Breaking Waves: Ocean News https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves en Europe baked in ‘extreme heat stress’ pushing temperatures to record highs https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/europe-baked-extreme-heat-stress-pushing-temperatures-record-highs <p>Europeans are dying from hot weather 30% more than they did two decades ago, report finds</p> <p>Scorching weather has baked Europe in more days of “extreme heat stress” than its scientists have ever seen.</p> <p>Heat-trapping pollutants that clog the atmosphere helped push temperatures in Europe last year to the highest or second-highest levels ever recorded, according to the EU’s Earth-watching service Copernicus and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/europe-baked-extreme-heat-stress-pushing-temperatures-record-highs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 02:00:11 +0000 admin 95475 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Major investors leading push against Woodside’s climate plans ahead of AGM https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/major-investors-leading-push-against-woodside-s-climate-plans-ahead-agm <p>Norway’s KLP and the UK’s LGIM among those who say they have concerns over energy giant’s carbon transition goals</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/major-investors-leading-push-against-woodside-s-climate-plans-ahead-agm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 00:00:09 +0000 admin 95473 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Google Maps to show most fuel-efficient route and may prompt Australians to try greener alternatives https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/google-maps-show-most-fuel-efficient-route-and-may-prompt-australians-try-greener-alte <p>The map app will soon advise users in Sydney and Melbourne on public transport or walking alternatives to their driving plan</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/google-maps-show-most-fuel-efficient-route-and-may-prompt-australians-try-greener-alte" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 23:25:35 +0000 admin 95474 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org High interest rates could add billions to UK green energy transition, says report https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/high-interest-rates-could-add-billions-uk-green-energy-transition-says-report <p>Resolution Foundation calls for fourfold increase in renewable power investment to reduce pressure on household bills</p> <p>A permanent shift to higher interest rates could add billions of pounds to the UK’s renewable energy transition, a leading thinktank has warned.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/high-interest-rates-could-add-billions-uk-green-energy-transition-says-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 23:01:08 +0000 admin 95472 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Millions at risk of floods in China’s Guangdong province after heavy rain https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/millions-risk-floods-china-s-guangdong-province-after-heavy-rain <p>Officials urge municipalities to begin emergency planning after major rivers and reservoirs threaten to overflow</p> <p>Major rivers, waterways and reservoirs in China’s Guangdong province are threatening to unleash dangerous floods, forcing the government to enact emergency response plans to protect more than 127 million people.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/millions-risk-floods-china-s-guangdong-province-after-heavy-rain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 10:18:07 +0000 admin 95470 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org ‘Everyone wants roast pig’s head’ ... UK chefs put offal centre stage with ‘confrontational’ dishes https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/everyone-wants-roast-pig-s-head-uk-chefs-put-offal-centre-stage-confrontational-dishes <p>Restaurants are serving more unusual cuts of meat, with animal heads staring up at diners to teach them about their food</p> <p>Offal has become a staple on restaurant menus across the UK, with cheaper cuts attracting chefs with sustainability goals and tight budgets, boosted by the influence of nose-to-tail pioneers such as Fergus Henderson at St John in London. Now many are going further, creating dishes with animal heads staring at diners from their plates.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/everyone-wants-roast-pig-s-head-uk-chefs-put-offal-centre-stage-confrontational-dishes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 10:00:54 +0000 admin 95471 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Louisiana’s flagship university lets oil firms influence research – for a price https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/louisiana-s-flagship-university-lets-oil-firms-influence-research-price <p>Louisiana State University allowed Shell to influence studies after a $25m donation and sought funds from other fossil fuel firms</p> <ul> <li>This story is co-published with the Lens, a non-profit newsroom in New Orleans</li> </ul> <p>For $5m, Louisiana’s flagship university will let an oil company weigh in on faculty research activities. Or, for $100,000, a corporation can participate in a research study, with “robust” reviewing powers and access to all resulting intellectual property.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/louisiana-s-flagship-university-lets-oil-firms-influence-research-price" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 10:00:54 +0000 admin 95469 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org ‘No dividing line’: consultants advising private water companies also work for their regulator, Ofwat https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/no-dividing-line-consultants-advising-private-water-companies-also-work-their-regulato <p>Campaigners call for the whole regulatory system to be replaced after Observer analysis finds watchdog spent more than £25m with consultancies</p> <p>The water industry regulator has spent £26.7m on business consultants in the past five years, including several companies that have simultaneously worked for private water firms, the <em>Observer</em> can reveal.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/no-dividing-line-consultants-advising-private-water-companies-also-work-their-regulato" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 09:00:54 +0000 admin 95468 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org The El Niño has ended. Will Australia get a La Niña next – and what weather could that bring? https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/el-ni-o-has-ended-will-australia-get-la-ni-next-and-what-weather-could-bring <p>Our climate is influenced not just by Pacific weather patterns but by the Indian and Southern oceans, as well as global heating trends</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/el-ni-o-has-ended-will-australia-get-la-ni-next-and-what-weather-could-bring" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 21 Apr 2024 00:00:40 +0000 admin 95467 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Chris Packham joins environmental activists in mock funeral procession https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/chris-packham-joins-environmental-activists-mock-funeral-procession <p>BBC nature presenter delivers eulogy at protest aimed at ‘scaring people a bit’ about the loss of biodiversity in the UK</p> <p>The BBC nature presenter Chris Packham has joined hundreds of environmental activists in a mock funeral procession for nature to spotlight biodiversity loss in the UK.</p> <p>The procession aimed to sound “code red for nature” and highlight the UK’s position as “one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world”, organisers said. It was planned to coincide closely with Earth Day on 22 April.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/chris-packham-joins-environmental-activists-mock-funeral-procession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 20 Apr 2024 21:36:03 +0000 admin 95466 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org