Breaking Waves: Ocean News http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-waves en Macron: ‘All G7 powers must help Brazil fight raging Amazon fires’ http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/macron-all-g7-powers-must-help-brazil-fight-raging-amazon-fires <p>French president talks up trade sanctions as world leaders convene and thousands of Brazilians march against Bolsonaro </p><p>Emmanuel Macron has asked for world powers to help Brazil and its neighbours fight the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/23/amazon-fires-global-leaders-urged-divert-brazil-suicide-path" title="">fires raging in the Amazon</a> and to plan huge replanting programmes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/macron-all-g7-powers-must-help-brazil-fight-raging-amazon-fires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 24 Aug 2019 21:29:50 +0000 admin 74694 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Messing about with the river: water firms accused of draining the Cam dry http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/messing-about-river-water-firms-accused-draining-cam-dry <p>Cambridge punting idyll disguises crisis in flow of chalk streams, campaigners warn </p><p>It’s a beautiful day on the river Cam in Cambridge. As the sun sparkles on the water at Jesus Green lock, tourists line up for ice-cream and prepare to take a punt around the university’s most celebrated colleges. Few notice how pathetic the flow of water is over the lock.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/messing-about-river-water-firms-accused-draining-cam-dry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:00:39 +0000 admin 74693 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com UK fracking site experiences second tremor in a week http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/uk-fracking-site-experiences-second-tremor-week <p>Lancashire-based operation, Britain’s only active fracking site, has magnitude 1.05 tremor</p> <p>The UK’s only active fracking site experienced a magnitude-1.05 tremor on Friday night. It came two days after <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/22/cuadrilla-halts-fracking-after-biggest-tremor-yet-at-lancashire-site-preston-new-road">a magnitude-1.55 tremor</a>, which was the largest ever tremor at the site run by Cuadrilla in Preston New Road, Lancashire.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/uk-fracking-site-experiences-second-tremor-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:33:45 +0000 admin 74692 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com School at centre of Guardian's Cancer Town series may move students due to air pollution http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/school-centre-guardians-cancer-town-series-may-move-students-due-air-pollution <p>Emissions of a likely carcinogen emitted by a nearby plant have been recorded at levels hundreds of times above the safe limit</p> <p>Local officials in Reserve, Louisiana, are examining the prospect of removing pupils from an elementary school situated a few hundred feet from a chemical plant that presents the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxins anywhere in America, the Guardian has learned.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/school-centre-guardians-cancer-town-series-may-move-students-due-air-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 24 Aug 2019 06:00:34 +0000 admin 74691 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Jair Bolsonaro claims 'profound love' for Amazon rainforest as criticism intensifies http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/jair-bolsonaro-claims-profound-love-amazon-rainforest-criticism-intensifies <p>President uses TV speech to criticise ‘disinformation’ about fire crisis, saying it cannot be used as pretext for sanctions </p> <p>Brazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has professed to feeling “profound love and respect” for the Amazon as fires continued to rage in the world’s biggest tropical rainforest and criticism of his environmental policies intensified.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/jair-bolsonaro-claims-profound-love-amazon-rainforest-criticism-intensifies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 24 Aug 2019 01:03:46 +0000 admin 74690 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Plan clears way for mining and drilling on land stripped from Utah monument http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/plan-clears-way-mining-and-drilling-land-stripped-utah-monument <p>Management plan for Grand Staircase-Escalante, downsized by Trump administration in 2017, criticized as ‘a giveaway to fossil fuel’</p> <p>A new US government plan had cleared the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land stripped from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by the Trump administration two years ago.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/plan-clears-way-mining-and-drilling-land-stripped-utah-monument" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:50:07 +0000 admin 74689 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Inbreeding crisis: hybrid helmeted honeyeaters introduced into wild to stop species dying out http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/inbreeding-crisis-hybrid-helmeted-honeyeaters-introduced-wild-stop-species-dying-out <p>Only 230 of the sub-species remain in the wild, a population that will become unsustainable without interbreeding <br /><br />• The Guardian Australia/Birdlife Australia <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/11/magpie-edges-out-white-ibis-and-kookaburra-as-australian-bird-of-the-year">bird of the year poll</a> will return in October</p> <p> Researchers have introduced three dozen hybrid helmeted honeyeaters into the wild in an attempt to prevent the critically endangered bird from dying out because of inbreeding.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/inbreeding-crisis-hybrid-helmeted-honeyeaters-introduced-wild-stop-species-dying-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:00:32 +0000 admin 74688 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Angus Taylor did not disclose financial interest at grassland meeting, committee hears http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/angus-taylor-did-not-disclose-financial-interest-grassland-meeting-committee-hears <p>Environment department officials say meeting did not discuss a compliance action involving a Taylor company</p> <p>Angus Taylor did not declare at a meeting with environment officials about critically endangered grasslands that he had a financial interest in a company that was under investigation for poisoning them.</p> <p>And no notes were taken by the senior department official who attended the meeting in 2017, a Senate committee has heard.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/angus-taylor-did-not-disclose-financial-interest-grassland-meeting-committee-hears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:00:20 +0000 admin 74687 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Amazon fires: what is happening and is there anything we can do? http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/amazon-fires-what-happening-and-there-anything-we-can-do <p>Why people should be worried about the blazes and increased deforestation in Brazil</p> <p>Thousands of <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/23/amazon-fires-global-leaders-urged-divert-brazil-suicide-path">fires are burning</a> in Brazil, many of them in the world’s biggest rainforest, which is sending clouds of smoke across the region and pumping alarming quantities of carbon into the world’s atmosphere.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/23/amazon-fires-what-is-happening-anything-we-can-do">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:33:43 +0000 admin 74685 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com Keystone XL pipeline set to go ahead as court lifts last major hurdle http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/keystone-xl-pipeline-set-go-ahead-court-lifts-last-major-hurdle <p>State’s highest court rejects attempt to derail project by opponents who want to force developer to reapply for state approval</p> <p>Nebraska’s highest court lifted one of the last major hurdles for the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday when it rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents who wanted to force the developer to reapply for state approval.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com/breaking-wave/keystone-xl-pipeline-set-go-ahead-court-lifts-last-major-hurdle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2019 14:39:16 +0000 admin 74683 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.com