Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/20/2019 - 04:00
As wildfires increase in intensity, how can farmers safeguard their animals – and their way of life? Two years after wildfires killed the pigs on his family farms in British Columbia, Scott Kellington is still coming to terms with the destruction. This particular fire had come from the north, its towering flames whipped into a terrible ferocity by strong winds and sustained by the 40C heat. After making sure his wife was evacuated, Kellington and his three sons stayed behind to try to save the neighbourhood homes and livestock. Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 20:26
The president could have used a question about plastic waste to inflame the culture wars – but his answer wasn’t far off the mark There was no shortage of pressing issues for Donald Trump to address on Friday afternoon when he spoke briefly to the press as he made his way to board a helicopter that would carry him to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Reporters posed questions about: Iran’s seizure of British oil tankers Trump’s racist and xenophobic smears of representative Ilhan Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen the first amendment American exceptionalism Jeffrey Epstein allegations that Trump was involved in directing his personal attorney Michael Cohen to make illegal hush payments to Stormy Daniels trade talks with China the potential involvement of Senator Rand Paul in talks with Iran the definition of racism Robert Mueller’s upcoming testimony to Congress sanctions against Zimbabwe Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 14:04
Alerts in place for states as far apart as New Mexico and Maine Climate crisis expected to make heatwaves the ‘new normal’ More than half the US was under excessive heat warnings on Friday amid a brutal heatwave – which experts warned could become the “new normal” because of the climate crisis. Related: Climate crisis: extremely hot days could double in US, study shows Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 13:28
With fewer than 20 left in the South American country’s Gran Chaco forest – the big cats could be classed as a ‘non-human person’ Argentina’s supreme court has been asked to recognize the legal rights of the South American jaguar, of which fewer than 20 individuals remain alive in the country’s Gran Chaco region. The largest cat in the Americas once roamed the continent as far north as the Grand Canyon, but is now in decline across the entire western hemisphere. Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 12:55
New radar technology allowed geoscientists to look at Greenland's dynamic ice-ocean interface that drives sea level rise.
07/19/2019 - 12:05
Campaigners say full consultation was not carried out before 2014 reopening of European-owned Fenix site Guatemala’s constitutional court has upheld a request from indigenous campaigners to suspend operations at one of the largest nickel mines in Central America, in a battle over the facility’s environmental impact. The court found in favour of an appeal brought by campaigners who claim the ministry of energy and mines failed to carry out a full consultation with local people when it decided, in 2016, to extend the licence for the Fenix mine. Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 08:30
Firebugs in Russia, monkeys in India and penguin visitors in a New Zealand sushi shop Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 06:45
At meeting of randomly selected Londoners there are differing views but a respectful tone In an airless library in north London, 56 people are trying to help fix not one global crisis but two. There are students and builders, a civil servant, an entrepreneur, a restaurateur, a support worker. There are immigrants and retirees and even a retired immigrant. This is Britain’s first climate assembly, a randomly selected panel of local people convened by the London borough of Camden to consider what can be done to confront the climate emergency. The jurors have been assembled to listen to briefings, pose questions, assess facts, debate and discuss, and then ultimately recommend action to Camden council. The big question before them is what action the district can take to limit global heating and its impact. Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 06:45
Camden council officials say they intend to implement at least some of the panel’s ideas Britain’s first climate “citizens assembly” opened its final session on Saturday morning at which more than 50 Londoners will decide on carbon-cutting measures they want their district to enact in order to confront climate change. Camden’s Citizens Assembly, convened to interrogate what locals, neighbourhoods and the council can do for the environment, is deliberating action that would reduce fossil fuel usage in homes and public buildings and on roads. Continue reading...
07/19/2019 - 03:34
Activists and residents demonstrate in Bermondsey in protest at pollution from lorries Extinction Rebellion protesters have blockaded the entrance to the construction of London’s £4.2bn super-sewer project as part of a fifth day of protests. About 50 activists – including mothers and children from the nearby Riverside primary school – began a blockade to halt concrete pouring at Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey, south-east London, at 7.30am on Friday. Continue reading...