Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/12/2019 - 14:27
A single drop of seawater can contain a wide representation of ocean microbes from around the world -- revealing novel insights into the ecology, evolution and biotechnology potential of the global microbiome.
12/12/2019 - 13:41
Campaigners frustrated at how women and indigenous people have struggled to have voices heard Youth climate activists have called for a global strike on Friday to protest that human rights and social justice have been sidelined at the UN climate talks in Madrid, where governments look set to wrap up two weeks of negotiations without a breakthrough on the pressing issue of greenhouse gas reduction. Campaigners have been frustrated not only at the slow progress of the talks but also that groups representing women, indigenous people and poor people have struggled to have their voices heard within the conference halls where the official negotiations are taking place, even while 500,000 people took part in a mass protest in the streets outside last Friday. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 12:25
Glaciologists have unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica's ice sheet -- and, by doing so, have helped identify which regions of the continent are going to be most vulnerable to the impact of future climate warming.
12/12/2019 - 12:00
After reviewing its membership of associations, BHP will resist shareholder pressure and not leave any BHP has bucked shareholder pressure to quit the Minerals Council of Australia and will remain a member of the lobby group despite disagreeing with it over the importance of putting a price on carbon emissions. After a review of its membership of industry associations, first revealed by Guardian Australia, BHP has decided not to leave any of them. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 10:38
Organisers criticised over environmental impact as site is thousands of miles from host city The organisers of the 2024 Paris Olympics have chosen Tahiti as the site for surfing events, arguing that the waves are more dependable than the French coast, despite being nearly 10,000 miles (more than 15,000km) from the host city. Tahiti is part of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity, which is an administrative division of France with semi-autonomous status. The International Olympic Committee still has to approve the choice, but Paris organisers believe the famous waves at Teahupo’o in Tahiti – among the most spectacular and powerful in the world – mean it would be a more predictable wave site than the Atlantic coast of France. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 08:13
Waste management firm suggests greener ways of celebrating festive season Berlin’s rubbish collection service is urging the city’s residents to cut down on their waste this Christmas by gifting time rather than material objects. In an advertising campaign, BSR suggests the festive season could be more meaningful if people reduce their rubbish by shopping less, try to eat rather than throw away leftovers, and do a good turn for a neighbour. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 06:10
Greenpeace activists unfurl climate emergency banner on Brussels venue before event European leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels will make a new attempt to set the European Union on course for carbon neutrality by 2050, in a test of the bloc’s credibility on the climate emergency. Hours before EU leaders were due to arrive on Thursday, Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner on the side of the summit venue warning of the climate emergency. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 06:00
Cedric Richmond has received $128,000 from chemical firms Local residents: ‘It was like he was trying to brush us off’ On a crisp autumn day in Washington last month, Mary Hampton and Robert Taylor entered Cedric Richmond’s office hoping their federal representative would take the time to listen. The two had travelled 1,000 miles from Reserve, a town in southern Louisiana where, according to US government science, the risk of cancer is the highest in the country due to airborne toxins emitted by a nearby chemical plant. Hampton and Taylor have lost numerous relatives to the disease over decades, and blame the plant’s emissions of a compound named chloroprene, listed by the US government as a likely carcinogen. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 02:47
Green groups say 52% vote against federal government facility should rule out region as potential site Residents in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges have voted narrowly against having a nuclear waste dump in their region. About 52% of the people who took part in the ballot voted against the federal government’s facility being established on land near Hawker. Continue reading...
12/12/2019 - 01:21
Reducing meat and dairy consumption will cut methane and allow forests to thrive Livestock production needs to reach its peak within the next decade in order to tackle the climate emergency, scientists have warned. They are calling for governments in all but the poorest countries to set a date for “peak meat” because animal agriculture is a significant and fast-growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...