Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/22/2020 - 15:00
Guardian Australia’s environment editor, Adam Morton, joins political editor, Katharine Murphy, to discuss the week’s news on energy policy. From the release of the government’s technology roadmap to a leaked document that sees gas as the future of Australian energy, why is Australia making a roadmap without a destination? Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 14:45
A key finding of the study is that coastal marshes experience tipping points, where a small increase in the rate of sea-level rise leads to widespread submergence.
05/22/2020 - 11:21
Ban on use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 for slaughterhouses breaching new labour regulations a ‘historic moment’, say campaigners Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The German government has announced a series of reforms of the meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots. A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 10:45
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including rose-ringed parakeets and a poppy-loving bumblebee Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 09:31
High court rejects challenge after ministers overruled climate objections of planning officials The UK government’s approval of a large new gas-fired power plant has been ruled legal by the high court. A legal challenge was brought after ministers overruled climate change objections from planning authorities. The plant, which is being developed by Drax in North Yorkshire, would be the biggest gas power station in Europe, and could account for 75% of the UK’s power sector emissions when fully operational, according to lawyers for ClientEarth, which brought the judicial review. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 08:54
A new study highlights the need to engage Indigenous communities in managing sea otter population recovery to improve coexistence between humans and this challenging predator.
05/22/2020 - 07:42
The coronavirus complicated response to the disastrous flood that swallowed a series of small communities in mid-Michigan when an ageing dam broke Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest global updates Suzy Kastura had less than an hour to pack before the floodwaters gushed into her home in the central Michigan town of Midland. Her neighbor knocked on the door after the Edenville Dam failed on Tuesday, sending a deluge downstream toward the town where they live. They had to evacuate, fast. Related: Michigan: threat of toxic contamination looms after dam failures trigger flooding Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 05:15
Family on remote highway stumble upon predator, whose highly unusual colouring is caused by a recessive gene Cara Clarkson and her family were driving down a remote highway in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, when a figure glimpsed against the dark evergreen forest left them in disbelief. Related: Indigenous input helps save wayward grizzly bear from summary killing Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 01:30
Climate risks and opportunities need to be incorporated into the financial system as well as public policymaking and infrastructure Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There is a lot of talk about getting back to normal after the Covid-19 crisis is over. And yet normal – business as usual – is what has made our planet and our societies vulnerable to crises in the first place. Normal means cutting down huge swathes of forest to plant crops. Normal means overgrazing livestock, destroying natural ecosystems at the expense of habitats for wild animals. Normal is driving climate change, which increases stress in wild species and their habitats and makes people more susceptible to zoonotic diseases (which spread from animals to humans). Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 01:00
After the financial crisis, green investment paid dividends. Coronavirus presents an even greater opportunity Everest is once again visible from Kathmandu, after decades shrouded in pollution. Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to levels last seen in 2006. Nature has returned to our streets with a quack and a flurry, and people are waking to birdsong in inner cities as the roar of traffic recedes. Clear skies bring little cheer at the food bank, however. Birdsong might lift the heart, but it won’t pay the rent. Continue reading...