Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/13/2019 - 06:44
Worldwide commission aims to end energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia by driving investment in new technology Electricity could be delivered to more than a billion people currently living without it within a decade by linking up small-scale projects into a giant, environmentally-friendly network. According to a new global commission, advances in micro energy grids and renewable energy technologies could “dramatically accelerate change” and transform lives in rural areas of sub-Saharan African and south Asia. Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 02:56
Exclusive: independent review will add to disagreements between Liberals and Nationals over environmental issues A highly secret government-commissioned review into skyrocketing rates of clearing of native vegetation for farming in New South Wales has been completed and is likely to add to simmering tensions between the Liberals and Nationals within cabinet. The review, which was triggered when land clearing exceeded 20,000 hectares in less than a year, has been undertaken by the NSW Natural Resources Commission, an independent body, and is soon to be considered by cabinet. Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 02:00
Ricardo Salles to meet Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) Critics say Bolsonaro lacks commitment to fight climate crisis Brazil’s environment minister, Ricardo Salles, will meet a rightwing US advocacy group that denies climate change, just four days before the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Salles will meet representatives from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) at the headquarters of the US Environmental Protection Agency on 19 September, Brazil’s Folha de S Paulo newspaper revealed. Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 01:00
Telethon asking viewers to give £2.4m for forests project to help tackle climate crisis People in Denmark will be able to “plant trees” from the comfort of their sofa in what is believed to be the world’s first TV fundraiser for forests. On Saturday the national broadcaster TV2 will air Denmark Plants Trees, a two-and-a-half hour live benefit event which will ask viewers to donate funds to plant 1m trees across the country. Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 00:58
Flights operate as normal after climate activists ‘blocked by signal-jamming technology’ Twelve people have been arrested over a drone protest at Heathrow that activists say will continue over the weekend. Protesters from a group called Heathrow Pause failed to cause disruption at the airport, but say the action highlights the devastating role air travel plays in the escalating climate emergency. Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 00:00
Paul Thomas Anderson’s tragic parable of society’s addiction to oil, fuelled by a zealous Daniel Day-Lewis, is a burning indictment of male aggression and an apocalyptic warning The title is a prophecy, a warning, or a vengeful supernatural pronouncement. Paul Thomas Anderson’s strange masterpiece, freely adapted by him from Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!, is a tragic parable of man’s dependence on this commodity: formerly the lubricant of commercial triumph and technological innovation, and now the dwindling lifeblood of our material prosperity, the unacknowledged driving force of our military conflicts, and even the cause of a coming ecological catastrophe. That dark title threatens a calamity now visible on the horizon: destruction of the Earth itself. And it is all inscribed in the story of the movie’s leading character, a man with the Bunyanesque name of Daniel Plainview. Related: 'An account of how insane we once were' – Paul Thomas Anderson on There Will Be Blood Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 00:00
Numbers of top five species up on last year while small tortoiseshell moves north It has been a painted lady summer. Nearly half a million of the migratory creatures were counted in British parks and gardens as part of the biggest butterfly survey in the world. The painted lady topped the charts of the annual Big Butterfly Count with 420,841 recorded during high summer after their first big influx on British shores in a decade. Continue reading...
09/13/2019 - 00:00
Wall will traverse the entirety of the southern edge of the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the US Construction of a 30ft-high section of Donald Trump’s border barrier has begun in the Organ Pipe Cactus national monument in southern Arizona, a federally protected wilderness area and Unesco-recognized international biosphere reserve. In the face of protests by environmental groups, the wall will traverse the entirety of the southern edge of the monument. It is part of the 175 miles of barrier expansion along the US-Mexico border being funded by the controversial diversion of $3.6bn from military construction projects. Continue reading...
09/12/2019 - 23:01
Rodents enjoyed being found by humans and would hide again to keep the game going The next time you see a rat darting for cover, consider this: it might just want to have a playful game of hide-and-seek. A group of neuroscientists in Germany spent several weeks hanging out with rodents in a small room filled with boxes, and found the animals were surprisingly adept at the childhood game – even without being given food as a reward. Continue reading...
09/12/2019 - 18:41
The Bureau of Land Management will offer leases to the 1.6m-acre coastal plain which is home to threatened polar bears The Trump administration is finalizing plans to allow oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that has been protected for decades. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer leases on essentially the entire 1.6m-acre coastal plain, which includes places where threatened polar bears have dens and porcupine caribou visit for calving. Drilling operations are expected to be problematic for Indigenous populations, many of which rely on subsistence hunting and fishing. Continue reading...