Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/21/2019 - 08:24
One in three young women in Britain consider a garment worn once or twice to be old Fast fashion – the rapid system of trend-driven, low-cost clothing manufacture beloved by UK consumers – is on the rampage. We crossed a worrying line in 2014, scaling up garment production to 100bn pieces of new clothing a year. These are clothes, made from virgin resources, increasingly plastic, pushed out into the world with little thought as to where they will end up. Without rapid reform, the fashion industry – of which fast fashion is the dominant player – could be responsible for a quarter of the Earth’s carbon budget by 2050. This threat to the planet has, not surprisingly, attracted the attention of climate protesters. Extinction Rebellion picketed London fashion week for the first time in February. The UK’s contribution is enormous. Not only did we invent fast fashion, but our fashion consumers are among the most voracious in the world. One in three young women, the biggest segment of consumers, consider garments worn once or twice to be old. UK consumers sent 300,000 tonnes of textiles to be burned or dumped in landfill in 2018. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 05:44
Police investigate reports of assault as video shows Field forcefully removing woman Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after a video showed him pushing a female Greenpeace activist against a pillar and grabbing her neck while she protested at the chancellor’s Mansion House speech. Police are investigating third-party reports of assault made against Field, who has since apologised to the protester. The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster said he had felt threatened when the protester walked past him and was worried she might have been armed. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 05:02
Government agency has failed to work with traditional owners to look after parks such as Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Kakadu Australia’s six commonwealth national parks – including Kakadu and Uluru – are not being effectively managed by the government corporation tasked with preserving them, an audit has found. In a report released on Friday, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) said the director of national parks had failed to meet benchmarks set by auditors to probe the agency’s management of some of the nation’s most precious land. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 02:00
Measure which also bans sale of fins awaits royal assent Shark fin soup has long been seen as a delicacy in Asia It was on a family visit to Hong Kong that Kristyn Wong-Tam noticed her uncle – a well-regarded chef – was the only person at the table not touching a bowl of shark fin soup. When he explained how fins are hacked from struggling sharks, before their bodies are tossed back into the water, the rest of the family soon lost their appetite. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 01:00
The little green invader gobbling shellfish and destroying habitats in the Gulf of Maine could finally have a predator – humans In the salt marshes and estuaries of New England, the most dominant and fearsome predator is a voracious invader that grows to just inches and lays waste to everything in its path. The European green crab first arrived in the new world more than 200 years go, smuggling itself to American shores in the ballast holds of transatlantic ships. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 01:00
The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council – and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong By the early 1990s, the man now dubbed the “chief climate change skeptic” in Donald Trump’s White House had already decided he was uneasy with the science that showed humans were heating the planet. Related: Seawalls to protect US against rising oceans could cost $416bn by 2040 Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 00:14
Consumers’ efforts to be eco-friendly go to waste as many communities find themselves with nowhere to send their refuse Where does your plastic go? Revealing America’s dirty secret A sign on an upside-down dumpster spelled the end of Pearl Pai’s long romance with plastics recycling. For years, Pai and her family generated almost no trash. She carefully washed, sorted and bagged hard-to-recycle items and drove them two towns over from her home in Berkeley, California, to the area’s best recycling center. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 00:00
Survey says teachers feel ill-equipped to educate pupils, as school strikes continue A growing number of teachers want their pupils to learn more about the climate crisis and are calling for environmental training so they can prepare children for a rapidly changing world, according to a poll. The findings from YouGov research commissioned by Oxfam come before the latest round of school climate strikes on Friday, in which it is expected that hundreds of thousands of young people will walk out of classrooms around the world. Continue reading...
06/21/2019 - 00:00
Once we lived without it, now we can’t escape it. A historian unpacks the origins of our plastic addiction In 1957 Disneyland opened the Monsanto House of the Future, an all-plastic dwelling. Over the next 10 years millions of visitors passed through its fantastical rooms, designed by MIT architects with curved walls and large windows. The house was equipped with plastic chairs and plastic floors, the kitchen with precise stacks of plastic plates and plastic cups. Monsanto’s house trumpeted the wonders of science, as well as the chemical industry and its products. Plastic, it proclaimed, was the material of tomorrow. Related: Plastic wrapped in plastic: the wasteful reality of America's grocery stores Continue reading...
06/20/2019 - 18:01
Legal and General Investment Management cuts companies including ExxonMobil An ethical investment operation by the UK’s largest asset manager has dumped shares in a string of US companies it has deemed climate crisis laggards, including oil giant ExxonMobil and insurer Metlife. Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) said it had cut five companies – ExxonMobil, Metlife, Spam maker Hormel Foods, US retailer Kroger and Korean Electric Power Corporation – from its umbrella of ethical investment funds worth a total of £5bn. Continue reading...