber-attack that led to the theft of thousands of confidential documents and shut down key operations has still not ended.</p> <p>The ransomware attack on Sepa, where criminals seized about 1.2GB of confidential data in an attempt to extort money for its return, began on Christmas Eve.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/scottish-environment-agency-still-struggling-against-cyber-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:56:23 +0000 admin 80711 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Electric vehicles close to ‘tipping point’ of mass adoption https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/electric-vehicles-close-tipping-point-mass-adoption <p>Sales increase 43% globally in 2020 as plunging battery costs mean the cars will soon be the cheapest vehicles to buy </p> <p>Electric vehicles are close to the “tipping point” of rapid mass adoption thanks to the plummeting cost of batteries, experts say.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/electric-vehicles-close-tipping-point-mass-adoption" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:25:40 +0000 admin 80709 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Cross-channel power link for 1m British homes opens https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/cross-channel-power-link-1m-british-homes-opens <p>Electricity cable stretches 149 miles on seafloor between UK and France</p> <p>A new high-voltage subsea cable linking the UK to France has begun importing enough electricity to power 1m British homes.</p> <p>The delayed power cable, which is the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/18/brexit-looming-energy-sector-builds-new-links-europe">second interconnector linking the UK</a> to France, will stretch 149 miles along the seafloor between Hampshire in the UK and Normandy in France.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/cross-channel-power-link-1m-british-homes-opens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:01:45 +0000 admin 80707 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org New rewilding project teaches tour guides to offer fresh look at travel https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/new-rewilding-project-teaches-tour-guides-offer-fresh-look-travel <p>The environment and tourism can benefit from a programme teaching tour guides about returning nature to a wilder state</p> <p>Tour guides across the world are being taught about rewilding as part of a new training programme that aims to create economic opportunities within wilder landscapes.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/new-rewilding-project-teaches-tour-guides-offer-fresh-look-travel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:00:46 +0000 admin 80708 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Secret Cinema defends plans for London event despite complaints https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/secret-cinema-defends-plans-london-event-despite-complaints <p>Residents say Dirty Dancing project in Walthamstow could present Covid risk and ‘hijack’ vital green space</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li> </ul> <p>Secret Cinema has defended proposals for an immersive Dirty Dancing event in east London, saying it will invest in local businesses after residents claimed it would be “hijacking” vital green space this summer.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/secret-cinema-defends-plans-london-event-despite-complaints" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:30:50 +0000 admin 80706 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org