Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/19/2024 - 20:40
Fines of up to $2.2m can be levied against those who ignore biosecurity order to counter invasive insects Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Turf from fire ant-infested south-eastern Queensland will need to be specially treated when it is laid in New South Wales as part of the crackdown on the spread of the extremely invasive pest. Under amendments to NSW’s biosecurity (fire ants) emergency order, fines of up to $2.2m can be meted out to those who fail to chemically treat turf that originated in the red imported fire ant (Rifa)-affected zone in Queensland. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 14:13
Huge amounts of raw sewage were discharged into the river between November 2019 and February 2020 Severn Trent has been fined more than £2m for polluting the River Trent near Stoke, with the Environment Agency calling its storm contingency plans “woefully inadequate”. Huge amounts of raw sewage were discharged into the river from Strongford wastewater treatment works near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, between November 2019 and February 2020. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 14:00
Exclusive: Bill also criticised by Greens and Environmental Defenders Office who claim it will help fast-track offshore gas developments Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast An Indigenous activist who took on Woodside in the federal court has accused Labor of seeking to “silence Aboriginal voices” over changes that may water down consultation requirements for offshore gas development. Raelene Cooper, a Mardudhunera woman and founder of the organisation Save Our Songlines, has spoken out about a bill that aims to preserve approvals for offshore gas projects against reconsideration if rules are tightened in future. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:13
Measures to eradicate wild boar population designed to stem risk of African swine fever outbreak Norway could build a fence along its border with Sweden as part of a package of measures designed to eradicate its wild boar population after an outbreak of African swine fever in Sweden last year. Up to 2,000 wild boars face slaughter in Norway under the plan submitted by the country’s food safety authority and its environment agency, on the grounds of the “great danger” boars pose to commercial pig farming. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:00
Garden sightings of the creatures up two percentage points, according to Gardeners’ World magazine readers Hedgehogs have had some unexpected good news after years of decline in British gardens caused by habitat loss and fragmentation: their numbers may finally be on the way up again. Readers of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine were asked to chronicle the wildlife in their gardens, and reported that hedgehog sightings were up two percentage points. The magazine’s previous annual survey had them to be declining. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:00
UTS researchers say firms including Coles, Woolworths, Telstra, Rio Tinto and Qantas have no ‘comprehensive, independently verified and fully costed plan’ to reduce emissions Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Ten of Australia’s best-known corporations – including Coles, Telstra, Woolworths and Qantas – have no clear plans to stop using or supporting fossil fuels despite having targets to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report. The companies were also failing to report clearly the impact of their businesses on the climate warming caused directly or indirectly from land clearing. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:00
US research shows foods such as butter and processed meat likely to increase levels of toxic PFAS in blood over time Diets rich in foods such as processed meat and butter likely increase levels of toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in human blood over time, new peer-reviewed research has found. The paper identified a range of foods to be among the drivers of high PFAS levels, including teas, pork, candy, sports drinks, processed meat, butter, chips and bottled water. The research also pointed to higher PFAS blood levels among those who consumed more carryout or food prepared at restaurants. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 07:00
Lobbying firms work double-duty, representing political interests of victims and perpetrators of climate change in state capital New research reveals that dozens of New York universities, hospitals, museums and non-profits are employing lobbyists that also work for fossil fuel companies, which some say is blatantly “aiding and abetting” the climate crisis. New York’s wealthiest lobbying firms work double-duty in the state capital, representing the political interests of both the victims and perpetrators of the climate crisis, according to a new report from F Minus, a database of state-level lobbying disclosures released last year, and LittleSis, a project created by the non-profit corporate and government accountability watchdog Public Accountability Initiative. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 02:00
Lough Neagh’s flies were seen as a nuisance. Now their sudden disappearance is a startling omen for a lake that supplies 40% of Northern Ireland’s water Photographs by Alexander Turner Declan Coney, a former eel fisher, knew there was something wrong when the famed swarms of Lough Neagh flies failed to materialise. In past years, they would appear around the Northern Irish lake in thick plumes and “wisps” – sometimes prompting mistaken alarm of a fire incident, Lough Shore residents say. Clothes left out on a washing line “would be covered in them”, Coney says. So would any windshield on a vehicle travelling around the lough’s 90-mile shoreline. Conservationists marvelled at their courtship dances, hovering above treetops. Former eel fisher, now lake monitor, Declan Coney: ‘This is the first year ever that you’d find there’s no flies here’ Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 02:00
Warning that soaring number of vessels threaten fish stocks and environment as geopolitics prevents agreement to regulate area The scale of unregulated fishing in a disputed region close to the Falkland Islands has reached an “overwhelming” level that is threatening fish populations and the rich biodiversity of the area, politicians and environmentalists have claimed. The “Blue Hole”, a stretch of the south Atlantic Ocean lying approximately 200 miles off the coast of Argentina and north of the Falkland Islands, is one of the only areas of sea that is not covered by a regional fishing agreement. Continue reading...