Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/21/2018 - 09:51
Workers on Beatrice project in Scotland have included irregular migrants on under £5 an hour Workers hired to build the flagship £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland have included migrants without proper immigration documents paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal. Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy. Continue reading...
10/21/2018 - 03:00
Berta Cáceres’s family left without lawyers as legal manoeuvres continue bitter legacy of her protest against the Agua Zarca dam The trial of eight men accused over the murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres has been thrown into disarray after judges ousted the victim’s lawyers from proceedings. The legally suspect ruling in the country’s most high-profile case leaves the verdict vulnerable to appeal. The case is considered a litmus test for the justice system which has received millions of dollars of international aid in recent years Continue reading...
10/21/2018 - 00:14
Creature filmed off east Antartica using technology developed by Australian researchers A deep-sea cucumber known as a “headless chicken monster” has been filmed in the Southern Ocean for the first time using camera technology developed by Australian researchers. The creature was filmed off east Antarctica and it is the first time the species has been seen in the area.  Continue reading...
10/21/2018 - 00:09
‘It’s obvious some of the violence we are observing … is directly linked to climate change,’ says Peter Maurer Climate change is already exacerbating domestic and international conflicts, and governments must take steps to ensure it does not get worse, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has said. Peter Maurer told Guardian Australia it was already making an impact and humanitarian organisations were having to factor it into their work far earlier than they were expecting. Continue reading...
10/21/2018 - 00:00
George Eustice’s boast that government strategy is working called untrue by vets and animal specialists Government claims that the controversial badger cull is reducing tuberculosis rates in cattle have been undermined by a group of leading vets and animal welfare experts who have shared data that, they say, confirms it has made no difference. Last month the farming minister George Eustice said: “Reductions in TB cases in Somerset and Gloucestershire are evidence that our strategy is delivering results.” But the group, which includes Iain McGill, the former government vet who helped expose the BSE cover-up, Adam Grogan, head of wildlife at the RSPCA, and Mark Jones, head of policy at the Born Free Foundation, disagrees. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 21:25
Treasurer says government does not intend to ‘reduce emissions at the expense of people’s power bills’ Josh Frydenberg has played down the need for a significant shift in the Morrison government’s stance on climate change before the next federal election after the strong protest vote in the seat of Wentworth. The treasurer and former energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg told Sky News on Sunday people in Sydney’s eastern suburbs were concerned about climate change, but he said the government did not intend to “reduce emissions at the expense of people’s power bills”. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 17:22
Fish eaters advised to ‘Say No’ due to environmental concerns surrounding Tasmania’s salmon farming industry It’s one of Australia’s – and the world’s – favourite fish but Tasmanian Atlantic salmon should be off the menu for now, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society, publishers of Australia’s independent sustainable seafood guide. On Wednesday, the AMCS downgraded the farmed fish’s rating from an amber “Think Twice” to a red “Say No” due to ongoing environmental concerns. The previous review was in 2015. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 07:01
One tremor was magnitude 0.3, the level beyond which experts say fracking has to proceed with caution A series of small earthquakes have been detected in Lancashire close to the site where fracking operations began this week. The British Geological Survey (BGS), which provides impartial advice on environmental processes, recorded four tremors in the vicinity of the energy firm Cuadrilla’s site on Preston New Road near Blackpool on Friday. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 01:00
Scheme launched by ethical investment platform Abundance offers 12% interest A “green” investment that pays 12% interest and involves putting your money into a major tidal energy project was launched this week. But that high rate indicates this is a great deal riskier than putting your money into a high street savings account, with no compensation if things go wrong. So this is not one for the risk-averse. Continue reading...
10/20/2018 - 00:00
Chinese ban on waste imports is significantly affecting UK councils’ ability to collect and recycle plastic Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK’s waste. A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) revealed nearly half of councils who responded (52) say China’s ban is having a significant impact on their ability to collect and recycle plastic, due to rising costs. Fourteen councils across the country say their recycling costs have increased by an average of half a million pounds a year, in part because of rising processing charges per tonne. Continue reading...