Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/20/2018 - 07:01
One tremor was magnitude 0.3, the level beyond which experts say fracking has to proceed with caution A series of small earthquakes have been detected in Lancashire close to the site where major fracking operations began this week. The British Geological Survey, which provides impartial advice on environmental processes, recorded four tremors in the vicinity of the energy firm Cuadrilla’s site on Preston New Road near Blackpool on Friday. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 01:00
Scheme launched by ethical investment platform Abundance offers 12% interest A “green” investment that pays 12% interest and involves putting your money into a major tidal energy project was launched this week. But that high rate indicates this is a great deal riskier than putting your money into a high street savings account, with no compensation if things go wrong. So this is not one for the risk-averse. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 00:00
Chinese ban on waste imports is significantly affecting UK councils’ ability to collect and recycle plastic Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK’s waste. A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) revealed nearly half of councils who responded (52) say China’s ban is having a significant impact on their ability to collect and recycle plastic, due to rising costs. Fourteen councils across the country say their recycling costs have increased by an average of half a million pounds a year, in part because of rising processing charges per tonne. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 16:18
Council in Kent told that disturbing the whale would breach wildlife law It has attracted plenty of spectators during its stay. But Benny the lost beluga whale, who took up residence in the Thames last month, may end up leaving the crowds disappointed after it was announced that a fireworks display would have to be postponed to protect him. About 15,000 people were expected to gather for the annual bonfire night celebrations in Gravesend, Kent, on 2 November to see a display set off from a barge on the river. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 15:28
President will sign memo directing agencies to review standards that conservatives argue are keeping water from farmers The Trump administration is wading into California’s “water wars” on behalf of embattled Republicans and agricultural interests weeks before the November midterm elections. Donald Trump signed a memo on Friday directing agencies to review and revise or rescind environmental standards that conservatives argue are keeping water from flowing to farmers in the Central Valley. He is also setting deadlines for biological assessments of regional projects. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 10:19
Big six firm to focus exclusively on renewables, adding solar power to its windfarms Scottish Power, one of Britain’s biggest energy companies, has said it will invest in solar power for the first time as part of its move away from fossil fuels. The big six firm sold off its last gas-fired power stations to Drax Group this week to focus exclusively on renewables, which today consists of onshore and offshore windfarms. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 09:17
World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s right to breathe clean air was being violated in the UK and warned the crisis was responsible for up to 50,000 deaths – and devastating the lives of “many millions” more in towns and cities across the country. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 07:54
A 1,000-metre spider web and a hellbender devouring a snake are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 07:00
Research forecasts Iowa corn yields could drop in half within the next half-century thanks to extreme weather – yet it’s not part of the political conversation Farmers around here are itching to go after that amber wave of soya beans, but there was that 5in rain a couple of weeks ago and then a 7in rain, and it drives even the retired guys batty. Those beans aren’t worth much at the elevator thanks to a Trump trade war with China, but they’re worth even less getting wet feet in a pond that was a field which the glacier made a prairie bog some 14,000 years ago – until we came along and drained it. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 03:00
Photographer Christopher Thomond has been documenting protests over fracking in the north of England since 2011 After years of protest, hyperbole and delays, fracking has returned to the UK. After seeing off a last-minute legal challenge, shale gas firm Cuadrilla began fracking near Blackpool on Monday. The drive to extract gas from the rocks beneath the UK has catalysed the environmental movement in recent years, uniting concerned local residents and climate campaigners. Continue reading...