Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/19/2019 - 06:00
At the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada, friends and performers with wide-ranging views met to discuss climate change, immigration and other concerns ‘without demonizing each other’ Several weeks ahead of the 35th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, Gail Steiger, a rancher and singer-songwriter from Yavapai county, Arizona, emailed a proposal to a small host of close friends and fellow performers. “None of us fit easily in any box, but we all hold each other in high regard,” he wrote. Continue reading...
02/19/2019 - 06:00
The controversial legal bill will allow citizens to sue a polluter on behalf of the lake and for penalties to be imposed In early August 2014, Crystal Jankowski was late in her pregnancy and knew she was about due. In was hot and humid where she lived in Toledo, Ohio and she remembers just wanting to relax in a cool shower. But the graphic designer could not take one. The water source for Toledo is Lake Erie, and an algae bloom caused in part by phosphorous runoff from farms had sickened the lake with an overload of “microcystin” bacteria. The city banned drinking the water for a week and “children, the elderly and pregnant women” were instructed not to even shower. Continue reading...
02/19/2019 - 03:13
Eminent members of legal profession, including a former supreme court judge, critical of law firm’s strategy document The Adani mining company’s “legal intimidation” tactics against community groups are a “threat to democracy” and “gravely concerning”, say eminent members of the legal profession, including a former supreme court judge and an expert on corporate lawfare. The ABC reported on Tuesday that a law firm hired by Adani, AJ & Co, wrote a strategy document urging the Indian miner to “play the man” and adopt an aggressive legal posture against opponents. Continue reading...
02/19/2019 - 01:30
UK fashion industry bigger source of carbon emissions than aviation and shipping A penny on every shirt, skirt and stocking could fund better recycling and repairing in the fashion industry, according to a parliamentary report that recommends new taxes to end the throwaway consumer culture. The cross-party environmental audit committee also proposes tax incentives for companies that offer repair services for clothes, and urges schools to introduce darning and mending classes. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 23:25
Australian officials have not visited the centre where hundreds of rare and endangered birds were sent The federal environment department does not know if hundreds of rare and endangered Australian birds exported to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper and extortionist are still at the group’s facility in Brandenburg. Department officials told Senate estimates on Monday night their wildlife compliance unit was investigating after Guardian Australia reported the government had been warned birds sent to the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) could be sold to collectors at a huge profit. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 22:48
Cyclone delays clean-up after MV Solomon Trader ran aground in rough seas at Kangava Bay, near world heritage site The Solomon Islands prime minister has asked Australia for emergency help cleaning up an environmental disaster after oil spilled from a bulk carrier that ran aground on a coral reef near a world heritage area. The MV Solomon Trader had been loading bauxite when rough seas pushed it aground at Kangava Bay, Rennell Island, on the night of 4 February. The East Rennell world heritage site, which forms part of the island, 250km south of the capital, Honiara, is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. Since 2013 the site has been on a Unesco danger list because of logging and overfishing. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 21:40
Councils respond after authorities ban one of state’s largest refuse companies from accepting waste at two sites, citing a fire risk Victoria’s recycling crisis has deepened after authorities banned one of the state’s largest refuse companies from collecting waste at two sites in Melbourne. In response, five local councils said they would be forced to dump their next recyclables collection in landfill. Another, the City of Whittlesea, in Melbourne’s outer north, urged residents to avoid putting their yellow bins out for a fortnight. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 19:01
Environment secretary’s pledge follows fears over imports of chlorinated chicken The environment secretary, Michael Gove, is to pledge that British food standards will not be lowered “in pursuit of trade deals”. In an address to the National Farmers’ Union annual conference on Tuesday he is expected to also vow to minimise the risk that food producers will be left at “competitive disadvantage” in the face of cheaper imports that are below EU standards. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 18:02
Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 7.31am GMT We have made it through second Monday intact. And not wanting to tempt fate, we are going to call it a night. Tomorrow, Tanya Plibersek is at the National Press Club. I think you can expect to see a few education announcements floating around tomorrow ahead of the delivery. 7.17am GMT You can see why Julia Banks had to start her question again in this. Climate change inaction and its impacts on everyday Australians health is a serious concern. As an Independent I will always fight for climate change policy action and hold the Government to account in the Parliament. #auspol @theMJA @healthy_climate pic.twitter.com/xX6oBQAExZ Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 06:58
Scheme will match donations to NGO up to £2m to help reduce ocean plastic pollution A UK government-backed campaign to build recycling bases in Pakistan could raise millions of pounds to help reduce ocean and river plastic pollution. Related: 'I've never been to school': child waste pickers living on Pakistan's streets | Haroon Janjua Continue reading...