Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/16/2021 - 09:35
Emissions cut by 94% in three years, and company is aiming for net zero across its supply chain by 2030 Facebook has reached net zero emissions, the company has announced, paving the way for it to achieve its wider target of net zero emissions across its entire supply chain by 2030. The social network said it had reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 94% over the past three years, and its operations were now supported by 100% renewable energy. Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 09:15
High street chain’s farm project could put pressure on wild pollinators, warn conservationists An attempt by Marks & Spencer to “do good for the environment” by releasing 30 million honeybees into the British countryside has backfired, with conservationists warning the initiative could damage ecosystems and deprive wild pollinators of valuable food sources. The UK retailer has placed up to 1,000 beehives on 25 farms to produce single-estate honey for customers as part of its five-year Farming with Nature programme. The bees are in cedar beehives, many made in the 1930s, with plenty of nectar nearby, according to a company blog. Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 06:19
Governments to hold three-week virtual meeting next month before climate summit in November Preparations for vital UN climate talks to take place this year in Glasgow are set to intensify next month, after nations compromised over how to conduct virtual negotiations ahead of the summit. The climate talks, called Cop26, are set for November after being postponed for a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The summit is viewed as one of the last chances to put the world on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and tackle the climate emergency. Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 06:13
Local rangers and park authorities say wild creatures have become used to the absence of humans Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The wild goats that have been nibbling the new grass around the glamping decks at Loch Katrine, in the Trossachs, can expect some dining companions this weekend, as the long-awaited relaxation in travel restrictions accompanied by fine spring weather brings day-trippers flooding into the Scottish countryside. From Friday, Scots can travel freely around the country for outdoor exercise, recreation and socialising, for the first time this year, although overnight stays are still not permitted and non-essential shops, as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants, remain closed until later in the month. Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 05:14
Landmark case says thousands of birds including endangered eagles die needlessly each year In Leonard Cohen’s famous song, a bird on a wire is a symbol of freedom, but for thousands of birds it is the equivalent of being sent to the electric chair. Now, in a landmark case, a Spanish electricity company is being prosecuted over the deaths of hundreds of birds electrocuted on pylons and overhead cables and for failing to comply with regulations designed to protect wildlife. Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 04:15
Canada announced a more full-throated response to the potential extinction of the owl within its borders and boost the species There are only three known northern spotted owls left in the wild in Canada, including just one breeding pair. Their chicks have on occasion been taken for a captive breeding program, to try and boost the species’ prospects. Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 04:00
A new initiative to turn glass bottles from New Orleans’ many drinking spots into tiny particles of sand has raised hopes of a green transformation Dave Clements, owner of Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge, a beloved dive bar in New Orleans, has watched Louisiana’s coast shrink year after year. Related: Living near a US toxic waste site could shave a year off your life, study finds Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 02:00
Nearly 70% of Sweden is forested but many environmentalists and indigenous Sami reindeer herders argue that the Swedish model of clearing old-growth forests and planting monoculture plantations is bad for biodiversity. Photographer Marcus Westberg has captured the forestry industry’s impact on the landscape in the north of the country Continue reading...
04/16/2021 - 00:00
The mysterious world under our feet is under threat. Protecting it is as vital as tackling the climate crisis, scientists warn Hidden under our feet is a miniature landscape made up of tunnels, caves and decaying matter. Soil is where a quarter of the species on our planet are believed to live and in this dark, quiet, damp world, death feeds life. Rotting leaves, fruits, plants and organisms are folded into the soil and burped out as something new. Good soil structure provides many nooks and crannies that house organisms, which, in turn, create an environment that suits them, directly altering – and improving – the structure of soil. Like a collective of tiny chemists, they keep soils healthy and productive by passing nutrients between them, either by collaborating or killing each other. Continue reading...
04/15/2021 - 17:00
National agreement on items covered by ban should provide businesses with certainty and ease consumer confusion Plastic cutlery and straws are among the types of single-use plastics to be phased out in Australia from 2025 under a plan to reduce plastic waste. A national meeting of environment ministers on Thursday confirmed the phase-out would cover eight types of “problematic and unnecessary” plastic waste: lightweight plastic bags; plastic misleadingly labelled “degradable”; plastic utensils and stirrers; plastic straws; polystyrene food containers; polystyrene consumer goods packaging; and microbeads in personal care products. Continue reading...