Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/19/2019 - 03:56
Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, says action proved ‘no one is too small to make a difference’ More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student whose solo protest last August prompted the global movement, said: “We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference.” Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 21:26
Carmaker to join with renewable energy agency to create $7.5m centre for commercial-grade hydrogen Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) will kick in $7.4m to transform part of the carmaker’s decommissioned car manufacturing site in Altona into a commercial-grade hydrogen production and refuelling site. The new centre will demonstrate the processes required to produce hydrogen from renewable sources through electrolysis, and then the subsequent compression and storage. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 21:00
Less than 1% of products certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council were mislabelled DNA barcoding of more than 1,400 seafood products certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has revealed that less than 1% were mislabelled, compared with an average of 30% across the sector as a whole. The MSC is the international NGO that sets the standard for sustainable fishing around the world and its blue label – on products in store, on fresh fish counters and on restaurant menus – indicates that seafood has been sustainably caught and traced back to its source. More than 300 fisheries in over 34 countries are certified to the MSC’s standard and more than 35,000 seafood products worldwide carry the label. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 20:01
Some are offering free flights to shuttle stranded residents to and from Fremont, and bringing in supplies A Nebraska city walled off by massive flooding is getting a big lift from private pilots who are offering free flights to shuttle stranded residents to and from their hometown. Flooding from the Platte River and other waterways is so bad that just one highway lane into Fremont remains uncovered, authorities said Monday. Emergency responders have restricted access for safety reasons, leaving residents in the city of 26,000 stuck on an island in the middle of Nebraska farm country, about 40 miles north-west of Omaha. The flooding in Fremont comes as communities in several midwestern states grapple with swollen rivers and breached or overtopped levees following heavy rain and snowmelt. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 19:52
California town bars access to site as stunning flowers draw at least 50,000 visitors Related: Super bloom: can this tiny California town avoid another 'flowergeddon'? This weekend thousands of tourists frolicked through fields of poppies in southern California, posting photos tagged #superbloom. But for the town of Lake Elsinore, the influx of visitors quickly became a #poppynightmare. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 19:01
Bill Giles calls on broadcasters to add slot explaining humans’ impact on climate The veteran weatherman Bill Giles is calling on the BBC and other major broadcasters to radically overhaul their forecasts to incorporate information about climate change. The former head of BBC weather presenters has said more needs to be done by broadcasters to highlight climate change to face the “reality more squarely and openly”. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 17:00
Exclusive: Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned. The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country’s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 16:30
Cost of offshore wind has fallen as turbines have improved, along with energy storage schemes It is hard to keep up with how quickly offshore wind technology is developing. Turbines standing in shallow seas will soon cover hundreds of square miles of the UK’s coasts, providing one-third of Britain’s electricity. Next it will be the turn of floating turbines. Admittedly, it took 15 years for Statoil to develop the first floating windfarm off Aberdeen, but its output has exceeded expectations. The Norwegian state oil company, renamed Equinor to make its image greener, has said more than half of the North Sea is suitable for deploying floating wind power. Electricity produced from these turbines anchored in deep water could provide all the EU’s electricity four times over. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 15:20
Ocean Leadership ~ A terrific day of seas and policies, now let’s seize the opportunities I extend my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who participated in our Public Policy Forum, U.S. Ocean Policy – Past, Present, and Future, last week. Thanks to all the speakers, panelists, active participants in the audience, and many heroes on the COL staff, we really did identify key elements of ocean policy that must transition across time and circumstance, in addition to transformational concepts that must absolutely be addressed now and in the future. As a result, I am much more optimistic that we can actually achieve the vision set forward by Admiral Watkins and the commissioners on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy back in 2004: “The oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes are clean, safe, prospering, and sustainably managed. They contribute significantly to the economy, supporting multiple, beneficial uses such as food production, development of energy and mineral resources, recreation and tourism, transportation of goods and people, and the discovery of novel medicines, while preserving a high level of biodiversity and a wide range of critical natural habitats.” Or perhaps instead of a vision, it’s time we consider this a mandate. Read our most recent and past newsletters here: http://oceanleadership.org/newsletter-archive/ The post Jon White – From the President’s Office: 03-18-2019 appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
03/18/2019 - 14:20
White Hart Lane | A hug that said it all | Car-free rambles | Solar power | Breakup songs | Brexit Brel I’m a long-term Tottenham resident and lifelong Spurs fan living just a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. There is no need to waste public money on renaming White Hart Lane rail station as Tottenham Hotspur (Report, 18 March). Spurs are known for playing at “The Lane”. The effort by the current owners of Spurs to get the name changed is another attempt by corporate interests to makeover and rebrand Tottenham. It is a vibrant multicultural working-class area with a strong sense of community. Neoliberalism can’t stand that.Keith FlettTottenham, London • The heart-warming photograph (Front page, 18 March) of Jacinda Ardern hugging a worshipper at a Wellington mosque made me wonder how our own prime minister, Theresa May, would have responded to such a tragic event as the Christchurch killings. Then I remembered the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, and I got my answer.John R GillHeswall, Wirral Continue reading...