Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/25/2023 - 14:00
Pollen from trees growing in heavily polluted urban areas has higher levels of Bet v1 allergen, experts find Hay fever may sound like a pastoral malady, but city-dwellers can also be hit hard by pollen allergies. Now researchers have revealed a possible factor, finding that birch trees growing in heavily polluted urban areas have higher levels of a key allergen in their pollen. Birch tree pollen is one of the most potent allergens. About 25% of people with hay fever affected by allergy to it, according to Allergy UK. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 10:45
Appetite for organic food continues from Covid boom but firm warns inflation and rising costs are eating into profits The organic vegetable box company Riverford doubled its dividend to its founder, Guy Singh-Watson, to £850,000 last year and tripled its workers’ bonus pool to £2.4m despite a dive in profits. Sales rose 1% to £110.8m in the year to 30 April 2022, managing to top the pandemic boom. However, the company said that trading conditions and cost pressures this year and next could be some of the worst in its 36-year history after profits dived 56% to £5.2m. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 10:19
Farmers who have taken regenerative approach hail birds as indication of ecosystem health Almost as soon as Johnny Haimes took up regenerative farming – replacing arable fields with herb-rich pasture so cattle could graze outside all year round – a distinctive white bird appeared on his pasture. Numbers of cattle egrets are booming in Britain, boosted by wildlife-friendly farming where cows are grazed on gentle rotations designed to improve soil quality and boost invertebrate populations. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 09:00
Increase in reports of the Asian koel and its loud mating call south of its usual territory may be attributable to climate change, scientists say Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Climate change may be one reason why the so-called devil bird – known for its incessant late-night mating call – has become more common in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, according to researchers. The koel, a migratory bird, usually arrives in Australia from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to breed from late September to early October, when the male will sing his advertising call day and night to attract a female. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 06:56
Calls for mandatory measures to reduce underwater noise pollution as melting ice opens up shipping routes For centuries, narwhals and ringed seals have provided food for Inuit communities on the ice floes of Mittimatalik, or Pond Inlet, on northern Canada’s Baffin Island. But now, the Inuit – who have hunted, trapped and fished in the region since long before the Hudson Bay Company opened its first Arctic trading camp here in 1921 – say they no longer find the narwhals where they should be. They say shipping noise is to blame. Researchers have likened the passing of a single ice-breaker, increasingly present in the Arctic, to an underwater rock concert. Ship noise can be caused by everything from propellers to hull form to onboard machinery. It can disrupt activities that marine mammals need to survive, by shrinking their communication space, causing stress and displacing them from important habitats. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 06:00
Unhoused people use the cafe locations to warm up and rest – and now outreach workers can find them there and offer services On a chilly recent morning, customers inside a Starbucks in New York City’s midtown were doing what you’d expect: buying coffee, warming up, chatting. But one person was moving through the store with a different purpose: she first approached a woman standing near the door, and then another man seated with a cup of coffee, saying hello, asking how they were and offering them gloves, hats and handwarmers. This was an outreach worker named Thashana Jacobs, and this store was her first stop of the day. The organization she works for, a homeless outreach and housing non-profit, has been contracted by Starbucks to deal with an issue that the company feels it cannot ignore: the number of unhoused people who come into the store looking for a place to sit, rest and use the restroom. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 01:01
Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance add their voices to Richard Curtis’s Make My Money Matter campaign Famous names including Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance have joined activists and businesses in calling on the UK’s big five banks to stop financing new oil, gas and coal expansion. Make My Money Matter, a campaign set up by Richard Curtis, the screenwriter, director and Comic Relief co-founder, has written to the chief executives of HSBC, Barclays, Santander, NatWest and Lloyds to urge these banks to “stop financing fossil fuel expansion”. Continue reading...
01/25/2023 - 00:02
Recharge Industries, which also plans a factory in Geelong, says nonbinding offer is in the company’s interests, as well as that of ‘our friends in the UK’ An Australian-based startup, Recharge Industries, has made a nonbinding offer for the collapsed UK battery company Britishvolt that could revive plans to construct a large plant in northern England. The bid was lodged in the UK late on Tuesday, shortly after a cash crunch at Britishvolt sent the company into administration. The collapse has severely dented the country’s attempts to modernise its automotive industry and supply the next generation of UK-built electric vehicles. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 21:01
Before diving into a new year of exciting ocean and water tech pioneers, host Tamara Kahn kicks off the new year with a chat exploring what kind of policy and support could accelerate these innovations, and why any of these matter at all.  Guest Katharine ‘KC’ Stover chats with Tamara about this as well as the work Hyphae Group is looking to do to connect the dots and further natural climate mitigation and adaptation solutions. Start local. Pick something you care about. And go for it! Let Tamara know if you had any great epiphanies due to this month’s episode.  Or what more you’d like to know via LinkedIn or Instagram @LadyBlueTech
01/24/2023 - 14:30
Proposed bill takes aim at ‘unconscionable’ trade mainly in football boots but Australian producers say culling is necessary Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A bill that would ban the sale of kangaroo parts has been introduced in the US state of Oregon, taking aim at sports apparel manufacturers that use the animal’s leather to make their products. But Australian industry and conservation experts say the bill is “driven by emotive misinformation,” and is “backed by people who are not qualified to comment”. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...