Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/28/2024 - 01:58
Revelation comes amid NSW asbestos crisis after contaminant found in mulch at more than 60 Sydney locations Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A school is one of 25 entities in Queensland’s south-east that were supplied mulch that could be contaminated with friable asbestos. The state’s department of environment (DESI) confirmed the dangerous material was found at waste facility NuGrow on 20 February in a proactive investigation by the government after asbestos was discovered at more than 60 sites across New South Wales in what has become an ongoing crisis in that state. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 01:00
Firm told it must take responsibility for toxic legacy of pollution and safe decommissioning of abandoned oil infrastructure The oil firm Shell cannot be allowed to withdraw from the Niger delta before it takes responsibility for its toxic legacy of pollution and the safe decommissioning of abandoned oil infrastructure, a report says. Shell plc is preparing to divest from the delta but a report warns that it must remain until it has cleaned up its legacy of pollution. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 00:00
Southwark asks residents to invest as little as £5 to help fund eco-projects such as cycle hangars and school upgrades Deep cuts to government funding have led a council in south London to ask its residents to invest their own money, for a financial return, to build cycle hangars, LED street lighting and green upgrades at schools and leisure centres. Amid a financial crisis hitting town halls across England, councillors in Southwark have resorted to a crowdfunding scheme to raise £6m over the next six years to help fund climate-friendly projects. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 00:00
Hanah Lahe is just 24 but she is already a leading voice for change in the former Soviet Baltic state Hanah Lahe can’t remember the fall of the iron curtain. Estonia’s youngest MP grew up surfing the web and consuming American television. Just nine years before her birth, it was all so different. When borders reopened after the end of Soviet rule in 1991, Estonians rushed to stare at bananas, enthralled by the arrival of this new, exotic fruit. “People were standing in line sometimes not even to buy, but just to have a look at them. Those who would buy them would not even eat them because it was such a big thing,” says Lahe, 24, recounting a story her grandmother told her. “When a plastic bag from another country that had a big brand name arrived, people would use it all the time.” Continue reading...
02/27/2024 - 20:48
Unseasonably warm temperatures, strong winds and dry grasses fuel the Smokehouse Creek fire, the largest in the state The main facility that assembles and disassembles America’s nuclear arsenal reopened on Wednesday morning after shutting down its operations on Tuesday night as fires raged out of control in Texas. The Pantex site in Amarillo in north Texas announced on Facebook that staff should come to work for normal shift operations after it had paused operations. Continue reading...
02/27/2024 - 17:33
Reports say tech giant made announcement during meeting and forecast layoffs, ending secretive and resource-heavy project Apple is canceling its plans to build an electric car, according to multiple outlets, ending a secretive project that has consumed immense resources over the past decade. Executives from the company made the unexpected announcement during an internal team meeting on Tuesday, forecasting layoffs and telling employees that many of them would shift to working on generative artificial intelligence, per reports. Apple is believed to have spent billions of dollars attempting to develop an electric, semi-autonomous vehicle under the codename Project Titan, and its decision to kill the program is a major retreat from its previous strategy. Continue reading...
02/27/2024 - 15:04
The Eurasian eagle owl who escaped from Central Park Zoo, was an inspiring sight for his many fans in his year of freedom “He had an adventurous spirit of curiosity about what lay beyond,” said Jacqueline Emery, remembering Flaco with tears in her voice. In his short year of freedom after he escaped from a city zoo, the non-native Eurasian eagle owl with piercing orange eyes captivated many New Yorkers – and fans far and wide. Continue reading...
02/27/2024 - 13:30
Proposed legislation would crack down on diesel-powered liners by requiring them to connect to city’s power grid when docked Efforts to regulate how cruise ships operate in New York City waterways have locals speaking out about the negative effects the vessels have had on their communities – and their health. More than 200 cruise ships dock in New York each year, bringing an estimated 1.3 million passengers and $420m in tourism spending to the city. But the industry takes an environmental toll: just one cruise ship docked for a day at port can emit diesel exhaust equivalent to 34,400 idling trucks. This story was updated on 29 February 2024 to include a comment from MSC Cruises. Continue reading...
02/27/2024 - 13:11
Rail Delivery Group said it hopes analysis will allow businesses to make greener travel choices Travelling by train on Britain’s busiest business routes generates less than half the carbon emissions of a battery electric car, according to detailed analysis from the rail industry. Certain journeys on the greenest, fullest electric trains produce as little as one-fifteenth of the CO2 per person compared with the footprint of a sole occupancy petrol or diesel car, the data shows. Continue reading...
02/27/2024 - 13:07
Fish species respond to temperature increases by going after more readily available prey. Models suggest this behavior could lead to more extinctions.