Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/26/2021 - 07:06
Decline in system underpinning Gulf Stream could lead to more extreme weather in Europe and higher sea levels on US east coast The Atlantic Ocean circulation that underpins the Gulf Stream, the weather system that brings warm and mild weather to Europe, is at its weakest in more than a millennium, and climate breakdown is the probable cause, according to new data. Further weakening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) could result in more storms battering the UK, more intense winters and an increase in damaging heatwaves and droughts across Europe. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 07:00
The congresswoman has faced hostile questioning from senators during her confirmation for interior secretary. Some of them are personally invested in fossil fuels Republicans appear eager to derail the cabinet nomination of Deb Haaland, a Native American congresswoman who wants to conserve federal lands and slow climate change as secretary of the interior to Joe Biden. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 06:00
Emissions releases affected communities that are already disproportionately exposed to pollution Oil refineries, chemical manufacturers and other industrial plants in Texas reported releasing around 3.5m pounds of extra pollutants into the air during last week’s freezing temperatures. Extreme weather and electric grid failure resulted in 200 facilities across 54 counties reporting excess release of pollutants between 11 February and 22 February, according to analysis done by Air Alliance Houston, Environment Texas and Environmental Defense Fund. They scanned the databases for emission events that were filed to the state regulators. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 06:00
Guardian investigation shows systems in Latino areas violate federal drinking water rules twice as much as those serving the rest of the US Read this story in Spanish at La Opinión Millions of people in the US are drinking water that fails to meet federal health standards, including by violating limits for dangerous contaminants. Latinos are disproportionately exposed, according to the Guardian’s review of more than 140,000 public water systems across the US and county-level demographic data. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 02:30
Landmark emissions disclosures cover 22-year lifetime of 1,429 aircraft sold in 2019 and 2020 Planes sold by Airbus in 2019 and 2020 will produce well over 1bn tonnes of carbon dioxide during their lifetimes, according to landmark first estimates of the aerospace manufacturer’s emissions. Airbus sold a record 863 planes in 2019, which would translate to 740m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent produced over a 22-year period, according to figures seen by the Guardian. It sold 566 planes last year, for which lifetime emissions would be 440m tonnes. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 02:01
Government consulting on scheme that would increase obligation on retailers to take back broken items The UK government is considering nationwide kerbside collection of used electrical appliances and gadgets to help improve the recycling of electronic waste. Local councils in some areas already collect broken washing machines and toasters in schemes funded by waste collection fees that all retailers selling electrical goods must pay. The government is consulting on the best way to implement such schemes across the country and how to fund them. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 02:01
Project aims to inspire UK equivalent of hanami – the Japanese custom of relishing fleeting sight and scent of blossom The joyful sight of trees bursting into blossom during the first Covid lockdown last spring gave comfort and hope to countless people confined indoors or only allowed to roam very briefly outside. Almost 12 months on a conservation charity is leading a major project to create “blossom circles” in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to provide spaces for reflection and optimism to aid the emotional recovery from the pandemic. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 01:14
Photographer says he won ‘nature’s lottery’ when he spotted unique bird among thousands of animals on a beach on the South Georgia islands A pale yellow-feathered king penguin spotted among hundreds of thousands of animals crammed on to a beach in South Georgia has sent the nature-loving world into a frenzy. Belgian photographer Yves Adams was on a two-month expedition to the Antarctic peninsula when he captured the unusually-coloured penguin. Continue reading...
02/26/2021 - 01:00
Scheme will issue vouchers to just 49,000 people by end of March at current rate, analysis finds The government’s flagship green homes grant scheme will help just 8% of its target 600,000 households switch to renewable energy by the end of March, analysis reveals. The £2bn for the scheme is being withdrawn at the end of next month. Analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit thinktank reveals that at the current rate it will issue vouchers to just 49,000 members of the public by that time. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 23:43
The state government and SunWater agree to the payout, but no settlement has been reached with the second dam operator Seqwater Victims of south-east Queensland’s 2011 floods have won a partial $440m payout a decade after the negligent operation of two dams saw thousands of homes and businesses swamped. The Queensland government and state-owned dam operator SunWater have agreed to the payout, which is about half of what is owed to 6,700 class action members. Continue reading...