Breaking Waves: Ocean News http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves/topisanieprac.tumblr.com en Banishing fossil fuel sponsorship of the arts makes clear economic sense | Molly Scott Cato http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/banishing-fossil-fuel-sponsorship-arts-makes-clear-economic-sense-molly-scott-cato <p>In imagining alternative worlds, artists can lead the way on climate change, making us challenge the way we live</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/banishing-fossil-fuel-sponsorship-arts-makes-clear-economic-sense-molly-scott-cato" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 15:22:03 +0000 admin 70575 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Facebook among firms named on Myanmar human rights 'dirty list' http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/facebook-among-firms-named-myanmar-human-rights-dirty-list <p>Forty-nine companies accused of human rights and environmental abuses</p> <p>Facebook is among a number of companies from the US, UK, France, Switzerland and China named on a “dirty list” of corporations accused of involvement in human rights and environmental violations in Myanmar, or of doing business with the country’s military, which is accused of genocide.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/facebook-among-firms-named-myanmar-human-rights-dirty-list" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:05:36 +0000 admin 70573 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/shenzhens-silent-revolution-worlds-first-fully-electric-bus-fleet-quietens-chinese-meg <p>All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 13,000 taxis will be too</p> <p>You have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen’s Futian central business district these days. The diesel behemoths that once signalled their arrival with a piercing hiss, a rattle of engine and a plume of fumes are no more, replaced with the world’s first and largest 100% electric bus fleet.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/shenzhens-silent-revolution-worlds-first-fully-electric-bus-fleet-quietens-chinese-meg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:00:19 +0000 admin 70566 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org As climate change bites in America’s midwest, farmers are desperate to ring the alarm http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/climate-change-bites-america-s-midwest-farmers-are-desperate-ring-alarm <p>‘The changes have become more radical’: farmers are spending more time and money trying to grow crops in new climates</p> <p>Richard Oswald did not need the latest US government report on the creeping toll of climate change to tell him that farming in the midwest is facing a grim future, and very likely changing forever.</p> <p>For Oswald, the moment of realisation came in 2011.</p> <p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/12/as-climate-change-bites-in-americas-midwest-farmers-are-desperate-to-ring-the-alarm">Continue reading...</a></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 11:00:19 +0000 admin 70572 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Australia likely to use controversial Kyoto loophole to meet Paris agreement http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/australia-likely-use-controversial-kyoto-loophole-meet-paris-agreement <p>New Zealand urges others not to meet emissions pledge with ‘dodgy accounting’, but UN rules unlikely to prohibit using carryover credits </p> <p>Australia appears likely be allowed to exploit a controversial climate loophole, using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to meet its Paris agreement targets.</p> <p>New Zealand has already ruled out using the carryover credits, saying it would discourage other countries from the practice.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/australia-likely-use-controversial-kyoto-loophole-meet-paris-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 04:10:39 +0000 admin 70565 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Dracula ant's killer jaws are nature's fastest mover at 200mph http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/dracula-ants-killer-jaws-are-natures-fastest-mover-200mph <p>Tropical insect uses lethal speed of its spring-loaded mandibles to stun or kill prey</p> <p>Move aside cheetah and peregrine falcon, there is a new contender for the title of fastest animal on Earth: the Dracula ant. Scientists have discovered that the small tropical insect can snap its mandibles at up to 90 metres a second (more than 200mph), the fastest animal movement on record.</p> <p>The ants use the explosive motion to attack, stun and kill prey, which is then fed to their larvae.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/dracula-ants-killer-jaws-are-natures-fastest-mover-200mph" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:15:26 +0000 admin 70564 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/us-accused-obstructing-talks-un-climate-change-summit <p>Vanuatu’s foreign minister says worst offenders on global warming are blocking progress</p> <p>The United States and other high carbon dioxide-emitting developed countries are deliberately frustrating the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Vanuatu’s foreign minister has said. His warning came as Pacific and Indian ocean states warned they faced annihilation if a global climate “rule book” could not brokered.</p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/us-accused-obstructing-talks-un-climate-change-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:52:07 +0000 admin 70563 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Hypoxic dead zones found in urban streams, not just at the coast http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/hypoxic-dead-zones-found-urban-streams-not-just-coast <p>A new study finds that hypoxic dead zones occur in nutrient-laden urban streams, not just in coastal waters. The research shows that intense storm flows can erode some stream channels to become a series of pools that trap nutrient-laden runoff. The elevated nutrient levels in the water spur greater consumption of dissolved oxygen by bacteria, causing the pools to become hypoxic until the next storm flushes them out.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:46:44 +0000 admin 70562 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Warming, sea-ice loss: Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changes http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/warming-sea-ice-loss-arctic-report-card-tracks-regions-environmental-changes <p>NOAA's annual report card on the Arctic, released today, shows that the Arctic region experienced the second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea.</p> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:11:07 +0000 admin 70560 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Trump administration to strip pollution protections, harming vital wildlife http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/trump-administration-strip-pollution-protections-harming-vital-wildlife <p>List of waterways land users must obtain permits to pollute to be scaled back, which could also allow pollution in drinking water</p> <p>The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water.</p> <p> Related: <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/08/epa-chief-scott-pruitt-personal-emails">Ex-EPA chief Scott Pruitt used personal email for government work</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/trump-administration-strip-pollution-protections-harming-vital-wildlife" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:30:17 +0000 admin 70556 at http://www.worldoceanobservatory.org