Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/18/2019 - 06:46
Communities clash over natural resources as arrivals from South Sudan and DRC plunder environment for fuel and construction The cutting down of millions of trees has sparked angry clashes in parts of Uganda between local people and refugees who have been fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The timber is being used for house construction, fuel and to make charcoal. In the north and west of the country, where an estimated 1.1 million refugees are living, massive deforestation is drawing protests by local communities. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 06:00
Support for the biofuel and its economic impact used to be key in the caucus state. Then Ted Cruz opposed it and won For decades, supporting ethanol was considered the price of admission for the Iowa caucuses. Government backing for production of the corn-based biofuel was seen as a sacred cow. Presidential candidates who opposed it either skipped the state or changed their mind. There was even an episode of The West Wing that revolved around candidates grudgingly endorsing ethanol in order to save their political bacon. Related: Leftwing Democrats steal the 2020 spotlight but can centrists fight back? Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 02:07
Government criticised for relying on carryover credits from Kyoto to meet Australia’s target Labor senators have accused the government of relying on “hope” to meet Australia’s emissions targets under the Paris agreement during questions about the country’s progress toward its international climate commitments. In a tense exchange in a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, senators Anne Urqhuart and Kristina Keneally asked the environment department and Coalition senator Simon Birmingham to explain the most recent emissions projections published by the government. Continue reading...
02/18/2019 - 01:00
Environment secretary may target drinks of under 750ml in deposit return scheme Michael Gove has been urged not to water down plans to give people money back for recycling plastic bottles and cans, after consulting on whether to target small drink containers only. The environment secretary will confirm on Monday that he is pressing ahead with the new “deposit return” scheme for cans and bottles made of plastic and glass, as well as a tax on some plastic packaging. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 23:33
Environment groups hail Michael Daley’s promise a ‘game-changer’ that would slash state’s carbon emissions by 12% A New South Wales Labor government would establish a state-owned renewable energy company to support the rollout of enough renewable energy to power more than three million homes across the state in the next decade. On Monday the NSW opposition leader, Michael Daley, announced that if elected on 23 March, Labor would deliver seven gigawatts of extra renewable energy by 2030. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 23:10
Marine park authority fear freshwater bleaching after scientists report ‘extensive’ flood plumes and drop in water salinity Freshwater bleaching of corals could occur this year as a result of flood waters from Queensland’s overflowing rivers pouring into the Great Barrier Reef, the marine park authority has warned. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority told Senate estimates hearings in Canberra on Monday that there is a chance corals hit by mass bleaching in 2016 or 2017 could be damaged again by one of several impacts from the flooding disaster. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 22:41
The South Australian battery pockets $4m as the market looks to unlock multiple potential value streams The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia continues to make its mark on the Australian energy market, pocketing another $4m in the fourth quarter from the provision of frequency and ancillary services. Related: South Australia's Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 19:01
Drive to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste’ could include plastic tax and deposit scheme Millions of homes could have their food waste bins collected weekly, if new proposals from the environment secretary are implemented in the wake of a government consultation on the UK’s waste system. Michael Gove’s proposed measures to ensure consistent recycling collections come after a number of councils cut the frequency of collections, leaving residents with overflowing bins. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 18:30
Australian Academy of Sciences panel says urgent steps needed to restore flows A scientific panel investigating the causes of three mass fish deaths at the Menindee lakes has pointed the finger squarely at those managing the Murray-Darling river system, saying the lack of flows was caused by a combination of drought and over-extraction, leading to the environmental disaster. Up to one million native fish, including hundreds of thousands of small bony bream Murray cod, up to 20 years old and silver perch were killed in the three events. While there had been other fish kills during droughts, these were on an unprecedented scale, the report found. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 17:00
Birds’ eggs in High Arctic contain chemical additives used in plastics Scientists have warned about the impact of plastic pollution in the most pristine corners of the world after discovering chemical additives in birds’ eggs in the High Arctic. Eggs laid by northern fulmars on Prince Leopold Island in the Canadian Arctic tested positive for hormone-disrupting phthalates, a family of chemicals that are added to plastics to keep them flexible. It is the first time the additives have been found in Arctic birds’ eggs. Continue reading...