Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/27/2020 - 02:55
George Eustice is whisked in and out of fenced-off compound in Ironbridge Are you affected by the flooding? Tell us your story The environment secretary has been criticised for not meeting residents of Ironbridge who were evacuated from their homes beside the River Severn after flood defences were overwhelmed. George Eustice spent 45 minutes in Ironbridge but was whisked in and out of a fenced-off compound and did not visit a hotel a few minutes walk away, where evacuees were being looked after. Continue reading...
02/27/2020 - 01:01
Report also calls for ban on black plastic and an end to bottom trawling at sea Litter louts should be fined a minimum of £500 as part of measures to protect wildlife, according to a thinktank. Bright Blue recommends 50 new policies in its report, including banning black plastic and non-flushable wipes, ending UK taxpayer subsidies for wood burning in power stations and outlawing the destructive practice of bottom trawling at sea. Continue reading...
02/27/2020 - 01:00
Campaigners say move is ‘blatant contradiction’ of lender’s climate commitments The World Bank has been criticised for providing $55m (£43m) to aid fossil fuel extraction in Guyana, at the same time that it has pledged to stop direct funding of oil and gas production. The Washington-based institution, which provides loans and grants to aid the development of poorer countries, will provide $20m to pay for the training of Guyanese oil and gas officials, including those involved in the marketing of oil. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 22:25
Failure to fully implement 14 of 16 recommendations to regulate CSG extraction could lead to more support for moratorium across NSW Santos’s coal seam gas project near Narrabri could face further obstacles after a parliamentary inquiry delivered a scathing assessment of the state government’s progress in implementing recommendations to regulate coal seam gas extraction. A New South Wales legislative council inquiry found that 14 of 16 recommendations from the 2014 report by the chief scientist have not been implemented in full. Half were found to have not been implemented at all. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 18:15
Pacific nation’s protected zone has led to commercial tuna fishing vessels leaving the country Palau’s much-touted marine sanctuary has backfired, with the fishing ban leading to an increased consumption of the reef fish in the western Pacific country – such as grouper, snapper and parrotfish – that the marine sanctuary promised to protect. Palau introduced a new 500,000 sq km (193,000 sq mile) marine sanctuary on 1 January to much fanfare. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 14:54
Massive freshwater river flows stemming from glacier-fed flooding at the end of the last ice age surged across eastern Washington to the Columbia River and out to the North Pacific Ocean, where they triggered climate changes throughout the northern hemisphere.
02/26/2020 - 13:05
Seawater is more than just saltwater. The ocean is a veritable soup of chemicals.
02/26/2020 - 12:56
Russian scientists record more cases of bear-on-bear attacks amid food scarcity and sea ice melt Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, according to a Russian expert. “Cases of cannibalism among polar bears are a long-established fact, but we’re worried that such cases used to be found rarely while now they are recorded quite often,” said Ilya Mordvintsev, a polar bear expert, quoted by Interfax news agency. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 12:16
OGA faces tough balancing act of sustaining industry while helping to meet climate goals Britain’s oil industry watchdog plans to overhaul its mission to wring as much value from the North Sea’s oil reserves as possible before the UN climate talks this year. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) was due to meet a government minister on Wednesday afternoon to discuss how the regulator, which was set up to extend the life of the North Sea, could play a part in tackling the climate crisis. Continue reading...
02/26/2020 - 12:12
Wild Justice takes legal action, citing ‘ecological assault’ and harm to rare wildlife from mass release of birds for shooting Environmental campaigners have issued a legal case against the government to try to halt the release of more than 50m non-native game birds this summer, saying the birds could damage Britain’s most important wildlife sites. Wild Justice, a campaign group led by the environmentalists Chris Packham, Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, said the annual release of 47m pheasants and 10m red-legged partridges was “unlawful” without a proper assessment of the ecological impacts the animals have on protected areas. Continue reading...