Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/14/2019 - 06:00
Recent blazes scorched 90% of the federally protected Santa Monica Mountains – destroying a 1950s Hollywood set and affecting biodiversity. But life is slowly coming back The fire came quickly. Fueled by dry, blustering winds, officials were unable to contain the Woolsey fire before it scorched the canyons of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, taking close to 97,000 acres and 1,500 properties with it. One of the great casualties was the Santa Monica Mountains national recreation area. Nearly 90% of the federally owned land burned in the November 2018 blaze. The park is home to popular hiking trails, a rich ecosystem of plant and wildlife, including mountain lions and coyotes, as well as famous spots such as the Paramount Ranch’s “Western Town” (a well-known Hollywood set location), the historic 1927 Peter Strauss Ranch house, a research field station and ranger residences. Nearly all of them burned to the ground. Continue reading...
02/14/2019 - 02:43
Kevin Humphries denies telling cotton farmer Anthony Barlow he could pump water during embargo A cotton farmer who has pleaded guilty to pumping over 153-Olympic-swimming-pools-worth of water from the Barwon River in western New South Wales during a dry spell in 2015 says he did so because he was assured by the then NSW minister for water, Kevin Humphries, there was no embargo. The revelations are contained in Anthony Barlow’s sentencing submission to the NSW Land and Environment Court. The sentencing hearing was held last week and he is now waiting to learn his fate. Continue reading...
02/14/2019 - 01:00
Study says evidence ‘supports link’ between exposure to glyphosate and increased risk Sign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective A broad new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides, the most widely used weedkilling products in the world, has found that people with high exposures to the popular pesticides have a 41% increased risk of developing a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The evidence “supports a compelling link” between exposures to glyphosate-based herbicides and increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), the authors concluded, though they said the specific numerical risk estimates should be interpreted with caution. Continue reading...
02/14/2019 - 00:00
10% of German state’s voters sign, obliging authorities to preserve species diversity A petition in Bavaria on preserving species diversity, popularly known as the “save the bees” campaign, has garnered sufficient support to enforce significant changes to the state’s farming practices. The organisers reached their target of securing the signatures of 10% of eligible voters in the southern German state well before the Wednesday evening deadline. Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 12:00
Exclusive: Lock the Gate accuses state government of placing interests of mining sector over those of taxpayers New South Wales taxpayers could be shortchanged up to $500m by a state government “accounting trick” that allows mining companies to dodge paying appropriate contingency costs for site rehabilitation. A 2017 report by the NSW auditor general found that security deposits paid by miners for future rehabilitation were inadequate and made several recommendations, including that the “contingency” costs be increased. Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 09:28
Urging political action on pesticide use is another way to help stem ‘collapse of nature’ Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists. Related: Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature' Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 09:10
Tameside head came up with idea after noticing increase in asthma among children Primary school pupils in Greater Manchester have started patrolling the streets outside their schools as uniformed “junior” police officers, issuing fake parking tickets to parents parked on the pavement or sitting with their engines running. The junior PCSOs (police community safety officers) were the brainchild of Steve Marsland, the headteacher of Russell Scott primary in Denton in Tameside, after he noticed a huge increase in the number of children with asthma. Eighteen months ago, he started to use an inhaler after having trouble breathing dangerously polluted air. Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 07:12
More than 200 sign letter to the Guardian saying pupils right to be angry at inaction School climate strike children’s brave stand has our support More than 200 academics have voiced their support for this week’s school climate strikes, in which thousands of young people are expected to take to the streets in towns and cities across the UK. The academics, including almost 100 professors, say the “tragic and desperate facts” of the unfolding climate breakdown – and the lack of meaningful action by politicians – leave young people with little option but to take matters into their own hands. Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 06:00
Bill sets aside more than 1m acres of new wilderness and conservation areas including rivers in California and Utah Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks are to be enlarged, and stunning river landscapes in California and Utah will be protected, under new legislation that passed the US Senate on Tuesday. In all the public lands package sets aside more than a million acres of new wilderness and conservation areas in western states. Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 04:37
Wentworth Group finds the Murray-Darling Basin Plan’s environmental objectives are not being met Water flows at key environmental sites in the Murray-Darling Basin are unimproved or worse than before the basin plan was implemented, a scientific report has found, raising serious questions about where the $8.5bn of environmental water purchased by taxpayers is going. The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a group of eminent environmental scientists formed a decade ago to advocate for the river system, have looked at two key sites which they identified when the plan was put in place in 2010. Continue reading...