Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/20/2020 - 05:30
New strategy to protect nature includes far-reaching habitat protections, and restrictions on pesticide use – but campaigners warn enforcement is key The European Commission has committed to protecting 30% of the EU’s land and oceans by 2030 as part of the European Green Deal, in a plan tentatively welcomed by environment groups who warned far-reaching ambitions must not only exist “on paper”. The 10-year plan, published on Wednesday, includes commitments to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50%, plant 3bn trees by 2030 and reverse the decline in pollinators. Within the 30% protected areas, a third of land and sea will be under “strict protection”, meaning there should be no human intervention besides minimal management to keep the area in good condition for wildlife. Continue reading...
05/20/2020 - 05:30
Families say city has not made them aware water is back on City turned off taps under criticized debt-collection plan Officials in Detroit have claimed the city has restored the water supply to its residents, but a number of families are still without clean running water and have had their bills paid by a charity, the Guardian has learned. Water shutoffs were introduced in Detroit in 2014, as part of a widely condemned debt-collection program that critics said has unfairly affected minority communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading...
05/20/2020 - 04:30
Under the leadership of William Perry Pendley, the Bureau of Land Management is failing to fulfill its most basic duties of safeguarding America’s public lands, his critics say In July 2017, William Perry Pendley, a crusading conservative attorney, delivered a speech to a group of rightwing activists in North Carolina in which he was completely candid about his ideological commitments. He accused “the media” of selling “their soul to the greens”. And after criticizing the Endangered Species Act, he made light of killing endangered species. Continue reading...
05/20/2020 - 04:00
Researchers map ‘beginning of new ecosystem’ as algae bloom across surface of melting snow Scientists have created the first large-scale map of microscopic algae on the Antarctic peninsula as they bloom across the surface of the melting snow, tinting the surface green and potentially creating a source of nutrition for other species. The British team behind the research believe these blooms will expand their range in the future because global heating is creating more of the slushy conditions they need to thrive. Continue reading...
05/20/2020 - 02:15
US study identifies statistically significant trend in line with climate scientists’ predictions Tropical cyclones have become more intense around the globe in the past four decades, with more destructive storms forming more often, according to a study that further confirms the theory that warming oceans would drive more dangerous cyclones. Analysis of satellite records from 1979 to 2017 found a clear rise in the most destructive cyclones – also known as hurricanes or typhoons – that deliver sustained winds in excess of about 185km/h. Continue reading...
05/20/2020 - 01:00
Call to avoid more inequality and climate breakdown when coronavirus crisis ends Global leaders must heed the lessons of the financial crisis of 2008 when they look to repair the damage from the coronavirus pandemic, leading experts have warned, to avoid entrenching disastrous social, health and environmental inequalities and hastening climate breakdown. The 2008 global financial crisis and recession marked the last time the world experienced a convulsion comparable in scale to the coronavirus crisis, though starkly different in its nature. Governments responded first with economic rescue and stimulus packages worth trillions in taxpayer cash, followed in many cases by austerity programmes to cut back public spending. Continue reading...
05/20/2020 - 00:00
Pace will slow for first time in 20 years with fewer windfarms and solar plants being built but rebound possible in 2021 The global growth of renewable energy will slow for the first time in 20 years due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which will “hurt but not halt” the rise of clean energy. The world’s energy watchdog has warned that developers will build fewer wind farms and solar energy projects this year compared with a record roll out of renewables in 2019. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 23:01
Low-income households and people of color in cities are least likely to live near decent green spaces Years of patchy investment in public parks has left 100 million Americans, including 27 million children, without access to decent nearby green spaces during the coronavirus lockdown, a new report reveals. Local parks have been a godsend to many people during the pandemic as schools, gyms and walking trails have closed to minimize physical contact and curtail the spread of the virus. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 21:33
Marsh talks the talk when it comes to climate risk, but by working with Adani it is walking us all into a dangerous future The conservative International Energy Agency in May warned against governments developing Covid-19 recovery plans that back fossil fuels for fear they’d expose nations to “escalating financial, health and social risks”. The thinking is sound. Unfortunately, governments seem incapable of learning from past catastrophes, or thinking long term and strategically to prepare better for those to come. Covid-19 is very much a dress rehearsal for what awaits us with climate if governments continue to ignore the science, and the policy demands for an effective response.Last summer’s devastating bushfires proved Australians are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. So too are our insurers. As of 23 January the Insurance Council of Australia had tallied 20,000 bushfire-related claims, with insured losses estimated at A$1.65bn. Continue reading...
05/19/2020 - 18:01
Orca, cuckoo and peregrine falcon some of species enjoying breathing space of quieter world First came the goats. During the first days of lockdown the bearded, ghostly white creatures wandered down from their north Wales clifftop home into the town of Llandudno and made headlines around the globe. Now the National Trust is reporting that emboldened wildlife, from raptors and warblers to badgers, otters and even orcas, appear to be enjoying the disappearance of humans from its gardens, castles and waterways across the UK. Continue reading...