Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/22/2024 - 03:00
Research from the Royal Agricultural University suggests possible big cat presence in the UK, but others say evidence is flimsy When you think of four-legged British wildlife, the first animal that comes to mind may not be a black leopard. Yet that is exactly what Sharon Larkin-Snowden insists she has seen roaming the Cumbrian countryside over the past few months. The 52-year-old part-time construction worker was first told about alleged sightings of the so-called Beast of Cumbria in November, when local farmers noticed “unusual activity” on their land. But it wasn’t until later in the month that she claims to have had her own sighting. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 02:00
Team behind Little Amal puppet hope to create ‘visceral engagement’ with issues caused by climate emergency The production team behind the Little Amal puppet, which raised awareness about the plight of the refugee crisis in Europe, hope their next project – a herd of animal puppets going on a 20,000km trek – will start a new global conversation about the climate crisis. Amir Nizar Zuabi, the Palestinian artist who helped launch the Amal project, said The Herd – which will tour through several African and European cities and feature dozens of puppets – will be a “soft, beautiful evocation to think differently” about the climate crisis. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 01:00
Proposed Project One cracking plant is ‘hugely destructive’, says Client Earth The creation of the biggest petrochemical plant in Europe in 30 years faces a new legal challenge by a group of NGOs arguing that the true impact of the development on people, nature and the climate has not been considered. Client Earth lodged papers on Wednesday evening in court which aim to halt the building of Project One, a vast cracking plant to produce the chemicals to make plastic, which is being built in Antwerp by Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s company Ineos. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 01:00
Owner Stellantis’s decision to invest will safeguard 1,500 jobs at the factory Vauxhall’s owner, Stellantis, will make electric vans at its factory in Luton from 2025, helping to secure the future of 1,500 UK jobs at the plant. The Luton factory will produce medium-sized electric vans for the Vauxhall, Citroën, Peugeot and Fiat Professional brands, Stellantis announced on Thursday. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 01:00
With current data on global biodiversity either lacking or flawed, a global satellite scheme aims to fill the gaps to target protection of our seas, soils and wildlife For the handful of people who get the chance to observe Earth from space, the impact is often profound. Called the “overview effect”, astronauts report being deeply moved by the experience, as the planet’s fragility and beauty became clear. Others, such as the actor William Shatner, said they were overcome with grief. Now, scientists are proposing the creation of a new system that they hope will use the view from space to transform our understanding of Earth’s changing ecology and its complex systems. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 23:27
Darcy Bryne says discovery of friable asbestos at Rozelle interchange ‘outrageous’ after assurances mulch removal work would be completed by end of February What is asbestos and how dangerous is it? Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast More friable asbestos has been found in Rozelle, where the contamination crisis was sparked more than a month ago, prompting concerns from the local mayor about the speed and thoroughness of remediation works. The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced a further seven sites across greater Sydney had tested positive for asbestos over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 54 since 10 January. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 18:30
Even small amount of exposure to minute soot particles – known as PM2.5 – raises the risk of cardiovascular disease The sooty air pollution spewed out by cars, trucks and factories is causing widespread harm to people’s hearts and lungs even with the smallest amounts of exposure, with government regulations still routinely allowing for dangerous risks to public health, two major new studies have found. There is no safe amount of a microscopic form of airborne pollution known as PM2.5, consisting of tiny particles of soot measuring less than the width of a human hair, for heart and lung health, US researchers found, with even small amounts raising the risk of potentially serious problems. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 16:13
People in areas of high PM2.5 concentrations had higher amounts of amyloid plaques in brain Air pollution from traffic is linked to some of the more severe forms of dementia, and could be a significant cause of the condition among those who are not already genetically predisposed to it, research suggests. Research carried out in Atlanta, Georgia, found that people with higher exposure to traffic-related fine particulate matter air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of the amyloid plaques in their brains that are associated with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 14:15
Lawsuit targets BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Phillips 66 and Shell, alleging that they intentionally misled public Chicago on Tuesday joined the growing list of US cities and states suing fossil fuel companies for allegedly deceiving the public about the climate crisis. “There is no justice without accountability,” said the city’s mayor, Brandon Johnson, in an emailed statement. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 14:00
The impact of meat on the environment is well known, but what about staples such as rice and legumes? Biodiversity-conscious eaters could consider substituting potatoes for rice, cutting down on beef and lamb and asking where their beans, lentils and chickpeas are grown to reduce their impact on nature, a new study has found.Scientists analysed 151 popular recipes around the world for their biodiversity impact. They found meat dishes were the worst offenders: recipes including chilli con carne, salsa verde pork and a Spanish lamb dish called lechazo, all had high biodiversity damage scores compared with vegan and vegetarian ones. The massive environmental impact of eating meat has been well established, and the study reinforced this, with meat dishes scoring more than vegetarian or vegan dishes across almost all locally and globally produced scenarios. Brazilian-raised beef topped the charts. But the study, published on Wednesday in Plos One journal, also had surprising findings about the biodiversity footprint of some grains and legumes. Continue reading...