Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/19/2019 - 07:26
Despite PR damage over earlier spills, documents show oil firm pressed for reduced regulation BP stepped up its campaign to be allowed to drill for oil in the Arctic sea and an Alaskan wildlife refuge after Donald Trump was elected president, according to documents that detail the British firm’s lobbying efforts. Documents written by BP and oil industry groups show how the oil “supermajor” seized on the opportunity presented by Trump’s 2016 election victory to expand its offshore business, just seven years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Continue reading...
05/19/2019 - 05:25
Fjaðrárgljúfur closed off to protect it from fans after it starred in pop star’s video With one music video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And that’s the problem. Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off Fjaðrárgljúfur to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site, which is featured in the video for I’ll Show You. But these fans are not letting a few fences, signs or park rangers keep them away. Continue reading...
05/19/2019 - 03:00
Proposals for renationalising gas and electricity are based on hopes of buying companies on the cheap Labour’s plans to renationalise water, energy and rail companies have widespread support and with good reason: these industries are failing to meet the legitimate expectations of the public. The question mark that hangs over these proposals is whether expectations are now being ramped up to such an extent that taking these industries back into public ownership will almost certainly be considered a failure. Continue reading...
05/19/2019 - 02:00
Letter to senior figures urges them to use their power to influence public opinion on climate change Environmental activists Extinction Rebellion have turned their fire on the advertising industry in a public letter, encouraging it to use its expertise in manipulating public opinion for good or risk mass public protests against it. Speaking to the Guardian, one of the authors of the letter, which was written by Extinction Rebellion members with decades of experience of the advertising industry, said the group was not “singling out advertising, as we previously disrupted fashion week and are systematically challenging all industries who have the platform, influence and skills to tackle this epoch-defining crisis but are failing to do so in any meaningful way”. Continue reading...
05/19/2019 - 00:00
As part of efforts to tackle global heating, grants will be available for planting and three years’ care More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation’s battle against global heating. The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will announce on Sunday that grants for the plantings will be made available through the Urban Tree Challenge Fund. Continue reading...
05/18/2019 - 09:43
Forest officials record first births for many years in parts of Madhya Pradesh Forest officials in Madhya Pradesh state, in India, have reported several tiger cub sightings, the first for years in some parts of the region. At least 11 cubs have been sighted in the last week, including five in Panna Tiger Reserve and three each in Nauradehi and Ratapani sanctuaries. Continue reading...
05/18/2019 - 06:34
Independent knocks former PM out of parliament with pro-climate action campaign One of the Liberals’ leading conservatives and Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, has lost his blue-ribbon Sydney seat of Warringah after moderate Liberal voters abandoned him in protest at the role he played in opposing climate change action. Abbott lost to the independent candidate and Olympian Zali Steggall, with thecount showing she was likely to win almost 60% of the vote on a two-party-preferred basis. Continue reading...
05/18/2019 - 02:00
Project hopes to identify best habitats for extraordinary creature more endangered than giant panda – and shed light on mysterious breeding location “That one is definitely over five years old, it could be eight to 10 years old,” shouts Dr Peter Walker, as a writhing 50cm long eel is scooped out of the River Tone near Taunton in Somerset. “This year or next I would expect this one to be on its merry way.” The European eel makes an extraordinary 6,000km (3,728-mile) journey to the Sargasso Sea in the north Atlantic to spawn, from where its larvae travel all the way back. Now scientists hope a new project may shed light on this still mysterious part of eels’ lifecycle, which could provide crucial help in protecting the species. Continue reading...
05/17/2019 - 19:52
Create NSW contacted Screenworks, which then demanded the film-makers take down Island Home A New South Wales government agency has demanded the removal from the internet of a hard-hitting environmental short film which urges Australians to “vote for the climate”. Island Home features stirring imagery of Australia’s coastline, warning it will be harmed by the climate emergency, and criticises Adani for the Carmichael coalmine and Equinor’s proposal to drill the Great Australian Bight. Continue reading...
05/17/2019 - 18:01
Operators of historic vessels could be sunk by requirements costing up to £250,000 per boat Once, thousands of sailing barges plied the Thames estuary. Today, the sight of Will, the largest such vessel still travelling on the waters in London – now converted for pleasure cruises – turns heads. Passengers on the deck of a giant cruise ship sailing up to Tower Bridge peer and wave at the historic barge below. But Will’s co-owner, Mark Tower, 60, warns that such sights – “absolutely part of the Thames maritime heritage” – could soon be lost. Continue reading...