Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/09/2022 - 03:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including a released snow leopard, a rescued bear and a very large flower Continue reading...
12/09/2022 - 03:00
Campaigners expected to gather on Friday and Saturday, and possible legal challenge is being explored Campaigners in Cumbria are planning protests after the government gave the green light to the first new coalmine to be dug in the UK for three decades. Opponents of the mine are expected to gather in Penrith on Friday and at the site of the mine in Whitehaven on Saturday, as local opposition to the scheme gathers steam. Continue reading...
12/09/2022 - 02:00
Neckarwestheim’s nuclear power station was granted a stay of execution due to Russia’s weaponisation of gas, but some would like the extension to be permanent On a slope above the river Neckar in south-west Germany, about 25 miles (40km) from Stuttgart, stands the village of Neckarwestheim, its red terracotta roofs surrounded by vineyards and farmers’ fields, with streets leading to a central market square. So far, so typical for a rural community in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. However, this settlement of 4,200 residents has one defining characteristic: it is located right next to one of Germany’s three remaining nuclear power stations. The challenges facing this picturesque village illustrate how the energy crisis is affecting Europe’s largest economy, as Russia’s weaponisation of the gas supply has complicated Germany’s planned transition away from nuclear. Continue reading...
12/09/2022 - 01:00
Agency aims to double the number of schemes it supports after success of £15m pilot projects Low-tech “natural” flood management such as using natural materials to slow river flow and storing flood water on meadows will play a key role in preventing future floods, according to the chief executive of the Environment Agency. Sixty pilot natural flood management projects have helped protect 15,000 homes and create storage for up to 1.6m cubic metres of flood water, while also helping nature recovery on 380 miles (610km) of river and on 4,000 hectares of wetlands and woodlands. Continue reading...
12/08/2022 - 23:31
‘It is believed additional sites could exist across Victoria and the country,’ state environment protection authority says Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Half a billion plastic bags meant to be recycled have been found stored in at least six warehouses in Victoria – posing potential fire risks – following an investigation into a suspended soft plastic recycling program. The Environmental Protection Authority in Victoria announced on Friday it had discovered the 3,000 tonnes of soft plastics during its examination of the REDcycle program which was suspended in November. Collection points at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets were closed. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
12/08/2022 - 22:32
Environment groups say Robbins Island, home to Tasmanian devil colony and critically endangered orange-bellied parrot, is ‘worst possible place’ for energy park Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A proposal to build a windfarm in wetlands used by migratory shorebirds off north-west Tasmania has been approved by the state’s environmental regulator on the condition that it shuts down for several months of the year. The Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority has given renewables company ACEN the green light to build up to 122 turbines on Robbins Island, which is home to a wild disease-free Tasmanian devil colony and is habitat for migratory birds including the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot (OBP) and eastern curlew. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
12/08/2022 - 21:00
During this episode, Jenna sits down with her friend Ben Cosgrove for a chilly but lively chat along the Maine coastline. Ben is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place, and environment. He has performed in every U.S. state except for Delaware, collaborated with groups ranging from rock bands to research scientists, and held residencies and fellowships with institutions including the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, Harvard University, Middlebury College, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, NASA, and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Tune in to learn more about his creative process, the evolution of his work, and hear one of Jenna's favorite pieces titled "The Contour and Shape of the Ground".
12/08/2022 - 20:42
Accommodation, power and service connections remain a challenge, local volunteer says Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community Nearly a year on from the February 2022 flood event that devastated the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, community organisations say people’s basic needs are still not being met – and the area’s problems are becoming more complex. In Wardell, south-east of Lismore, Joel Orchard, the co-founder of Wardell Core – the town’s community hub and recovery centre – says people are surviving in conditions “well below livable standards”. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
12/08/2022 - 13:14
Ed Miliband vows party will seek to prevent ‘climate-destroying’ plan and if elected would deliver green jobs Labour would stop the new coalmine in Cumbria from going ahead if elected, and will seek to prevent it progressing before then, the party has said. Ed Miliband, the shadow climate change secretary, said: “A Labour government will leave no stone unturned in seeking to prevent the opening of this climate-destroying coalmine, and instead ensure we deliver the green jobs that people in Cumbria deserve.” Continue reading...
12/08/2022 - 13:01
The inside story of what happened on the first two days of the biodiversity summit in Montreal Wednesday, 7 December Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge of C$800m (£510m) over seven years to support Indigenous-led conservation projects was preceded by a ceremony led by the First Nations Elder, Ka’nahsohon Kevin Deer. It made a change from the day before when Trudeau was interrupted by Indigenous protesters at the opening ceremony. The UN secretary general António Guterres spoke powerfully about the need to protect the rights of environment protesters, saying “human rights must be at the centre of all environmental concerns and namely, the work of the [UN convention on biodiversity] CBD”. A new draft text of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) is littered with more than 1,000 brackets, which will need dealing with over the next two weeks. The text has been described as a “mess”, with many concerned about the amount that still needs to be done. Despite more than 20 targets being negotiated, the 30x30 goal to protect 30% of land and oceans by 2030 is stealing the limelight. As delegates arrived at Montreal airport, there was no escaping the slew of posters promoting the ambition. Both Canada and China have given delegates welcome bags – the former contained a snood, and the latter, a silk scarf and tea. Masks are also back and each day delegates are taking Covid tests in order to get into the conference centre. The EU representative Ladislav Miko criticised Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying it brings about “long-term environmental degradation”. Russian delegate Denis Rebrikov responded by saying the subject should be outside the scope of the biodiversity summit. “It’s hard to avoid the impression that these countries are deliberately trying to sabotage the adoption of a global framework,” he said. It’s currently 3C in Montreal and some delegates are struggling with the cold. One was seen wearing a thick coat and woolly hat with headphones over the top in the main plenary hall. Continue reading...