Breaking Waves: Ocean News

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...
06/13/2019 - 09:30
The popularity of the package holiday remains undimmed for British travellers hooked on trips to the US and Caribbean, according to a new Abta report Long-haul package holidays are more popular than ever among UK travellers, according to a new report from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta). Despite the rise of the flight-shame movement and a growing interest in holidays by rail, an increasing number of British travellers are choosing package holidays to destinations across the Atlantic, with bookings to Mexico up by 3,500% since 1994. The Abta report examines how UK travel habits have changed over the last four decades, by analysing International Passenger Survey air travel figures and consulting with travel agents and tour operators. It also found that package holidays to the US and the Caribbean have more than doubled in the same period (with the exception of Barbados, which saw an increase of 22.5%). The report attributed the rise of long-haul packages to increased air capacity and more fuel-efficient aircraft. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 08:20
News comes as National Grid announces greenest winter for energy use after mild weather The UK’s race to increase renewable energy sources has intensified with the announcement of plans to close another coal-fired power station. The news on Thursday came as last winter was revealed to be the greenest yet for the country’s energy system, after strong winds produced more renewable electricity and coal-fired power dwindled. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 08:17
Researchers say simply sitting and enjoying the peace has mental and physical benefits A two-hour “dose” of nature a week significantly boosts health and wellbeing, research suggests, even if you simply sit and enjoy the peace. The physical and mental health benefits of time spent in parks, woods or the beach are well known, but the new research is the first major study into how long is needed to produce the effect. If confirmed by future research, two hours in nature could join five a day of fruit and veg and 150 minutes of exercise a week as official health advice. Continue reading...
06/13/2019 - 03:50
Draft report says Warragamba dam changes would affect Aboriginal historical sites A leaked draft report has predicted world heritage areas of the Blue Mountains would be “permanently” changed by a controversial New South Wales government plan to raise a dam wall. The state government is proposing to raise the walls of the Warragamba Dam by 14 metres to mitigate the impact of floods – a move that environmental activists say would flood Unesco-protected bushland, and endanger 50 historic Indigenous sites. Continue reading...
06/12/2019 - 22:43
Queensland government decision means company can begin work on mine site, but other federal approvals still required before coal extraction can begin Adani has been cleared to start work on its Carmichael coalmine after the Queensland government approved the company’s plans for groundwater management. Queensland’s coordinator general posted the decision on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading...
06/12/2019 - 19:57
Seven of the birds native to New Zealand have died, with just 142 adults remaining The world’s fattest parrot is facing an existential threat in the form of a dangerous fungal infection which has already endangered a fifth of its species. Seven of New Zealand’s native kākāpō have died in recent months after falling victim to the respiratory disease aspergillosis. The latest was on Tuesday, where a 100-day-old chick died at the Auckland Zoo. Continue reading...
06/12/2019 - 19:46
Pentagon released 59m metric tons of carbon dioxide and other warming gases in 2017, research shows The United States creates more planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions through its defense operations alone than industrialized countries such as Sweden and Portugal, researchers said on Wednesday. The Pentagon, which oversees the US military, released about 59m metric tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in 2017, according to the first study to compile such comprehensive data, published by Brown University. Continue reading...
06/12/2019 - 18:01
Homegrown stems accounted for 14% of £865m worth of flowers sold in Britain last year The British-grown flower industry is now worth £121m – up from £82m in 2015 – following years of decline owing to imported stems, figures reveal. Last year homegrown flowers accounted for 14% of the £865m worth of all stems sold in the UK, compared with 12% three years ago, according to a report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Continue reading...
06/12/2019 - 16:00
Government urged to overturn effective ban to help meet ambitious climate targets Government ministers face rising calls to lift their block on onshore wind farms to help meet the UK’s ambitious climate targets while reducing home energy bills. Some of Europe’s largest energy investors have urged the government to overturn an effective ban on new onshore wind farms in England, warning that it may be stifling a flood of investment into the UK’s clean energy sector. Continue reading...