Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/19/2019 - 12:46
Program projects state would produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 New York state would launch the most progressive policy in the US to combat the climate crisis and one of the most ambitious in the world under a new plan devised by state legislators. The program projects that the state would produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 12:00
IMF, WTO and World Bank not doing enough to fight climate crisis, shadow chancellor says Fighting the climate crisis should be put at the heart of decisions made by the International Monetary Fund and other global institutions as part of a fundamental shake-up designed to reduce the influence of corporate power, John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor used a Guardian interview to say that Donald Trump’s hostility to international bodies was the opportunity to recast organisations set up after the second world war for the modern age. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 11:00
Swiss-based Solway group that runs Fenix nickel mine paid 1% on revenues from unrefined ore Guatemalans who pay price for west’s need for nickel Guatemala’s largest nickel mine paid just £1.4m in compulsory royalty taxes during its first four years of production, according to its latest filings. The opencast Fenix mine belongs to the Bronstein family and is run by their Swiss-based Solway group. Solway benefits from Guatemala’s low nickel royalty rate, which is calculated at just 1% of all the revenues made from selling the unrefined ore it digs out of the ground. Recent proposals to increase rates to 15% were not implemented. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 10:16
Administration to roll back Obama-era Clean Power Plan Trump’s EPA chief says he’s ‘leveling the playing field’ Donald Trump’s administration is finalizing plans to roll back the US government’s only direct efforts to curb coal-fired power plant pollution that is heating the planet. Related: Trump rolls back key Obama climate rule that targeted coal pollution – live Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 07:29
A whale that swam into the bay has earned fans and the nickname ‘Allie’, but experts say it may be seeking a place to recuperate A humpback whale has spent the past two weeks in the San Francisco Bay, fascinating sightseers, photographers, whale enthusiasts and marine biologists. But experts say the whale, which locals have nicknamed Allie, may be sick, and probably came into the protected waters to recover. Related: Stricken polar bear turns up in Siberian city, hundreds of miles from home Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 05:31
Four reservoirs supplying India’s sixth largest city dry up as state accused of inaction Authorities in Chennai have been criticised for failing to deal with a crippling water shortage that has brought the Indian city to crisis point, leaving taps dry in homes and forcing schools, offices and restaurants to close as temperatures soar. The four reservoirs supplying the bulk of the city’s drinking water have completely dried up, leading the Chennai Metro Water to cut the water it provides by about 40%. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 01:32
South-east forecast to be worst hit after Eastbourne has 1,000 lightning strikes overnight Thunderstorms and rain are expected across parts of the UK as the unsettled weather continues. About 1,000 lightning strikes hit Eastbourne in East Sussex overnight and a yellow weather warning remains in place for the east of England – covering Yorkshire, East Anglia and the south coast – with forecasters warning of the likelihood of more rain, hail and lightning. Homes were left without power and roads flooded in parts of southern England after an overnight deluge. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 01:02
Climate change is colonialism’s final frontier which is why land rights are the first order of climate justice In the Anthropocene we humans have become a geological force, a “force of nature” – and a self-defeating one. But this crisis in climate and extinction was first kindled by coal-fired colonialism and its ethos of extraction and elimination. Here in Australia the historical coincidence of colonialism and coal sticks out like a porcupine at a nudists’ colony. Watts’s coal-fired steam engine was invented just two years before the first fleet arrived in Sydney Cove. Coal mining began near Nobbys Head in Newcastle in the 1790s, with the first coal shipment leaving now the world’s largest coal export port in 1799. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 00:01
State ready to disrupt or phase out the most polluting business activities to meet 2050 target UK companies must brace for the government to deliberately disrupt or phase out business areas that are unfit for a net zero-carbon economy, according to a report. The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has said many companies will face fundamental change, including the phasing out of the UK’s most polluting business activities. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 00:01
Research suggests support for urgent measures to tackle crisis is becoming mainstream Nearly 70% of British people want urgent political action to tackle climate change and protect the natural environment, according to research by a coalition of green charities. Theresa May, in one of her last acts as prime minister, has enshrined in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first large economy to do so. Continue reading...