Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/14/2019 - 13:00
New government strategy aims to reduce ammonia emissions by changing farming methods Muck-spreading, the agricultural practice of spraying fields with liquid manure, will effectively be banned under government plans to reduce air pollution. Animal manure is a key source of ammonia, a powerful pollutant that, combined with other chemicals in the air, form fine particles that can lodge deep in the lungs, harming human health. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 12:23
Environmentalists attack rules that fail to ban funding oil projects linked to tar sands Environmental activists have accused Barclays of being on the “wrong side of history” after publishing an “underwhelming” climate policy document that fails to rule out funding for tar sands projects. Barclays is the last major UK bank to publish rules for how it will conduct business with companies involved in carbon-heavy industries such as oil and coal. Other lenders including HSBC, RBS and Lloyds outlined their own commitments last year. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 12:00
Sarah Hanson-Young says failure to release data about draining of Menindee Lakes ‘stinks of a cover-up’ The Greens have accused the federal government of hiding critical information from the Senate on why the Menindee Lakes were drained twice in the last four years, as investigations get under way into what caused around 1 million fish to die. Further fish kill events are expected later this week as temperatures soar to 45C in western New South Wales. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 11:00
Analysis of surveys from US, France and Germany could also have implications for science communication in other fields The most extreme opponents of genetically modified foods know the least about science but believe they know the most, researchers have found. The findings from public surveys in the US, France and Germany suggest that rather than being a barrier to the possession of strongly held views, ignorance of the matter at hand might better be described as a fuel. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 11:00
Research also identifies pollinators’ favourite flowers, including brambles, buttercups, dandelions, lavender and borage Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found. The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and cities have been suggested as potential sanctuaries. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 07:53
Storms sweep away sand at Dooagh on Achill Island, after freak tide in 2017 restored it It came, it enchanted and now it’s gone again: the beach that reappeared on the Irish coast in 2017 after a 34-year absence, garnering worldwide attention, has vanished again. Winter storms have swept away the sand at Dooagh, Achill Island, in County Mayo, leaving only rock and a reminder that what nature gives, it can take away. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 07:16
Press on for what you believe in – a young woman’s election to Congress shows climate activism can have unforeseen results It’s hard right now to remember how hot it was last August on the long sandy beach where the Colorado river meets the Green river in southern Utah. I was a few days into a rafting trip through Cataract Canyon with a bunch of young climate activists, and one of them, Will Munger, was telling me that since his months at the Standing Rock resistance camp, he had been encountering young Native people whose experiences at the protest site had encouraged them to dream of new possibilities and take actions that might otherwise have seemed out of reach. Related: Ocasio-Cortez has shown ‘shameless’ women are a powerful force | Suzanne Moore Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 02:45
Plan called for 50-year commitment to restoring native fish numbers, but was canned after NSW pulled funding The Murray Darling Basin Authority shelved its native fish strategy six years ago and ended its sustainable rivers audit program after New South Wales pulled 60% of its funding from a basinwide program to monitor the health of fish in the river. For 10 years the MDBA made much of its fish strategy, releasing a glossy brochure that claimed the strategy required a “sustained commitment” of 50 years in order to rehabilitate native fish in the river. It announced a goal of “restoring native fish stocks to 60% of its pre-European levels.” Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 02:00
The variable nature of wind and solar power means storing energy is a huge part of the fight to mitigate climate change In a world increasingly anxious about climate change, the surge in the generation of renewable energy over the past 20 years offers a sliver of hope. But the variable nature of wind and solar power means that storing energy until consumers need it has become the next big challenge. And so, large-scale battery installations are springing up across electricity grids around the world, to make them more flexible. In 2017, more than 1GW of energy storage capacity was added around the world – a record, yes, but still a drop in the ocean of global energy demand. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 01:27
Office initially named agricultural chemical red tape bill, then said Morrison was actually referring to ban on cosmetic testing Scott Morrison has elevated an obscure bill to ban cosmetic testing on animals to one of the top two legislative priorities for the Coalition in 2019, according to his office. Speaking to ABC News Breakfast on Monday, the prime minister cited “environmental legislation … [that] is important for native species” as among the government’s priorities for the new year, second only to national security. Continue reading...