Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/23/2021 - 09:55
National government-backed initiative will replace ‘use by’ with ‘best before’ and urge people to judge for themselves Worried about whether the yoghurt, milk and cheese sitting in your fridge is still safe to eat? Rather than rely on the misleading “best by” date stamped on the side, perhaps its time to “sniff and taste” your staple foods. That’s the aim behind a new initiative to fight the UK food-waste mountain, by reducing the amount thrown away in the home. Continue reading...
01/23/2021 - 07:03
Indigenous leaders and human rights groups accuse Brazilian president of crimes against humanity Jair Bolsonaro could face charges in the international criminal court (ICC) after being accused of crimes against humanity. Indigenous leaders in Brazil and human rights groups are urging the court to investigate the Brazilian president over his dismantling of environmental policies and violations of indigenous rights, which they say amount to ecocide. Continue reading...
01/23/2021 - 03:30
Sweden’s announcement this week that it is to build a series of animal bridges is the latest in global efforts to help wildlife navigate busy roads Every April, Sweden’s main highway comes to a periodic standstill. Hundreds of reindeer overseen by indigenous Sami herders shuffle across the asphalt on the E4 as they begin their journey west to the mountains after a winter gorging on the lichen near the city of Umeå. As Sweden’s main arterial road has become busier, the crossings have become increasingly fractious, especially if authorities do not arrive in time to close the road. Sometimes drivers try to overtake the reindeer as they cross – spooking the animals and causing long traffic jams as their Sami owners battle to regain control. “During difficult climate conditions, these lichen lands can be extra important for the reindeer,” says Per Sandström, a landscape ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who works as an intermediary between the Sami and authorities to improve the crossings. Continue reading...
01/23/2021 - 03:00
Critics say the costs could have been avoided if ministers had agreed to bring in low-carbon standards sooner Householders buying brand new homes in the next four years are likely to find an unpleasant surprise awaiting them in the future: homes built today will have to be retrofitted with energy efficiency measures and low-carbon technology, at an average cost of more than £20,000. The extra costs will amount to more than £20bn for the whole of the UK, if the government’s targets of building 300,000 new homes a year are met. Critics say the costs could have been avoided if ministers had agreed to bring in low-carbon standards sooner. Continue reading...
01/22/2021 - 14:00
Critics ask if some appointees to the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee have a potential conflict of interest The Morrison government has quietly appointed fossil fuel industry leaders and a controversial economist to a committee responsible for ensuring the integrity of projects that get climate funding. Critics have raised concerns about whether some appointees to the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee may have a potential conflict of interest that could leave its decisions open to legal challenge. Continue reading...
01/22/2021 - 11:00
Global study finds that species numbers reported in the wild fell sharply between 1990 and 2015 The number of wild bee species recorded by an international database of life on Earth has declined by a quarter since 1990, according to a global analysis of bee declines. Researchers analysed bee records from museums, universities and citizen scientists collated by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, (GBIF) a global, government-funded network providing open-access data on biodiversity. Continue reading...
01/22/2021 - 10:57
Global study calls on governments to step up maintenance efforts to prevent failures, overtopping or leaks By 2050 most people will live downstream of a large dam built in the 20th century, many of which are approaching the limits of the useful lifetime they were designed for, according to global research. To avoid the potential for dam failures, overtopping or leaks, the dams will require increasing maintenance, and some may have to be taken out of service. Many governments have not prepared for these needs, warn the authors of a study by the United Nations University. Continue reading...
01/22/2021 - 09:33
Consultation comes after the birds have been successfully rewilded in other parts of the UK A consultation has been launched to reintroduce Britain’s biggest bird of prey to Norfolk in an unprecedented rewilding move led by farmers. Supported by other landowners in the region, a west Norfolk farm wants to release white-tailed eagles on to its coastal land, after the successful reintroduction of the birds in western Scotland and the Isle of Wight. Continue reading...
01/22/2021 - 08:47
California national park to remain shut over the weekend About 300,000 people in the state had electricity knocked out Yosemite national park will remain closed through the weekend after high winds that battered much of California knocked down two giant sequoias and caused millions of dollars in damage. Related: Joe Biden to focus on economic recovery after Covid as 17.5m vaccine shots given in US – live Continue reading...
01/22/2021 - 07:56
Key operations shut down as Sepa officials say they may never know true extent of data theft Officials at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) have warned a cyber-attack that led to the theft of thousands of confidential documents and shut down key operations has still not ended. The ransomware attack on Sepa, where criminals seized about 1.2GB of confidential data in an attempt to extort money for its return, began on Christmas Eve. Continue reading...