Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/26/2021 - 03:00
Plan to ‘unlock basins’ for domestic and export criticised as ‘out of sync’ with global trends and climate action Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The Morrison government’s latest plan to spark a “gas-led recovery” from the Covid pandemic and bolster gas supplies has been panned as out of step with market trends and at odds with a net zero 2050 goal. The national gas infrastructure plan, released on Friday, calls for the development of at least one major new gas basin before 2030 to meet projected domestic and export needs. Opening up new gas fields, though, will also require additional pipelines. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 12:48
Bob Ward, an adviser on two of the museum’s energy exhibitions, responds to a campaign letter expressing concern over its fossil fuel ties As an independent and unpaid adviser on two of the Science Museum’s energy exhibitions, I was disappointed to see your report about the campaign letter against it (Dozens of academics shun Science Museum over fossil fuel ties, 19 November), which risks delaying the rollout of clean energy. The well-meaning signatories state that they are severing links with the museum until each sponsor from the energy industry “demonstrates a credible plan to phasing out fossil fuels in line with the Paris 1.5C target”. The museum’s Our Future Planet exhibition has two major sponsors, Shell and UK Research and Innovation, the government funding body that has provided support for many of the signatories on the letter. Shell has set a target of cutting all sources of its emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050, like many countries that have pledged to keep in reach the 1.5°C target. The company undoubtedly needs to do much more, but its plan so far has persuaded ethical investors, such as the Church of England pensions board, to remain engaged. Cries of “greenwash” every time the company invests in the pursuit of, or information about, net zero are unlikely to accelerate its transition away from fossil fuels. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 12:19
Three people claim government is breaching right to life and family life by not doing what is needed to prevent disaster Three young people are taking legal action against the prime minister, accusing him of breaching his legal obligations to take “practical and effective measures” to tackle the climate crisis. In a high court hearing in London on Thursday, Adetola Onamade, 24, Jerry Amokwandoh, 22, and Marina Tricks, 20, claimed the government was breaching their rights under the Human Rights Act to life and to family life by failing to do what was necessary to avert environmental disaster. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 12:02
Breathe: 2022 by Dryden Goodwin will pay tribute to Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah of Lewisham Public artwork that pays homage to Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, whose exposure to air pollution contributed to her death at the age of nine, will go on display close to her south London home next year. Breathe: 2022 by Dryden Goodwin will appear at sites close to the South Circular road, which runs within 25 metres of the house where Ella lived. The artwork – a centrepiece of events marking Lewisham’s year as London borough of culture – revisits Goodwin’s 2012 creation Breathe, which depicted his five-year-old son inhaling and exhaling. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 11:30
Exclusive: Meg Lees joins former Liberal leader John Hewson and Labor veteran Barry Jones on Climate 200 advisory council Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing As Scott Morrison comes to the end of a ragged parliamentary week, the organisation bankrolling independents challenging Liberal incumbents in their urban heartland has amassed an election war chest of more than $4m, and bolstered its advisory body. The former leader of the Australian Democrats, Meg Lees, has joined the advisory council of Climate 200, as has the former Liberal party leader John Hewson, and the Labor veteran Barry Jones. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 08:07
Number of products in UK containing MSC-certified sustainable seafood has grown by 57% in last five years Eco-friendly pet food is on the rise as dog and cat owners become more aware of the impact of their beloved pet’s diet. New figures released exclusively to the Guardian show that the number of pet food products containing Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)-certified sustainable seafood has grown by 57% in the UK during the last five years, from 49 to 77. In the last year alone consumers bought more than 7m tins, pouches and packs of MSC-certified pet food. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 03:00
The rambunctious bird has inspired charity events, Halloween outfits and even been awarded a local celebrity prize A Wisconsin city has been buoyed by a “rebel” wild turkey, residents say, with the bird inspiring charity events and Halloween outfits and even being awarded a local celebrity prize. The turkey, named Carl, has charmed locals in Kenosha ever since his arrival more than two years ago, and has since garnered a huge following. A Facebook group dedicated to the turkey, who stands at 2ft tall and is covered in rich brown plumage, has more than 5,000 members and is flooded by reports of sightings. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 03:00
Zinc-bromide gel is safer, longer-lasting, cheaper form of storage than lithium batteries, creators say Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing A developer of new low-cost, fire-resistant battery technology spun out of the University of Sydney is set to list on the London Stock Exchange. The company, Gelion plc, will be the university’s first market listing anywhere when it is scheduled to begin trading on the bourse’s Alternative Investment Market on November 30. It raised £16m ($30m), giving the company a market capitalisation of £154m ($A285m), and allowing Gelion to accelerate the research and production of new storage products, primarily zinc-bromide batteries. Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 02:16
Critics say penalty does not come close to reflecting seriousness of miner taking 1bn litres of water without a licence over three years Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Environmental campaigners have said a $200,000 fine issued to Whitehaven Coal for water theft at its Maules Creek mine near Boggabri “will not stop this repeated behaviour”. The fine was handed down in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court on Wednesday after the company entered a guilty plea for taking 1bn litres of surface water without a licence over three years from 2016 to 2019. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
11/25/2021 - 01:34
New park in South Australia is twice the size of Kakadu and home to more than 900 species of plants and animals Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing The Munga-Thirri-Simpson desert has been declared Australia’s newest and biggest national park after a decade-long campaign to protect the area from exploration by fossil fuel companies. The desert stretches into Queensland and the Northern Territory but the area covered by the new national park lies within the Lake Eyre Basin in South Australia and spans 3.6m hectares. Continue reading...