Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/23/2023 - 09:00
The gecko licks its eyeball seductively: ‘I mean, have you seen my feet?’ It is evening, and the world seems to go still for a moment, as though some kind of signal has been lost. You hear a tiny bark. There in the corner: a gecko. If the corner is in an apartment that is in a suburb in a city in Malaysia, you hear a “cicak”, in Bangladesh, “tiktiki”. Where does this tiny reptile get the confidence to make a sound like that? “Not the hiss or croak for me,” it says. The gecko licks its eyeball seductively: I mean, have you seen my feet? Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 09:00
Environment ministers’ decisions spanning 15 years made no difference to amount of habitat destroyed, researchers say Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Decisions by environment ministers spanning 15 years to either wave through projects or impose stricter conditions to protect threatened species made no actual difference to the amount of habitat destroyed, according to a new study. More than half of habitat cleared to build infrastructure, mines, urban developments and for agriculture came after a minister had decided projects would have a “non-significant” impact on species and habitat, the study says. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup The term “significant impact” was too vague and the criteria around it was ambiguous, leading to subjective decisions. Developers intentionally minimise the potential impacts of a project and governments relied too much on reports from consultants paid by proponents. Social and economic factors were too often placed above environmental risks when decisions are made. Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 07:46
Brittany beaches polluted by waves of beads believed to be from shipping containers lost in Atlantic The French government is taking legal action over an “environmental nightmare” caused by waves of tiny plastic beads washing up on the coast of Brittany. The white pellets the size of grains of rice, nicknamed “mermaids’ tears”, have been appearing on beaches in France and Spain for the last year. They are believed to have come from shipping containers lost in the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 04:30
Plastic, a production by Japanese company K-Ballet, draws attention to a global pollution crisis with its unusual set and wardrobe design. Resembling space-age creatures with PET bottles strapped to their bodies, dancers including US guest star Julian MacKay move through a shifting plastic labyrinth Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 02:30
A ‘harmless’ sample of cells from one pig can produce millions of tons of ‘cultivated meat’ and is touted as far better for the climate It was a confronting moment for a vegetarian. First, a pork meatball and then slices of bacon, balanced in a sort of mini BLT, were served to eat by beaming, expectant hosts. The meat even came from a named pig, an affable-looking swine called Dawn. With some trepidation, I sliced into the meatball and ate it. I then took a nibble of the bacon. It was my first taste of meat in 11 years, a confounding experience made possible by the fact that Dawn, gamboling in a field in upstate New York, did not die for this meal. Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 02:15
The people of the Hawizeh marshes of southern Iraq have an ancient history living in the world’s most unique and biodiverse wetlands. The region has been reduced to near-desert as a result of the climate crisis, devastated by drought and man-made dams. Thousands of families are having to leave. All photographs: Susan Schulman/Funded by the Pulitzer Center Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 02:00
Effluent in Gloucestershire river pinpointed by digital map as water companies accused of routinely pumping out waste to rivers The market town of Fairford, nestling in the Cotswold hills, is perhaps best known for its church, which has the only complete set of mediaeval stained glass windows in England. But thanks to a more modern phenomenon, an interactive digital map produced by Thames Water, the Gloucestershire town, with its traditional honey coloured limestone houses, is becoming better known for its continuous, gushing, raw sewage overflow. Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 02:00
Never ones to let the flames of a culture war go unfanned, Republican politicians have waded into the argument over an imaginary plan to ban gas hobs Have you taken a side in the great stove debate? And if not, what are you waiting for? How are we supposed to keep the culture wars stoked if you won’t man the cooking-appliance barricades? For the slackers, this is a US squabble, but probably on its way to the UK. The consumer safety commissioner, Richard Trumka Jr, suggested in a recent interview that gas stoves are a “hidden hazard”, saying: “Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.” Not, at first sight, the most inflammatory (sorry) statement, particularly given that the only concrete proposal is an as-yet unlaunched consultation into their health implications. Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 01:00
Exclusive: proportion of green job openings in UK ‘declined significantly’ after 2012, analysis shows Job opportunities in Britain’s low-carbon economy have fallen sharply since David Cameron’s government decided to cut policies he described as “green crap”, with fewer vacancies now available as a share of the economy than in 2012, a study reveals. Academics at the London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment found the proportion of green job openings being advertised in the UK “declined significantly” after 2012. Continue reading...
01/23/2023 - 00:00
In a pristine forest in central India, the multibillion-dollar mining giant Adani has razed trees – and homes – to dig more coal. How does this kind of destruction get the go-ahead? Archive: NDTV; Heritage Times Continue reading...