Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/30/2020 - 06:12
Environmentalists say firm broke Dutch law by expanding its fossil fuel operations A court in The Hague will hear claims that Royal Dutch Shell has broken Dutch law by knowingly hampering the global phase-out of fossil fuels, in a case that could force the company to reduce its CO2 emissions. Lawyers for a consortium led by Friends of the Earth Netherlands will argue on the first of four days of public hearings on Tuesday that Shell has been aware for decades of the damage it has inflicted and is acting unlawfully by expanding its fossil fuel operations. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 06:11
Letter signed by 100 people including Stephen Fry and Ali Smith points out freedom to roam only extends to 8% of country More than 100 authors, musicians, actors and artists have written to Boris Johnson urging him to extend the public’s right to roam over the English countryside. The letter, signed by leading figures from Stephen Fry to Jarvis Cocker, Sir Mark Rylance to Ali Smith, calls on the prime minister to give people greater access to nature to improve the public’s physical and mental health. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 05:12
Plan to draw up legal definition of ‘ecocide’ attracts support from European countries and small island nations International lawyers are drafting plans for a legally enforceable crime of ecocide – criminalising destruction of the world’s ecosystems – that is already attracting support from European countries and island nations at risk from rising sea levels. The panel coordinating the initiative is chaired by Prof Philippe Sands QC, of University College London, and Florence Mumba, a former judge at the international criminal court (ICC). Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 04:00
Some 300 homes in Fife to be fitted with free boilers, heaters and cooking appliances Hundreds of homes in Scotland will soon become the first in the world to use 100% green hydrogen to heat their properties and cook their meals as part of a new trial that could help households across the country replace fossil fuel gas. Some 300 homes in Fife will be fitted with free hydrogen boilers, heaters and cooking appliances to be used for more than four years in the largest test of whether zero carbon hydrogen, made using renewable energy and water, could help meet Britain’s climate goals. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 03:54
European court of human rights case could result in countries being bound to take greater action The European court of human rights has ordered 33 European governments to respond to a landmark climate lawsuit lodged by six youth campaigners, the Guardian has learned. The plaintiffs’ British barrister says it could be the most important case ever tried by the Strasbourg-based judges. Continue reading...
11/30/2020 - 02:00
New hearing into 2013 death of Ella Kissi-Debrah follows mother’s seven-year fight An inquest is to consider evidence that illegal levels of air pollution caused the death of a nine-year-old girl, in a landmark legal case. A coroner will be asked to rule that toxic levels of nitrogen dioxide, from the South Circular road in south London, led to the acute asthma attack that killed the primary school pupil, Ella Kissi-Debrah. Her mother, Rosamund, a former teacher, has fought for years for an inquiry into the role of air pollution from traffic in Ella’s death. Continue reading...
11/29/2020 - 20:48
Angus Taylor hails data – but experts say much of fall not related to government action Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions fell 3% in the year to June due to the Covid-19 shutdown, the ongoing impact of drought and an influx of cheap solar and wind power, according to government figures. The government said it meant Australia had beaten its international 2020 target – widely regarded among experts as an unambitious goal. Continue reading...
11/29/2020 - 20:12
Households are now wasting nearly 13% of their groceries and spending more on food delivery services, the Rabobank 2020 Food Waste Report shows Australians wasted more food during the Covid-19 pandemic, largely thanks to panic buying and food delivery services. The annual bill for the country’s wasteful food choices skyrocketed to an estimated $10.3bn after the coronavirus reached our shores, according to Rabobank’s 2020 Food Waste Report. Continue reading...
11/29/2020 - 19:01
£1.6bn subsidies for owning land in England to end, with funds going to improve nature Wildlife, nature and the climate will benefit from the biggest shake-up in farming policy in England for 50 years, according to government plans. The £1.6bn subsidy farmers receive every year for simply owning land will be phased out by 2028, with the funds used instead to pay them to restore wild habitats, create new woodlands, boost soils and cut pesticide use. Continue reading...
11/29/2020 - 11:30
Angus Taylor’s dire warnings about abandoning coal are going unheeded as the states forge their own path towards renewables There may have been other weeks that packed in as many transformative developments in clean energy in Australia as the past seven days, but they don’t come often. On Friday, the New South Wales parliament passed laws to build 12 gigawatts of clean energy – roughly equivalent to the country’s entire existing large-scale renewable capacity – and 2GW of energy storage in the state over the next decade. Continue reading...