Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/24/2021 - 08:50
Other predators such as narwhals are suffering similarly as unique adaptations become less suited Polar bears and narwhals are using up to four times as much energy to survive because of major ice loss in the Arctic, according to scientists. Once perfectly evolved for polar life, apex predators are struggling as their habitats shrink and unique adaptations become less suited to an increasingly ice-free Arctic, researchers say. Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 07:13
Two livestock ships have been refused entry to multiple countries on health grounds since leaving Spain in December One of two livestock ships at sea since mid-December with thousands of cattle on board is now at the Spanish port of Cartagena, but the fate of its cargo is unclear. The two vessels left from different ports in Spain before Christmas to deliver their cargoes of animals, but were each refused entry by various countries including Turkey and Libya, owing to suspected outbreaks onboard both ships of the bovine disease bluetongue. Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 05:30
Chimneys for bat boxes and a flying fox heat stress forecaster are among efforts to prevent deaths from effects of climate crisis Steve Latour and his wife were enjoying their usual early morning coffee in the sun outside their lake house in the Kootenay region of British Columbia when they heard noises coming from the bat box attached to the side of the house. Every summer, about 150 Yuma myotis bats return to the box, using it as a maternity colony to give birth to pups and take care of them until they are ready to leave for hibernation in the autumn. Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 05:00
Black farmers have been disregarded by the USDA for years. Will anything change in Tom Vilsack’s second stint? James “Bill” McGill has been a farmer for 40 of his 76 years. He can’t remember the year his 320-acre farm was put up for sale by the same man from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) he’d gone to for a loan to help him keep it. He can sum up the loss succinctly: “The government took it away. It has always been that way for us.” Related: 'I'll be fierce for all of us': Deb Haaland on climate, Native rights and Biden Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 03:00
Conservatives have blamed the state’s power fiasco on solar and wind even though they account for a fraction of supply The frigid winter storm and power failure that left millions of people in Texas shivering in darkness has been used to stoke what is becoming a growing front in America’s culture wars – renewable energy. Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 02:14
Ernst and Young says results reflect pressure from investors to make sustainability a priority in decision making Australian bosses say the climate crisis is the biggest challenge facing their businesses – in contrast to their overseas counterparts, who have ranked recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic their top concern. “Climate change impacts” were rated the No 1 concern by 18% of 155 Australian executives surveyed by accounting firm Ernst & Young, followed by technological disruption (17%) and “the continuing Covid-19 pandemic” (15%). Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 02:00
Levies on flying, imports and other high-carbon services could raise £27bn a year by 2030, says Zero Carbon Campaign Taxing carbon dioxide emissions would be popular with voters, polling suggests, as the government moots ways to put a price on carbon that could help tackle the climate crisis and fund a green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Carbon taxes could be levied on energy suppliers, transport including flying, food, imports and other high-carbon goods and services. At present, the UK levies implicit taxes on carbon, for instance through duties on petrol and diesel, and some heavy industries pay an effective price on carbon. But there are no taxes for consumers that are explicitly geared to the carbon emissions created by the goods and services that they buy. Continue reading...
02/24/2021 - 01:00
Free market can be overruled if necessary to create post-Covid growth, ex-PM advises former rival Boris Johnson must be “muscular” in reshaping the economy to bring about a green recovery from the coronavirus crisis, former prime minister David Cameron has said, calling for an active policy of industrial intervention. Cameron, who as prime minister from 2010 to 2016 oversaw the UK’s recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, said the lessons from that recession were clear. “My advice would be, from what I learnt, is that as well as the framework [of climate and economic policy], you have to roll up your sleeves and be quite muscular in your interventionism,” he told the Guardian in an interview. Continue reading...
02/23/2021 - 22:18
Trent Zimmerman is believed to have complained in joint Coalition party room that two years was too long for Australia’s wildlife to wait Follow our politics live blog Liberal backbencher Trent Zimmerman has raised concerns that new national environmental standards to improve protection for Australia’s wildlife will be brought in too slowly. While legislation giving effect to the proposed standards was rubber-stamped at the Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday, Guardian Australia understands that a number of Liberals are concerned that the environment minister, Sussan Ley, has mishandled the overhaul Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. Continue reading...
02/23/2021 - 21:06
Canadian PM congratulates US president on rejoining Paris accord, saying ‘it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all the references to climate change’ Justin Trudeau has praised Joe Biden for rejoining the Paris climate accord during their first bilateral meeting, saying: “US leadership has been sorely missed over the past years.” The Canadian prime minister added: “And I have to say as we were preparing the joint rollout of the communique on this, it’s nice when the Americans are not pulling out all the references to climate change and instead adding them in.” Continue reading...