Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/26/2021 - 12:39
• Level likely to drop further in coming months, official says • Millions of birds rely on lake as boats left high and dry The water levels at the Great Salt Lake have hit a historic low, a grim milestone for the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River that comes as a megadrought grips the region. On Saturday, the US Geological Survey announced average daily water levels had dropped about an inch below the previous record of 4,191.4ft (1,278 meters) above sea level, which was set in 1963. Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 10:41
Climate campaigners appeal against judgment saying ministers are being ‘let off the hook’ Campaigners have lost a legal challenge to the government’s £27bn roadbuilding programme after the high court dismissed their application for a judicial review. Lawyers for Transport Action Network (TAN) argued that the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, had drawn up the roads investment strategy for England, known as RIS2, without taking into account the UK’s environmental commitments or assessing the additional carbon emissions and climate impact of another 4,000 miles of road. Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 10:25
Overhaul of UK infrastructure needed to ensure it is not overwhelmed by impact of extreme weather Flash flooding of the type seen in London this weekend will become a more common occurrence as the climate crisis worsens, scientists have warned, and the UK government, businesses and householders must do much more to protect against future harm. Dr Jess Neumann, a hydrologist at the University of Reading, said: “Flooding from intense summer rainfall is going happen more frequently. No city, town or village is immune to flooding and we all need to take hard action right now if we are to prevent impacts from getting worse in the future.” Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 10:00
More heatwaves even worse than those seen recently in north-west of America forecast in research “Record-shattering” heatwaves, even worse than the one that recently hit north-west America, are set to become much more likely in future, according to research. The study is a stark new warning on the rapidly escalating risks the climate emergency poses to lives. The shocking temperature extremes suffered in the Pacific north-west and in Australia 2019-2020 were “exactly what we are talking about”, said the scientists. But they said the world had yet to see anything close to the worst impacts possible, even under the global heating that had already happened. Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 03:46
Reporters confronted in street and accused of ‘smearing China’ amid increasing sensitivity to any negative portrayals of China Foreign journalists reporting on the aftermath of China’s flooding disaster have faced hostile confrontations in the street and been subjected to “vicious campaigns”, amid increasing nationalistic sensitivity to any negative portrayals of China. Reporters from the Los Angeles Times and German outlet Deutsche Welle were confronted by an angry crowd in Zhengzhou on Saturday, who filmed and questioned them, and accused them of “rumour mongering” and slandering China. Other journalists have also been targeted, with a specific focus on the BBC. Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 03:43
The external door-to-door agents are accused of using fake accents to transfer customers to new contracts An Australian energy company has been fined $2.5m after two external door-to-door sales agents allegedly used false names and made-up accents to switch customers to new contracts without their consent. The Victorian essential services commission says it slapped Simply Energy with the record fine because the “rogue” agents’ alleged conduct “struck at the heart” of integrity in energy retailing. Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 02:00
Facing a reckoning over their contribution to the climate emergency, companies are coming out with a record number of pledges For climate campaigners, 26 May seemed like the start of a long-awaited reckoning for oil and gas companies. Over a single 24-hour period, a Dutch court ordered Shell to dramatically cut emissions, shareholders voted to force Chevron to reduce emissions from the products it sells, and a tiny activist investment firm secured three positions on ExxonMobil’s 12-member board for candidates committed to climate action. Continue reading...
07/26/2021 - 02:00
A new Guardian series explores companies’ accountability for the climate emergency and their efforts to tackle it Every day the world fails to adequately address the climate emergency, the timeframe needed to drastically cut emissions shrinks and the likelihood of increasingly devastating climate impacts grows. No solution to this crisis will be possible without a wholesale change in the way corporations do business. Related: Green, empty promises? The truth behind corporate climate pledges Continue reading...
07/25/2021 - 22:41
A healthy ocean is vital for a healthy planet, and healthy coral reefs lie at the heart of ocean biodiversity We are fast approaching unstoppable climate change. If we don’t take drastic action to cut our global greenhouse gas emissions at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November, our children and grandchildren will pay dearly for this failure. Already, average surface temperatures globally have risen 1.1C above the preindustrial levels of the late 1800s and limiting global warming to 1.5C is becoming increasingly challenging. Continue reading...
07/25/2021 - 21:54
Threatened species scientific committee recommends that the birds be listed as endangered Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The gang-gang cockatoo, the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, could soon be listed as a threatened species after the 2019-20 bushfire disaster reduced already declining population numbers by as much as a fifth. The threatened species scientific committee has recommended that the small cockatoo be listed as endangered due to the large drop in its population and the growing threat the birds face from the climate crisis and more frequent fires. Continue reading...