Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/30/2020 - 08:34
A novel approach to geochemical measurements helps scientists reconstruct the past intensity of the methane seeps in the Arctic Ocean. Recent studies show that methane emissions fluctuated, strongly, in response to known periods of abrupt climate change at the end of the last glacial cycle.
03/30/2020 - 05:55
Bank pledges to align all of its financing activities with goals of Paris climate agreement Barclays has bowed to investor pressure over its climate track record and announced plans to shrink its carbon footprint to net zero by 2050. The bank, which has its headquarters in London, has pledged to align all of its financing activities with the goals and timelines of the Paris agreement, starting with the energy and power sectors, and to publish “transparent targets” to track its progress. Continue reading...
03/30/2020 - 05:21
Proposals criticised amid fears countries may use coronavirus crisis to rein in commitments Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Japan has laid out its plans to tackle greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris agreement in the run-up to UN climate talks this year, becoming the first large economy to do so. But its proposals were criticised by campaigners as grossly inadequate, amid fears the Covid-19 crisis could prompt countries to try to water down their climate commitments. Continue reading...
03/30/2020 - 04:15
Internal documents describe how to profit from farmer losses and desire to oppose some independent testing The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents seen by the Guardian show. Risks were downplayed even while they planned how to profit off farmers who would buy Monsanto’s new seeds just to avoid damage, according to documents unearthed during a recent successful $265m lawsuit brought against both firms by a Missouri farmer. Continue reading...
03/30/2020 - 01:00
Neal Maxwell wants trade to go from 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year to zero by 2040 A builder from Merseyside has launched a project that aims to remove plastic from the British construction industry within two decades. Neal Maxwell, who has worked in the trade for more than 30 years, co-founded the non-profit organisation Changing Streams after a trip to the Arctic. Continue reading...
03/30/2020 - 01:00
UK prime minister’s refusal to criticise Amazon fires and sharp rise in deforestation praised by Brazilian ambassador Boris Johnson was personally thanked by the Brazilian government for refusing to support European action over the Amazon fires, according to documents obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. As the rainforest burned last summer – fuelled by a sharp rise in deforestation that critics blame partly on President Jair Bolsonaro’s agenda – Johnson criticised a threat by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to block the EU’s Mercosur trade deal with Brazil. Continue reading...
03/30/2020 - 00:00
Activists say hundreds have been trampled by previous cross-country races near pond The cancellation of a series of cross-country running races in West Yorkshire because of coronavirus has apparently saved hundreds of migrating toads from being squashed underfoot. A toad protection group said hundreds of the amphibians have been trampled by fell runners in previous years. Continue reading...
03/29/2020 - 18:01
Broadcaster says in magazine interview that if we damage nature ‘we damage ourselves’ The natural world can be a source of solace during times of crisis, Sir David Attenborough has said. Speaking about the climate, the broadcaster and naturalist, 93, said the world was at an unprecedented point. Continue reading...
03/29/2020 - 11:30
The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst environmental conditions across the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale”, according to a new report. The index of environmental conditions in Australia scored 2019 at 0.8 out of 10 – the worst result across all the years analysed from 2000. Continue reading...
03/29/2020 - 10:49
Coronavirus keeps crowds that usually greet hatching of hawksbill turtles away Nearly 100 critically endangered sea turtles have hatched on a deserted beach in Brazil, their first steps going almost unnoticed because of coronavirus restrictions that prohibit people from gathering on the region’s sands. The 97 hawksbill sea turtles, or tartarugas-de-pente as they are known in Brazil, were born last Sunday in Paulista, a town in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco. Continue reading...