Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/22/2019 - 11:56
Girl in viral image looks similar to activist in both the intensity of her stare and braided hair, prompting Twitter jokes Could Greta Thunberg be a time traveller sent from the future to save humanity from the unfolding climate crisis? A cadre of Twitter users seem to think so, after the photograph of a young Klondike goldminer bearing a striking resemblance to the Swedish activist was discovered this week. The now viral 1898 image of three children operating a goldmine in Canada’s Yukon territory is part of a sprawling collection by the documentary photographer Eric Hegg. Near the end of the 19th century, the Swedish American captured some of the most iconic images of people hoping to make their fortunes in the rugged north. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 11:31
Cereal maker prosecuted after diesel escaped from tanks into River Ise and put wildlife at risk Weetabix has been fined £140,000 for polluting a river with thousands of litres of diesel fuel and putting at risk fish and plant life. The Environment Agency brought a prosecution against the cereal maker for polluting the River Ise, which is close to the company’s plant in the town of Burton Latimer, near Kettering, Northamptonshire. The clean-up operation cost Weetabix £500,000. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 11:27
The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, including foraging sparrows and a swimming beaver Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 10:35
Investor says it is seeing ‘positive signs’ from oil firm after PensionBee clients question inclusion Legal & General has defended its decision to retain Shell as one of the top stocks in its climate-conscious fund despite a pension client raising concerns about the oil corporation’s inclusion. PensionBee, an online pension provider that handles £650m worth of client assets, said it was being inundated with questions from its customers about the composition of one of Legal & General Investment Management’s Future World Funds, which counts Shell among its top 10 holdings. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 07:22
Stall owners fear for livelihoods, saying burning dung essential to flavour of Bihari favourites The tantalising scent of freshly cooked dough rises from Brij Bihari Rai’s food stall outside Patna zoo. Sitting on top of the grill is Rai’s specialty, litti chokha, stuffed wheat flour balls tossed in ghee and served with mashed aubergine or potato on the side. But there is another ingredient, Rai says, that is essential to the dish’s distinctive flavour. “Cow dung flame, smoke and ashes add a special taste to this dish and that’s why food lovers rush to our stall to relish the food,” he said. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 06:49
Heavy, persistent rain forecast in south-west and north-east England and parts of Scotland The Met Office has issued four weather warnings across the UK for Saturday, including parts of north-east England where heavy flooding has caused significant disruption in previous weeks. Heavy and persistent rain is due to start in south-west England from 12pm on Friday and last until 6pm on Saturday – meaning a deluge for roughly 30 hours. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 04:38
Elon Musk says model essential to sustainable energy – but is embarrassed when ‘armour glass’ windows break Elon Musk’s glitzy unveiling of the first Tesla “cybertruck” descended into farce when a PR stunt testing the “bulletproof” body strength of the electric vehicle resulted in smashed windows. The Blade Runner-meets-cyberpunk themed launch of the $39,900 (£30,000) futuristic armoured vehicle was meant to take aim at the traditional Detroit carmakers, proving that Tesla could make a credible electric version of America’s favourite vehicle, the pickup truck. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 04:13
Exclusive: scientists say bug deaths can be cut by switching off unnecessary lights Light pollution is a significant but overlooked driver of the rapid decline of insect populations, according to the most comprehensive review of the scientific evidence to date. Artificial light at night can affect every aspect of insects’ lives, the researchers said, from luring moths to their deaths around bulbs, to spotlighting insect prey for rats and toads, to obscuring the mating signals of fireflies. Continue reading...
11/22/2019 - 01:00
Hydropower scheme at William Morgan’s 16th-century house to keep humidity levels in check One of the most important sites in the history of the Welsh language is being protected from the threat of flooding and heavy rainfall by harnessing the element that is putting it at risk. The upland farmhouse Tŷ Mawr Wybrnant in Snowdonia, north Wales, is the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, whose translation of the Bible in the 16th century was a key moment for the Welsh language. Continue reading...
11/21/2019 - 17:09
Channel 4 to broadcast first such discussion – but prime minister unlikely to participate Latest election news – live updates The first ever election leaders’ debate focusing on the climate crisis will be broadcast by Channel 4 next week, with the prime minister the only major party leader set to be absent. Channel 4 News said it was awaiting confirmation from Boris Johnson as to whether he would take part and could place an empty chair in the place of the PM if he declines to attend. Continue reading...