Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/18/2019 - 07:24
Racing pigeon Armando goes for huge sum after bidding war between Chinese enthusiasts A racing pigeon has been sold for a world record €1.25m (£1.1m) as a result of prices being driven sky-high by a craze for bird racing among an elite group of Chinese enthusiasts. Related: The rebirth of coo: reconsidering the pigeon – in pictures Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 06:47
Environment Agency says flooding expected early this week for rivers Dee and Severn Flood warnings have remained in place across parts of England after torrential rain over the weekend. On Monday there were 16 flood warnings in force, meaning flooding is expected, down from 20 earlier, and 25 flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible. Most were in Yorkshire and the Midlands. None were in the most severe category. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 01:00
Delegates at UN environment assembly say the oil producers are protecting their industries The United States and Saudi Arabia have hamstrung global efforts to scrutinise climate geoengineering in order to benefit their fossil fuel industries, according to multiple sources at the United Nations environment assembly, taking place this week in Nairobi. The world’s two biggest oil producers reportedly led opposition against plans to examine the risks of climate-manipulating technology such as sucking carbon out of the air, reflective mirrors in space, seeding the oceans and injecting particulates into the atmosphere. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 00:27
Marine biologists horrified to find 16 rice sacks and multiple shopping bags inside Cuvier’s beaked whale A young whale that washed up in the Philippines died from “gastric shock” after ingesting 40kg of plastic bags. Marine biologists and volunteers from the D’Bone Collector Museum in Davao City, in the Philippine island of Mindanao, were shocked to discover the brutal cause of death for the young Cuvier’s beaked whale, which washed ashore on Saturday. Continue reading...
03/18/2019 - 00:00
Democratic candidate says other issues matter, but America cannot afford to have another leader who does not have climate change as their top priority There are other things around which Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee, could craft his stump speech. He could talk about how he dropped out of Stanford and moved into his parents’ basement because he couldn’t afford tuition. He could tell voters he was the first governor to challenge Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Related: Pete Buttigieg to Fox: 'Ideological spectrum has never been less relevant' Continue reading...
03/17/2019 - 19:19
Australia’s largest export customer for thermal coal is scrapping plans to build power plants Major Japanese investors, including those most indebted to coal, are seeking to back large-scale renewables projects across Asia, marking a “monumental” shift that energy market analysts say is “the start of the end for thermal coal”. At the same time, Japanese banks and trading houses are walking away from coal investments, selling out of Australian mines and scrapping plans to build coal-fired power. Continue reading...
03/17/2019 - 01:00
Traffic pollution is putting our children at risk. We meet campaigners – many of them concerned mothers – fighting back In the winter you can taste and smell the pollution,” says Kylie ap Garth, drinking coffee in a cafe in Hackney, east London. “My eldest is eight and he has asthma. Being outside, he would have a tight chest and cough. I just assumed it was the cold weather. I didn’t realise there was a link to the cars.” She is not exaggerating. The main road from Bethnal Green tube station is clogged with traffic, the smell of diesel fumes mixing with smoke from barbecue grill restaurants and construction dust. Anyone trying to escape from the roadside to the canal towpath finds only that the fumes are swapped with coal smoke from the canal boats. Continue reading...
03/16/2019 - 15:33
Giraffe welcomes another newborn at New York zoo, two years after her previous pregnancy went viral April the giraffe gave birth again on Saturday, in front of another enthralled YouTube audience. Related: April the pregnant giraffe: live stream attracts millions – and YouTube censors Continue reading...
03/16/2019 - 15:00
Party also want regulator with powers to tackle climate change, air pollution, invasive species, water resources, land-clearing and vulnerable habitats The Greens will push for two new environmental agencies, including a regulator with wide-ranging powers to tackle climate change and land-clearing, adding pressure to Labor to provide detail to its own policy pledge. In the new policy the Greens promise laws to expand federal oversight of environmental issues, including the creation of an environment commission to develop protection plans and an environmental protection agency with “real powers” of enforcement. Continue reading...
03/16/2019 - 03:00
Twenty-five states have attempted to introduce legislation to chill animal rights activism, and six have succeeded, as a string of ‘ag-gag’ laws are overturned in courts A US governor has signed off legislation to prop up controversial “ag-gag” laws in Iowa, just months after a federal court declared them unconstitutional. In retaliation, animal rights activists are calling on their supporters to boycott the state as a vacation destination. Continue reading...