Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/13/2019 - 19:25
Erisvan Soares Guajajara’s body was found with knife wounds in Maranhão region A 15-year-old indigenous boy has been murdered in Brazil on the edge of a heavily-deforested indigenous reserve in the state of Maranhão, on the fringes of the Amazon. The murder, the fourth from the Guajajara tribe in recent weeks, came as a wave of racist abuse against indigenous people swept social media in the state. Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 18:17
Government-dominated committee calls for partial lifting of nuclear ban and for greater work on nuclear technology The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, has described the call from Coalition MPs to lift a longstanding ban on nuclear energy as “fantasy”. A 230-page report released on Friday by the chairman of the parliament’s energy committee and Liberal MP Ted O’Brien said nuclear energy should be considered as part of Australia’s future energy mix. Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 15:41
Brazil, India and China singled out in UN talks as acting to block agreement on article 6 of Paris agreement Poor countries have accused a handful of richer nations of holding up progress on tackling the climate crisis at UN talks in Madrid, as demonstrators and activists vented their frustration in the final hours of two weeks of negotiations. The talks dragged on to what looked set to be a late final night with no guarantee of an agreed outcome, as governments wrangled over the details of a seemingly arcane issue: carbon markets, governed by a provision of the 2015 Paris agreement known as article 6. Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 13:57
The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, from an illuminated giraffe to an elusive southern elephant seal Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 11:15
Green party vote rises as campaigners urge Tories to meet pledge to cut emissions The new Conservative government must urgently bring forward plans to fulfil its pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 or risk losing the fight against climate breakdown, green campaigners have urged. Rebecca Newsom, the head of politics at Greenpeace UK, said the Tory manifesto was “full of holes” on the environment and had been judged inadequate by green groups, and people would expect swift action. Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 08:36
Former first lady told climate activist ‘don’t let anyone dim your light’ after Trump said teen had an ‘anger management problem’ Michelle Obama has sent a public message of support to the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg after the teenager was mocked by Donald Trump. “@GretaThunberg, Don’t let anyone dim your light,” the former first lady wrote following a visit to Vietnam. “Like the girls I’ve met in Vietnam and all over the world, you have so much to offer us all. Ignore the doubters and know that millions of people are cheering you on.” Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 07:25
Volunteers find nests made by descendants of creatures released by student in 2004 As an idealistic PhD student, Wendy Fail’s ambition was to reintroduce harvest mice to Northumberland. She painstakingly bred 240 mice in captivity and in 2004 released the elusive mammals on to a coastal nature reserve with plenty of reedbeds for them to hide in. When not a single harvest mouse – Britain’s smallest rodent – was recaptured in subsequent trap surveys, Fail concluded that her efforts to reintroduce them had been unsuccessful. Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 06:00
Here are our highlights – tell us yours and we’ll showcase them in next week’s Christmas newsletter How’s it been for you? Annus horribilis or golden year? We’d love to hear from Upside fans about their 2019: what was the best thing that happened? The funniest thing you witnessed? The very best joke? The most promising dab of progress that you came across? Anything that made it good to feel alive? Email us at the usual address (theupside@theguardian.com). We’ll showcase a sample in next week’s festive edition, the last newsletter of the year. The best email wins a hole punch. Continue reading...
12/13/2019 - 01:00
Ilene Dondlinger of California says she does not want the big cat killed, despite its fatal attack on her miniature schnauzer When Ilene Dondlinger jumped on the mountain lion attacking her miniature schnauzer in the early hours of 5 December, she reacted without thinking. The 54-year-old wrestled with the big cat in her backyard, desperately trying to open its jaws to save her beloved dog Pumba. But there was nothing she could do. “I couldn’t prise its jaws open, no matter what I did,” Dondlinger said, detailing how she punched, kicked and jumped on the big cat, even putting her knee to its throat in desperation. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 23:35
Germanwatch says assessment that ranked Australia last or near last was based on scientific criteria and data• Scott Morrison says climate change report isn’t credible An author of an international report that found Australia was ranked last or near last on a range of climate change measures has rejected Scott Morrison’s claim their work is not credible, saying the assessment was based on scientific criteria and official data. Germanwatch, a non-government organisation and one of the authors of the 2020 Climate Change Performance Index, said the rankings were developed using an independent monitoring tool that had a detailed and transparent methodology. Continue reading...