Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/10/2019 - 13:36
Proposal is intended to protect African elephants from being poached for their tusks The long-extinct woolly mammoth could gain protected status in an unprecedented attempt to save the African elephant from the global ivory trade. If approved, the protection of the mammoth under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) could prove vital in saving its modern relatives. The proposal by Israel would close a loophole that enables the trafficking of illegal elephant ivory under the guise of legal mammoth ivory, which is almost identical in appearance. Continue reading...
01/10/2019 - 02:23
NSW Labor calls for special commission of inquiry into the environmental disaster The cotton industry says it is not to blame for the mass deaths of hundreds of thousands of fish in the Darling River and is tired of being a “whipping boy” for problems associated with the drought. Communities in the Menindee Lakes region, where two fish kills have occurred since December, have said over-extraction by irrigators helped cause the catastrophe that has put a spotlight on the environmental management of Australia’s largest river system. Continue reading...
01/10/2019 - 01:30
Druridge Bay project makes mockery of UK’s goal to phase out coal by 2025, say critics A wild stretch of Northumberland beach has become the ultimate testing ground of the government’s much-vaunted commitment to phase out coal by 2025, according to campaigners. On Friday, James Brokenshire, the minister for communities and local government, will start examining whether to allow a local coal mining company, Banks Group, to extract three million tonnes of coal from 250 hectares of land behind the sand dunes of Druridge Bay, in a project that will extend beyond the government’s own deadline for the end of coal. Continue reading...
01/10/2019 - 01:01
Globally pets consume 20% of meat and fish, a figure insect pet food could help to reduce The UK’s first dog food made from insects goes on sale this week, which its manufacturers say could help reduce the environmental damage caused by the massive volumes of meat routinely fed to dogs and cats. Globally, pets consume about 20% of the world’s meat and fish, a number set to rise with the trend for consumers to feed them human-grade meat. Pet food is also estimated to be responsible for a quarter of the environmental impacts of meat production in terms of use of land, water, fossil fuels, phosphates and pesticides. Continue reading...
01/09/2019 - 20:32
Girl to be transferred from Hamilton Island to have bite on foot treated, while woman was bitten on leg A girl and a elderly woman have been bitten by a shark in the Whitsundays, continuing a spate of attacks in the popular north Queensland region. Related: Shark attack: five survivors on what it's like when a great white tries to eat you Continue reading...
01/09/2019 - 15:58
Bureau of Meteorology says average temperature was 1.14C above average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017 Last year was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with every state and territory recording above average temperatures in 2018. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, the nation’s average temperature last year was 1.14C above the average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017. Continue reading...
01/09/2019 - 14:36
Pollution in tube stations 30 times higher than beside busy roads in capital, experts say Fresh concerns over air quality on the London Underground have been raised after researchers found that the concentration of particulate pollution in tube stations was up to 30 times higher than beside busy roads in the capital. Air pollution experts have called for more analysis of the possible harmful effects of the underground’s particulates. Continue reading...
01/09/2019 - 13:40
Protesters Sarah Green, 63, and Laura Hughes, 37, say construction is contaminating London’s water supply Two environmental protesters against the HS2 high-speed rail link have pleaded not guilty to aggravated trespass charges in relation to obstructing a digger on one of the company’s construction sites. The HS2 development has generated controversy about cost, usefulness and possible environmental damage. Continue reading...
01/09/2019 - 06:00
Progressives should think twice about who their allies are. Conservatives, especially those who hunt, can be alarmed about climate change too I first read about Bald Knob, Arkansas, in 2010, after thousands of poisoned blackbirds dropped dead from the sky in nearby Beebe. On first look, Bald Knob has an unsettling aesthetic: a sparsely populated town, a bygone agricultural zone with toppled silos, old trailers, taxidermy businesses, boarded-up shops and a Waffle House. It’s a narrative cliche to present a rural place below the Mason-Dixon line this way, yet the scenery fits the bill. I’ve lived in places like these, where a casual observer sees a weathered town and locals just see home. I proceed with caution anyway. I’m also unsettled by news reports of armed white nationalists marching at the capitol building in nearby Little Rock. I know this is how a lot of people experience the rural south – sorting through stereotypes and history as they go, wondering how much of the old south is present in the new. Continue reading...
01/09/2019 - 06:00
As wolves arrive in California for the first time since the 1920s, ranchers try non-lethal methods to deter animals once seen as livestock-killing vermin Breanna Owens had no idea where to turn for help when the wolves arrived. The northern California-based rancher used to take her cattle to graze each summer in Oregon, but in 2014, OR-7, a solitary wolf dubbed Journey, found a mate and produced a litter of pups in the vicinity of Owens’ herd. The Rogue pack was the first in the area in generations. “All of a sudden it’s, ‘Oh, he set up camp. And there’s a female. And there’s pups – oh my gosh!’” she recalled. Continue reading...