Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/17/2019 - 01:00
Retired Lt Gen Russel Honoré commands what he’s named the ‘Green Army’ against toxic pollution in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ Retired Lt Gen Russel Honoré knows a stupid plan when he sees one.It was the day after Hurricane Katrina had wrought catastrophic flooding in the city of New Orleans in August 2005, and Honoré – a veteran of Desert Storm in the first Gulf war – had just been appointed the commander of a joint task-force to lead the recovery. The heat was sweltering. There were some 16,000 residents stranded at the city’s Superdome football stadium and Honoré’s orders were to get them evacuated as soon as possible. The building had been compromised by the storm. It was over-crowded and supplies were spotty. Continue reading...
07/17/2019 - 01:00
Crown Estate holds rights to seabeds around British Isles for wind and wave power The Queen’s property managers will this week set out terms for the world’s biggest offshore wind auction in a decade. Industry experts expect the complex bidding process to raise record sums, which could increase energy bills and hand a windfall to the crown – potentially generating more than £100m a year in royalties for the Queen. Continue reading...
07/17/2019 - 00:01
Wood smoke smothers Coyhaique, Chile, in June and July. Yet despite the WHO ranking its air worst in the Americas, residents are reluctant to alter their habits Photographs by Claudio Frías “I was born and raised beside a roaring fire,” says Yasna Seguel proudly, as wet snowflakes tap against the kitchen window behind her and orange flames warm an outstretched palm. A tobacco-yellow stain soaks into the table cloth as she sets her mate gourd down to select a fresh log for the fire. Every evening through the bitterly cold winter months of June and July, the southern city of Coyhaique, the most populous in the region of Aysén in Chilean Patagonia, is smothered by a thick, fragrant blanket of damp wood smoke that clings to the hillsides. Continue reading...
07/17/2019 - 00:00
US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019 Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report. The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between 854m and 4.7bn metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, depending on how much development companies pursue. Continue reading...
07/16/2019 - 21:20
Exclusive: ‘Sneaky’ rezoning exercise now under way to address timber shortfall The New South Wales government is considering reclassifying old-growth forest to open up some protected reserves in the state’s north-east to the timber industry. The Natural Resources Commission of NSW has been asked to remap and rezone old-growth forest in state forest informal reserves that were previously off limits to logging. Environment groups are concerned the move is an attempt to unpick forest protections that have been in place for decades. Continue reading...
07/16/2019 - 11:32
If global trends continue for another fortnight, it will beat previous two-year-old record Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists. The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain. Continue reading...
07/16/2019 - 09:23
Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear that has been described as an “escape genius” after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods. Code-named M49, the 149kg (23 stone) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena. Continue reading...
07/16/2019 - 08:55
Over the past 22 years, sea levels in the Arctic have risen an average of 2.2 millimeters per year. This is the conclusion of a research team after evaluating 1.5 billion radar measurements of various satellites using specially developed algorithms.
07/16/2019 - 05:30
Queensland department of environment to allege that document contained false and misleading information about land disturbances The Queensland government has started prosecution proceedings in relation to information in Adani’s annual return for its Carmichael mine. The Queensland government’s department of environment and science has commenced legal proceedings against Adani Mining under the Environmental Protection Act over claims it provided false or misleading information in its 2017/2018 annual return. Continue reading...
07/16/2019 - 05:00
Politicians have chosen process over lives and the result has been rampant cancer in the region Read more from the Guardian’s Cancer Town series “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people” (Isaiah 10:1). I was reminded of this verse from the Bible when I read about the town of Reserve in Louisiana. It is the place in America with the highest risk of cancer due to air toxicity, caused by a raft of government and corporate failure that has deprived residents – many of whom are poor and black – of their right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Reserve is home to the Pontchartrain Works facility, the only chemical plant in America to produce chloroprene, a likely carcinogen, that has spewed from the plant for almost 50 years. US government science has indicated this makes the risk of cancer in that area 50 times higher than the national average. Continue reading...