Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/24/2019 - 16:29
French president talks up trade sanctions as world leaders convene and thousands of Brazilians march against Bolsonaro Emmanuel Macron has asked for world powers to help Brazil and its neighbours fight the fires raging in the Amazon and to plan huge replanting programmes. The appeal came as the French president piled pressure on Brazil’s far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, who has been accused of fuelling the burning of the rainforest. As environmental protesters marched nearby, the G7 summit’s, opening meeting was dominated by the spectre of economic repercussions for Brazil and its South American neighbours and showed how the Amazon is becoming a battleground between Bolsonaro and the west. Many governments have become alarmed that vast swathes of the Amazon are going up in smoke, affecting biodiversity and worsening the climate crisis. Continue reading...
08/24/2019 - 07:00
Cambridge punting idyll disguises crisis in flow of chalk streams, campaigners warn It’s a beautiful day on the river Cam in Cambridge. As the sun sparkles on the water at Jesus Green lock, tourists line up for ice-cream and prepare to take a punt around the university’s most celebrated colleges. Few notice how pathetic the flow of water is over the lock. It is a clear sign that this ancient waterway is faring badly, says Stephen Tomkins, emeritus fellow and former head of the science faculty at Homerton College. “That little bit running through here is the total flow from the whole of south Cambridgeshire,” he says, pointing at an unimpressive trickle. There just is not enough water, he adds: “The river Cam is drying up.” Continue reading...
08/24/2019 - 06:33
Lancashire-based operation, Britain’s only active fracking site, has magnitude 1.05 tremor The UK’s only active fracking site experienced a magnitude-1.05 tremor on Friday night. It came two days after a magnitude-1.55 tremor, which was the largest ever tremor at the site run by Cuadrilla in Preston New Road, Lancashire. Friday’s tremor was detected at 11.22pm. The company said it lasted for less than a second. Cuadrilla said: “The measured vibration at ground level during the event was approximately 0.4 mm/s. This micro-seismicity followed today’s pumping operations. The integrity of the well has been confirmed.” Continue reading...
08/24/2019 - 01:00
Emissions of a likely carcinogen emitted by a nearby plant have been recorded at levels hundreds of times above the safe limit Local officials in Reserve, Louisiana, are examining the prospect of removing pupils from an elementary school situated a few hundred feet from a chemical plant that presents the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins anywhere in America, the Guardian has learned. The Fifth Ward elementary school, which educates close to 500 students aged up to 10 years old, has become a focal point in environmental activism in Reserve after emissions of a likely carcinogen, chloroprene, emitted by the nearby plant have been recorded at the school at levels hundreds of times above the safe limit recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 20:03
President uses TV speech to criticise ‘disinformation’ about fire crisis, saying it cannot be used as pretext for sanctions Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has professed to feeling “profound love and respect” for the Amazon as fires continued to rage in the world’s biggest tropical rainforest and criticism of his environmental policies intensified. In a televised address to the nation – met with pot-banging protests in several Brazilian cities – Bolsonaro said he was “not content” with the situation in the Amazon and was taking “firm action” to resolve it by deploying troops to the region. Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 18:50
Management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante, downsized by Trump administration in 2017, criticized as ‘a giveaway to fossil fuel’ A new US government plan had cleared the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land stripped from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by the Trump administration two years ago. The plan, released by the Bureau of Land Management on Friday, would also open more lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges there could be “adverse effects” on land and resources in the monument.Trump drastically shrank the southern Utah monument in 2017, as well as the nearby Bears Ears national monument, in what represented the largest elimination of public lands protections in US history. Some 800,000 acres were removed from the Grand Staircase. Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 17:00
Only 230 of the sub-species remain in the wild, a population that will become unsustainable without interbreeding • The Guardian Australia/Birdlife Australia bird of the year poll will return in October Researchers have introduced three dozen hybrid helmeted honeyeaters into the wild in an attempt to prevent the critically endangered bird from dying out because of inbreeding. On Friday, the juvenile birds were released into the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, which holds the only wild population of critically endangered helmeted honeyeaters, in an unusual attempt at genetic species rescue. Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 15:00
Environment department officials say meeting did not discuss a compliance action involving a Taylor company Angus Taylor did not declare at a meeting with environment officials about critically endangered grasslands that he had a financial interest in a company that was under investigation for poisoning them. And no notes were taken by the senior department official who attended the meeting in 2017, a Senate committee has heard. Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 10:33
Why people should be worried about the blazes and increased deforestation in Brazil Thousands of fires are burning in Brazil, many of them in the world’s biggest rainforest, which is sending clouds of smoke across the region and pumping alarming quantities of carbon into the world’s atmosphere. Continue reading...
08/23/2019 - 09:39
State’s highest court rejects attempt to derail project by opponents who want to force developer to reapply for state approval Nebraska’s highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval. The pipeline faces intense resistance from environmental groups, Native American tribes and some landowners along the route who worry about its long-term impact on their groundwater and property rights. But in Nebraska, many affected landowners have accepted the project and are eager to collect payments from the company. Continue reading...