Breaking Waves: Ocean News

04/19/2019 - 08:00
Exclusive: eight in 10 trying to cut plastic waste and 46% feel guilty about it, survey shows Eight in 10 consumers are trying to reduce their plastic waste and half would be willing to pay higher prices for eco-friendly packaging, according to a survey that highlights the impact of the Blue Planet documentary and the campaign to reduce such rubbish. The research by YouGov shows 46% of people in the UK feel guilty about the amount of plastic they use, which is motivating them to consider changes in their behaviour, including paying more so companies will find alternatives to single-use plastics. Continue reading...
04/19/2019 - 05:58
Swedish 16-year-old, who is taking campaign to parliament, keen to be part of Extinction Rebellion action Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old founder of the school strikes for action against climate change, has said she hopes to join the Extinction Rebellion protests when she visits London next week. The Swedish activist will also take the campaign to the UK parliament, where she will speak to dozens of MPs including the Green party MP Caroline Lucas, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and the environment secretary, Michael Gove. Continue reading...
04/19/2019 - 02:43
Activists all born after 1990 gather at key roundabout to highlight dangers of climate change Extinction Rebellion and Attenborough put climate in spotlight Youth activists have taken the Extinction Rebellion protests to Heathrow on the fifth day of action, demonstrating beside the main roundabout on the road to the airport. The activists, all born after 1990, unfurled a banner asking: “Are we the the last generation?” as dozens of police prevented them from blocking the road. Continue reading...
04/19/2019 - 02:00
Scientists are warning against new legislation to grow Iceland’s fish farming industry, but industry is pressuring for a go-ahead A five-fold expansion in open net fish farms that scientists believe could decimate Iceland’s wild salmon stocks is pitting Big Aquaculture against ecologists in the country. Next month, a parliamentary bill is expected to extend farm licenses from 10 to 16 years, while omitting critics from oversight panels and handing primary monitoring powers to industry. Continue reading...
04/18/2019 - 13:05
Met comes under pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators Scotland Yard has defended its response to the rolling protests in London that have caused disruption to millions and pushed climate change towards the top of the national news agenda. The Metropolitan police has come under increasing pressure to crack down on the Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who have blocked transport networks in the capital in recent days; not least from the home secretary, Sajid Javid, who has urged officers to “take a firm stance”. Continue reading...
04/18/2019 - 12:30
Home secretary asks police to be firm against demonstrators ‘disrupting the lives of others’ Sajid Javid has called on police to use the “full force of the law” against Extinction Rebellion protesters causing disruption in London to draw attention to the issue of climate change. The home secretary, who is positioning himself for a run at the Conservative party leadership, made a series of tweets condemning “any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law”. Continue reading...
04/18/2019 - 10:25
Climate campaigners plan to disrupt London airport at start of Easter bank holiday The organisers of this week’s Extinction Rebellion climate protests have vowed to step up the campaign by targeting Heathrow airport, as three people look set to spend a month in prison for their alleged part in protests. Related: Scotland Yard defends response to climate change protests Continue reading...
04/18/2019 - 05:21
An orchestra, a village, an entire country: the movement to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is growing We are all doomed, it is said. Carbon dioxide is amassing in the atmosphere at levels not seen for millions of years when there were trees at the South Pole and Florida was under water. We have barely a decade to make amends. Protesters are on the streets. But huge numbers of people have not given up. Not yet. Call them the carbon cutters. They are companies and cities, niche groups and nations. They are commuters and communes, off-gridders and off-setters, investors and institutions – and countless individuals, cutting their meat intake, installing solar panels, eschewing gas guzzlers and long-haul flights. Continue reading...
04/18/2019 - 04:00
If Mississippi reflects on the deep, systemic inequalities its plantation economy created, perhaps it will see those inequalities are exacerbated by climate change Climate change, I was told when buying a coffee, is not a “polite” topic of conversation in Natchez, Mississippi. The city sits on the legendarily volatile Mississippi River, which is straining against an aging system of levees. Considered the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi, Natchez is perched on a bluff over the river’s eastern banks. Three hundred miles upriver from New Orleans, Natchez was once a bastion of the old south: steamships moved enslaved people and cotton to market, enriching planters who lived in “Natchez-over-the-Hill”. Continue reading...
04/18/2019 - 03:49
Three charged over protest that halted DLR services, as climate action enters fourth day Three people have been charged over an Extinction Rebellion protest in which activists climbed on the top of a train at Canary Wharf station in east London, British Transport Police have said, as demonstrators held their four roadblock sites in central London for another night. Cathy Eastburn, 51, from south London, Mark Ovland, 35, from Somerton in Somerset, and Luke Watson, 29, from Manuden in Essex, were charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act, contrary to section 36 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861 over the protest on Wednesday, which halted Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services. They were due to appear at Highbury Corner magistrates court on Thursday. Continue reading...