Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/18/2018 - 11:00
Exclusive: Watchdog examining claims plastic waste is not being recycled but left to leak into rivers and oceans The plastics recycling industry is facing an investigation into suspected widespread abuse and fraud within the export system amid warnings the world is about to close the door on UK packaging waste, the Guardian has learned. The Environment Agency (EA) has set up a team of investigators, including three retired police officers, in an attempt to deal with complaints that organised criminals and firms are abusing the system. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 10:02
Trio of activists freed from prison after appeal get hero’s welcome at site of anti-fracking protest On Thursday morning, the day after being released from prison, three environmental activists who became the first people to be jailed for an anti-fracking protest in the UK returned to the Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool. Related: I’m out of jail after my fracking protest. But justice has not been done | Simon Roscoe Blevins Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 08:47
The injustice of my time in prison is dwarfed by the profound inequities that inspired my action in the first place This morning I woke up outside of prison for the first time since 26 September. I was jailed for 16 months after being convicted of causing a public nuisance for a four-day protest on top of a lorry at the UK’s first fracking site. On Wednesday the verdict was quashed by the court of appeal, on grounds that the sentence was, as the lord chief justice, Lord Burnett, put it, “manifestly excessive”. Many people are saying justice has been served – but we know there is still a long way to go before we get there. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 07:52
London’s second airport hopes to rival Heathrow with 70m passengers a year by 2032 Gatwick is proposing to spend £500m to widen its emergency runway and bring it into daily use as a second runway, as part of a plan to bring more than 100,000 additional flights a year to the airport by 2032. The core proposal in an ambitious 15-year masterplan published on Thursday shows that Gatwick, the UK’s second-biggest airport, in south-east England, hopes to serve up to 70 million passengers a year with two runways – almost as many passengers as Heathrow today. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 05:31
Scottish government and beef industry reassure consumers there is no threat to human health or wider impact on farmers A movement ban has been imposed on a beef farm in Aberdeenshire after a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, was found in its herd. The Scottish government and beef industry moved to reassure consumers there was no threat to human health or any wider impact for Scottish farmers after the BSE was found during routine tests on a dead cow. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 05:10
Proposal aims to reduce thefts with system similar to car documents French cyclists would have to register their bikes on a national database under a proposed a law aimed at increasing cycle use while reducing thefts. Bike owners would be given a “certificate of ownership” similar to car documents to be presented to the police if the bicycle is stolen or transferred with the bike when it is sold. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 05:00
In a confidential document obtained by the Guardian, officials say releasing records could have a ‘chilling effect’ on their deliberations The Trump administration is moving to restrict the release of information about its decisions on endangered species, according to a confidential internal document obtained by the Guardian. It comes as wildlife advocates and scientists accuse the government of attempting to weaken protections for wildlife, including wolves, grizzly bears and sage grouse, while boosting domestic energy production and mining in crucial animal habitat. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 03:00
Scientists work to stay ahead of white nose syndrome, a deadly fungus that has killed millions of bats in the US and Canada Nate Fuller was just starting out as a bat scientist nine years ago when he entered a massive cave in rural Pennsylvania to look for live animals. Instead, he found himself wading through a distressing muck, the decomposing bodies of thousands upon thousands of dead bats. That was in the early years of white nose syndrome, the creeping, lethal fungus that has decimated North America’s bat population, killing millions of bats and sparking frantic research and conservation efforts across the United States and Canada. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 02:41
Energy minister Claire Perry, who has defended fracking, admits she has ‘not yet had the opportunity’ to visit any site The minister spearheading the UK’s renewed push for fracking has admitted she has never been to a shale gas well. In the week that fracking restarted in the UK for the first time in seven years, the energy minister, Claire Perry, revealed to a fellow Conservative MP that she had not yet had the chance to visit a shale site. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 01:01
Many of the 20 contenders for this year’s prestigious global prize focus on ways to create a more sustainable future Cutlery made from potato peelings and a robotic cleaner that can tackle pollution in rivers, lakes and canals are among the groundbreaking international designs shortlisted for the prestigious annual James Dyson award. Over half the world’s population currently live in cities, according to the United Nations – a proportion expected to rise to seven in 10 people by 2050 – and the projects share a common theme of aiming to redefine urban living through technology to create a more sustainable future. Continue reading...