Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/17/2019 - 01:00
Traffic pollution is putting our children at risk. We meet campaigners – many of them concerned mothers – fighting back In the winter you can taste and smell the pollution,” says Kylie ap Garth, drinking coffee in a cafe in Hackney, east London. “My eldest is eight and he has asthma. Being outside, he would have a tight chest and cough. I just assumed it was the cold weather. I didn’t realise there was a link to the cars.” She is not exaggerating. The main road from Bethnal Green tube station is clogged with traffic, the smell of diesel fumes mixing with smoke from barbecue grill restaurants and construction dust. Anyone trying to escape from the roadside to the canal towpath finds only that the fumes are swapped with coal smoke from the canal boats. Continue reading...
03/16/2019 - 15:33
Giraffe welcomes another newborn at New York zoo, two years after her previous pregnancy went viral April the giraffe gave birth again on Saturday, in front of another enthralled YouTube audience. Related: April the pregnant giraffe: live stream attracts millions – and YouTube censors Continue reading...
03/16/2019 - 15:00
Party also want regulator with powers to tackle climate change, air pollution, invasive species, water resources, land-clearing and vulnerable habitats The Greens will push for two new environmental agencies, including a regulator with wide-ranging powers to tackle climate change and land-clearing, adding pressure to Labor to provide detail to its own policy pledge. In the new policy the Greens promise laws to expand federal oversight of environmental issues, including the creation of an environment commission to develop protection plans and an environmental protection agency with “real powers” of enforcement. Continue reading...
03/16/2019 - 03:00
Twenty-five states have attempted to introduce legislation to chill animal rights activism, and six have succeeded, as a string of ‘ag-gag’ laws are overturned in courts A US governor has signed off legislation to prop up controversial “ag-gag” laws in Iowa, just months after a federal court declared them unconstitutional. In retaliation, animal rights activists are calling on their supporters to boycott the state as a vacation destination. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 18:04
Environmentalists say changes will make it harder to stop the long-term decline of the species The Trump administration on Friday finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for the west, easing restrictions on energy companies and other industries in a way officials said would still protect a struggling bird species. But environmentalists said the widely-anticipated move will undermine protections for the chicken-sized grouse. It would allow more oil and gas drilling, mining and other activities that can disrupt grouse breeding grounds. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 13:29
Commitments agreed at UN conference in Kenya do not go far enough, say green groups Environmental groups involved in talks at a United Nations conference in Kenya have accused the US of blocking an ambitious global response to plastic pollution. Representatives of countries at the UN environment conference in Nairobi this week agreed to significantly reduce single-use plastics over the next decade but the voluntary pledges fell far short of what was required, according to green groups. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 12:30
New group Wild Justice challenging Natural England over licence to slaughter certain wild birds The killing of thousands of “pest” birds each year including crows, rooks, jackdaws, magpies and woodpigeons is to be challenged in court by wildlife campaigners including Chris Packham. Wild Justice, a group newly created by Packham and fellow conservationists Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, is launching legal action against Natural England, the government’s conservation watchdog, for issuing a general licence that allows the unlimited slaughter of certain wild birds all year round. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 11:19
A starry dwarf frog, blooming poppy fields and a black-winged kite Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 09:10
School and university students continue Friday protests to call for political action on crisis From Australia to America, children put down their books on Friday to march for change in the first global climate strike. The event was embraced in the developing nations of India and Uganda and in the Philippines and Nepal – countries acutely impacted by climate change - as tens of thousands of schoolchildren and students in more than 100 countries went on “strike”, demanding the political elite urgently address what they say is a climate emergency. Continue reading...
03/15/2019 - 07:51
To tackle the oil and gas giants driving climate change, young people of all nations must act together Brexit is reversible. Article 50 can be juggled, delayed, and bounced around until the government decides to reboot and restart the process. In the meantime, another meaningless “meaningful vote” could happen in the next few days – while we ignore the only threat that truly matters. The effects of climate change are irreversible. That’s why it’s a crisis. The UN’s warning last year lays bare the dangers of this emergency. And these are dangers that we can only attempt to predict, because Earth has never faced a disaster of this nature before: the future is volatile on an unprecedented scale, with famines, floods, and droughts looming over us. Continue reading...