Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/25/2020 - 01:35
PM blasts Labor for adopting same 2050 target as NSW premier, saying ‘we have a plan’ Scott Morrison says he’s happy to work with the New South Wales government on its ambition to hit net zero emissions by 2050 because the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, “has a plan” – although the plan the prime minister referenced on Tuesday ends in 2030. Despite blasting Labor federally for adopting the same net zero target as the Berejiklian government, the prime minister told parliament circumstances were different in NSW because there was a strategy in place to deliver a transition. Continue reading...
02/25/2020 - 01:00
ICAEW and other industry groups want climate risk to be integrated into company audits The world’s accountants must put the climate crisis at the forefront of their work to spur global companies to adopt green policies and help prepare them for the risks, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and other industry groups. They have called on a global alliance of accountants, representing more than 2.5 million professionals worldwide, to put their skills to use by helping companies prepare for a climate emergency. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 22:00
Premier says overhaul will ‘take responsibility for our waste’ and help fix longstanding problems The Victorian government will double its $28m in grants for businesses to sort and process recycling as part of a $96.5m package to fix the state’s waste industry. Another $30m will be opened up for grants for technology to create new products from recyclable materials such as glass, plastic, organics, electronic waste, concrete, brick and rubber. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 19:12
Norwegian oil company announces it has scrapped its $200m plan to deepwater drill in Great Australian Bight Marine Park Norwegian oil giant Equinor has abandoned plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, declaring the controversial project did not make commercial sense. The company said on Tuesday it had told federal, South Australian and local authorities it had decided to scrap the $200m project to deepwater drill in the Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 19:01
Rapid climate change forced urgent upgrade of ‘failsafe’ doomsday storage facility The Arctic global seed vault has reached the milestone of having 1m varieties stored in its deep freeze. The new deposits are being made after unexpected flooding of its entrance tunnel in 2017 prompted an upgrade. Seeds from 60,000 crop varieties from across the world are being placed in the vault to back up those held in other seed banks. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 19:01
Britain contributed only 3% of continent’s 2019 green spending, report says British companies are lagging far behind their European neighbours in low-carbon investment after contributing only 3% of the continent’s €124bn (£104.2bn) green spending last year. A report has revealed that German-listed companies invested 11 times more in low-carbon investments such as electric vehicles, renewable energy and smart energy grids than UK firms. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 18:04
Proterocladus antiquus carpeted seafloor 1bn years ago and was size of rice grain Scientists have found in rocks from northern China what may be the oldest fossils of a green plant ever found: tiny seaweed that carpeted areas of the seafloor 1bn years ago and were part of a primordial revolution among life on Earth. Researchers on Monday said the plant, called Proterocladus antiquus, was about the size of a rice grain and boasted numerous thin branches, thriving in shallow water while attached to the seafloor with a root-like structure. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 17:30
Companies would pay for damages caused by extreme weather such as floods Fossil fuel companies must pay for the damage caused by extreme weather due to the climate emergency such as the floods devastating parts of England, the Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey has said. Long-Bailey, the most leftwing candidate in the contest, said she was calling for a “climate justice fund” to support affected households and communities, paid for by a windfall tax on oil and gas companies “responsible for knowingly heating our planet to dangerous levels”. This would include help towards affordable insurance for those suffering from repeated flooding, she said. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 16:58
Ocean Leadership ~ Last week at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, I was particularly struck by how ocean leaders of our consortium were involved in so many events. It seemed like members of COL were participating in every session and town hall I attended and were representing their organizations in the exhibit and poster halls. Many members of our consortium led significantly important sessions, to include the closing plenary on ocean science for sustainable development by Scripps’ Margaret Leinen. Even the lamps in the Gaslamp Quarter seemed to shine a little bluer last week amidst the ocean brilliance that inundated the area. I’m excited about the impact and opportunities we have for our ocean in the days ahead with great leaders like these, and many more who were not able to attend this meeting but are just as devoted to advancing ocean science and technology. One way for our consortium’s ocean leaders to take advantage of the enthusiasm and comradery from the last week — and to expand it to the broader community that wasn’t able to attend — is to carry it to other ocean science events throughout the year. One of those just around the corner is our annual public policy forum on March 12, Ascending from the Summit: Transforming Ocean Science & Technology Partnerships. You can register for that and our pre-forum congressional reception here, and don’t forget to check out other events that week, like the 21st annual Roger Revelle Commemorative lecture, Ocean Plastic: A Scientist’s Tale. Member Highlight Microbes Point The Way To Shipwrecks Distinct microbiomes flourish around sunken ships as they become artificial reefs, new research in the Gulf of Mexico reveals. Off the coast of Mississippi, under 4,000 feet of water, a luxury yacht is slowly disintegrating. Marine creatures dart, cling and scuttle near the hull of the wreck, which has been lying undisturbed for 75 years. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this shipwreck and others, researchers have now shown — distinct assemblages of microbes inhabit the seafloor surrounding these structures, helping to turn shipwreck sites into artificial reefs rich in life. Read our most recent and past newsletters here: http://oceanleadership.org/newsletter-archive/ The post Jon White – From the President’s Office: An Ocean Of Leaders Invaded San Diego (2-24-2020) appeared on Consortium for Ocean Leadership.
02/24/2020 - 15:00
Companies spent $84m on congressional campaigns in 2018, analysis of votes and political contributions shows The oil and gas industry substantially rewards US legislators with campaign donations when they oppose environmental protections, according to a new analysis of congressional votes and political contributions. Oil and gas companies spent $84m on congressional campaigns in 2018. Researchers found a correlation between an increase in anti-environment votes and an increase in contributions. They documented how lawmakers’ scores from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) dipped and then were followed by campaign funding from the industry. Continue reading...