Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/21/2019 - 10:34
An $87m corridor will extend over Highway 101 to reconnect the ecosystem and possibly save mountain lions from extinction Engineers in southern California are hard at work designing the biggest wildlife corridor in the world, to extend over US Highway 101 to the north-west of Los Angeles. The corridor will connect different parts of the Santa Monica Mountain chain, which is crucial to the future of mountain lions – but it will help other species as well. The $87m bridge has entered its final design phase and is on track to open in 2023. Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 07:34
UK supermarket guarantees market for unwanted offspring of dairy cows on suppliers’ farms that might otherwise be slaughtered immediately Morrisons is guaranteeing a market for all male calves born on its dairy suppliers’ farms in a bid to stop them being killed at birth.A Guardian investigation last year revealed an estimated 95,000 male dairy calves were being slaughtered on-farm as farmers couldn’t afford to keep them, in a practice known as the dairy industry’s “dirty secret”. The retailer’s new policy – coming into force in October – ensures they are neither shot or exported. Instead farmers will be required to rear the calves to a certain weight until 15–40 days of age, at which point they will be bought by the beef-rearing company Buitelaar. Related: Dairy’s ‘dirty secret’: it's still cheaper to kill male calves than to rear them Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 07:22
Injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) deep below the seabed could be an important strategy for mitigating climate change, according to some experts. However, scientists need a reliable way to monitor such sites for leakage of the greenhouse gas. Now, researchers have studied natural sources of CO2 release off the coast of Italy, using what they learned to develop models that could be applied to future storage sites.
08/21/2019 - 03:16
Jadestone CEO says it could cover the cost of cleaning up a major spill, even though company has never made a profit The new operator of the site of Australia’s worst ever oil spill has dismissed concerns it might not have the financial capacity to clean up should disaster strike again. Ten years ago on Wednesday an estimated 40 million litres of oil leaked from a faulty rig in the Montara field, in the Timor Sea, and for 10 weeks spread over tens of thousands of square kilometres of ocean. Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 00:00
Los Angeles faces a doubling of its extreme heat days but has fresh ideas to keep residents cool - and tackle the inequality of who suffers How US cities are scrambling to protect people from extreme heat Los Angeles can sometimes feel like a sprawling hellscape of heat: in the northern valleys and the southern city, metal playground equipment, car steering wheels, even the ground itself effectively become weaponized. The more than 300 days of sunshine a year that for generations have made LA such an attractive place to live and visit are becoming a grave liability due to the climate crisis. Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 00:00
Climate crisis pushes retailers to reduce their impact on the environment There have been few fashion statements over the years at G7 summits (dress code: world leader suit, sensible shoes). But this year, G7 leaders will be joined by more than 20 fashion retailers and brands, including the owner of Gucci, Kering, H&M and Zara’s parent company, Inditex, for a key fashion moment – a global pact to fight the climate crisis and protect biodiversity and the oceans. Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 00:00
Documents obtained by the Guardian suggest interior secretary is promoting effort tied to his former firm The US interior secretary, David Bernhardt, is promoting a fossil fuel project for which his former employer, a lobbying firm, is a paid advocate, e-mails obtained by the Guardian suggest. Experts say Bernhardt is probably violating ethics guidelines issued by the Trump administration with the stated goal of “draining the swamp”. Based on these rules, Bernhardt should be recused from specific issues involving a former client for at least two years. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 23:13
Australia’s largest garbage company buys $60m of debt, aiming to get SKM ‘back to capacity’ The garbage company Cleanaway has taken effective control of most of the Victorian recycling group SKM and says it wants to stem the state’s rubbish crisis. Cleanaway said it had paid about $60m to the Commonwealth Bank to buy out the bank’s position as SKM’s major lender and had appointed Mark Korda and Bryan Webster as receivers to run the business. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 22:44
Mine has been subject to allegations of contaminating environment and mismanagement of toxic waste Glencore has been given the green light to start work on its plans to vastly extend its controversial mining operations at McArthur River in the Northern Territory. The resource company, McArthur River Mine (MRM), has sought to extend its mining operation until 2048, which will add on a further 1,000 years of rehabilitation and monitoring. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 21:16
Investor action group says Carmichael coalmine project makes Indian giant ‘brand kryptonite’ The global engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon has severed a longstanding business relationship with the Adani Group, amid ongoing efforts by anti-coal activists to target firms working for the Indian conglomerate’s Australian mining arm. Adani Australia released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “surprised” by the decision but that the “concerted campaign” against the Carmichael project by environmental groups had not succeeded, and that construction of the central Queensland thermal coalmine was under way. Continue reading...