Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/28/2022 - 08:06
The proposals would ensure the power of our wind and waves is harnessed for everyone – not just foreign governments and multinationals How can Britain achieve 100% clean energy by 2030? Yesterday, Keir Starmer set out an answer: a new publicly owned clean energy generator. Great British Energy would own, run and invest in new, clean energy infrastructure, from offshore wind to tidal and solar. Operating as a generating company, not energy retailer, it would have the potential both to reduce our household fuel bills and create a future of clean, affordable, abundant energy. The full scale and details of Great British Energy are yet to be determined. But though Labour’s proposal may appear novel in Britain, public ownership of renewables is already commonplace. Indeed, nearly half of the UK’s offshore wind capacity is publicly owned – just not by the British public. Instead, it is owned by foreign governments. Mathew Lawrence is director of Common Wealth and co-author of Owning the Future with Adrienne Buller Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 07:10
Exclusive: A further 35,000 flights have operated almost empty, with climate campaigners calling the revelations ‘shocking’ More than 5,000 completely empty passenger flights have flown to or from UK airports since 2019, the Guardian can reveal. A further 35,000 commercial flights have operated almost empty since 2019, with fewer than 10% of seats filled, according to analysis of data from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This makes a total of about 40,000 “ghost flights”. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 04:52
Tech billionaire will support four independent non-executive directors to transform the company Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Tech billionaire and climate activist Mike Cannon-Brookes will back four new members to the board of AGL in his latest bid to steer Australia’s biggest power generator and carbon polluter towards a lower emissions future. Cannon-Brookes, who in May used his clout as AGL’s largest shareholder to block AGL’s plans to split into two companies, will support the four independent non-executive directors to transform the company, according to a media release by his family company, Grok Ventures. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 04:00
Tony Juniper urges government to ‘foster both economic and environmental growth’ Liz Truss has been issued a veiled warning over new government policies by the head of Natural England, who says “even bankers need to eat, drink and inhale clean air”. Tony Juniper, chair of the nature watchdog, has outlined the vital relationship between the economy and nature in Wednesday’s Guardian, as charities across the country revolt over government plans to slash nature protections and potentially remove environmental requirements from farming subsidies. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 03:46
Corporate bonds intended to inject liquidity into markets profited companies engaged in deforestation Some of the world’s biggest central banks are unwittingly helping to finance agri-business giants engaged in the destruction of the Brazilian Amazon, according to a report published on Wednesday. The Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank are among the institutions that have bought millions of dollars in bonds issued by companies linked to deforestation and land-grabbing, according to the report Bankrolling Destruction, published by the rights group Global Witness. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 02:00
Unlike most of the media, the Guardian resists political or commercial influence in order to keep the climate crisis front and centre Support urgent, independent climate journalism today What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. Most of the time, most of the media obsess over issues of mind-numbing triviality. Much of the world’s political journalism is little more than court gossip: who’s in, who’s out, who said what to whom. At the same time, issues of immense, even existential importance are largely or entirely ignored. With the exception of all-out nuclear war, all the most important problems that confront us are environmental. None of our hopes, none of our dreams, none of our plans and expectations can survive the loss of a habitable planet. And there is scarcely an Earth system that is not now threatened with collapse. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 02:00
While there are questions about the pace of Labour’s proposals, criticism in rightwing newspapers is bizarrely wide of the mark Labour’s ambitious plan for zero-carbon power by 2030 raises legitimate questions – which we’ll come to shortly – but the commentary in rightwing newspapers is bizarrely wide of the mark. Perhaps the strangest was a Daily Telegraph editorial that claimed Labour’s plan “would make the country more dependent on imported gas, not less”. As should be obvious, the opposite is true. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 01:00
We paid a deposit for solar panels with Green Energy Together but all we’ve got is scaffolding We had solar panels fitted in 2019 as part of the Solar Together initiative, and this year wanted to add to them. We chose Green Energy Together as it had done Solar Together projects with our council. We paid a £1,340 deposit. There was then a rather odd silence, but finally scaffolding and two installers appeared. The installers hadn’t been told the panels had to be fitted in addition to those already there, so the kit they had brought was inappropriate. Since then, in spite of daily phone calls and promises from the company that someone would ring back, nothing has happened. We eventually cancelled our order by phone and email, and asked for the return of our deposit and the removal of the scaffolding. Again, there has been silence, even from the company director we emailed directly. We are concerned that this company has over-reached itself while holding on to our money (and that of a lot of other people, if Trustpilot is to be believed). We are also concerned that the scaffolding is still on our house and is a security risk. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 00:54
Annastacia Palaszczuk says state is facing a ‘climate emergency’ while unveiling $62bn energy plan Follow the our live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Queensland will end its reliance on coal-fired power by 2035 under a 10-year $62bn energy plan to create a clean “super-grid” of solar, wind and hydroelectric power. In a historic announcement for a state known for its coal mining, the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said Queensland was facing a “climate emergency” and a bold vision was needed. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 00:30
There are many reasons to suggest a deal to save the natural world is possible in Montreal, if division can be overcome and the Brazilian president doesn’t cause problems We are at the beginning of a busy end to the year. The summer holidays are over in the northern hemisphere, the world economy is creaking into recession, war is raging in Ukraine and there is the small matter of the most important biodiversity conference in more than a decade: Cop15. Money will ultimately decide the fate of the summit and the ambition of the final text in Montreal this December, as will the mood after the climate Cop27, which ends two weeks earlier. In a series of dispatches ahead of the Cop15 UN biodiversity conference in Montreal in December, we will be hearing from a secret negotiator who is from a developing country involved in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework negotiations. Continue reading...