Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/19/2020 - 14:29
Exclusive: New documents raise further questions about deal with company founded by energy minister Angus Taylor The government rejected several offers from Eastern Australia Agriculture over the past decade to sell its overland-flow water rights because the deals were “not value for money”, before paying $80m for the same rights, new documents show. The water purchase in the Condamine Balonne catchment has been controversial because it cost taxpayers $80m, was concluded without tender and the company was founded by the energy minister, Angus Taylor. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 11:08
Awareness training across London led to ‘intelligence’ tip-offs, according to report A police force in London labelled Extinction Rebellion one of its “key threats” in a counter-terrorism assessment and provided awareness training on the climate crisis group across the capital, resulting in “intelligence” tip-offs. City of London police grouped the environmental protest movement alongside “far-right organisations” in an assessment of its counter-terrorism operations seen by the Guardian. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 08:49
East Yorkshire councillors bemoan lack of national guidance and funding Ministers have been urged to step in to help families whose homes are at imminent risk of collapsing into the sea on the fastest-eroding coastline in northern Europe. Residents in the Yorkshire village of Skipsea were told this week that more than 20 homes were at risk of falling into the North Sea in the next 12 months, with hundreds vulnerable in the coming decades. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 06:43
Plastic bags to be banned in all major cities by end of 2020, says state planner China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, according to the state planner, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. The United Nations has identified single-use plastics as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 04:33
The population is down to six. But the community believes its radical experiment could be the key to the Hebrides’ future At Scotland’s western edge, made jagged by ancient elements, a new model for living is taking shape. Ulva, a small island in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Mull, is beginning to reverse decades of population decline. The island’s current population is six but before another generation has passed it’s expected to grow tenfold. Once, it had a population of more than 800 but many were driven out, their homes set alight by brutal landowners who replaced them with more economically sound sheep. Continue reading...
01/18/2020 - 21:16
The lions, which live on the edge of the national park, will be moved to avoid conflicts with people and livestock Tanzania will find a new home for 36 lions following a slew of attacks by the big cats on people and cattle. The lions, an increasingly endangered species, live on the edge of the safari mecca of the Serengeti national park, but have been affected by encroaching human activity. Continue reading...
01/18/2020 - 20:46
A year after a 90 metre-wide spinning sheet of ice drew global attention, another disc appears to be forming in the same river What goes around comes around. An ice disc appears to be forming in the same Maine river where an unusually large one formed last winter and quickly gained international fame. Continue reading...
01/18/2020 - 14:00
Planning experts call for state governments to buy back land from people in most bushfire-prone areas State governments have been warned against promising to recreate some communities destroyed by the bushfire crisis and urged to consider preventing homeowners from rebuilding their homes in the riskiest areas. Three planning experts, including two who appeared on a planning panel convened for the Victorian Black Saturday royal commission, told Guardian Australia to avoid repeating what they considered the mistakes of past bushfire recoveries. Continue reading...
01/18/2020 - 11:56
Despite the climate crisis, ‘no emission spared’ round-the-world holidays in private jets are selling out Forget cruises. The super-rich have found a new way to see the world in the luxurious style of an ocean liner but taking a fraction of the time: private jet round-the-world tours. This week, 50 members of the wealthy elite will board a privately chartered Boeing 757 to begin a 24-day guided tour of the globe, taking in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, the Galápagos islands and mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Continue reading...
01/18/2020 - 04:00
Deadly interaction between insects, drought and fire damage have forced California’s park officials to trigger climate crisis plans intended for the 2050s ‘This is not how sequoias die. It’s supposed to stand for another 500 years’ Giant sequoia trees, the largest living organisms on the planet – some more than three millennia old – have started dying from beetle attacks linked to the climate emergency, the preliminary findings of a new study have revealed. The deaths of the trees, some of which lived through the rise and fall of hundreds of empires, caliphates and kingdoms – not to mention the inauguration of every US president – have shocked researchers in their speed and novelty. Continue reading...