Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/19/2018 - 16:18
Council in Kent told that disturbing the whale would breach wildlife law It has attracted plenty of spectators during its stay. But Benny the lost beluga whale, who took up residence in the Thames last month, may end up leaving the crowds disappointed after it was announced that a fireworks display would have to be postponed to protect him. About 15,000 people were expected to gather for the annual bonfire night celebrations in Gravesend, Kent, on 2 November to see a display set off from a barge on the river. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 15:28
President will sign memo directing agencies to review standards that conservatives argue are keeping water from farmers The Trump administration is wading into California’s “water wars” on behalf of embattled Republicans and agricultural interests weeks before the November midterm elections. Donald Trump signed a memo on Friday directing agencies to review and revise or rescind environmental standards that conservatives argue are keeping water from flowing to farmers in the Central Valley. He is also setting deadlines for biological assessments of regional projects. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 10:19
Big six firm to focus exclusively on renewables, adding solar power to its windfarms Scottish Power, one of Britain’s biggest energy companies, has said it will invest in solar power for the first time as part of its move away from fossil fuels. The big six firm sold off its last gas-fired power stations to Drax Group this week to focus exclusively on renewables, which today consists of onshore and offshore windfarms. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 09:17
World body urges Conservative government to ‘step up and show leadership’ on the air pollution crisis The UK government is putting the health of millions of its citizens at risk by failing to tackle the country’s air pollution crisis, according the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. David Boyd said people’s right to breathe clean air was being violated in the UK and warned the crisis was responsible for up to 50,000 deaths – and devastating the lives of “many millions” more in towns and cities across the country. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 07:54
A 1,000-metre spider web and a hellbender devouring a snake are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 07:00
Research forecasts Iowa corn yields could drop in half within the next half-century thanks to extreme weather – yet it’s not part of the political conversation Farmers around here are itching to go after that amber wave of soya beans, but there was that 5in rain a couple of weeks ago and then a 7in rain, and it drives even the retired guys batty. Those beans aren’t worth much at the elevator thanks to a Trump trade war with China, but they’re worth even less getting wet feet in a pond that was a field which the glacier made a prairie bog some 14,000 years ago – until we came along and drained it. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 03:00
Photographer Christopher Thomond has been documenting protests over fracking in the north of England since 2011 After years of protest, hyperbole and delays, fracking has returned to the UK. After seeing off a last-minute legal challenge, shale gas firm Cuadrilla began fracking near Blackpool on Monday. The drive to extract gas from the rocks beneath the UK has catalysed the environmental movement in recent years, uniting concerned local residents and climate campaigners. Continue reading...
10/19/2018 - 01:00
Close passing and dooring are serious concerns but there is more to be done to make our streets safer and cleaner, from funding boosts to road planning The announcement of a Highway Code review for walking and cycling is a forward step for active travel and road safety. It may not be the millions of pounds of investment needed, but it’s a start. The Department for Transport (DfT) review will cover issues such as how to safely overtake cyclists, guidance on preventing car-dooring of cyclists, and giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 18:01
UK risks falling behind global switch to electric vehicles with ‘unambitious’ target of 2040, says committee MPs have urged ministers to bring forward their ban on new petrol and diesel car sales by eight years to 2032, to avoid the UK being left “in the passenger seat” in the global switch to electric vehicles. Government plans for a 2040 ban on fossil fuel-powered cars and vans across Britain were unambitious and did not even show leadership within the UK, given Scotland has set itself an earlier target, the business, energy and industrial strategy committee said. Continue reading...
10/18/2018 - 11:00
Uncontrolled imports spark ‘garbage dump of the world’ fears and raise fears over how much is ending up in landfill Itinerant garbage pickers run down the hilly streets of Istanbul, their trolleys packed with plastic and other waste. Their haul is a boon for the recycling industry in Turkey. “We collect 80% of the waste from the streets,” said Recep Karaman, head of the street waste collectors association. Continue reading...