Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/28/2022 - 05:54
Nairobi talks end in stalemate, prompting open letter to world leaders calling for action before Montreal conference UN biodiversity negotiations have reached crisis point due to a lack of engagement from governments, leading NGOs have warned, three years after experts revealed that Earth’s life-support systems are collapsing. Last week, countries met in Nairobi for an extra round of talks on an agreement to halt the human-driven destruction of the natural world, with the final targets set to be agreed at Cop15 in Montreal. Governments have never met a target they have set for themselves on halting the destruction of nature despite scientists warning in 2019 that one million species face extinction, and that nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history. Continue reading...
06/28/2022 - 04:53
Exclusive: Campaigners say funding could provide incentive to restart fracking if moratorium is lifted Fracking companies are likely to be eligible for tax breaks, potentially worth billions, that the government is extending to oil and gas companies to encourage new exploration of fossil fuel resources. Combined with high gas prices, the extra funding – which amounts to a subsidy, according to campaigners – could provide a strong incentive to restart fracking operations if a moratorium in the UK is lifted, which could happen as early as this week. Continue reading...
06/28/2022 - 03:46
Activists horrified by decision to give green light to stage three of the New Hope Group’s controversial mine Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Queensland has granted environmental approval to a controversial plan to expand an open-cut coalmine near Toowoomba and extend its life for another 12 years, in a move anti-coal campaigners say should be met “with horror”. Stage three of New Hope Group’s New Acland open cut coalmine was given the green light on Tuesday by the state’s department of environment and science. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/28/2022 - 02:00
Professor says link to extreme weather sometimes overestimated but climate costs underestimated Climate change is to blame for the majority of the heatwaves being recorded around the planet but the relation to other extreme events and their impacts on society is less clear, according to a study. “I think on the one hand we overestimate climate change because it’s now quite common that every time an extreme event happens, there is a big assumption that climate change is playing a big role, which is not always the case,” said Friederike Otto, a climate change and environment professor at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London, who was one of the lead authors of the research. Continue reading...
06/27/2022 - 17:15
‘It’s the wrong policy debate at the wrong time,’ industry says of capacity mechanism Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia’s peak renewable industry groups say paying coal and gas plants to remain in the electricity market as back-up capacity would be “a retrograde step”, and a lengthy debate about changes could stall much-needed new investment. Kane Thornton, the chief executive of the Clean Energy Council, said his organisation had “real concerns” about the proposal by the Energy Security Board for a so-called capacity mechanism to be introduced after 2025. Such a scheme would charge consumers for idle generation or supply to reduce risks of potential power shortages, as experienced across eastern Australia this month. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/27/2022 - 12:30
Scientists warn that while total number of cyclones may be decreasing, global heating will see a higher proportion of more damaging storms Global heating has coincided with fewer tropical cyclones forming each year around the globe compared with the second half of the 19th century, according to a new study. The average annual number of cyclones fell by 13% across the 20th century, with steeper declines seen after 1950. Continue reading...
06/27/2022 - 12:30
Former military heads warn of risks to food supply ahead of report from Australian Security Leaders Climate Group Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia is badly prepared for food insecurity fuelled by the climate crisis and war, former military leaders have warned. A new report, to be released on Tuesday, describes Australia and the Asia-Pacific as a “disaster alley” for climate change, but says governments in Canberra have not properly planned for the impact of “cascading and compound events”. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/27/2022 - 12:30
Discovery of varroa mite at Newcastle port has led to NSW beehives being locked down with a potentially ‘devastating effect’ on crops Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community The discovery of a deadly parasite being described as “Covid for bees” has had an immediate impact on apiaries, with a ban on movement across New South Wales, but is also likely to affect other agricultural industries, including the upcoming almond blossom season. Every August, the almond industry requires 300,000 beehives to pollinate the national crop, which represents the largest movement of livestock in the country. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
06/27/2022 - 12:30
A third of respondents think Albanese should adopt a more ambitious emissions target, while nearly half blame the Coalition’s climate wars for the energy crisis Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing A majority of voters support the recent pay boost for Australians on low incomes, but people are divided about whether the Albanese government should stick with its 43% emissions reduction target or go for something more ambitious, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll. The survey of 1,087 voters shows two-thirds of respondents (67%) support the recent 5.2% increase to the minimum wage championed by Anthony Albanese ahead of the May election, with only 15% opposed (16% of respondents neither support nor oppose the increase, while 3% are unsure). Continue reading...
06/27/2022 - 10:00
Climate-friendly practices can increase yields while improving ecosystem of farms, scientists say Farmers could continue to produce high crop yields with far less use of artificial fertilisers if they adopted environmentally sustainable practices, an academic study has shown for the first time. Techniques such as adding manure and compost to soils, growing nitrogen-fixing plants between crops, and cultivating a wide range of produce instead of sticking to the same crops, can all increase yields while protecting and improving the natural ecosystems of farms. Continue reading...