Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/13/2019 - 01:27
Exclusive: lawsuit in Japan contends that dolphins are wrongly classified as fish and should be protected as mammals Animal rights activists have launched an unprecedented legal challenge to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, claiming that fishermen are routinely violating animal welfare laws and exceeding government-set quotas. The London-based organisation Action for Dolphins and the Japanese NGO Life Investigation Agency on Wednesday submitted evidence they hope will halt the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, a whaling town on Japan’s Pacific coast, the Guardian can reveal. Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 00:00
Idea of topping municipal plant in Copenhagen with urban ski resort won accolades for Danish architecture firm It might be the first waste incinerator the neighbours actually want next door. The shop at the foot of the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy project in Copenhagen is packed with families desperate to be among the first to try its unique selling point: the ski slope on the roof. “I live so close by that I could follow the development,” says Ole Fredslund, who lives in neighbouring Amager, as he helped his sons Felix and Victor strap on their boots as the slope opened its lifts for the first time on Tuesday. “I guess 90% of the focus is on the fact that there’s a skiing hill coming, so in a way it’s very clever. Everybody talks about the ski hill to be, not the waste plant to be.” Continue reading...
02/13/2019 - 00:00
Global study sets out how industry could make waste reduction pay, using data taken from across 12 countries Restaurants can make a profit of £7 for every £1 they invest in cutting food waste, a global report reveals today, in findings that are hailed as proving the business case for stopping edible food from being binned. The study is based on research for Champions 12.3, a group of political, business, NGO and farmers’ leaders from across the world who have united to tackle waste, using data taken from 114 restaurant sites across 12 countries. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 20:12
The birds are severely at risk, but there is little public awareness or sympathy for their plight Squawking, chip-stealing seagulls are under threat in New Zealand, with some colonies experiencing “unbelievable declines”, and others disappearing altogether over the past few decades. New Zealand is home to three species of seagull but the native red-billed seagull – the beady-eyed interloper who makes an appearance at every beach picnic up and down the country – is the most common. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 14:34
Four Nigerian women bring landmark case over state executions of nine activists in a military court Four Nigerian women at the centre of a long-running legal battle against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell saw their historic case reach the Hague on Tuesday. The company is accused of complicity in the state execution of nine Ogoni protesters and human right abuses dating back to 1993. The allegations concern the 1990s violent government crackdown in Ogoniland, in the oil-rich Niger delta region, where oil spills inflicted environmental damage on a huge scale. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 14:09
Ricardo Salles’ comments fuel criticism of administration’s stance, which environmentalists say is excessively pro-business Brazilian environmental groups have blasted Jair Bolsonaro’s environment minister after he dismissed the murdered Amazon rain forest defender Chico Mendes as “irrelevant”. Related: Climate change a 'secondary' issue, says Brazil's environment minister Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 14:08
Communities secretary James Brokenshire cited traffic issues in rejecting plans for four wells Campaigners have welcomed the government’s decision to reject a planning appeal by shale gas firm Cuadrilla to frack at a second site in Lancashire, capping a week of bad news for the industry. James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, said he was turning down the appeal for planning permission to develop four fracking wells in the Fylde area because of traffic concerns. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 12:00
There’s no way we’ll achieve the targets five years early without major policy changes, which are unlikely under the current government The Australian National University has been making headlines for its analysis that, with the current rate of renewable energy growth, Australia will achieve its Paris agreement targets five years early – by 2025. Unfortunately, after a careful review, we find their analysis doesn’t stack up. The ANU briefing note has surprised, if not shocked, many in the expert and analytical community with detailed knowledge of Australia’s climate and energy policy. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 12:00
As new promotion launches, volunteers are still cleaning up debris from the Little Shop campaign on Australian beaches Coles is launching a new collectible promotion of plastic toys on Wednesday, while the vestiges of the supermarket giant’s last campaign are still having a negative impact on the environment. From this week, shoppers can collect one of 24 plastic fruit or vegetable toys for every $30 they spend in-store as part of the Coles Stikeez campaign. Continue reading...
02/12/2019 - 12:00
For graziers who sweated to keep their herds alive, praying for rain, the scale of the flood is hard to take • Satellite images before and after the floods reveal devastation Out the back of Mount Isa, in late January, the locals marked a wry milestone. For an unbroken stretch of 43 stinking afternoons, the temperature at Cloncurry and Camooweal had topped 40C. The herds of cattle in Queensland’s north-west, the ones that had survived through six years of drought, started to show signs of severe heat stress. They became thinner, weaker. Continue reading...