Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/01/2020 - 03:39
An expert questions the state government betting heavily on a coal and gas-fired recovery after the global slump in fossil fuels hits the 2020-21 budget Queensland’s coal and petroleum royalties income has collapsed, wiping more than $2bn – about half the revenue initially forecast – from the state’s budget bottom line. But while the global slump in the fossil fuel industry has impacted the pandemic-delayed Queensland 2020-21 budget, the state is betting heavily on a coal and gas-fired recovery in the coming years. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 02:21
Maximum heat in November was average of 2.9C above long-term mean, despite a La Niña event, which typically brings cooler patterns Australia has sweltered through its hottest spring and November on record, with both the season and the month more than 2C warmer than the long-term average. Temperatures in spring were 2.03C hotter than average across night and day. In November, they were 2.47C above the long-term mean, which is measured across the years 1961-90. Continue reading...
12/01/2020 - 01:39
Great Barrier Reef envoy tells party room the government should be seen as leaders on climate action, not ‘reluctant followers’ The Morrison government’s special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Warren Entsch, has called for the Coalition to adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050, and endorsed the prime minister’s recent signal that Australia could meet the 2030 target without needing to use carryover credits. During Tuesday’s Coalition party room meeting – the second-last parliamentary gathering for 2020 – Entsch said the government should adopt the net zero target during a contribution where he called for targeted intervention to ensure people in north Queensland were able to access affordable insurance for cyclone events. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 23:12
Fourteen eminent signatories urge Canberra to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050 Pacific leaders have condemned Australia’s Paris climate target as “one of the weakest”, urging Canberra to commit to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and abandon its Kyoto carryover credits. Fourteen Pacific leaders, including former presidents and prime ministers, foreign ministers, archbishops and other church leaders, have penned an open leader to the prime minister, Scott Morrison, “as Pacific Islander leaders whose homelands and cultures face certain devastation from climate change”. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 18:43
An area seven times larger than Greater London has been lost in what one activist called a ‘humiliating and shameful’ destruction A vast expanse of Amazon rainforest seven times larger than Greater London was destroyed over the last year as deforestation surged to a 12-year high under Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Figures released by the Brazilian space institute, Inpe, on Monday showed at least 11,088 sq km of rainforest was razed between August 2019 and July this year – the highest figure since 2008. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 12:04
Separated bike lane in Conservative-run borough to be removed after seven weeks A Conservative-run council has been accused of favouring the convenience of car drivers over the wellbeing of local people by scrapping a popular cycle lane after opposition from 0.2% of the borough’s population. Kensington and Chelsea council, which last year vetoed its section of a cross-London bike route, has said it will remove the separated cycle lane along Kensington High Street, seven weeks after it was installed. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 11:30
Latest survey finds 75% support for setting net zero by 2030 target for emissions, and 81% support for net zero by 2050 Public support for action on climate change is higher now than it was at the peak of the catastrophic bushfires last summer, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll, which shows a strong majority supporting a net zero target by 2050. The latest survey of 1,034 voters has 81% support for the Morrison government adopting a net zero emissions target by 2050 – which is a 10 point increase in the level of voter support for the policy recorded back in January. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 10:09
More than 300,000 farmers head to capital for ‘decisive battle’ with government Hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers have marched upon Delhi and set up vast camps blocking entry to the city in protest at agriculture laws they say will destroy livelihoods. More than 300,000 farmers marched from the states of Punjab and Haryana – on foot and in convoys of tractors – at the weekend to reach the Indian capital for what they described as a “decisive battle” with the central government. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 09:01
Inquest into Ella Kissi-Debrah’s asthma death hears Lewisham council was slow to tackle issue Illegal levels of air pollution in the area where a nine-year-old girl lived and died should have been treated as a public health emergency, an inquest heard. Instead the London borough of Lewisham moved at a “glacial pace” to take steps to address toxic air from traffic where Ella Kissi-Debrah lived and went to primary school, the inquest in south London was told on Monday. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 06:49
National Trust footage shows animals collecting vegetation to create ‘instant wetland’ Beavers have built their first dam in Exmoor in more than 400 years after river restoration work by the National Trust. The semi-aquatic rodents, which constructed the dam at the Holnicote estate near Minehead, are the first to be released into the wild by the trust in its 125-year history. Continue reading...