Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/04/2020 - 06:00
Advocates and Native tribes, who have fought the proposal for years, have renewed complaints amid a coronavirus surge As Covid-19 cases surge in Minnesota, an oil company is bringing in thousands of out-of-state workers to finish building a pipeline from Canada that will stretch hundreds of miles across the state. Environmental advocates and Native American tribes have fought Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 proposal for years, and now medical professionals are joining in to plead with the governor to halt construction amid the pandemic. Continue reading...
12/04/2020 - 04:29
Decision as part of plan to phase out fossil fuel extraction by 2050 will put pressure on UK Denmark has brought an immediate end to new oil and gas exploration in the Danish North Sea as part of a plan to phase out fossil fuel extraction by 2050. On Thursday night the Danish government voted in favour of the plans to cancel the country’s next North Sea oil and gas licensing round, 80 years after it first began exploring its hydrocarbon reserves. Continue reading...
12/04/2020 - 04:00
It takes thousands of years for soils to form, meaning protection is needed urgently, say scientists Global soils are the source of all life on land but their future looks “bleak” without action to halt degradation, according to the authors of a UN report. A quarter of all the animal species on Earth live beneath our feet and provide the nutrients for all food. Soils also store as much carbon as all plants above ground and are therefore critical in tackling the climate emergency. But there also are major gaps in knowledge, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) report, which is the first on the global state of biodiversity in soils. Continue reading...
12/04/2020 - 03:45
Proposals cite climate change as most severe threat to US reefs, which may be in danger of disappearing in some places In a long-awaited move from the Trump administration, the US has proposed critical habitat protections for twelve coral species in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean. The rules would protect over 6,000 sq miles (nearly 16,000 sq km) of critical coral habitat. The rules cite climate change as the most severe threat to all 12 coral species across their range. Impacts of the climate crisis include ocean acidification, which hinders the ability of corals to grow, and ocean warming, which causes corals to expel the algae living in their tissues in a phenomenon known as coral bleaching. Fishing and land-based pollution have also contributed to the species’ decline. Continue reading...
12/04/2020 - 01:01
Could replacing empty shops with wetlands, woodlands and meadows offer a new model for cities? An empty 1970s shopping centre in Nottingham could be transformed into wetlands, pocket woodlands and a wildflower meadow as part of a post-pandemic urban rewilding project. The debate about Broadmarsh shopping centre, considered an eyesore by many, has rumbled on for years. This year it was undergoing a £86m revamp by real estate investment trust Intu when the firm went into administration. Continue reading...
12/04/2020 - 01:00
Watchdog finds UK is projected to fail to meet targets aimed at achieving climate goal Boris Johnson’s commitment to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050 is a “colossal challenge” that can only be achieved with a radical reassessment of priorities, according to Whitehall’s spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) has found that the UK is projected to fail to meet the government’s targets for the years 2023 to 2027 and 2028 to 2032, which were set to establish a trajectory for reducing emissions by 80% over the next 30 years. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 17:30
Boris Johnson promises to go further and faster by setting target of 68% reduction in annual carbon emissions The UK will cut greenhouse gas emissions further and faster than any other major economy in the next decade, according to a new carbon target set out by the prime minister. There will be a reduction of 68% in annual carbon emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, a significant increase on the current target of about 57% reductions. The raising of ambition on tackling climate breakdown is intended to galvanise other countries to follow suit, as Boris Johnson prepares to co-host a virtual summit of world leaders on the climate next week. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 16:33
Fossil fuel extraction sell-off in pristine Alaskan wilderness set for 6 January, predating Biden inauguration by days The Trump administration has formally announced the go-ahead for the fiercely opposed sale of controversial gas and oil drilling licences in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is a pristine wilderness and home to polar bears, caribou and many other wildlife species. Continue reading...
12/03/2020 - 14:42
Biologists found single-celled organisms living in sediments 1180 meters beneath the ocean at temperatures of 120 degrees Celsius.
12/03/2020 - 14:00
Mass die-offs of coho salmon just before they are about to spawn have been traced to tire fragments washed into streams by rain Pollution from car tires that washes into waterways is helping cause a mass die-off of salmon on the US west coast, researchers have found. Continue reading...