Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/24/2019 - 10:32
Rodrigo Duterte ramps up the rhetoric in row over containers languishing in Philippine ports The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has said he is ready to “declare war” against Canada over scores of containers holding Canadian household rubbish and electronic waste that have been sitting in his country’s ports for more than six years. More than 100 containers of waste were shipped in batches from Canada to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014. Most of the containers remain in local ports, sparking protests from environmental activists. Philippine officials say they were falsely declared by a private firm as recyclable plastic scraps and have asked Canada to take the rubbish back. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 10:23
Activists to protest over sponsorship of cycling team by chemicals firm Ineos Riders at next week’s Tour de Yorkshire could be greeted by up to 10,000 people wearing masks depicting the UK’s richest man as the devil after his chemical company took over sponsorship of cycling’s most successful team. Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who has lobbied to weaken green taxes and reduce restrictions on fracking, is the main shareholder of Ineos, which has been announced as the new sponsor of what was Team Sky – home to Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 10:08
Climate campaigners target financial district before ending occupations and blockades Up to 400 Extinction Rebellion activists have been stopping traffic in moving protests across the City of London to highlight the role of the finance industry in fuelling climate change. Protesters are periodically forming human blockades across roads in the capital’s financial hub, occupying the street and halting traffic for seven minutes before allowing vehicles to pass, and then repeating the action. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 09:22
A new study has unraveled the four decade long mystery surrounding the occurrence of a mid-sea Polynya -- a body of unfrozen ocean that appeared within a thick body of ice during Antarctica's winter almost two years ago.
04/24/2019 - 09:22
A new study looking at the implications of increased shipping activity and the impact on Antarctic marine biodiversity. The research is an important step in the quest to understand whether invasive species, introduced by shipping, will find the Antarctic marine environment more hospitable as Antarctica's climate changes.
04/24/2019 - 06:28
Toxins from old computers, fridges and other electronic goods are polluting chicken eggs in an area where 80,000 people live Some of the most hazardous chemicals on Earth are entering the food chain in Ghana from illegally disposed electronic waste coming from Europe. According to a new report by two environmental groups tracking the disposal of e-waste, chicken eggs from the Agbogbloshie slum in Ghana’s capital, Accra – where residents break up waste to recover metals – contain dangerous levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), among other harmful substances. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 06:05
Natural England scraps general licence to kill ‘pest’ birds after launch of legal challenge “Pest” bird species such as crows, woodpigeons and jays can no longer be freely killed in England after the government’s conservation watchdog revoked the licence permitting it. The move by Natural England came after a challenge to the legality of the “general licence” by a new environmental group, Wild Justice, created by conservationists Mark Avery, Ruth Tingay and Chris Packham. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 05:47
Barriers put up to deter ‘careless’ tourists from seeking perfect picture among bulbs Barriers and advertising banners are being erected around fields in the tulip bulb region of the Netherlands in an attempt to deter a growing number of tourists from flattening the flowers to take selfies. Tourists have been seen jumping above the tulips to secure the perfect picture, or lying down in the middle of fields, squashing the bulbs. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 05:30
Climate activists say pressure growing on politicians to act as donations flood in Support for Extinction Rebellion in the UK has quadrupled in the past nine days as public concern about the scale of the ecological crisis grows. Since the wave of protests began more than a week ago, 30,000 new backers or volunteers have offered their support to the environmental activist group. In the same period it has raised almost £200,000 – mostly in donations of between £10 and £50 – reaching a total of £365,000 since January. Continue reading...
04/24/2019 - 05:00
Activists tell us why they have taken part in the protest group’s international rebellion week I am part of XR [Extinction Rebellion] Bhopal. The group is still in a very early phase and is working mostly on educating people about climate issues. On the evening of 15 April 2019 some school students and local activists gathered at Bhopal’s upper lake in solidarity with XR international rebellion week. There were speeches, dancing and music. A participant also read out a Hindi translation of Greta Thunberg’s speech to a large crowd. Continue reading...