Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/22/2024 - 01:00
With current data on global biodiversity either lacking or flawed, a global satellite scheme aims to fill the gaps to target protection of our seas, soils and wildlife For the handful of people who get the chance to observe Earth from space, the impact is often profound. Called the “overview effect”, astronauts report being deeply moved by the experience, as the planet’s fragility and beauty became clear. Others, such as the actor William Shatner, said they were overcome with grief. Now, scientists are proposing the creation of a new system that they hope will use the view from space to transform our understanding of Earth’s changing ecology and its complex systems. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 23:27
Darcy Bryne says discovery of friable asbestos at Rozelle interchange ‘outrageous’ after assurances mulch removal work would be completed by end of February What is asbestos and how dangerous is it? Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast More friable asbestos has been found in Rozelle, where the contamination crisis was sparked more than a month ago, prompting concerns from the local mayor about the speed and thoroughness of remediation works. The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) announced a further seven sites across greater Sydney had tested positive for asbestos over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 54 since 10 January. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 18:30
Even small amount of exposure to minute soot particles – known as PM2.5 – raises the risk of cardiovascular disease The sooty air pollution spewed out by cars, trucks and factories is causing widespread harm to people’s hearts and lungs even with the smallest amounts of exposure, with government regulations still routinely allowing for dangerous risks to public health, two major new studies have found. There is no safe amount of a microscopic form of airborne pollution known as PM2.5, consisting of tiny particles of soot measuring less than the width of a human hair, for heart and lung health, US researchers found, with even small amounts raising the risk of potentially serious problems. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 16:13
People in areas of high PM2.5 concentrations had higher amounts of amyloid plaques in brain Air pollution from traffic is linked to some of the more severe forms of dementia, and could be a significant cause of the condition among those who are not already genetically predisposed to it, research suggests. Research carried out in Atlanta, Georgia, found that people with higher exposure to traffic-related fine particulate matter air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of the amyloid plaques in their brains that are associated with Alzheimer’s. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 14:15
Lawsuit targets BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil, Phillips 66 and Shell, alleging that they intentionally misled public Chicago on Tuesday joined the growing list of US cities and states suing fossil fuel companies for allegedly deceiving the public about the climate crisis. “There is no justice without accountability,” said the city’s mayor, Brandon Johnson, in an emailed statement. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 14:00
The impact of meat on the environment is well known, but what about staples such as rice and legumes? Biodiversity-conscious eaters could consider substituting potatoes for rice, cutting down on beef and lamb and asking where their beans, lentils and chickpeas are grown to reduce their impact on nature, a new study has found.Scientists analysed 151 popular recipes around the world for their biodiversity impact. They found meat dishes were the worst offenders: recipes including chilli con carne, salsa verde pork and a Spanish lamb dish called lechazo, all had high biodiversity damage scores compared with vegan and vegetarian ones. The massive environmental impact of eating meat has been well established, and the study reinforced this, with meat dishes scoring more than vegetarian or vegan dishes across almost all locally and globally produced scenarios. Brazilian-raised beef topped the charts. But the study, published on Wednesday in Plos One journal, also had surprising findings about the biodiversity footprint of some grains and legumes. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 10:48
Attorney general’s attempt to end climate protesters’ use of consent defence is slippery slope, says KC A UK government attempt to remove one of the last remaining defences for climate protesters would be a slippery slope to the erosion of the constitutional right to trial by jury, the court of appeal was told on Wednesday. The attorney general, Victoria Prentis KC, is arguing that one of the last available defences being used by environmental protesters should be removed. Prentis is making the appeal in the case of a defendant known as C, after a string of acquittals by juries of defendants for acts of criminal damage involving daubing paint on buildings. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 10:12
In a rebuke to Governor Ron DeSantis’s denialism, the student body calls for campus-wide measures to tackle the climate crisis The University of Florida student senate voted in favour of a “green new deal” late on Tuesday, becoming the first public university to adopt such a resolution through student government. The mandate – which was unanimously passed – calls for sweeping campus-wide measures to tackle the climate crisis that include just transition, total divestment from fossil fuels, disclosure of the university’s financial ties within the private sector and a ban on receiving research funding from the fossil fuel industry. Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 09:00
Three groups familiar with draft conservation laws say they do not go far enough and may allow political influence on development decisions Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast New national environment laws being developed by the Albanese government fail to address systemic flaws in the existing system and would continue to allow widespread deforestation, according to three organisations familiar with the plans. Officials representing the environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, have been sharing sections of draft conservation laws to be introduced this year in consultation meetings with conservation, business and other groups. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/21/2024 - 07:19
Shadow farming minister commits to forging closer relationship with EU as polling shows farmers favour Labour over Tories Labour has laid out its plans for farmers at the National Farmers’ Union conference, promising to end imports that undercut British farmers and forge a closer trading relationship with the EU. Making a number of commitments that appeared to commit to properly functioning government rather than radical reform, the shadow farming minister, Daniel Zeichner, promised that Labour would make the Environmental Land Management scheme, which pays farmers to green their farms, work properly and take action on flooding. Continue reading...