Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/22/2022 - 09:00
Leicester politicians hope levy on local firms will help cut pollution in city Councils across the UK are using radical strategies to cut the number of polluting vehicles on their streets in response to the climate emergency. Leicester city council hopes a new charge on workplace parking will improve air quality, fund public transport and incentivise walking and cycling. Continue reading...
01/22/2022 - 03:00
Rewilding teams are facing a huge task to encourage the return of wildlife after decades of damage by the forestry industry Chopping down trees is not how most people would expect a river restoration project to begin, but Janne Raassina – who is expertly using a chainsaw to take down four or five earmarked trunks around the Särkkäjoki River in remotest eastern Finland – explains that the rotting wood will be hugely useful to the ecosystem. “This is a huge buffet for insects, and it’s something that has been missing in our nature for 100 years,” he says. “We are creating the food chain from scratch.” Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 14:00
NSW government’s approval compromises ‘environmental integrity of the operation’, say campaigners Locals and advocates have been left “devastated” and concerned about the environmental impacts of the New South Wales government’s decision to allow Whitehaven Coal to bury used tyres onsite at the Maules Creek coalmine. The government approved Whitehaven’s modification application on 14 January to allow off-the-road (OTR) tyres that can no longer be used at the mine to be buried within the mine’s waste rock emplacement areas, “subject to appropriate environmental controls”. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 13:35
City council expected to vote to ban new oil and gas wells, and phase out existing ones, which residents have blamed for chronic health issues The University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a lot in common with urban areas across the US: a dense population with lots of businesses and housing. A cluster of car dealerships. A row of restaurants. Schools and a community center. But nestled in the predominantly Latino community is something rarely found in urban areas outside California: an oil field. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 13:00
Project does not meet EU’s requirement for environmental impact assessment, NGOs say The British petrochemicals company Ineos is facing a legal challenge over plans to build a giant plastics plant in Antwerp. The legal NGO ClientEarth, acting with 13 other NGOs, on Friday launched an appeal against Antwerp’s decision to grant Ineos a permit to build a chemicals installation to make ethylene from fracked US shale gas, the Guardian has learned. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 12:48
In a win-win for commercial fisheries and marine wildlife, researchers have found that using lighted nets greatly reduced accidental bycatch of sharks, rays, sea turtles, and unwanted finfish.
01/21/2022 - 09:34
Officials from Exxon, Shell, Chevron and BP have been summoned to appear before the House oversight committee in February A US congressional committee has invited board members at four large oil companies to testify in February about the industry’s role in the climate crisis and spreading “disinformation”, turning up the heat on big oil after lawmakers grilled their CEOs last year. The hearing of officials from Exxon, Shell, Chevron and BP, scheduled for 8 February, is the next phase of the House oversight committee’s investigation into the role of fossil fuel companies in blocking action on climate change and misrepresenting the industry’s efforts to address it. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 07:00
Tiny particles including tyre dust found in ice cores stretching back 50 years, showing global plastic contamination Nanoplastic pollution has been detected in polar regions for the first time, indicating that the tiny particles are now pervasive around the world. The nanoparticles are smaller and more toxic than microplastics, which have already been found across the globe, but the impact of both on people’s health is unknown. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 07:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including beluga whales, a ‘snow fairy’ and two egrets hitching a lift Continue reading...
01/20/2022 - 23:56
Morrison government hails engineering milestone but researchers raise concerns and say it could increase emissions Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia will export its first load of liquefied hydrogen made from coal in an engineering milestone which researchers say could also lock in a new fossil fuel industry and increase the country’s carbon emissions. Under the $500m Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project, hydrogen will be made in Victoria’s LaTrobe valley from brown coal and transported aboard a purpose-built ship to Japan, where it will be burned in coal-fired power plants. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...