Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/04/2022 - 06:15
Ministers and experts say disputes between co-hosts unlikely to disrupt efforts to reach deal on protecting natural world More than 10,000 scientists, government officials and activists will gather in Montreal this week for the world’s most important biodiversity conference, eager to hammer out a deal to stem habitat loss around the world and preserve sensitive ecosystems. The UN Cop15 biodiversity summit opens on Tuesday, and will see countries negotiate this decade’s targets for protecting nature after more than two years of pandemic-related delays and just over two weeks since the end of the Cop27 climate meeting in Egypt. Continue reading...
12/04/2022 - 04:25
The variety is a cross between commercial and wild wheats – bred in a bid to develop crops that are more resilient to the climate crisis A new drought-tolerant variety of durum wheat has been created as part of an international breeding programme to boost climate resilience in the food system by increasing crop diversity. Durum wheat is used to make pasta, pizza crusts, and flatbreads such as pitta and chapatis, as well as for couscous, bulgur and pastry for desserts such as baklava. Continue reading...
12/03/2022 - 14:00
Exclusive: Ted O’Brien’s Time to Talk Nuclear website was registered by business that helps US reactor company Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A Coalition frontbencher conducting a “grassroots” survey about nuclear power is using a website registered by a business that helps an American small modular reactor company, records reveal. Ted O’Brien, the shadow minister for climate change and energy, issued a statement on Friday saying he was “launching a grassroots community engagement program” under the banner “Time to Talk Nuclear”. Continue reading...
12/03/2022 - 13:41
Protesters take to luxury beds and sofas in London store to call for action on ‘sky-rocketing’ energy bills Just Stop Oil activists tucked themselves into a Harrods display bed as part of a national day of action on fuel poverty in the UK on Saturday. Footage of the “warm up” demonstrations also showed security guards confronting protesters lying on sofas inside the shop in Knightsbridge, London. Continue reading...
12/03/2022 - 08:00
Underground greenhouses are helping people to take back control of their nutrition and ease farming amid the climate crisis Near the southern border of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, a curved translucent roof peeks out a few feet above the dusty plains. It’s a blustery November afternoon and the last remaining greens outside are fading fast. But below ground, at the bottom of a short flight of stairs, the inside of this 80ft-long sleek structure is bursting with life – pallets of vivid microgreens, potato plants growing from hay bales and planters full of thick heads of Swiss chard and pak choi. Two people bend over the pallets, using scissors to harvest delicate sprouts of microgreens. This is an underground greenhouse, or walipini, and the harvesters are members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. It is one of at least eight underground greenhouses that, over the past decade, have been built or are being constructed on the reservation – which has one of the highest poverty rates in the US. Some hope they can help solve the interconnected problems of the lack of affordable, nutritious food and the difficulties of farming in the climate crisis. Continue reading...
12/03/2022 - 08:00
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would provide $1.3bn annually for wildlife and could speed up completion of a crucial wildlife corridor in one US state Beyond the dirt tracks and swamps of the Florida Everglades lies a narrow, unremarkable strip of land that has taken on outsize importance in the battle to save the state’s critically endangered panthers. Barely 11 miles (18km) long and a mile wide, Chaparral Slough occupies a forgotten corner of south-west Florida, where cattle roam, cowboys still ride the prairie and birds of prey soar overhead. This tract of ranchland and wilderness was recently acquired as part of the Florida Forever state conservation programme, which buys, or pays landowners to preserve, parcels of land rich in natural resources or habitat critical to the survival of threatened wildlife species. It is a small but crucial piece in the Florida Wildlife Corridor, a 17.7m-acre network of interconnecting landscapes that allows many of the state’s 131 imperilled animals, including panthers and bears, to roam freely. Continue reading...
12/03/2022 - 07:27
Tory party’s most respected figure on climate says mine will damage UK’s international reputation as well as environment Tory division over green policy deepened last night when the party’s climate change champion said a proposed new coalmine on the outskirts of Whitehaven in Cumbria would send “completely the wrong signal” about the fight against climate breakdown. Before an imminent decision on the mine’s future, expected this week, Alok Sharma, whose presidency of Cop26 ended last month, made clear his opposition to any move to approve the venture. Continue reading...
12/03/2022 - 03:00
Once common in England and Wales, the species was hunted to local extinction about 300 years ago With their striking long beaks and elegant white plumage, the spoonbill looks like it belongs somewhere far more exotic than the windswept saltmarshes of the UK. But the large wading bird is enjoying a boom in numbers as landowners across the country improve wetland habitats and tree cover. Continue reading...
12/02/2022 - 23:26
Human rights groups around the world express outrage over ‘disproportionate’ punishment of Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A senior UN official has said he is “alarmed” a peaceful Australian climate protester has been jailed for 15 months – and refused bail before her appeal – amid global concern at her “disproportionate” punishment. On Friday, Deanna “Violet” Coco was sentenced to 15 months in prison for blocking a single lane of traffic on the Sydney Harbour Bridge in April in a protest staged to draw attention to the global climate emergency. Continue reading...
12/02/2022 - 22:34
The group was awarded $1.8m and praised as an ‘inspiring women led program’ using First Nations knowledge to protect land and sea Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The Queensland Indigenous Women Rangers Network has been awarded a £1m ($1.8m) Earthshot prize for its work on protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The network was awarded the Revive Our Oceans category of the prizes, which was launched by Prince William and David Attenborough in 2020. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...