Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/21/2019 - 00:00
Los Angeles faces a doubling of its extreme heat days but has fresh ideas to keep residents cool - and tackle the inequality of who suffers How US cities are scrambling to protect people from extreme heat Los Angeles can sometimes feel like a sprawling hellscape of heat: in the northern valleys and the southern city, metal playground equipment, car steering wheels, even the ground itself effectively become weaponized. The more than 300 days of sunshine a year that for generations have made LA such an attractive place to live and visit are becoming a grave liability due to the climate crisis. Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 00:00
Climate crisis pushes retailers to reduce their impact on the environment There have been few fashion statements over the years at G7 summits (dress code: world leader suit, sensible shoes). But this year, G7 leaders will be joined by more than 20 fashion retailers and brands, including the owner of Gucci, Kering, H&M and Zara’s parent company, Inditex, for a key fashion moment – a global pact to fight the climate crisis and protect biodiversity and the oceans. Continue reading...
08/21/2019 - 00:00
Documents obtained by the Guardian suggest interior secretary is promoting effort tied to his former firm The US interior secretary, David Bernhardt, is promoting a fossil fuel project for which his former employer, a lobbying firm, is a paid advocate, e-mails obtained by the Guardian suggest. Experts say Bernhardt is probably violating ethics guidelines issued by the Trump administration with the stated goal of “draining the swamp”. Based on these rules, Bernhardt should be recused from specific issues involving a former client for at least two years. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 23:13
Australia’s largest garbage company buys $60m of debt, aiming to get SKM ‘back to capacity’ The garbage company Cleanaway has taken effective control of most of the Victorian recycling group SKM and says it wants to stem the state’s rubbish crisis. Cleanaway said it had paid about $60m to the Commonwealth Bank to buy out the bank’s position as SKM’s major lender and had appointed Mark Korda and Bryan Webster as receivers to run the business. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 22:44
Mine has been subject to allegations of contaminating environment and mismanagement of toxic waste Glencore has been given the green light to start work on its plans to vastly extend its controversial mining operations at McArthur River in the Northern Territory. The resource company, McArthur River Mine (MRM), has sought to extend its mining operation until 2048, which will add on a further 1,000 years of rehabilitation and monitoring. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 21:16
Investor action group says Carmichael coalmine project makes Indian giant ‘brand kryptonite’ The global engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon has severed a longstanding business relationship with the Adani Group, amid ongoing efforts by anti-coal activists to target firms working for the Indian conglomerate’s Australian mining arm. Adani Australia released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “surprised” by the decision but that the “concerted campaign” against the Carmichael project by environmental groups had not succeeded, and that construction of the central Queensland thermal coalmine was under way. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 18:01
Closure of tiger farms among urgent steps needed to protect species, wildlife summit hears Two illegally smuggled tigers per week are being seized by officials, according to a report, but this represents only a tiny fraction of those being killed. The report, by the wildlife trade experts Traffic, was released at a summit of 183 countries under the Convention in the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), where many delegates have called for stronger action. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 15:46
New research provides evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane -- methane formed by chemical reactions that don't involve organic matter -- on Earth and shows how the gases could have a similar origin on other planets and moons, even those no longer home to liquid water.
08/20/2019 - 15:00
Climate emergency and population growth blamed for deteriorating water quality, with ‘cocktail of chemicals’ changing as countries become richer The planet is facing a mounting and “invisible” water pollution crisis, according to a hard-hitting World Bank report, which claims the issue is responsible for a one-third reduction in potential economic growth in the most heavily affected areas. The study, which assembled the world’s largest database of water pollution, assesses how a combination of bacteria, sewage, chemicals and plastics suck oxygen from water supplies and transform water into poison for people and ecosystems. Continue reading...
08/20/2019 - 14:29
A globally important ocean algae is mysteriously scarce in one of the most productive regions of the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new article. A massive dataset has revealed patterns in the regions where Atlantic coccolithophores live, illuminating the inner workings of the ocean carbon cycle and raising new questions.