Breaking Waves: Ocean News https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-waves/index.php en ‘I felt this was an abuse of power’: Trudi Warner’s climate fight with the UK government https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/i-felt-was-abuse-power-trudi-warner-s-climate-fight-uk-government <p>Trudi Warner on a year being pursued by government lawyers determined to prosecute her over a jurors’ rights protest</p> <p>Two days before Trudi Warner faced court under threat of a contempt of court prosecution, she fell off her bike and ruptured the tendons in her hand.</p> <p>Now the hand is black and blue, tightly bandaged, and requires surgery. It is an indication that 69-year-old Warner, who spent her working life as a child social worker and has committed her retirement to climate action, is not as tough and unflappable as her demeanour suggests.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/i-felt-was-abuse-power-trudi-warner-s-climate-fight-uk-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 11:13:28 +0000 admin 95491 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org ‘Currents bring life – and plastics’: animals of Galápagos live amid mounds of waste https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/currents-bring-life-and-plastics-animals-gal-pagos-live-amid-mounds-waste <p>As <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/apr/23/world-must-come-together-to-tackle-plastic-pollution-says-chair-of-un-talks">diplomats search</a> for a deal to curb the world’s growing problem of plastic, piles of bottles, buoys, nets and packaging keep building up in what should be a pristine environment</p> <p>As our small fishing boat slows to a halt in a shallow bay south-east of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, in the Galápagos Islands, a green turtle surfaces next to us, followed by a second, then a third a few metres away. A spotted eagle ray glides underneath the vessel.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/currents-bring-life-and-plastics-animals-gal-pagos-live-amid-mounds-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 11:00:36 +0000 admin 95492 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org World must come together to tackle plastic pollution, says chair of UN talks https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/world-must-come-together-tackle-plastic-pollution-says-chair-un-talks <p>Ecuadorian ambassador to the UK is hopeful impasse can be overcome at treaty negotiations in Ottawa</p> <p>As UN talks begin to agree the first global treaty to reduce soaring plastic waste, the chair of the meetings has said he is confident countries will come together to secure an agreement.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/world-must-come-together-tackle-plastic-pollution-says-chair-un-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 09:34:31 +0000 admin 95489 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Sunak’s weakening of climate targets ‘retrograde’, says former Tory minister https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/sunak-s-weakening-climate-targets-retrograde-says-former-tory-minister <p>Claire O’Neill, a former climate minister, says PM’s move was to ‘try and create political division and dividing lines’</p> <p>The UK government’s decision to weaken some of its climate commitments was a “retrograde step” that would set back vital cross-party action to cut carbon emissions, Claire O’Neill, a former Conservative climate minister, has said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/sunak-s-weakening-climate-targets-retrograde-says-former-tory-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 09:29:10 +0000 admin 95490 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org ‘Serious safety risks’: bite victims urged to stop bringing snakes to Queensland hospitals https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/serious-safety-risks-bite-victims-urged-stop-bringing-snakes-queensland-hospitals <p>Plea from health officials comes after several snake bite victims arrived at emergency departments with the reptile</p> <ul> <li>Get our <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/email-newsletters?CMP=cvau_sfl">morning and afternoon news emails</a>, <a href="https://app.adjust.com/w4u7jx3">free app</a> or <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/series/full-story?CMP=cvau_sfl">daily news podcast</a></li> </ul> <p>It may sound like common sense – do not take a snake to a hospital.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/serious-safety-risks-bite-victims-urged-stop-bringing-snakes-queensland-hospitals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 08:46:59 +0000 admin 95488 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Tiny freshwater Snowy Mountains fish faces extinction, environmentalists say https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/tiny-freshwater-snowy-mountains-fish-faces-extinction-environmentalists-say <p>The Yalmy galaxias is ‘on the verge of disappearing for ever’ and Labor on the brink of failing to meet its zero extinctions target</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/tiny-freshwater-snowy-mountains-fish-faces-extinction-environmentalists-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2024 00:00:06 +0000 admin 95487 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Net zero has become unhelpful slogan, says outgoing head of UK climate watchdog https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/net-zero-has-become-unhelpful-slogan-says-outgoing-head-uk-climate-watchdog <p>Chris Stark says populist response and culture war around the term is inhibiting environmental progress</p> <p>The concept of “net zero” has become a political slogan used to start a “dangerous” culture war over the climate, and may be better dropped, the outgoing head of the UK’s climate watchdog has warned.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/net-zero-has-become-unhelpful-slogan-says-outgoing-head-uk-climate-watchdog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 18:06:17 +0000 admin 95486 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Students at US universities file legal complaints over fossil fuel investments https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/students-us-universities-file-legal-complaints-over-fossil-fuel-investments <p>Organizers at Columbia, Tulane and the University of Virginia write to attorneys general arguing schools’ investments are illegal</p> <p>Campus organizers at three universities filed legal complaints on Monday arguing that their schools’ investments in planet-heating fossil fuels are illegal, the Guardian has learned.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/students-us-universities-file-legal-complaints-over-fossil-fuel-investments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 16:24:12 +0000 admin 95485 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org Guardian Essential poll: voters back Labor’s Future Made in Australia plan while overestimating cost of renewables https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/guardian-essential-poll-voters-back-labor-s-future-made-australia-plan-while-overestim <p>Results highlight the difficulties government faces in selling energy transition to sceptical public</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/guardian-essential-poll-voters-back-labor-s-future-made-australia-plan-while-overestim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 15:00:05 +0000 admin 95484 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org ‘Children won’t be able to survive’: inter-American court to hear from climate victims https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/children-won-t-be-able-survive-inter-american-court-hear-climate-victims <p>Historic hearing will receive submissions from people whose human rights have been affected by climate change</p> <p>Julian Medina comes from a long line of fishers in the north of Colombia’s Gulf of Morrosquillo who use small-scale and often traditional methods to catch species such as mackerel, tuna and cojinúa.</p> <p><a href="https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org/breaking-wave/children-won-t-be-able-survive-inter-american-court-hear-climate-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2024 11:39:42 +0000 admin 95481 at https://www.worldoceanobservatory.org