Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/19/2024 - 07:00
Lobbying firms work double-duty, representing political interests of victims and perpetrators of climate change in state capital New research reveals that dozens of New York universities, hospitals, museums and non-profits are employing lobbyists that also work for fossil fuel companies, which some say is blatantly “aiding and abetting” the climate crisis. New York’s wealthiest lobbying firms work double-duty in the state capital, representing the political interests of both the victims and perpetrators of the climate crisis, according to a new report from F Minus, a database of state-level lobbying disclosures released last year, and LittleSis, a project created by the non-profit corporate and government accountability watchdog Public Accountability Initiative. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 02:00
Lough Neagh’s flies were seen as a nuisance. Now their sudden disappearance is a startling omen for a lake that supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s water Photographs by Alexander Turner Declan Coney, a former eel fisher, knew there was something wrong when the famed swarms of Lough Neagh flies failed to materialise. In past years, they would appear around the Northern Irish lake in thick plumes and “wisps” – sometimes prompting mistaken alarm of a fire incident, Lough Shore residents say. Clothes left out on a washing line “would be covered in them”, Coney says. So would any windshield on a vehicle travelling around the lough’s 90-mile shoreline. Conservationists marvelled at their courtship dances, hovering above treetops. Former eel fisher, now lake monitor, Declan Coney: ‘This is the first year ever that you’d find there’s no flies here’ Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 02:00
Warning that soaring number of vessels threaten fish stocks and environment as geopolitics prevents agreement to regulate area The scale of unregulated fishing in a disputed region close to the Falkland Islands has reached an “overwhelming” level that is threatening fish populations and the rich biodiversity of the area, politicians and environmentalists have claimed. The “Blue Hole”, a stretch of the south Atlantic Ocean lying approximately 200 miles off the coast of Argentina and north of the Falkland Islands, is one of the only areas of sea that is not covered by a regional fishing agreement. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 00:00
Independent advice provider calls for clarity on funding and says project may offer ‘poor value for money’ Ministers have been urged by Citizens Advice to protect consumers from a hike in household energy bills to pay for the proposed Sizewell C power station, amid international tensions over the rising costs of nuclear projects. The UK’s largest independent advice provider has raised concerns that the project in Suffolk may offer “poor value for money” and called for greater clarity on its funding, in a letter to the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 19:01
Global Witness says the five ‘super-majors’ are the ‘main winners of the war’ while many struggle to heat their homes The world’s five largest listed oil companies have made profits of more than a quarter of a trillion dollars since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led to dramatic increases in energy prices and household bills. The “super-majors” – BP, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil and TotalEnergies – have made $281bn (£223bn) since the war began in February 2022, according to Global Witness. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 10:20
Farmers say pontiff’s blessing will give them strength in their fight to save their industry Italian farmers who were invited, along with a cow called Ercolina II, to mass at the Vatican amid Europe-wide agricultural protests have said the blessing from Pope Francis would give them the strength “to win the game”. The farmers, their tractor and Ercolina II, who also made an appearance at the recent Sanremo music festival, were among the worshippers gathered in St Peter’s Square for the pontiff’s Sunday Angelus. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 09:00
Exclusive: Former compliance officer Jason Scarborough criticises Environment Protection Authority and industry over ‘lost opportunity’ to prevent contamination Testing regime meant to stop toxic chemicals going into NSW landscape products gamed by suppliers Asbestos mulch locations: map and full list of sites where it has been found Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A former senior New South Wales environment watchdog officer says the state’s widening asbestos contamination crisis was “destined to happen” after the regulator failed to act on problems in the waste recovery sector uncovered more than a decade ago. Jason Scarborough was a senior waste compliance officer at the NSW Environment Protection Authority from 2009 t0 2018. He now runs his own consultancy providing advice on regulatory matters. “Both the regulator and industry were fully aware of these issues” in waste recovery for more than 10 years. The EPA abandoned much-needed reforms in 2022 for one type of recycled soil product without explanation other than saying, “We’ve heard what industry had to say”. The regulator must now focus on “protecting the community’s health” over “saving a dollar”. Continue reading...
02/18/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 18 February 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00043-z Two decades of research on ocean multi-use: achievements, challenges and the need for transdisciplinarity
02/17/2024 - 15:25
At Native Cat Flat in Victoria’s Alpine national park, four fenced-off areas show a strikingly different ecology,  highlighting the damage wrought by more than 2,700 feral horses in the area. Behind the fences, lush sphagnum, dense vegetation, grass tussocks, shrubs and herbs thrive. Outside the plots, the ground is pockmarked with deep hoofprints, and the native grasses are overgrazed, exposing endangered animals in the area — which rely on dense vegetation — to predators ‘Feral horses don’t know state borders’: the push to protect Victoria’s Alpine national park Continue reading...
02/17/2024 - 15:00
The environmentally friendly LignoSat probe – set to orbit this summer – has been created to combat harmful aluminium particles Japanese scientists have created one of the world’s most unusual spacecraft – a tiny satellite that is made of timber. The LignoSat probe has been built of magnolia wood, which, in experiments carried out on the International Space Station (ISS), was found to be particularly stable and resistant to cracking. Now plans are being finalised for it to be launched on a US rocket this summer. Continue reading...