Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/09/2024 - 06:00
While the ecosystem is thriving off the coast of Argentina, the proliferation of salmon farms in Chile’s waters is threatening marine life, say critics A rocky path, strewn with thick tree roots, leads from a dirt road down to a small green hut overlooking the choppy waters of the Beagle Channel, a strait between Chile and Argentina. The shack is home to Diane Mendez and her family but doubles as Alama Yagan, one of nine restaurants in the fishing village of Puerto Almanza. The village, in Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, has become a foodie haven, and the final stop on the king crab route, a trail that starts in the provincial capital Ushuaia, 45 miles to the east. But things could have been different. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 05:50
Retailer works on changing diet with aim of cutting 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year Marks & Spencer is investing £1m in tackling cows’ carbon footprint by changing the diet of the herds that provide its milk. The retailer is working with all 40 of the pasture-grazed dairy farmers in its supply base with the aim of cutting 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually produced by cattle burps and manure. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 05:29
Court finds in favour of group of older Swiss women who claimed weak policies put them at greater risk of death from heatwaves Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled. In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised judicial pressure on governments to stop filling the atmosphere with gases that make extreme weather more violent. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 05:00
Florida is on track to ban cell-cultivated meat while three others float it – but experts say the reasoning has little to do with safety, ethical or environmental questions At a press conference in February, the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, told a room full of reporters: “We’re not going to do that fake meat. That doesn’t work.” He’d been discussing legislation under debate in the statehouse that would ban cell-cultivated meat – an emerging technique that, instead of slaughtering animals for consumption, grows meat in a lab using a small sample of animal cells. A few weeks later, a Republican member of the Florida legislature – and cattle rancher – Dean Black took to the House floor, saying, “Cultured meat is not meat … it is made by man, real meat is made by God Himself … If you really want to try the nitrogen-based protein paste, go to California.” Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 04:56
Law says people who decide to live next to an existing farm, shop, bar or restaurant cannot complain about noise Anyone thinking of moving to the French countryside who objects to being woken by crowing cockerels, mooing cows, the sound of tractors or the smell of manure will be sent packing from the courts from now on. The French parliament has adopted a law in an effort to put an end to hundreds of noise complaint cases brought by disgruntled neighbours every year, mostly new arrivals from towns seeking rural peace and quiet. Continue reading...
04/09/2024 - 03:03
PA Burns Reserve and the Altona Coastal Park the latest sites to have ‘small amounts of asbestos’ discovered Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Victoria’s environment watchdog and a Melbourne council have confirmed traces of asbestos at eight parks and reserves across Melbourne, as the regulator probes the sources of the contamination. In a statement on Tuesday evening, the Environment Protection Authority confirmed small amounts of asbestos-contaminated material had been discovered at PA Burns Reserve in Altona, in Melbourne’s west. The EPA said its inspection over the weekend found “good quality mulch laid over industrial waste”. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
04/08/2024 - 23:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 09 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00061-x Author Correction: Advancing tuna catch allocation negotiations: an analysis of sovereign rights and fisheries access arrangements
04/08/2024 - 23:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 09 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00059-5 Beyond boundaries: governance considerations for climate-driven habitat shifts of highly migratory marine species across jurisdictions
04/07/2024 - 23:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 08 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00057-7 The human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable ocean
04/02/2024 - 23:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 03 April 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00058-6 A new international agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) was adopted and subsequently opened for signature in September 2023. Yet on average, recent multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) have taken over four years to move from signature to entry into force, while ocean-focused MEAs have taken nearly twice as long. Rapid ratification of the BBNJ Agreement is crucial for multiple reasons, not least to achieve the Kunming-Montreal Biodiversity Framework target for 30% of the marine environment to be protected by 2030. It is also vital to fulfill the Agreement’s stated ambition to contribute to a just and equitable future for humankind, considering today’s unprecedented expansion of commercial activities into the ocean.