Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/14/2019 - 01:00
The state has just had its warmest spring on record, causing permafrost to thaw and dramatically reshaping some areas A city in western Alaska has lost a huge stretch of riverbank to erosion that may turn it into an island, amid renewed warnings from scientists over the havoc triggered by the accelerating melting of the state’s ice and permafrost. Residents of the small city of Akiak were alarmed to find the Kuskokwim River suddenly much closer to housing after about 75-100ft of riverbank disappeared over the course of just a few hours. Continue reading...
06/14/2019 - 00:19
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06/13/2019 - 19:31
MP says she’s prepared to fight for her portfolio – and a priority will be cutting ‘green tape’ for big projects The new environment minister, Sussan Ley, has declared herself an “environmentalist”, saying she is prepared to fight for the environment around the cabinet table even when colleagues disagree with her. Ley, who welcomed the Queensland government’s decision on Thursday to give the green light to the Adani coalmine, told Guardian Australia she wanted to see more action on recycling, threatened species and biodiversity protection, and a greater focus on individual action to achieve a better environment. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 13:29
Fur, teeth and tissue largely intact on remains of animal bigger than a modern wolf The severed head of a wolf that died about 40,000 years ago has been found in Siberia, and because of the freezing conditions, the remains are so well preserved that the fur, teeth, brain and facial tissue are largely intact. Pavel Yefimov, a local resident, discovered the head last summer on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh river close to the Arctic Circle in the region of Yakutia, according to the Siberian Times. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 13:00
Companies face hostile shareholders as Westpac acknowledges a ‘variance’ with Business Council of Australia Activist groups are stepping up their efforts to lobby Australia’s biggest companies on climate policy as the corporate sector prepares for the annual general meeting season. Some of Australia’s best-known companies could face hostile shareholder resolutions at their annual meetings in the spring as the battle over climate policy moves into the country’s boardrooms. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 12:13
Plans for airport expansion and new roads lead to mayor being accused of ‘empty rhetoric’ The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pledged to make the region carbon neutral by 2038,more than a decade earlier than the target date adopted by the European commission, at the unveiling of a new industrial strategy. But Burnham was quickly accused of peddling “empty rhetoric” because of the regional authorities’ majority stake in Manchester airport, which aims to double passenger numbers over the next 20 years, and plans to spend £6bn on new roads. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 12:01
Third climate activist charged with disorderly conduct as occupation enters fifth day Another Greenpeace activist who boarded a North Sea oil rig off Inverness has appeared in court charged with disorderly conduct, following appearances by two protesters who were ordered to leave Scotland. Police meanwhile appeared to be preparing to seize and arrest the last two protesters on the rig, which has been hired by BP to drill for oil in the Vorlich field. Late on Thursday afternoon, two police boats appeared next to the rig as oil workers began lowering it into the water, to bring the protesters closer to the surface of the water. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 10:01
Investigation reveals no plan is in place to tackle increase in levels of agricultural ammonia, a gas contributing to thousands of deaths in UK alone Analysis: dealing with ammonia is an urgent health problem Testing reveals hotspots at UK farms One of the most potent air pollutants is on the rise in the UK, but the government has no comprehensive monitoring, little enforcement, and almost no funding or clear plan to reduce the emissions, an investigation has found. Evidence obtained by a joint investigation by the Guardian, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Channel 4 News suggests that at least 3,000 deaths each year could be avoided if agricultural ammonia emissions were halved. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 10:00
Agricultural ammonia emissions are not monitored, but investigation exposes gas at three out of eight farms across south of England Revealed: UK government failing to tackle ammonia pollution Analysis: dealing with ammonia is an urgent health problem Testing carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism around eight dairy units in the UK has revealed ammonia hotspots at three of them. The government does not monitor ammonia pollution from most UK farms, despite the fact that it is a major contributor to the air pollution crisis. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 10:00
Government clean air strategy failing to control increasing emissions that add to ‘hidden killer’ of air pollution Revealed: UK government failing to tackle ammonia pollution Testing reveals hotspots at UK farms Earlier this year, the government produced its first comprehensive clean air strategy, the result of years of campaigning, public outcry and finally a series of court actions ending in victory for activist lawyers over resistant ministers. For the first time, that strategy promised action on the key role that ammonia plays in the cycle of air pollution – previous pronouncements on air pollution concentrated on transport and industrial emissions. Continue reading...