Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/14/2019 - 10:36
Scottish Power claims it is making a ‘significant step’ forward with renewable energy, but David Miller has doubts Jillian Ambrose (Report, 11 June) claims that a 50MW battery system is a “significant step”. But how significant a step does not depend upon the instantaneous energy output in megawatts. Most significantly, it depends on how long it can keep this energy flow going. So the relevant measurement, to compare with rival systems, would be in MW hours (which are what we pay for in our electricity bills).David Miller(Emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at UCL), London • Join the debate – email guardian.letters@theguardian.com Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 09:33
Natural England chair bemoans budget cuts that have left conservation body ‘massively depleted’ The reserves and protected places that are the “jewels in the crown” of English nature cannot be managed properly because of budget cuts, Tony Juniper, the chair of Natural England, has said. The budget for the government’s conservation watchdog has been slashed in half over five years, leaving it “massively depleted”, according to Juniper, the influential former Friends of the Earth campaigner whom the environment secretary, Michael Gove, appointed earlier this year. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 09:00
Group defies court order against Arctic Sunrise supporting occupation of North Sea rig Police have arrested two Greenpeace activists who had boarded a North Sea oil rig as the environmental group said it was sending its ship Arctic Sunrise to join the protest in defiance of court orders obtained by BP. The oil firm has taken out injunctions against the ship and the Greenpeace ice-breaker, the Esperanza, forbidding them from supporting a protest on a rig in Scotland’s Cromarty Firth that is now in its sixth day. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 08:57
Travellers stuck for hours after flooding and landslide in Northamptonshire Hundreds of rail passengers have been left stranded because of a landslide, and a military helicopter deployed after a river burst its banks during heavy rainfall that has caused ongoing disruption to parts of the country. Fifteen flood warnings and 51 alerts were issued by the Environment Agency on Friday, with the majority in place across the Midlands and the north-west. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 07:41
Environmentalists say opening up Queensland’s Galilee Basin ignores global climate goals Environmentalists have described as reckless the decision by the Australian government to grant the Indian mining company Adani the final approvals it needs to start work on a huge coalmine in Queensland. The project, which received the green light on Thursday to commence initial construction, would open up the Galilee Basin, one of the last known untapped coal reserves on earth. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 07:26
Local residents in Urals describe sweeping bucketfuls of dead flies from their homes Villages in Russia’s Urals region have been invaded by vast swarms of flies that have sparked health concerns and fears for local harvests. “You can’t hang out your washing to dry or open your windows, let alone go outside,” a woman in Lazorevy told state television, which aired images of thick clouds of flies crawling and buzzing through the village. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 07:05
The ‘sunshine tax’ is dead, and Barcelona and Cádiz are mounting a renewables revival After a close fight, Barcelona’s radical mayor, Ada Colau, is expected to take office for a second term on Saturday, vindicating her often-criticised policies, which have included making sure all the city’s municipal buildings and services run on renewable energy. On the other side of the country in Andalucía, José María González was re-elected as mayor of Cádiz last month having swept to power in 2015 on the same tide that brought Colau to office, with energy as a central issue in his campaign. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 05:37
Lewisham campaigners block three roads into city centre to highlight ‘air pollution crisis’ Environmental protesters stopped traffic on three main roads into central London from the south-east in protest over the “air pollution crisis” in the area. The protesters, organised by a local chapter of the Extinction Rebellion group, blocked traffic on the A20 near Lewisham station, A205 South Circular in Catford and the A2 in Deptford during the morning rush-hour. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 04:40
Analysis says DRS would stop thousands of tonnes of waste entering English rivers and sea A comprehensive deposit return scheme in England could prevent 6,600 tonnes of plastic waste entering rivers and the sea by 2030, according to an analysis of the government’s proposed waste strategy. Of the measures being considered by the government to tackle plastic pollution, the assessment by the charity Common Seas reveals that a DRS on all drinks containers, not just small bottles, would have the most dramatic impact. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 01:00
The pipeline poses grave risk to animals and Indigenous communities. As leaders of four sovereign tribes, we are calling on the government to say no In February, Canada’s National Energy Board released its final report recommending approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, in spite of devastating risks to the Salish Sea and the salmon, orca and tribal nations that rely on it. On 18 June, the government of Justin Trudeau is expected to issue its final decision. The Trans Mountain pipeline, first proposed by oil giant Kinder Morgan in 2013, would transport Alberta tar sands oil to a shipping terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia. This would mean a massive increase in oil tanker traffic through the Salish Sea, which comprises the water bodies of Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia. The marine species in these waters know no border, and the risks to Indigenous peoples in both Canada and the US also cross borders. As leaders of four sovereign tribes, we are calling on the Trudeau government to do the right thing and say no. Continue reading...