Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/23/2024 - 00:00
The environment minister Susana Muhamad says nature is a ‘pillar’ of fighting the climate crisis The next round of global biodiversity negotiations will put nature at the heart of the international environment agenda, Colombia’s environment minister has said, as the country prepares for the Cop16 summit. Susana Muhamad, Colombia’s environment minister, who is expected to be the Cop16 president, said the South American country would use the summit to ensure nature was a key part of the global environmental agenda in the year building up to the climate Cop30 in the Brazilian Amazon in 2025, where countries will present new plans on how they will meet the Paris agreement. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 13:44
Dismissal of concept already recognised in UN declarations described as shameful, contradictory and undemocratic The UK government can never accept that nature or Mother Earth has rights, a British government official from the environment department has told the UN. The dismissal of a concept that has already been recognised in UN declarations and is a fundamental belief of many Indigenous communities was described by critics as shameful, contradictory and undemocratic. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 11:23
Labour MP says abuse and threats she has faced are indicative of serious problem that risks undermining democracy UK politics live – latest updates A leading Labour politician has said there is no justification for MPs to be targeted in their homes and that public life is “drowning in hate and violence”. Stella Creasy wrote in the Guardian that it was not acceptable to picket MPs in their home in response to an opinion piece by Just Stop Oil justifying the targeting of MPs. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 11:00
Nearly 40% of all food grown annually in the US goes unsold or uneaten. These companies are getting salty about food waste When Kaitlin Mogentale was studying environmental science at the University of Southern California, she watched a friend juice a carrot and noticed the waste it produced – and wondered what was happening to all of the pulp from Los Angeles’s juice shops. She later learned that most of it was being sent to landfills, where food waste contributes to more methane emissions than any other landfilled matter. “I was a college student, very young and naive, and I think that’s the recipe you need to get into the business,” said Mogentale, who founded Pulp Pantry, makers of fiber-filled Pulp Chips, which are created from the leftover pulp from cold-pressed juice. Mogentale said the company goes to juice-production facilities and collects 10,000lb (4,536kg) of pulp at a time – one day’s worth of leftovers – then transfers it in temperature-controlled trucks back to its manufacturer to make the chips. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:41
Conservative majority appears unsympathetic to environmental agency’s ‘good neighbor’ rule for areas downwind of smog sources The supreme court’s conservative majority seemed skeptical on Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency sought to continue enforcing an anti-air-pollution rule in 11 states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country. The EPA’s “good neighbor” rule is intended to restrict smokestack emissions from power plants and other industrial sources that burden downwind areas with smog-causing pollution. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:00
Visitors cannot return to tourism-reliant coastline so there’s ‘no money to pay the bills’ or for rebuilding, MP Warren Entsch says Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community Far north Queensland is “stuck in recovery mode” after ex-Cyclone Jasper caused catastrophic flooding, Warren Entsch says. The weather system crossed the coast near the remote Indigenous community of Wujal Wujal, 120km north of Cairns, in mid December, dumping more than a metre of rain on surrounding communities. The army was mobilised as people fled to rooftops to survive the flood waters, and the entire population of Wujal Wujal was evacuated. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:00
Scientists are investigating reports of dying coral from Lizard Island in the north to Heron Island in the south Scientists are reporting corals are bleaching white and dying from rising ocean temperatures across a more than 1,000km stretch of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science were preparing on Thursday to carry out surveys from a helicopter across the southern section of the reef. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 09:00
Modelling suggests climate change and population growth must be mitigated to avoid high damage bills and coastal hazards will dominate risk in future Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The New South Wales coastline is increasingly at risk of severe natural disasters, with the state on track for an annual damage bill of $9bn by 2060 if the effects of climate change and population growth are not mitigated. Fresh analysis from the NSW Reconstriction Authority revealed that while the highest natural hazard risks historically were from fires and heatwaves – and, at the moment, storms and floods – coastal hazards will dominate in years to come. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 06:15
Proposal focuses on technique that fills atmosphere with particles, reflecting part of sun’s heat and light back into space Switzerland has initiated a global debate on whether the “risks, benefits and uncertainties” of dimming the sun should be studied by a United Nations expert group. It is proposing that the world body should gather information about ongoing research into solar geoengineering, and set up an advisory panel that could suggest future options for the untested and controversial approach to reduce global heating, which would have implications for food supply, biodiversity, global inequality and security. Continue reading...
02/22/2024 - 05:30
I developed DNA barcoding in my back yard using a UV light and a white sheet to collect the moths of my childhood. I believe it could help discover all life on the planet As a child, I used to roam the countryside collecting moths and butterflies on the edge of the Great Lakes in Canada. It was as idyllic as it sounds: by day, I would scour the fields and forests for butterflies. At night, I would leave a white sheet and UV light in my back yard, rising at 5am to inspect the harvest of moths. By the time I was an adult, I could identify about 700 butterfly and moth species by sight, deciphering the stripes, dots and colours on their wings and bodies. Continue reading...