Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/04/2020 - 03:15
Theo and Gloria Ferguson have created a garden specially designed to attract hummingbirds – and hundreds visit daily At the foot of Theo and Gloria Ferguson’s property stands a giant silk cotton tree. Reminiscent of those enchanted species in children’s fables, this ancient sentinel’s huge varicose limbs yawn upwards and outwards, towards a canopy of leaves that scratch the sky. Eight adults linking arms would struggle to encircle its vast girth, proof of the aeons it has stood guarding the edge of Trinidad’s Maracas valley. Continue reading...
07/04/2020 - 02:00
Restoration work and wet winter have led to an explosion of colour and an increase in birds A well known piece of the British landscape that had become depleted of flora and fauna because of years of intensive farming is alive with wildflowers, butterflies and birds this summer. Since the National Trust acquired fields on top of the white cliffs of Dover two and half years ago after a £1m national appeal championed by Dame Vera Lynn, it has worked to restore the area to rich grassland. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 15:00
Former reality TV contestants promise ‘instant and long lasting hot water’ in campaign by gas company Jemena The natural gas giant Jemena has defended paying Instagram influencers, including former contestants of The Block, Married at First Sight and other reality TV shows, to promote the fossil fuel in social media posts. The #GoNaturalGas campaign from the Chinese and Singaporean-owned Jemena, which manages key natural gas pipelines around and out of Australia, appears to have been running for two years online, and comes amid concern liquified natural gas could be as bad for the environment as coal. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 15:00
Independent advice body says minister should be given emergency powers to protect habitat after natural disasters Australia has not updated a register of habitat critical for the protection of threatened species for 15 years, prompting experts to call for it to be strengthened to protect more types of land. An independent scientific body that advises the government on threatened species also says the environment minister should be given emergency powers to protect habitat after natural disasters. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 09:51
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a hatching crocodile and Mexican grey wolf cubs Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 08:43
Company convicted of trying to export used nappies and other contaminated materials illegally One of the UK’s biggest waste firms has lost a case in the court of appeal to overturn a criminal conviction for exporting dirty waste to China. The Environment Agency, which brought a successful criminal prosecution a year ago against Biffa Waste Services Ltd, which was convicted of trying to send used nappies and other contaminated materials illegally to China, welcomed Friday’s ruling and said exports of this kind of illegal waste “blighted the lives and environment of people overseas”. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 05:51
Scottish court rules that environmental group defied court order banning the protest Greenpeace has been fined £80,000 after a Scottish court found it guilty of the “wilful defiance” of a court order banning it from occupying a North Sea oil rig. Lady Wolffe, sitting in the court of session in Edinburgh, said Greenpeace UK had deliberately broken an interdict, or injunction, against occupying a platform owned by the US contractor Transocean in June 2019. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 05:26
Frequency of heatwaves and cumulative intensity has risen through the decades, research finds Heatwaves have increased in both length and frequency in nearly every part of the world since the 1950s, according to what is described as the first study to look at the issue at a regional level. The study found the escalation in heatwaves varied around the planet, with the Amazon, north-eastern Brazil, west Asia (including parts of the subcontinent and central Asia) and the Mediterranean all experiencing more rapid change than, for example, southern Australia and north Asia. The only inhabited region where there was not a trend was in the central United States. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 05:00
Tees Valley mayor hails rental scheme as ‘clean energy, socially distant mode of transport’ Residents of Middlesbrough in north-east England will be the first in the UK to legally ride electric scooters on the open road when the law changes on Saturday, as the government struggles to prevent a recovery from coronavirus based on cars. Though e-scooters have been whizzing illegally around many UK cities for the past few years, the pandemic has prompted the government to speed up plans to pilot public rental schemes. Continue reading...
07/03/2020 - 04:05
Past presidents used the parks to inspire and unite. Trump sees them as backdrops for self-serving, divisive campaign rallies In the United States, parks have always been used as spaces for public protest, places for commemorating acts of resistance and the struggle for a more perfect union, and stages for presidents to call for national unity or celebrate civic purpose. As his Mount Rushmore event scheduled for Friday makes clear, Donald Trump misunderstands and misuses all these precedents. Continue reading...