Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/12/2021 - 23:03
Plastic bags, straws and cutlery, along with polystyrene, will be banned as part of a five-year $356m plan Lightweight plastic bags, disposable plastic straws and cutlery, plastic cotton buds and microbeads will be banned in New South Wales from next year, as part of a state government push to reduce plastic litter by 30% by 2025. Reducing plastic waste is part of a wider $356m five-year plan from the NSW government that will also see a new “green” bin for food and organic waste rolled out to homes across the state by 2030 – something the state’s environment minister Matt Kean says will help reduce emissions in landfill and allow greater extraction of biogas from waste. Continue reading...
06/12/2021 - 16:31
Boris Johnson announces £500m for ‘blue planet fund’, but pledge was contained in 2019 Conservative manifesto Environmental campaigners stage ‘festival-type’ protests at G7 G7 summit protests – in pictures Boris Johnson has set out his intention to “build back better for the world”, to protect the natural environment and wildlife, and tackle the climate crisis, at the G7 summit in Cornwall. But he committed no new funds to the initiative, and other G7 leaders showed little sign of coming forward with the cash commitments that campaigners said were needed to help developing countries cope with the climate emergency. Announcing £500m to be spent on a “blue planet fund”, for the protection of the oceans and coastal areas in poor countries, he said: “As democratic nations, we have a responsibility to help developing countries reap the benefits of clean growth through a fair and transparent system. The G7 has an unprecedented opportunity to drive a global green industrial revolution, with the potential to transform the way we live. Continue reading...
06/12/2021 - 11:38
World leaders called upon to put the ocean first and respond to the demands of climate change All hot air: UK commits to climate action but not to new funding G7 summit protests – in pictures Thousands of protesters, young and old, took to the sea and the beaches and streets of Cornwall to try to make their voices heard by the G7 leaders. Arguably, the most picturesque demonstration took place off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth where more than 1,000 surfers, kayakers and swimmers staged a “paddle out” organised by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to call for more protection for the world’s seas and oceans. Continue reading...
06/12/2021 - 07:50
Michael Packard, 56, was spat out after half a minute but expert says experience would have been ‘totally freaky’ for the whale A New England lobsterman has described the moment he realised he was trapped in the mouth of a humpback whale off the coast of Cape Cod. “Oh my God, I’m in a whale’s mouth and he’s trying to swallow me. I thought to myself, ‘hey, this is it. I’m finally going to die. There’s no getting out of here,’’’ Michael Packard told a local news station in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Continue reading...
06/12/2021 - 03:00
‘Premature austerity will threaten growth’ as world recovers from Covid-19, says climate economist Wealthy nations must ignore calls to rein in public spending as the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic gathers pace, or risk a fresh crisis, the climate economist Nicholas Stern has warned. Leaders of the G7 industrialised countries are meeting in Cornwall this weekend, to discuss vaccines, the recovery from the pandemic, and the climate crisis. Continue reading...
06/12/2021 - 02:00
‘Queen of the Deep’ says it is not too late to reverse human-made damage to oceans and preserve biodiversity The world has the opportunity in the next 10 years to restore our oceans to health after decades of steep decline – but to achieve that, people must wake up to the problem, join in efforts to protect marine areas and stop eating tuna, according to the oceanographer and deep sea explorer Sylvia Earle. “We are at the most exciting time maybe ever to be a human, because we’re armed with knowledge,” said Earle, also known as the Queen of the Deep and “her Deepness”. Earle has also set numerous records for deep sea diving, and was the first woman to serve as chief scientist of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Continue reading...
06/12/2021 - 01:01
Undercover documentary investigates the trafficking of Latin America’s big cat to meet demand in China Elizabeth Unger was a 25-year-old biology graduate working as a PhD research assistant for big cat and climate projects in Latin America when she heard about the Bolivian authorities intercepting dozens of packages containing jaguar fangs sent by Chinese citizens to addresses in China. “I was really blown away as [the story] was completely under the radar,” she says. Six years later, she is making her directorial debut with a film about the trade, which is contributing to a decline in the population of Latin America’s iconic big cat. Continue reading...
06/11/2021 - 18:05
Australia, one of four guest countries invited to the summit in Cornwall, is an outlier on climate with G7 nations agreeing to more ambitious targets Bill Hare: Ignore, defend and pretend: Scott Morrison’s G7 climate strategy is embarrassing Scott Morrison has arrived at the G7 meeting of the world’s so-called most advanced economies amidst climate change protests and a call from Prince Charles to “do it for the planet”. Official talks on economic recovery, global resilience and foreign policy started Friday between the leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. Continue reading...
06/11/2021 - 16:40
Pine Island Glacier's ice shelf lost about one-fifth of its total area between 2017 and 2020, in three dramatic collapses. Meanwhile the glacier sped up by 12 percent. The rest of the ice shelf, the authors say, could disappear much sooner than previous studies had suggested.
06/11/2021 - 15:00
Australia’s largest telco will instead focus on pumping power back into the network from the new $120m Crookwell 3 windfarm in NSW The Telstra CEO, Andy Penn, has said the company is too big to go “off-grid” in its pursuit of using 100% renewable energy, meaning it must invest in returning renewable energy to the grid to achieve its goal. Australia’s largest telecommunications company has towers, exchanges, data centres and a network of 50,000km of fibre running across the country. It accounts for around 1% of all of Australia’s energy production and is the 14th biggest electricity user in Australia. Continue reading...