Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/10/2019 - 12:00
From humble beginnings, Market Forces is now in the crosshairs of the Coalition’s war on environmental boycotts When Market Forces, a small climate activist group, was singled out as the target of the government’s push to stop environmental campaigns that advocate boycotts of fossil-fuel companies, its leader was briefly taken aback but not disappointed. “You know you’re doing something right when the Morrison government tries to bring you down,” Julien Vincent, the group’s executive director and founder, says from its base in Melbourne. “It’s unpleasant, but it’s only happening because we are getting results.” Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 04:55
Defra revealed that more than £300,000 of public money has been spent on the devices Hundreds of thousands of pounds of UK taxpayers’ money has been spent on equipping badger cull marksmen and women with tracking devices so that their movements could be mapped by co-ordinators and police. Anti-cull activists have criticised the expense, arguing that the cost of the cull should be met by farmers rather than the public purse. Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 01:18
Manufacturers claim their products taste like the real thing, have huge ecological benefits and could soon be in our homes After the success of the Greggs vegan sausage roll and the juicy-yet-meatless Impossible Burger, the next new food sensation is coming to a plate near you: 3D-printed steaks and chicken thighs. Printed meat could be on European restaurant menus from next year as Israeli and Spanish firms serve up realistic beef and chicken produced from plant protein. And, within a few years, the printers are likely to be available to buy so that consumers can produce their own at home. Continue reading...
11/09/2019 - 15:02
Torrential rain has cost one life and blighted communities that feel they are being left to fend for themselves Driving north on a foggy Saturday morning on the M1, the signs say “Derbyshire flooding”. It sounds like the present continuous tense, ominous and ongoing. Twenty-four hours earlier, the body of Annie Hall, a former high sheriff of the county, had been found. She had been swept away by the River Derwent at Darley Dale, not far from Matlock. If that fatality lends a tragic note to the floods that hit the east Midlands and northern England on Friday, the streets are awash with many more mundane stories of hardship. Though the flooding has now subsided in most areas, in Doncaster people are still struggling to cope with the aftermath. Continue reading...
11/09/2019 - 14:02
‘Pernicious’ campaign is unfair on well-meaning people who want to help – expert The battle between climate change deniers and the environment movement has entered a new, pernicious phase. That is the stark warning of one of the world’s leading climate experts, Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. Mann told the Observer that although flat rejection of global warming was becoming increasingly hard to maintain in the face of mounting evidence, this did not mean climate change deniers were giving up the fight. Continue reading...
11/09/2019 - 07:11
National Black Caucus of State Legislators hosts event Booker defends support for nuclear power Only six candidates turned out for the first ever presidential forum on environmental justice at South Carolina State University on Friday night. Related: Michael Bloomberg: billionaire eyes centre lane in Democratic presidential race Continue reading...
11/09/2019 - 02:01
Backlash to prohibition on reef-harming chemicals frames issue as one of public health focused on skin cancer risk When city leaders in the Florida resort town of Key West voted earlier this year to ban the sale of sunscreens that scientists say are harmful to coral reefs, it was, in the words of mayor Teri Johnston, “a black and white issue”. Related: Florida county refuses to pay for New York Times in libraries: 'It's fake news' Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 21:41
Project by Argentinian artist Andrés Iglesias is poised for completion next week in eco-conscious city San Francisco, a city that prides itself on its eco-consciousness, will soon have a giant likeness of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg gazing upon its downtown, reminding residents to respect the planet. Related: 'Greta Thunberg effect' driving growth in carbon offsetting Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 19:02
Environment ministers sign off on timeline after Scott Morrison promises to tackle plastic waste in oceans A ban on the export of waste glass, plastic, paper and tyres will be phased in from mid next year after environment ministers agreed to a timetable for changes in the way Australia deals with recyclable material. The federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, and state and territory environment ministers signed off on the timeline, which will see the export of all of these waste materials banned by no later than 30 June 2022. Continue reading...
11/08/2019 - 16:30
Activists of all ages join actor in Washington for her fifth ‘Fire Drill Friday’, focused on the military Hundreds of protesters joined the celebrity activist Jane Fonda in Washington DC for her fifth Friday urging radical change to fight the climate crisis. In front of the US Capitol, Fonda spoke of the “urgency of the climate crisis and need for activism on an unprecedented scale”. Continue reading...