Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/21/2019 - 06:01
‘Investment blitz’ to be funded by wealthy and includes tax on energy firms to tackle climate crisis Latest election news - live updates Jeremy Corbyn has launched the most radical Labour manifesto in decades, promising an “investment blitz” that would leave no corner of the UK untouched and welcoming the hostility of billionaires, big business and dodgy landlords. Speaking at an upbeat event at Birmingham City University, where students and activists leaned over balconies adorned with banners setting out Labour’s policies, Corbyn urged the public to vote for “hope” at the general election in three weeks’ time. Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 05:24
British group delay tour to support new album Everyday Life as they work towards developing carbon-neutral concerts Coldplay have pledged to make any tour in support of their new album “actively beneficial” to the environment. Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that the British group was waiting to tour their new album, Everyday Life, so they can ensure such a tour is carbon neutral. “Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally,” said Martin. “We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral. We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?” Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 01:00
Campaigner says Conservatives might ban live exports and give more funding for fighting wildlife crime Wildlife campaigner Dominic Dyer received a call last week from former Conservative environment minister Zac Goldsmith with an unexpected request: could Dyer advise on the foxhunting ban, and how might the Tories strengthen it in their manifesto? The 2019 election may go down in history as another Brexit vote but the apparently marginal issue of animal rights could – once again – prove surprisingly influential. Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 00:38
Residents say such storms now occur on a weekly basis, as topsoil from drought-ravaged farms is blown through the town Follow latest updates on Victoria, NSW and South Australia bushfires As Victoria issued a code red bushfire alert and Melbourne sweltered through a record-equalling November temperature, the residents of Mildura walked out of their homes at midday on Thursday to see a dust storm rolling in. On a day of catastrophic fire danger and 40C heat, high winds swept the dry topsoil into the air and across the state. In Mildura, in far north-western Victoria, dramatic footage and pictures showed the sky turn an angry red. Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 00:20
Extreme weather conditions trigger fires in several states and a thunderstorm asthma warning and dust storm in Victoria 7.41am GMT We are going to close this blog now, but stand by for a story summarising today’s fires and a forecast for tomorrow. Fires continue to burn all over the country. Across NSW, there are still 59 fires burning, 29 of which are not contained, and one which is at emergency level. 7.32am GMT The storm that has swept across Victoria has caused significant damage. The State Emergency Service has received 1,800 requests for assistance in the last 24 hours, the majority – 1,300 – for fallen trees. Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 00:00
Leaked document says fishing surge in international waters poses long-term risks Iceland has been accused of threatening the long-term sustainability of vital mackerel stocks after unilaterally increasing its catches in the international waters of the north-east Atlantic. In a damning leaked document agreed at a meeting in London in October, the EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands lambasted Reykjavik’s decision to significantly raise its quota without consultation. Russia and Greenland were also criticised. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 22:56
Temperatures top 40C in Victoria’s north as up to 11 properties hit by fire in South Australia, while NSW and Tasmania face difficult conditions Record-breaking spring temperatures helped spark and fan bushfires across the country on Thursday, forecasting a potentially devastating bushfire summer. In Victoria, 100km/h winds fanned more than 60 blazes, as an unprecedented heatwave moved north to south, drawing comparisons with the “worst conditions you’d see in February or March” from the state’s emergency services minister Lisa Neville. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 21:00
Under the level-two water restrictions, people will need to use a bucket or watering can to water gardens at approved times Parts of New South Wales will face tougher water restrictions in an attempt to stem falling dam levels as the state grapples with drought. The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the water minister, Melinda Pavey, on Thursday announced Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra would be subject to level-two water restrictions from 10 December. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 20:47
Murdoch was responding to a question at AGM about time given to ‘climate deniers’ by News Corp outlets in Australia News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has said “there are no climate change deniers around I can assure you” after he was asked at the corporation’s AGM why his company gives them “so much airtime” in Australia. Murdoch was speaking in New York on Wednesday when he received a question from a proxy for Australian activist shareholder Stephen Mayne. Continue reading...
11/20/2019 - 19:31
Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate. Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.” Continue reading...