Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/07/2023 - 08:17
Ministers hope training in range of forestry skills will help to meet tree-planting and other climate goals A shortage of foresters has prompted the government to launch free courses as it rushes to meet targets for tree planting. There will be training in chainsaw maintenance, coppicing, woodland management, hedge laying and the sale and marketing of timber. Continue reading...
02/07/2023 - 07:00
Graphs show the sources of generation in a country that has one of the most diverse ranges in Europe Great Britain has one of the most diverse ranges of electricity generation in Europe, with everything from windfarms off the coast of Scotland to a nuclear power station in Suffolk tasked with keeping the lights on. The increasing reliance on renewable energy sources, as part of the country’s green ambitions, also means there can be rapid shifts in the main source of electricity generation. On windy days, most electricity generation comes from onshore and offshore windfarms. When conditions are cold and still, gas-fired power stations known as peaking plants are called into action. Continue reading...
02/07/2023 - 06:48
Scientists warn that wolf numbers not large enough to sustain healthy population Hunters have shot dead 54 wolves in a month in Sweden’s largest and most controversial cull of the animals yet, prompting fury from conservationists and satisfaction among farmers who consider the predators a threat to their livelihoods. The Stockholm government has authorised the shooting of 75 wolves in its 2023 cull, more than twice last year’s figure, despite warnings from scientists that wolf numbers are not large enough to sustain a healthy population. Continue reading...
02/07/2023 - 05:00
From contact lenses to blister packs and used dental floss, there are items that perplex even the most dedicated recycler. Here is the expert guide to getting organised – and getting rid of your rubbish I spend a lot of time – too much time – thinking about recycling and the main thing I think, over and over, is: it shouldn’t be this hard. Eighty per cent of UK households are “still unclear” about how to recycle effectively, according to research last year – and who can blame us? Labelling often requires a doctorate in semiotics to decode, kerbside collections are a postcode lottery and council recycling centres are often difficult to access without a car. At home, packaging piles up – no one knows what to do with toothbrushes or the cat’s treat packages, and we’re squabbling over pizza boxes. All of it amounts to us collectively wondering whether recycling is ultimately pointless because it’s all going to end up in landfill in the developing world. Continue reading...
02/07/2023 - 03:31
Energy company faces calls for toughened windfall tax as it reaps rewards from high gas prices UK business live – latest updates BP has scaled back its climate ambitions as it announced that annual profits more than doubled to $28bn (£23bn) in 2022 after a sharp increase in gas prices linked to the Ukraine war boosted its earnings. In a move that will anger campaigners, the oil and gas giant cut its emissions pledge and plans a greater production of oil and gas over the next seven years compared with previous targets. Continue reading...
02/07/2023 - 03:00
With floods covering much of the land, farmers in Paguir, an isolated village in Fangak county, are replacing despair with resilience and learning new skills to survive Words by Susan Martinez and photographs by Peter Caton for Action Against Hunger. A selection of the images can be seen at a free exhibition at the gallery@oxo in London from 8 to 19 February 2023 Continue reading...
02/06/2023 - 22:00
Rapid decline stumps researchers, who theorise traffic collisions, climate crisis, cane toads and inbreeding could play a role Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Numbers of spotted-tail quolls in north Queensland have dwindled to critically endangered levels, new research into the threatened marsupials suggests. Over two years, scientists monitored populations of the north Queensland subspecies of the spotted-tail quoll, Dasyurus maculatus gracilis, which lives in cool regions at high elevation. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/06/2023 - 21:21
Central Australian Frack Free Alliance argues NT environment minister failed to properly consider Tamboran project’s impact Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Activists have launched a legal challenge to the Northern Territory government’s decision to approve drilling and fracking by resources company Tamboran in the Beetaloo basin. The Central Australian Frack Free Alliance (Caffa) is asking the NT supreme court to review the process that led to the approval of Tamboran’s environmental management plan, arguing the environment minister, Lauren Moss, failed to properly consider the environmental impacts of the project. Continue reading...
02/06/2023 - 17:06
New research shows that degraded savanna ecosystems can reap lasting benefits from a single seeding of native understory plants. Once a diverse understory of savanna plants became established, its long-term persistence was relatively unaffected by environmental factors -- with one exception. Higher temperatures during the height of the growing season were associated with poorer long-term survival among some species, indicating one threat posed by a warming climate.
02/06/2023 - 16:43
City’s most famous feline was euthanized last year after being hit by vehicle, but his legacy lives on with a highway wildlife crossing On a sunny Saturday in Los Angeles, a packed outdoor crowd of 6,000 people at the Greek Theater cried, sang and swayed together as they bid adieu to one of the city’s most treasured residents: a mountain lion known as P-22. In a city more synonymous with billboards than biodiversity, an ageing bachelor puma made tracks into people’s hearts. When he was euthanized at the end of 2022 after being hit by a car, it stung. Continue reading...