Cuba drastically reforms fishing laws to protect coral reef, sharks and rays

Reforms will oblige Cuba to work more closely with its US neighbours in spite of US President Trumps frosty attitude Cuba has introduced sweeping reforms of its fishing laws in a move seen as smoothing the way for possible collaboration with the US on protecting their shared ocean, despite Donald Trumps policy of reversing a thaw in relations. The move is the first time the text of an environmental law in Cuba specifies the need for scientific research, which experts say will mean greater reliance on state-of-the-art US technology. If we dont look for collaboration we cant have the full picture, said Jorge Angulo Valdes, a Cuban marine biologist at the University of Florida. Ocean science must continue to transcend …

Revealed: FBI and police monitoring Oregon anti-pipeline activists

Emails show the latest example of environmental groups facing increased surveillance by law enforcement Law enforcement groups, including the FBI, have been monitoring opponents of a natural gas infrastructure project in Oregon and circulated intelligence to an email list that included a has named Jordan Cove as one of its highest-priority infrastructure projects. Jordan Cove opponents scrutiny and surveillance to which law enforcement agencies are often subjecting indigenous and environmental groups, activists say. It also comes amid an uptick in civil disobedience and direct actions challenging fossil fuel infrastructure projects particularly in the wake of the Native American-led struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017. They also reflect a nationwide tendency for wing partisans, law enforcement agenciesOff …

The greatest photos ever? Why the moon landing shots are artistic masterpieces

From a spacesuited everyman to a golden-legged invader, the lunar images were astonishingly poetic works of art that captured humanity evolving before our very eyes. Can they ever be surpassed? Fifty years ago this week, a former navy pilot created one of the most revolutionary artistic masterpieces of the 20th century, one we have yet to fully assimilate. His name was Apollo 11 crewmate Nasas astronauts and photography a passion that altered human consciousness for ever. It all started when John Glenn walked into a store in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at the start of the 1960s. Glenn, one of Nasas original team of seven astronauts selected from the test pilot elite, was getting ready for Americas first attempt to put …

Eiffel Tower revamp to turn roads into garden in heart of Paris

72m makeover will create mile-long stretch of pools, fountains and parks A garden stretches for a mile, free of cars with one of the worlds most recognisable monuments at its centre. Crossing the river on a tree-lined and lawned bridge, the roar of traffic has been replaced by the sound of water from fountains. Such is the vision for the Eiffel Tower, which is at the centre of a major makeover project to transform one of Pariss most visited districts. At the heart of the revamp is a pedestrian-friendly plan to create the citys largest garden. The landscape design, drawn up by a London-based company, will also turn a nearby bridge, the Pont dIna, into a grassy, tree-lined walkway linking …

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Every protest shifts the world’s balance’

Two hundred years after the Peterloo massacre, which led to the founding of the Manchester Guardian, protest is shaping our political moment. Where do we go from here? Scale it up and its revolution; scale it down and its individual non-cooperation that may be seen as nothing more than obstinacy or malingering or not seen at all. What we call protest identifies one aspect of popular power and resistance, a force so woven into history and everyday life that you miss a lot of its impact if you focus only on groups of people taking stands in public places. But people taking such stands have changed the world over and over, toppled regimes, won rights, terrified tyrants, stopped pipelines and …

Climate crisis may be a factor in tufted puffins die-off, study says

Researchers believe 3,150 to 8,500 birds starved in Bering Sea due to loss of prey species The death of thousands of tufted puffins in the Bering Sea may have been partly caused by the climate breakdown, according to a study. Between 3,150 and 8,500 seabirds died over a four-month period from October 2016, with hundreds of severely emaciated carcasses washed up on the beaches of the populations of the Atlantic puffin around Iceland. Researchers in the journal Plos One St Paul Island map According to the study, by Timothy Jones of the citizen science ecosystem office, puffins typically made up fewer than 1% of recovered carcasses in the region in previous years. In this die-off, 87% of carcasses were puffins, …

House Democrats pass bill directing Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

Only a few Republicans crossed party lines to vote for the measure, which Mitch McConnell said will go nowhere Democrats on Thursday passed their first significant international agreement to limit the pollution that is heating the world. The needed and the vision Paris climate agreement would have an unmeasurable effect globally and hurt the economy. My colleagues on the left think these self-inflicted national injuries just feel like this greening of America is the right thing to do, McConnell Green New Deal, expecting that many Democrats would not be able to stand behind the specifics and the costs of the sweeping proposal. Donald Trump made it a campaign promise, exit the 2015 Paris deal, in which almost all the nations …

How anchoring a ship to an ice floe will help fight climate change

Mosaic, a year-long Arctic mission aims to answer fundamental questions about global warming In September, the giant German polar research vessel Polarstern will set off from Troms in Norway on a remarkable voyage. It will sail across the Arctic Ocean and after a few weeks reach a point off the Siberian coast, around 85 deg N 120 deg E, where it will attach itself to the biggest, strongest-looking ice floe its crew can find. And then, for the next year, the Polarstern will remain moored to this giant slab of frozen water as it slides, with other polar pack ice, round the Arctic Ocean. For a year, teams of researchers from the ship will study conditions on the ice floe …

Mount Everest: melting glaciers exposing bodies of climbers

Bodies previously entombed in ice have been made accessible due to global warming Melting glaciers on Mount Everest are exposing the dead bodies of climbers previously entombed in ice, as global warming causes temperatures to rise. Almost 300 climbers have been killed attempting to climb the mountain since the first attempt to scale it in 1922. As the spring climbing season begins bodies which are being exposed by the melting glaciers are being removed on the Chinese side of the peak, BBC News reported. Because of global warming, the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed, said Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association. …