Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/17/2018 - 05:00
Few companies specialize in carbon removal and the tools they produce are currently still expensive Peter Fiekowsky, a physicist and entrepreneur, hates silver bullets. But at a climate summit in California last month he found himself pitching one. In partnership with the company Blue Planet, he was demonstrating a low-tech-looking machine that can pull carbon dioxide from the air and store it in construction materials. Continue reading...
10/17/2018 - 05:00
Journalists grilled GOP politicians on climate change. It didn’t go well Major climate science reports usually pass by largely unnoticed, but in the wake of the latest IPCC report a number of journalists laudably grilled Republican lawmakers about its findings. While their responses were predictably terrible, it’s nevertheless crucial for journalists to hold GOP politicians accountable for their climate denial and policy inaction. Donald Trump’s answers were particularly ignorant and nonsensical in his 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl. Continue reading...
10/17/2018 - 04:59
Hundreds gather outside high court in London as jailed trio challenge sentences Several hundred supporters of the three protesters jailed for blocking access to the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire have gathered outside the high court in London before their appeal against their sentences. Related: Fracking in the UK: what is it and why is it controversial? Continue reading...
10/17/2018 - 04:47
Oil-rich kingdom says money is needed to protect against water scarcity but request sparks strong criticism and fears over the fitness of the public fund Bahrain – one of the world’s most oil-rich nations – has applied to the international Green Climate Fund for $9.8m for its National Oil and Gas Authority, raising questions over whether taxpayer-funded assistance for poor countries is reaching its intended targets. The kingdom has requested funding for water conservation work to be carried out by its national oil and gas company, which it says is necessary to protect against water scarcity in future – a problem that is likely to grow worse around the world as a consequence of climate change. Continue reading...
10/17/2018 - 04:32
The Radiohead star’s new track is accompanied by footage shot by Greenpeace’s research ship Arctic Sunrise Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new single in support of Greenpeace’s mission to protect the Antarctic Ocean from the effects of climate change, commercial fishing and human interference. The ominous instrumental electronic track is titled Hands Off the Antarctic. The video features footage shot by Greenpeace’s research ship Arctic Sunrise, and was premiered on 16 October when it was projected on to London’s Marble Arch. Continue reading...
10/16/2018 - 23:00
Poverty, conservation and industry are at loggerheads in the eastern town of Somkhele Drive for an hour into the hills that lie behind South Africa’s wild eastern coast, and you will find a game park full of rhino and big cats, a sprawling town spread over dozens of summits and dry valleys, and a vast opencast coal mine. If all the advantages of the rainbow nation – stunning landscape and wildlife, massive mineral resources and a youthful population – are represented here, then so too are all its problems. Continue reading...
10/16/2018 - 15:58
Environmentalist and former Australian of the Year was diagnosed with cancer in July 2017 Ian Kiernan has died at the age of 78. The former builder and Sydney yachtsman became one of Australia’s most well-known environmentalists after he founded Clean Up Australia in 1989. Continue reading...
10/16/2018 - 13:52
City firms have hardly covered themselves in glory over the Jamal Khashoggi affair It should be an easy decision for a board of directors to make: after the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, it would be obscene to send a corporate representative to next week’s “Davos in the Desert” event in Riyadh. What’s more, it should not be difficult to say so. The list of high-profile dropouts is growing but, sad to report, the British financial establishment has not led the way to the exit. Big-name chief executives from the US – the likes of Jamie Dimon from JP Morgan – pulled out on Monday but the Brits followed only on Tuesday, leaving the impression they jumped only once it was less embarrassing, or commercially safer, to do so. Continue reading...
10/16/2018 - 12:19
New independent panel may allocate funding based on more varied factors than EU CAP Farming conditions across the UK’s regions are to be assessed for the first time with a view to allocating financial assistance after EU subsidies are withdrawn, the government has said. A new independent advisory panel will consider what factors should determine how future funding is divided among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a remit to look at farm sizes and farm numbers, as well as environmental and socio-economic issues. Continue reading...
10/16/2018 - 12:00
Leaked letter shows advisory council recommended the Lake Malbena project not be approved One of the first acts of the Morrison government was to greenlight a private tourism development with helicopter access in Tasmanian world heritage wilderness against the recommendation of an expert advisory body. The decision, signed by an environment department assistant secretary on 31 August on behalf of the environment minister, Melissa Price, signalled the luxury camp on remote Halls Island in Lake Malbena was not a threat to matters of national environmental significance and did not need approval under federal laws. Continue reading...