Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/15/2024 - 12:00
Companies knew for decades recycling was not viable but promoted it regardless, Center for Climate Integrity study finds Plastic producers have known for more than 30 years that recycling is not an economically or technically feasible plastic waste management solution. That has not stopped them from promoting it, according to a new report. “The companies lied,” said Richard Wiles, president of fossil-fuel accountability advocacy group the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), which published the report. “It’s time to hold them accountable for the damage they’ve caused.” Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 11:40
Fuel continues to leak from overturned and abandoned barge as stain spreads into the Caribbean Sea An oil spill that has stained Tobago’s coastline in the Caribbean is entering Grenada’s waters and could affect neighboring Venezuela, authorities have warned. Eight days after Trinidad and Tobago’s coastguard first spotted the oil from an overturned and abandoned barge, the vessel continues to leak fuel, and portions of the stain have moved about 144km (89 miles) into the Caribbean Sea at a rate of 14km/h. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 07:19
National Audit Office to examine risks and costs at nuclear waste site in Cumbria Britain’s public spending watchdog has launched an investigation into risks and costs at Sellafield, the UK’s biggest nuclear waste dump. The National Audit Office (NAO), which scrutinises the use of public funds, has announced it will examine whether the Cumbria site is managing and prioritising the risks and hazards of the site effectively as well as deploying resources appropriately and continuing to improve its project management. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 07:00
Small farms and Black farmers are going out of business, while corporate-controlled farms are booming, raking in subsidies Record numbers of US farms are going out of business with small farms and Black farmers the hardest hit – again, according to the 2022 agriculture census, a comprehensive snapshot of the state of America’s farms and farmers published every five years by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Yet industrial factory farms rearing thousands of livestock in confinement have further expanded into rural America, acquiring smaller farms, raking in taxpayer subsidies and generating environmental harms. The agriculture census is a mammoth data collection effort involving more than a million farmers, which tracks the number, size and types of farm across sectors, as well as the farmers and the financials – at the national, state and county levels. It provides insights into the impact – good and bad – of government programs on farmers, workers, land use, animals, waterways and the climate, and should inform future policy. The latest data set includes the Covid pandemic – an extraordinary time when global food prices, government farm subsidies and food insecurity all surged. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 03:29
Australian Platypus Conservancy says ‘it’s remarkable this animal is still doing as well as he is’ Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The biologist who first tagged a one-year-old platypus back in 2000 was astonished when it was recaptured last year, aged about 24, making it the oldest platypus found in the wild. The director of the Australian Platypus Conservancy, Geoff Williams, has been researching the egg-laying mammals for decades, but said long-term research into the species can be expensive and rare. Continue reading...
02/15/2024 - 01:00
The award-winning short film’s creators hope that casting a woman as a female salmon will help viewers connect with the fish, which was recently classed as ‘near threatened’ A strange-looking woman in a wetsuit heaves herself up on to a gravel beach in a remote corner of Iceland. Her mouth is swollen and peculiarly wide, she has webbed hands and is wearing a huge black diving mask and flippers. She stops moving abruptly and lies still, not breathing, her arms and legs splayed out at odd angles on the pebbles. But as the camera zooms slowly in on her body and the actor Marianne Faithfull’s voice starts narrating, we learn that the webbed woman is not a woman after all. She is a fish. Continue reading...
02/14/2024 - 19:01
Cash injection in Great British Energy should be increased to £30bn, thinktank says after Keir Starmer U-turn Keir Starmer is being urged to more than double Labour’s investment in publicly owned renewable energy to save consumers billions of pounds on their bills, despite the party drastically scaling back its plans last week. In an intervention after the Labour leader scrapped the party’s £28bn green investment pledge in the most controversial U-turn of his leadership, the Common Wealth thinktank said a step-change in government backing for clean energy generation was still required. Continue reading...
02/14/2024 - 15:50
Exclusive: EPA also exploring recall of mulch products made by Greenlife Resource Recovery Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The New South Wales environment watchdog has raised concerns about mulch manufactured and sold between March and December last year that was not available for them to inspect when they visited the supplier of landscaping products which have since been found to contain asbestos. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is also exploring a recall of mulch products made by Greenlife Resource Recovery while the state government considers increased fines and regulation for the sector. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/14/2024 - 13:47
Denialism highest in central and southern US, with Republican voters less likely to believe in climate science Nearly 15% of Americans don’t believe climate change is real, a new study out of the University of Michigan reveals – shedding light on the highly polarized attitude toward global warming. Additionally, denialism is highest in the central and southern US, with Republican voters found less likely to believe in climate science. Continue reading...
02/14/2024 - 12:25
Global warming may be interacting with regional rainfall and deforestation to accelerate forest loss in the Amazon, pushing it towards partial or total collapse. New research has identified the potential thresholds of these stressors, showing where their combined effects could produce a 'tipping point' -- in which the forest is so fragile that just a small disturbance could cause an abrupt shift in the state of the ecosystem.