Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/12/2019 - 14:00
Our wide brown land series is coming to an end. As we launch the editorial appeal for The Frontline: Australia and the climate emergency, we look back at the impact it made Our new in-depth series focuses on the climate change emergency and you can help support it It was a very long list. When we first considered the idea of a new investigative series looking at Australia’s less-scrutinised environmental issues, we knew we had to speak to those on the frontline. We discussed the idea with Australia’s top scientists and environmentalists and it became clear there were many issues needing urgent attention. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 13:41
The new sites created by a sweeping public lands bill have been years in the making – here’s our guide Donald Trump has signed a sweeping new public lands bill that protects 1.3m acres of wilderness and creates monuments to US history that has been overlooked, including the African American experience in the civil war and the fight for civil rights. Years in the crafting, the measure will designate 367 miles of new scenic rivers and 2,600 miles of new national trails. It protects nearly 500,000 acres in California alone, and enlarges both Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks. And it reauthorizes a crucial funding mechanism for land and water conservation that had lapsed. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 12:42
Astrobatrachus kurichiyana lurks in leaf litter and is sole member of an ancient lineage An orange-bellied frog with a brown back, covered in tiny spots that resemble a starry sky, has been discovered in a mountain range in India, surprising researchers who said its ancestors branched off on the evolutionary tree from other members of the same frog family tens of millions of years ago. The frog, which is about 2cm to 3cm long, has been named Astrobatrachus kurichiyana, although some might prefer its more rock-star sobriquet: “starry dwarf frog.” Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 12:00
Foreign influence register reveals Bindi Gove lobbying for Equinor, which is wanting to drill in Great Australian Bight The chief of staff to the former Labor resources minister Martin Ferguson is lobbying for a Norwegian oil giant seeking to drill in the Great Australian Bight. The release of the government’s new foreign influence register has revealed the lobbying activities of individuals and companies who are otherwise hidden by Australia’s deeply flawed, decade-old lobbyist transparency regime. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 07:43
Extraction also causes 80% of biodiversity loss, according to comprehensive UN study Extraction industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions and more than 80% of biodiversity loss, according to the most comprehensive environmental tally undertaken of mining and farming. While this is crucial for food, fuel and minerals, the study by UN Environment warns the increasing material weight of the world’s economies is putting a more dangerous level of stress on the climate and natural life-support systems than previously thought. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 05:00
Researchers say dirty air is killing 800,000 people a year in Europe, and urge the phasing out of fossil fuel burning The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates, according to research, meaning toxic air is killing more people than tobacco smoking. The scientists used new data to estimate that nearly 800,000 people die prematurely each year in Europe because of dirty air, and that each life is cut short by an average of more than two years. The health damage caused by air pollution in Europe is higher than the global average. Its dense population and poor air results in exposure that is among the highest in the world. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 04:00
Environmental groups oppose the underwater pipeline that would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York A battle is erupting over a proposed gas pipeline on the doorstep of New York City, with environmental groups claiming the project is unnecessary and would lock in planet-warming emissions for decades to come. Energy company Williams, based in Oklahoma, plans to build a 23-mile-long underwater pipeline through New York’s lower bay to bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New York. The $1bn project would link existing infrastructure in New Jersey, to the Rockaways in the New York borough of Queens. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 01:36
Angus Taylor says Coalition assessing new projects despite pushback from moderate Liberals, but says taxpayers will only support ‘viable’ projects The energy minister Angus Taylor has confirmed the Morrison government is continuing to assess new coal generation projects despite pushback from moderate Liberals, but he says taxpayers will only support projects that are “viable”. In a statement to Guardian Australia, Taylor confirmed the government was continuing to consider 10 coal projects through its power generation underwriting program, as well as new gas and pumped hydro proposals. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 01:00
UN warns of global failure to tackle hazards – with risks ranging from cancer to coral damage Sales of synthetic chemicals will double over the next 12 years with alarming implications for health and the environment, according to a global study that highlights government failures to rein in the industry behind plastics, pesticides and cosmetics. The second Global Chemicals Outlook, which was released in Nairobi on Monday, said the world will not meet international commitments to reduce chemical hazards and halt pollution by 2020. In fact, the study by the United Nations Environment Programme found that the industry has never been more dominant nor has humanity’s dependence on chemicals ever been as great. Continue reading...
03/12/2019 - 00:00
Alexandria Villasenor is among the American student activists joining the global fray and helping to organize the first nationwide strike on 15 March Alexandria Villasenor looks a slightly incongruous figure to stage a lengthy protest over the perils of catastrophic global warming. The 13-year-old, wrapped in a coat and a woolen hat, has spent every Friday since December seated on a frigid bench outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City with signs warning of climate change’s dire consequences. Most passersby, probably hardened to confronting New York street scenes, scurry past, eyes diverted downwards. But some mutter words of support, while the odd passing driver rolls down their window to offer a thumbs up. Continue reading...