Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/19/2019 - 18:21
Female 12-year-old beluga whales Little Grey and Little White arrive at Klettsvik Bay Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium have arrived in Iceland to live out their days in a unique marine sanctuary that conservationists hope will become a model for rehoming 3,000 of the creatures currently in captivity. Little Grey and Little White, two 12-year-old female belugas, left behind their previous lives entertaining visitors at the Changfeng Ocean World and were flown across the globe in specially tailored containers. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 18:01
Human activities could be affecting reproduction and even normal social behaviour Birds are even more disrupted by their noisy neighbours than had been thought previously, researchers have found. And human activities could be preventing birds from reproducing and even developing normal social behaviour and keeping the peace. A study by Queen’s University Belfast found that when European robins were subjected to human produced noises their behaviour changed. Background noise appeared to mask the communication of crucial information between birds. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 15:00
Exclusive: Frydenberg’s office canvassed whether he had power to weaken grasslands protections after Angus Taylor raised the issue, which was affecting a company he part-owns Support our independent journalism with a single or recurring contribution The office of the former environment minister Josh Frydenberg canvassed whether he had the power to water down federal protections for critically endangered grasslands and if it could be kept secret, following lobbying from a fellow minister, Angus Taylor. Taylor and his brother have substantial rural interests on the Monaro plains, where the grasslands are prevalent. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 13:00
Ice losses indicate ‘devastating’ future for region and 1 billion people who depend on it for water The melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled since the turn of the century, with more than a quarter of all ice lost over the last four decades, scientists have revealed. The accelerating losses indicate a “devastating” future for the region, upon which a billion people depend for regular water. The scientists combined declassified US spy satellite images from the mid-1970s with modern satellite data to create the first detailed, four-decade record of ice along the 2,000km (1,200-mile) mountain chain. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 13:00
Study marks worst winter on record for beekeepers, despite intensive push to stem losses Beekeepers across the US lost four in 10 of their honeybee colonies over the past year, as the worst winter on record for tracked bee populations raised fresh concerns over the plight of the crucial pollinators. Over the past winter, 37% of honeybee colonies were lost to beekeepers, the worst winter decline recorded in the 13-year history of a nationwide survey aimed at charting bees’ fortunes. Overall, 40% of colonies died off over the entire year to April, which is above the 38% average since the survey began. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 13:00
Renewable energy is not only a money-spinner for the NT, it can also help mining industries expand, a new report says Energy development in the Northern Territory is a typically Australian story: it is backing fossil fuels – in this case gas – when it could, as one of the sunniest places on Earth, be reaping economic and environmental benefits from renewable energy. That is the message from a report that makes the alternative case, suggesting embracing clean energy could dramatically expand the electricity, mining and mineral processing industries while reducing living costs. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 12:46
Program projects state would produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 New York state would launch the most progressive policy in the US to combat the climate crisis and one of the most ambitious in the world under a new plan devised by state legislators. The program projects that the state would produce 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2040 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 12:00
IMF, WTO and World Bank not doing enough to fight climate crisis, shadow chancellor says Fighting the climate crisis should be put at the heart of decisions made by the International Monetary Fund and other global institutions as part of a fundamental shake-up designed to reduce the influence of corporate power, John McDonnell has said. The shadow chancellor used a Guardian interview to say that Donald Trump’s hostility to international bodies was the opportunity to recast organisations set up after the second world war for the modern age. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 11:00
Swiss-based Solway group that runs Fenix nickel mine paid 1% on revenues from unrefined ore Guatemalans who pay price for west’s need for nickel Guatemala’s largest nickel mine paid just £1.4m in compulsory royalty taxes during its first four years of production, according to its latest filings. The opencast Fenix mine belongs to the Bronstein family and is run by their Swiss-based Solway group. Solway benefits from Guatemala’s low nickel royalty rate, which is calculated at just 1% of all the revenues made from selling the unrefined ore it digs out of the ground. Recent proposals to increase rates to 15% were not implemented. Continue reading...
06/19/2019 - 10:16
Administration to roll back Obama-era Clean Power Plan Trump’s EPA chief says he’s ‘leveling the playing field’ Donald Trump’s administration is finalizing plans to roll back the US government’s only direct efforts to curb coal-fired power plant pollution that is heating the planet. Related: Trump rolls back key Obama climate rule that targeted coal pollution – live Continue reading...