Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/03/2023 - 06:00
Their fight for diversity and inclusion in farming culture echoes the womyn’s land movement from the 60s and 70s At Ashokra farm in New Mexico, in the heart of Albuquerque’s fertile North Valley, lush fields of kabocha squash and heirloom corn grow alongside beds of tomatoes, onions and 13 varieties of okra. The team’s four farmers tend four fields spread across two and a half acres of leased plots on private residences and in a community garden, hauling their tools between each field in a mobile shed. But the bountiful harvest is only one of Ashokra’s goals. As a queer-, trans- and people-of-color-owned vegetable farm, Ashokra is “trying to embody values and create a space that we haven’t seen on farms that we’ve worked at”, says farmer Anita Adalja. “A place where we have dignity, where we can feel safe, where we can feel like we can be our authentic selves”, protected from the threats of homophobia, transphobia, racism and sexism. Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 05:05
Texas community fights to save its coastline as the developers of Rio Grande LNG regain interest over claims of carbon capture As the Mexican Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festivities drew to a close, Dina Nuñez called to order a meeting of women grassroots activists in a modest home in the heart of Port Isabel, Texas. Top of her agenda: how to stop a Houston-based oil and gas company from building a $10bn project to export liquefied natural gas on a nearby stretch of coast. For Nuñez and her friends, the fight against the scheme – known as Rio Grande LNG – is about protecting their community from air pollution; preserving shrimping and tourism; and defending habitats for pelicans, endangered ocelots and aplomado falcons at the project site on unspoiled wetlands between Port Isabel and the larger city of Brownsville. Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 04:00
The Department of Energy’s loan programs office was ‘essentially dormant’, says Jigar Shah, its head – but now it’s ready to bankroll clean energy projects Deep in the confines of the hulking, brutalist headquarters of the US Department of Energy, down one of its long, starkly lit corridors, sits a small, unheralded office that is poised to play a pivotal role in America’s shift away from fossil fuels and help the world stave off disastrous global heating. The department’s loan programs office (LPO) was “essentially dormant” under Donald Trump, according to its head, Jigar Shah, quoting energy secretary Jennifer Granholm’s description of the office, but has now come roaring back with a huge war chest to bankroll emerging clean energy projects and technology. Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 03:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including snow monkeys, beavers and a selfie-crazy bear Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 02:13
NSW environment officials alert Fire and Rescue over concerns plastic is being stored dangerously following suspension of the REDcycle scheme Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths have been ordered to dump more than 5,200 tonnes of soft plastic – currently being stored at warehouses across New South Wales – into landfill. The NSW Environment Protection Authority is concerned that huge amounts of soft plastic are being dangerously stored at 15 locations due to the suspension of botched recycling initiative REDcycle. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 01:00
Local authorities say policing government’s new standards on smoke pollution is beyond their means Local authorities lack the resources for the crackdown on highly polluting wood burners promised by the environment secretary, Thérèse Coffey, they say. Wood-burning in urban areas is an increasing source of harmful air pollution, as people install stoves for aesthetic reasons or to save money on gas. Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 01:00
Comedian leads coalition against ‘exploitative’ proposal for 16-storey buildings over listed station Griff Rhys Jones is leading a coalition of conservationists against what he describes as plans to “smother” Liverpool Street station under 109 metres (350ft) of new offices, shops and a hotel. The comedian, writer and broadcaster has been appointed president of the revived Liverpool Street Station Campaign (Lissca), a post held in the 1970s by the then poet laureate Sir John Betjeman when he led a successful crusade against plans to demolish the station. Continue reading...
02/03/2023 - 01:00
Butterfly Conservation report reveals 42% decline in distribution of 58 native species since 1976 Butterfly species have vanished from nearly half of the places where they once flew in the UK since 1976, according to a study. The distribution of 58 native species has fallen by 42% as butterflies disappear from cities, fields and woods. Those that are only found in particular habitats, such as wetlands or chalk grassland, have fared even worse, declining in distribution by 68%. Continue reading...
02/02/2023 - 23:34
Data suggests male northern quolls rest less than females and spend much more time on the move, leading to their death after a single breeding season. As Guardian Australia's science report Donna Lu explains, Australian scientists have been researching why male quolls finish the mating season looking 'terrible', with some ending up in an 'early grave'. After equipping the endangered native animals with miniature backpacks and tracking them for seven weeks during the breeding season, researchers observed the males were spending very little time resting and were constantly on the move, all in the dogged pursuit to mate Dying for sex: endangered male quolls may be mating themselves to death instead of sleeping, scientists say Snakes have clitorises: scientists overcome ‘a massive taboo around female genitalia’ Release of 10 quolls boosts ‘insurance’ population of endangered marsupial Continue reading...
02/02/2023 - 21:00
This month's podcast combines key elements from two recent episodes - the role of Africa in the Ocean Decade with Jaco Stemmet from Fugro and funding the Ocean Decade with Mark Spalding from The Ocean Foundation - in one perfect package. Mrs. Kenza Khallafi, the Partnerships Officer at the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection, joins the podcast this month to discuss the crucial role the Mohammed VI Foundation has played since the beginning of the Ocean Decade, and shares some powerful first hand experience of the importance of funding capacity development toward the creation of "the ocean we need for the future we want".