Breaking Waves: Ocean News http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves/index.php en Earthquakes disrupt sperm whales' ability to find food http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/earthquakes-disrupt-sperm-whales-ability-find-food <p>Scientists studying sperm whales have discovered earthquakes affect their ability to find food for at least a year. The research is among the first to examine the impact of a large earthquake on a population of marine mammals, and offers new insight into how top predators such as sperm whales react and adapt to a large-scale natural disturbance.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 15:11:21 +0000 admin 77096 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Meat company faces heat over ‘cattle laundering’ in Amazon supply chain http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/meat-company-faces-heat-over-cattle-laundering-amazon-supply-chain <p>Brazil’s JBS says it can’t trace the origins of all stock, as concern grows over deforestation linked to beef industry</p> <p>The world’s biggest meat company has frequently been <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/11/dont-invest-in-brazilian-meat-warn-deforestation-campaigners">accused </a>of links to deforestation. Now JBS is facing growing pressure from Brazilian politicians and environmentalists to address the information gaps and transparency failings in its supply chain.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/meat-company-faces-heat-over-cattle-laundering-amazon-supply-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:13:27 +0000 admin 77094 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Storm Dennis damage could cost insurance companies £225m http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/storm-dennis-damage-could-cost-insurance-companies-225m <p>Severe weather brought heavy rain and strong winds and flooded hundreds of properties</p> <p>Flooding and damage left in the wake of Storm Dennis, which swept across the UK on 15 and 16 February, is estimated to cost £225m in insurance claims, taking the total <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/feb/14/storm-ciara-expected-to-cost-up-to-200m-in-insurance-claims-storm-dennis">insurance costs from two February storms to £425m</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/storm-dennis-damage-could-cost-insurance-companies-225m" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 14:13:04 +0000 admin 77095 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Grouse moors owners threatened government with legal action http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/grouse-moors-owners-threatened-government-legal-action <p>Ministers were planning to ban environmentally harmful practice of burning old heather </p> <p>Owners of large grouse moors threatened to take legal action against government ministers who had started developing plans to ban repeated heather burning, Whitehall documents have disclosed.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/grouse-moors-owners-threatened-government-legal-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:53:31 +0000 admin 77092 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Audit firms face review by watchdog over climate risk exposure http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/audit-firms-face-review-watchdog-over-climate-risk-exposure <p>Financial Reporting Council wants to ensure companies are being clear with investors</p> <p>The UK’s accounting watchdog has launched a major review into whether companies and their auditors are adequately reflecting the financial risks of the climate crisis in their accounts.</p> <p>The Financial Reporting Council, which sets reporting standards for all listed companies in the UK, plans to use the review to make sure companies are being clear with investors about their exposure to climate risks.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/audit-firms-face-review-watchdog-over-climate-risk-exposure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 11:22:54 +0000 admin 77093 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org The mystery sickness bringing death and dismay to eastern Ethiopia http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/mystery-sickness-bringing-death-and-dismay-eastern-ethiopia <p>As villagers in Somali region fall ill in unexplained circumstances, some locals fear gas exploration has tainted the local water supply</p> <p>At first, 23-year-old Khadar Abdi Abdullahi’s eyes began turning yellow. Then the palms of his hands did the same. Soon he was bleeding from his nose, and from his mouth, and his body was swelling all over. Eventually he collapsed with fever. He later died.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/mystery-sickness-bringing-death-and-dismay-eastern-ethiopia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:00:21 +0000 admin 77091 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Great Barrier Reef on brink of third major coral bleaching in five years, scientists warn http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/great-barrier-reef-brink-third-major-coral-bleaching-five-years-scientists-warn <p>If ocean temperatures don’t drop in the next two weeks, heat stress could tip reef over into another widespread event</p> <p>The Great Barrier Reef could be heading for a third major coral bleaching outbreak in the space of five years if high ocean temperatures in the region do not drop in the next two weeks, scientists and conservationists have warned.</p> <p>Heat stress is already building across the world’s biggest reef system, with reports of patchy bleaching already occurring. But a major widespread event is not currently taking place.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/great-barrier-reef-brink-third-major-coral-bleaching-five-years-scientists-warn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:55:23 +0000 admin 77090 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Firms making billions from ‘highly hazardous’ pesticides, analysis finds http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/firms-making-billions-highly-hazardous-pesticides-analysis-finds <p>Use of harmful chemicals is higher in poorer nations, according to data analysed by Unearthed</p> <p>The world’s biggest pesticide companies make billions of dollars a year from chemicals found by independent authorities to pose high hazards to human health or the environment, according to an analysis by campaigners.</p> <p>The research also found a higher proportion of these highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in the companies’ sales in poorer nations than in rich ones. In India, 59% of sales were of HHPs in contrast to just 11% in the UK, according to the analysis.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/firms-making-billions-highly-hazardous-pesticides-analysis-finds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:00:18 +0000 admin 77089 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Labor to announce net zero emissions target by 2050 and will oppose taxpayer funding of new coal power http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/labor-announce-net-zero-emissions-target-2050-and-will-oppose-taxpayer-funding-new-coa <p>Exclusive: Anthony Albanese is expected to confirm in speech on Friday that Labor will oppose using Kyoto carryover credits</p> <p>Labor has locked in behind a target of net zero emissions by 2050, and will oppose taxpayer funding of new coal-fired power plants, in the party’s first major decisions about climate policy for the next federal election.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/labor-announce-net-zero-emissions-target-2050-and-will-oppose-taxpayer-funding-new-coa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 02:14:33 +0000 admin 77087 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org Thousands of feral horses to be removed from Kosciuszko national park after bushfires http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/thousands-feral-horses-be-removed-kosciuszko-national-park-after-bushfires <p>NSW government says relocation the priority but will not rule out some brumbies may be killed during largest removal of horses in park’s history<br /></p> <p>About 4,000 feral horses will be removed from Kosciuszko national park in <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/new-south-wales">New South Wales</a> as part of an emergency response to protect the alpine ecosystem after large areas were devastated by bushfires.</p> <p>The move would be the largest removal of horses in the park’s history, said the NSW environment minister, Matt Kean.</p> <p><a href="http://worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/thousands-feral-horses-be-removed-kosciuszko-national-park-after-bushfires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 02:07:33 +0000 admin 77088 at http://worldoceanobservatory.org