Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/21/2023 - 11:21
Encouraging sign for river that suffered as dumping ground for waste from nearby factories Dolphins have been spotted frolicking in New York City’s Bronx River, an encouraging sign of the improving health of a waterway that was for many years befouled as a sewer for industrial waste. A pair of dolphins was seen gliding through the river’s waters on Monday, the New York City parks department confirmed, near a small park in the city’s Bronx borough. The Bronx river rises north of New York City and cuts through the Bronx before terminating in the East River, the estuary that separates the Bronx and Manhattan from the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 10:51
A young innovator has won a top award for developing software to map the tube routes with the cleanest air Like most Londoners, Tanya Beri has mixed views of the city’s vast underground rail network that carries millions of passengers every day on its 11 lines and through its 272 stations. The tube keeps London moving, though often in cramped, uncomfortable and unhygienic conditions. However, Beri believes she has found a way to improve travel for concerned commuters. She has developed a phone app that can direct passengers to routes that offer minimal air pollution. Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 06:00
It is possible to pay farmers a premium while selling single-origin chocolate at a cheaper price – but it means companies have to transform the way it’s made Is it possible to make an ethical chocolate bar that’s also affordable? Tim McCollum, the founder of the bean-to-bar chocolate brand Beyond Good, says the answer is yes – but you have to transform the way it’s made. Beyond Good produces single-origin chocolate bars from cocoa sourced in Madagascar, an island nation off the eastern coast of Africa. Like other specialty chocolate brands, the company says it has sought to improve farmer livelihoods by curtailing the long chain of middlemen that typically participate in the trade of cocoa. Unlike most others, though, Beyond Good says it has managed to eliminate intermediaries altogether: the company buys its cocoa beans direct from local farmer co-ops and drives them to its manufacturing facility in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital. Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 05:00
Killing of Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, who opposed training facility, is ‘unprecedented’ in history of environmental activism, experts say Belkis Terán spoke with her child, Manuel, nearly every day by WhatsApp from her home in Panama City, Panama. She also had names and numbers for some of Manuel’s friends, in case she didn’t hear from the 26-year-old who was protesting “Cop City”, a planned gigantic training facility being built in a wooded area near Atlanta, Georgia. So by midweek, when she hadn’t received a message from Atlanta since Monday, she began to worry. Thursday around noon, a friend of Manuel’s – whose chosen name was “Tortuguita,” or “Little Turtle” – messaged her with condolences. “I’m so sorry,” they wrote. “For what?” she asked. Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 03:00
The Natural History Museum’s legendary cetacean collection – a hoard of bones of 6,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises, so valuable that the museum keeps the location under wraps – could hold the key to the long-term future of these species Photographs by Alicia Canter for the Guardian Behind a 10-foot tall door, in a secret location, lies a treasure trove of bones. Some of the biggest bones are laid out on storage units made of scaffolding, others are stacked against each other on racks – rows and rows of specimens. The smallest are tucked into drawers of faded-yellow metal cabinets. A selection of skulls lies on a low table; crudely stuffed animals hang from the painted breezeblock walls. Everything is carefully labelled. This vast room houses the Natural History Museum’s cetacean collection – a globally unique hoard of 6,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises. The artefacts are so enormous and irreplaceable, they’re housed at a secret location away from the main museum building. Top left: whale skulls and various other bones. Right: dolphin skeletons. Bottom left: the skull of a sperm whale. Right: whale spines on the shelves stretch into the distance Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 02:00
Selling credits should fund forest protection, but unscrupulous firms are making deals where land stewards lose out, say local leaders Revealed: ‘over 90% of rainforest offsets by biggest provider worthless’ Greenwashing or a net zero necessity? Scientists on carbon offsetting ‘Nowhere else to go’: Alto Mayo, Peru, at centre of conservation row A number of Indigenous communities in the Amazon say that “carbon pirates” have become a threat to their way of life as western companies seek to secure deals in their territories for offsetting projects. Across the world’s largest rainforest, Indigenous leaders say they are being approached by carbon offsetting firms promising significant financial benefits from the sale of carbon credits if they establish new projects on their lands, as the $2bn (£1.6bn) market booms with net zero commitments from companies in Europe and North America. Continue reading...
01/21/2023 - 02:00
Exclusive: Alexander Darwall, who said he brought case to improve conservation, is releasing pheasants near protected woodland The landowner who took Dartmoor national park to court to ban wild camping may be putting a rare beetle at risk by releasing pheasants next to an ecologically important woodland, against the advice of environmental experts. This is despite him having said he pushed for a wild camping ban in order to “improve conservation of the Dartmoor commons”, arguing that campers damage the national park with litter and disturbance. Continue reading...
01/20/2023 - 17:30
Frontbencher to call for more help with energy bills for householders and to promise massive green power programme Rachel Reeves has said she wants to be “Britain’s first green chancellor” ahead of a speech in which she will call on ministers to extend relief on energy bills and promise that Labour will reduce these in the longer term with a massive green power programme. Addressing the Fabian Society conference on Saturday, the shadow chancellor is to argue that investment in renewable energies, plus a huge programme to retrofit insulation to homes – part of Labour’s flagship £28bn-a-year investment in climate measures – could save households up to £1,400 off annual bills each year. Continue reading...
01/20/2023 - 16:06
The minister for mines, Irene Vélez, told world leaders the country will shift away from fossil fuels to begin a sustainable chapter Colombia’s leftwing government has announced that it will not approve any new oil and gas exploration projects as it seeks to shift away from fossil fuels and toward a new sustainable economy. Irene Vélez, the minister for mines told world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the time had come for the Andean nation to move away from its reliance on oil and gas and begin a new, greener chapter in the country’s history. Continue reading...
01/20/2023 - 13:12
Intact forests are important climate regulators and harbors of biodiversity, but they are rapidly disappearing. Agriculture is commonly considered to be the major culprit behind forest loss, but the authors of a new article show that agriculture isn't solely to blame. For forest loss associated with the 2014 world economy, over 60% was related to final consumption of non-agricultural products, such as minerals, metals and wood-related goods, and the authors argue that we must consider international trade markets when designing conservation strategies.