Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/27/2022 - 05:24
Legislation makes no mention of skins, feet, ears and tails so these can continue to be bought and sold Elephant skins, feet, ears and tails will continue to be traded in the UK even after next month’s ivory ban comes into force, it has been revealed. The government has been praised for its Ivory Act 2018, effective from next month, making the purchase and sale of elephant tusks punishable by fines of up to £250,000 or up to five years in prison. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 05:09
Horticulturist Lottie Delamain created a garden at Chelsea flower show using plants that can be used to make fabrics and dyes Gardeners are fighting back against the toxic chemicals used by the fashion industry – by using plants to dye their clothes. The horticulturist Lottie Delamain created a garden for the activist movement Fashion Revolution at Chelsea flower show using plants that can be used to make fabrics and dyes. She became so enthused by experimenting with using plants to make clothes dyes that she has dyed many of her own garments using flowers and even tree branches from her own plot at home. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 05:05
Rising greenhouse gases have caused Lake Palcacocha to swell in size which makes the area at risk for a devastating outburst flood In a global first for climate breakdown litigation, judges from Germany have visited Peru to determine the level of damage caused by Europe’s largest emitter in a case that could set a precedent for legal claims over human-caused global heating. Judges and court-appointed experts visited a glacial lake in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range this week to determine whether Germany’s largest electricity provider, RWE, is partially liable for the rise in greenhouse gases that could trigger a devastating flood. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 04:00
The growing trend for imported olive trees has brought hoards of invasive snakes to the Spanish island, threatening the future of its wall lizard Far below the Ibiza sun, a solitary lizard fidgets across the baking rocks on the southern tip of the island, happily oblivious to what may lurk ahead. After 6m years of isolated evolution, the Ibiza wall lizard, whose scaly finery runs from cobalt blue to acid green, is facing an existential threat summed up in the Catalan phrase sargantanes o serps: lizards or snakes. Over the past two decades, the wall lizards have completely disappeared from some areas of Ibiza and the neighbouring island of Formentera thanks to the rapid proliferation of invasive, non-venomous horseshoe whipsnakes and ladder snakes. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 02:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including hungry seagulls, a puffin census and a shy stingray Continue reading...
05/26/2022 - 22:15
Rosemary Penwarden says the vehicle, powered by home rooftop solar, has been running smoothly for three years and has thanked oil companies for the motivation A New Zealand woman has converted a 29-year-old wreck into a homemade, electric vehicle, “to show it can be done”. Rosemary Penwarden has been driving her converted vehicle around South Island roads for three years now. The project took her and a friend more than eight months of solid work and tinkering. “You do have to be a little bit mad,” she said. “I want to thank the oil companies for the motivation.” Continue reading...
05/26/2022 - 21:35
Rallen has steadfastly opposes fracking on its land amid fossil fuel firm’s ‘unprecedented’ legal action to force access Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing One of the Northern Territory’s biggest and wealthiest pastoral landholders will join traditional owners to “resist” the entry of fracking companies on to its expansive holdings in the Beetaloo Basin. The former Morrison government made gas exploration in the Beetaloo a central pillar of its so-called gas-led recovery from the pandemic, accelerating exploration in the region by granting big gas companies tens of millions of dollars in incentives. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
05/26/2022 - 12:30
Report says Adani’s Carmichael mine in central Queensland seems ‘rather a political decision, not an economically driven one’ Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Any new coalmines in Australia’s Galilee Basin, including Adani’s Carmichael mine, will not be economically viable in the long run under even the most generous assumptions about the future of the fossil fuel, according to an analysis by German academics. The study, developed in conjunction with Australian experts, found it was “highly implausible” that mines in the central Queensland basin could run profitably and there was a high chance they would end up as stranded assets. Continue reading...
05/26/2022 - 12:30
New treasurer says Labor is ‘not contemplating’ extending fuel excise cut or low and middle income tax offset Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The new treasurer, Jim Chalmers, is banking on a surge in capital spending to boost productivity in the economy and ease a “cost-of-living crisis”. After the Australian Energy Regulator on Thursday lifted standard power prices by as much as 20% for some customers, Chalmers said the increase revealed “a very serious situation” and was just one of several challenges left by the Morrison government. Continue reading...
05/26/2022 - 10:00
Strong climate action could wipe $756bn from individuals’ pension funds and other investments in rich countries Individuals in rich countries face huge financial losses if climate action slashes the value of fossil fuel assets, a study shows, despite many oil and gas fields being in other countries. The researchers estimated that existing oil and gas projects worth $1.4tn (£1.1tn) would lose their value if the world moved decisively to cut carbon emissions and limit global heating to 2C. By tracking many thousands of projects through 1.8m companies to their ultimate owners, the team found most of the losses would be borne by individual people through their pensions, investment funds and share holdings. Continue reading...