Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/23/2020 - 21:53
Organisation says it is frustrated with government’s use of vouchers in scheme that takes away farmers’ ‘dignity and choice’ The Coalition ignored warnings from the Country Women’s Association before setting up a drought-assistance scheme that compels farmers to attend public events in their small communities to ask for $500 vouchers. The federal government on Friday announced it would provide $5m to the CWA to provide drought assistance to farmers using vouchers of up to $500. Details are scant, but the CWA believes the vouchers are restricted to specific stores – a problem in small country towns where choice is limited. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 19:01
Annual card will be recyclable and avoid use of 12.5 tonnes of plastic a year, trust says The National Trust has ditched plastic for the annual membership card it sends out to 5 million members, it has announced. The new card will be made from a type of strong and durable paper featuring a tough water-based coating, with the paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They will be produced in a mill powered by its own biomass. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 16:51
Government MPs lash out at Labor over its emissions target before the parties spar on climate and more in question time, which begins with tributes to Hannah Clarke and her children. This blog is now closed Net zero emissions by 2050: is it a controversial ambition and will the Coalition adopt it? Australia’s carbon emissions fall just 0.3% as industrial pollution surges 6.27am GMT And on that note, I am going to close down the blog before my head explodes. We’ll be back early tomorrow morning. Being Tuesday, that means it’s party-room time, and there ain’t no party like a bunch-of-people-pretending-they-are-all-under-the-one-policy-umbrella party. 6.20am GMT Barnaby Joyce is explaining why some, including the Liberal-National NSW state government, are living in a “fairytale nirvana” by having a target of net zero emissions by 2050. He’s on Sky News. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 11:30
Energy board says renewables growth will cut electricity prices, but warns extreme weather and ageing coal plants a threat to energy security Retail electricity prices are tipped to fall by 7.1% by 2022 – an average saving of $97 per household – according to the Energy Security Board. In its latest report on the health of the national electricity market, to be released on Monday, the ESB credits new low-cost renewable generation for driving down wholesale prices and warns that severe weather and ageing coal power plants are threatening reliability of supply. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:37
Group’s first ever reference to global heating signals growing economic concerns over climate change The G20 group of the world’s wealthiest nations have agreed for the first time to collectively sound the alarm over the threat to the financial system posed by the climate emergency. Overcoming objections from Donald Trump’s US administration, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Saudi Arabia over the weekend agreed to issue their first ever communique with references to climate change, according to reports from Reuters. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:25
75mph winds expected to bring more torrential downpours to one of wettest Februarys ever A storm is expected to bring further bands of torrential rain to flood-hit communities as it sweeps across Britain. Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning as the 75mph storm brings a fresh deluge of rain, up to 50mm (2in) in some places. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:00
Campaigners seek to embarrass Bank over role of Tullow Oil executive Dorothy Thompson Environmental groups have called into question the Bank of England’s commitment to tackling the climate emergency while it retains one of Britain’s most senior oil company executives on its governing board. Greenpeace joined with Friends of the Earth and the campaign group Oil Change International (OCI) to condemn the role played on the Bank’s board of directors by Dorothy Thompson, the executive chair of Britain’s largest independent oil company, Tullow Oil. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 07:45
Environment secretary says there are ‘no plans’ to change law to clinch US trade deal The environment secretary has refused to give a firm guarantee that the government will not allow chlorine-washed chicken to be imported into the UK as part of a trade deal with the US. While stressing that chlorinated chicken was currently illegal in the UK, and that the government was committed to maintaining high standards, George Eustice’s declaration that the government had “no plans” to change the law was more equivocal than assurances given by his predecessor, who said the current law would stay. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 07:28
Exclusive Guardian and Greenpeace analysis finds areas hit by recent storms are planning houses on floodplains More than 11,000 new homes are planned to be built on land at the highest risk of flooding in the regions battered by the worst winter storms in a generation, the Guardian has learned. An analysis of planning documents reveals that 11,410 new homes have been planned for on land the government considers high-risk in the seven English counties where thousands of properties have been devastated by flooding since November. Continue reading...
02/22/2020 - 19:26
Labor leader tells ABC he is open to a donations cap and says ALP zero emissions target could revive the Neg Anthony Albanese has given in-principle support for a cap on political donations, citing the record $83m donation from Mineralogy to Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party as an example of “obscene” donations that must be curbed. In a wide-ranging interview on ABC’s Insiders, the Labor leader also confirmed the opposition’s target of net zero emissions by 2050 will include all sectors of the economy and could be achieved in part by adopting the Turnbull-era national energy guarantee in the electricity sector. Continue reading...