Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/21/2024 - 10:48
Attorney general’s attempt to end climate protesters’ use of consent defence is slippery slope, says KC A UK government attempt to remove one of the last remaining defences for climate protesters would be a slippery slope to the erosion of the constitutional right to trial by jury, the court of appeal was told on Wednesday. The attorney general, Victoria Prentis KC, is arguing that one of the last available defences being used by environmental protesters should be removed. Prentis is making the appeal in the case of a defendant known as C, after a string of acquittals by juries of defendants for acts of criminal damage involving daubing paint on buildings. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 10:12
In a rebuke to Governor Ron DeSantis’s denialism, the student body calls for campus-wide measures to tackle the climate crisis The University of Florida student senate voted in favour of a “green new deal” late on Tuesday, becoming the first public university to adopt such a resolution through student government. The mandate – which was unanimously passed – calls for sweeping campus-wide measures to tackle the climate crisis that include just transition, total divestment from fossil fuels, disclosure of the university’s financial ties within the private sector and a ban on receiving research funding from the fossil fuel industry. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 09:00
Three groups familiar with draft conservation laws say they do not go far enough and may allow political influence on development decisions Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast New national environment laws being developed by the Albanese government fail to address systemic flaws in the existing system and would continue to allow widespread deforestation, according to three organisations familiar with the plans. Officials representing the environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, have been sharing sections of draft conservation laws to be introduced this year in consultation meetings with conservation, business and other groups. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 07:19
Shadow farming minister commits to forging closer relationship with EU as polling shows farmers favour Labour over Tories Labour has laid out its plans for farmers at the National Farmers’ Union conference, promising to end imports that undercut British farmers and forge a closer trading relationship with the EU. Making a number of commitments that appeared to commit to properly functioning government rather than radical reform, the shadow farming minister, Daniel Zeichner, promised that Labour would make the Environmental Land Management scheme, which pays farmers to green their farms, work properly and take action on flooding. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 07:00
The firestorm that engulfed Lahaina last year disrupted a whole way of life and led some to reflect on food, land and a future beyond tourism In the aftermath of last summer’s catastrophic wildfire in West Maui, Miriam Keo began to question everything – from her well-paid union job at an upscale resort and the island’s reliance on tourism and food imports, to what role she, a Native Hawaiian, should play in rebuilding Lahaina. At the heart of much of this soul searching was the question of food (meaʻai) and land (Āina) – who controls it, and why it matters. “My outlook changed during the pandemic, but the fire was the last straw for me … I don’t want to serve tourists any more. This isn’t what our ancestors would want,” said Keo, 40, who recently resigned from the hotel after 16 years to work at a composting company. “I want to be a better steward for my people and Āina. I want to show my kids that there’s an alternative to the corporate tourism we’ve been under for so long, and food is a big part of that.” Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 05:00
Analysis gives clues as to why butterflies and moths have been resilient through dramatic changes on Earth – and could help with future conservation The genomes of butterflies and moths have remained largely unchanged for more than 250m years despite their enormous species diversity, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. In the face of rapid environmental changes in the 21st century, the researchers said the analysis gives clues as to how Lepidoptera – the order of winged insects that contains butterflies and moths – have been so resilient throughout dramatic changes on Earth. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 02:00
Armed with a Geiger counter, Michael Collins was given access to multiple power stations across the UK – he found them tranquil, beautiful and sinister Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 01:57
The Australian Automobile Association has found some SUVs use up to 20% more fuel on the road than reported in laboratory tests. Is your vehicle underperforming? The Crunch: what Australia’s love for SUVs means for emissions and safety – video Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails,free app or daily news podcast A real-world testing program at the Australian Automobile Association has revealed that some SUVs consume more petrol than their manufacturers claim. The government-funded program, which compares the fuel consumption and emissions of vehicles in Australian driving conditions with each vehicle’s laboratory test result, has so far shown some SUVs use up to 20% more fuel on the road than reported in laboratory tests. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 00:00
Porous dams in Purbeck are being used to ‘rewet’ the mires, bringing a richer landscape for flora and fauna Leaky dams may not sound ideal but they are being used to great effect on dried-out marshland in the English West Country to produce fresh habitat for carnivorous plants and a spider that whizzes over the surface of water to grab prey. Bales made out of heather and bunds constructed out of peaty soil and timber are being used to create porous dams on two mires, Agglestone and Greenlands, in Purbeck, Dorset. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 23:32
BMW X3 has biggest gap between manufacturer’s laboratory consumption claims and real-world testing in latest Australian Automobile Association data Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Cars driven in Australia consume up to 20% more petrol than manufacturers are claiming, according to a program that tests “real-world” on-road fuel efficiency with laboratory calculations. The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) testing – funded by the federal government – also found four of the 13 vehicles tested in its latest round of compliance checks exceeded regulatory limits for oxides of nitrogen or carbon monoxide. Continue reading...