Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/14/2020 - 01:00
WildEast aims to convince farmers, councils and others across East Anglia to pledge land to wildlife Returning an area the size of Dorset to wild nature, reintroducing extinct lynx, pelicans and beavers and championing regenerative farming to restore soil health are the radical aims of a new charitable foundation. But the most revolutionary feature of WildEast may be that it is founded by three farmers in the most intensively farmed region of Britain. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 18:01
New rules will allow large energy storage projects to bypass national planning system Government ministers hope to triple Britain’s energy storage capacity by relaxing the planning rules which threatened to stifle a nationwide battery boom. The government will pass secondary legislation on Tuesday to allow large-scale energy storage projects to move ahead without the red tape and higher costs of navigating the national planning system. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 17:52
Dismissal came days after release of new data showing increasing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon Brazil’s government has fired an official at the national space agency Inpe whose department is responsible for satellite monitoring of the Amazon rainforest, just three days after June deforestation data reflected a continued increase in degradation. Lubia Vinhas was the general-coordinator of Brazilian space agency Inpe’s Earth Observation Institute, which is an umbrella for divisions that monitor the Amazon and panels to debate climate change with civil society organizations. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 17:00
Report says there are substantial economic benefits to be had from ocean conservation Investing in the marine environment offers many coastal states the possibility of a “blue recovery” from the coronavirus crisis, according to a report setting out substantial economic benefits from ocean conservation. Ending overfishing and allowing stocks to recover while ensuring fish farms operate on a sustainable basis would generate benefits of about $6.7tn (£5.3tn) over the next 30 years, according to an assessment of ocean economics by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 15:13
World’s largest soaring bird flaps wings only 1% of time in flight, study shows A study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for hours without flapping its wings. The Andean condor has a 3-metre (10ft) wingspan and weighs up to 15kg (33lbs), making it the world’s heaviest soaring bird. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 12:30
New water-sharing plans use data that ends at 2004 to calculate extractions from major tributaries in the Murray-Darling system The former NSW water minister Kevin Humphries has defended controversial legislation that effectively excludes some of the driest water years from figures used to calculate sustainable water allocations for irrigators, towns and the environment. Humphries, who confirmed he had been referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption over unspecified decisions he took as water minister, told a NSW parliamentary committee that the 2014 legislation he introduced was to give greater certainty to all water users. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 11:35
Investors give greenlight to $35bn worth of projects worldwide in first half of 2020 Global offshore wind investment more than quadrupled in the first half of the year even as the coronavirus pandemic triggered an unprecedented economic shock. A report has found that investors gave the greenlight to 28 new offshore windfarms worth a total of $35bn (£28bn) this year, four times more than in the first half of 2019 and well above the total for last year as a whole. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 07:49
Diageo aims to begin bottling Johnnie Walker whisky using ‘world’s first’ design next year The multinational drinks company Diageo says it has created the world’s first paper-based spirits bottle that is 100% plastic-free. The company said it was aiming to launch the bottle early next year with its Johnnie Walker whisky brand in one market before rolling it out worldwide. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 07:41
MMTC-PAMP, a supplier to Apple and others, accused of not fully investigating alleged violations A corporate watchdog is calling for the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) to suspend the membership of one of the world’s biggest gold refineries for its alleged failure to act over claims of human rights and environmental abuses at a mine in Tanzania. The UK-based Raid group says the Swiss-Indian venture MMTC-PAMP, which supplies gold to Apple, Nokia, Disney, Amazon, Tesla and others, has not fully investigated claims police guarding the North Mara mine have beaten, shot and sometimes killed locals. Continue reading...
07/13/2020 - 07:31
€2bn, 475-mile Viking Link cable will share renewable energy between UK and Denmark Construction work has begun in Lincolnshire on the world’s longest subsea power cable, which will run between Britain and Denmark to share renewable energy between the two countries. The 475-mile (765km) cable is a joint-venture between National Grid in the UK and Denmark’s Energinet. By 2023, the high-voltage, direct-current link will transmit the equivalent of enough electricity to power 1.5m British homes between Bicker Fen in Lincolnshire and the South Jutland region in Denmark. Continue reading...