Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/25/2021 - 10:00
Critics say plan would wreck efforts to tackle climate crisis and undermine UK credibility ahead of Cop26 The government is under growing pressure to halt a proposed expansion of Leeds Bradford airport, which critics say would wreck efforts to tackle the ecological crisis and undermine the government’s credibility ahead of a key climate conference later this year. The expansion plans, which would support an increase in passengers from 4 to 7 million people a year by 2030, were given conditional approval by Leeds city council earlier this month despite widespread opposition from local MPs, residents and environmental groups. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 08:33
Researchers say England and Wales study shows demonstrable benefits for prisoners in all categories Green space has been shown to boost learning, improve recovery from hospital operations and lower the risk of mental disorders. Now the power of plants has been linked to lower levels of violence and self-harm in prisons. Researchers mapped the percentage of green space – trees, lawns and shrubbery – within prisons in England and Wales and compared it with incidents of self-harm, prisoner assaults on staff and violence between prisoners. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 07:28
Livestock company still hopes to find a buyer for animals on board ship for two months, after rejection by Turkey and Libya The manager of a ship that has spent months at sea with hundreds of cattle on board has accused Spanish officials of failing to answer his call for help and of threatening to kill all the livestock if the ship enters port. The Karim Allah is one of two vessels that left from different ports in Spain before Christmas to deliver cargoes of young bulls, but were refused entry by various countries including Turkey and Libya, owing to suspected outbreaks of the bovine disease bluetongue onboard both ships. The vessel is owned by Khalifeh Livestock Trading and managed by Talia Shipping Line, both based in Lebanon, while the cattle are owned by a third party. The ship took 895 male calves on board at the Spanish port of Cartagena in mid-December and sailed for Turkey. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 06:00
Group tells Robert Jenrick it intends to contest his decision not to challenge plans for new deep mine A Cumbrian campaign group has given notice to the communities secretary that it intends to seek a legal challenge of his controversial decision to allow a new deep coalmine in the west of the county to go ahead. Legal representatives acting on behalf of the South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC) group have written to Robert Jenrick’s office to notify him of the group’s intention to contest his “ongoing refusal” to call in the mining plans. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 05:05
Andrew Constance confirms he ordered the now-sacked transport department head to remove trees 40 metres either side of highways but was refused The New South Wales transport minister, Andrew Constance, demanded the now-sacked head of his department create an 80-metre “clearance zone” around highways after the 2019-20 bushfires, an order Labor says could have resulted in countless trees being felled if followed. During the state’s budget estimates hearings on Thursday, Constance confirmed he had issued the directive to the former department head, Rodd Staples, following last summer’s bushfire crisis. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 05:00
Water Act proposes massive injection of federal dollars as millions of people go without access to clean, safe, affordable water Democratic lawmakers and advocates are urging Joe Biden to back legislation proposing unprecedented investment in America’s ailing water infrastructure amid the country’s worst crisis in decades that has left millions of people without access to clean, safe, affordable water. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 04:15
As oil companies go out of business, they are leaving a legacy of abandoned wells that leak huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere Jill Morrison has seen how the bust of oil and gas production can permanently scar a landscape. Near her land in north-east Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, where drilling started in 1889, more than 2,000 abandoned wells are seeping brine into the groundwater and leaking potent greenhouse gasses. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 03:46
Green groups argued plan to replace coal burning units with gas at Yorkshire site was inconsistent with emissions goals Drax has scrapped its controversial plans to build Europe’s largest gas power plant at its site in North Yorkshire following fierce opposition from climate groups. The electricity generator confirmed that it would drop plans to build two combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) in place of two old coal burning units at the Drax site, weeks after completing the sale of four other gas plants to a subsidiary of Vitol last month. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 02:01
Household bills also likely to rise if 17 plants proposed are built, according to CarbonTracker report Fossil fuel companies risk derailing the UK’s climate targets and pushing up household bills by planning to build a string of new gas-fired power plants worth £9bn, according to a thinktank. The UK has 17 gas-fired plants proposed with a combined generation capacity of 14GW. They include plans for Europe’s largest at the Drax site in North Yorkshire. Continue reading...
02/25/2021 - 01:00
Exclusive: Stuffed specimen was only proof of bird’s existence until discovery in rainforest last year In the 1840s, a mystery bird was caught on an expedition to the East Indies. Charles Lucien Bonaparte, the nephew of Napoleon, described it to science and named it the black-browed babbler (Malacocincla perspicillata). The species was never seen in the wild again, and a stuffed specimen featuring a bright yellow glass eye was the only proof of its existence. But now the black-browed babbler has been rediscovered in the rainforests of Borneo. Continue reading...