Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/04/2022 - 11:46
Few in Somerset MP’s constituency share his enthusiasm but some do agree with need for ‘unpopular measures’ The sun was shining and the wind blowing steadily across Jacob Rees-Mogg’s manicured garden and the Somerset hills beyond. “It’s obvious on a day like this, isn’t it?” said Gary Marsh, a stonemason and a neighbour of the business secretary and Conservative MP for North East Somerset. “We should be putting more money into solar and wind energy. Plus tidal power on the coast at places like Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare. Not fracking, messing with the earth and water.” Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 11:30
Report commissioned by Wave Swell Energy says the machines would make a future clean electricity grid more stable and more reliable Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Deploying wave energy machines at a handful of locations on Australia’s south coast would make a future clean electricity grid more stable, more reliable and would dramatically cut the costs of buying batteries to store renewable energy, according to a new CSIRO report. The report was commissioned by Wave Swell Energy, an Australian company that has just finished a 12-month trial of its pilot plant on a beach at King Island, north of Tasmania. Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 11:30
Advocates deride $224.5m funding pledge given one study suggests $2bn a year needed to recover 2,000 threatened plants, animals and ecological communities Australia announces plan to halt extinction crisis and save 110 species Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The federal government will need to drastically increase funding for nature conservation in this month’s budget if it wants to prevent further extinction of native wildlife, conservationists say. The environment and water minister, Tanya Plibersek, announced the zero extinctions target on Tuesday as part of a revamped action plan for threatened species, prioritising conservation efforts for 110 plants and animals and 20 places. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 10:00
Its enzymes degrade polyethylene within hours at room temperature and could ‘revolutionise’ recycling Enzymes that rapidly break down plastic bags have been discovered in the saliva of wax worms, which are moth larvae that infest beehives. The enzymes are the first reported to break down polyethylene within hours at room temperature and could lead to cost-effective ways of recycling the plastic. Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 08:54
Exclusive: Note setting out business secretary’s views looks for ways to accelerate schemes, including streamlining HSE requirements Ministers are actively examining ways to evade legal, environmental and public scrutiny of new oil and gas projects including fracking, the Guardian has learned, sparking a furious reaction from green groups and opposition parties. Senior staff working on energy projects in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) have been instructed to look into ideas raised by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the business secretary, to escape potential judicial review of policies or public consultation. Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 08:38
Plastics campaigners call it ‘astounding’ that multinational they say is world’s top polluter has sponsored key UN climate meeting A sponsorship deal between this year’s UN climate conference and Coca-Cola, which has been described as the “world’s top polluter” by an environmental group, has been branded “greenwash” by campaigners. Cop27, to be held in the Egyptian coastal resort of Sharm el-Sheikh from 6-18 November, is the world’s primary forum for governments, businesses and environmental organisations to tackle the climate emergency. Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 08:00
Our cooks say you can use up that residual heat for baking, roasting, drying out bread and herbs, toasting nuts – or just to warm plates • Got a culinary dilemma? Email feast@theguardian.com I don’t want to waste the residual heat from my cooling oven. What can I cook or bake in there?Kay, Sheffield“Kay could use her cooling oven to preserve many things,” says Mark Birchall, chef-patron of Moor Hall in Lancashire. Herbs that are past their best (“or those in need of cutting back, like rosemary, for instance”) can be dried on an oven rack, then stuffed into a roast chicken, say, while bread that’s on its way out can also be dried (cut the crusts off first) in a cooling oven and blitzed into breadcrumbs. Alternatively, turn tomatoes into future treasures, says Sam Grainger, chef-owner of Belzan in Liverpool. “Halve them, add salt and a little oil [so they don’t stick], and put in a cast-iron skillet or pan. Leave them in the hot oven until it’s cool, and they’ll get better and better the longer they’re in there.” He adds his oven-dried tomatoes to salads and ramen, or turns them into soup or sauce, though for the latter two, he recommends peeling them first: “The skin doesn’t blend, so everything will be bitty otherwise.” Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 03:44
British women beat 6,000 applicants to spend five months working on Goudier Island It was one of the strangest of job alerts: a call to run the world’s most remote, coldest post office – on an island with no permanent residents – and count penguins in almost continuous daylight. But bizarre or not, it struck a chord: 6,000 people applied for the four jobs on Goudier Island in Port Lockroy, and now the winners have been announced: a newlywed, who will leave her husband behind for what she is calling a “solo honeymoon” and three other British women, who are equally thrilled by the adventure ahead. Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 02:00
Renewables, decarbonisation, activism, cooperation … The challenge is immense, but the situation is far from hopeless Support urgent, independent climate journalism today Every one of us will love someone who is still alive in 2100, says climate campaigner Ayisha Siddiqa. That loved one will either face a world in climate chaos or a clean, green utopia, depending on what we do today. It’s a powerful reason for action, providing hope that the will for transformative change can be found. But are there more tangible reasons for optimism in fighting the climate emergency? The challenge is undoubtedly immense: carbon emissions have yet to start falling and must plummet by half by 2030 to avoid the worst outcomes. Continue reading...
10/04/2022 - 02:00
Several African leaders at last month’s UN general assembly left dismayed after their calls for action on the climate crisis were overshadowed by the Ukraine war. One was Kenya’s new president, who writes here about why priorities must change There is almost no facet of society that will be left untouched by the ravages of the climate crisis and how we respond to it. The crisis poses fundamental questions for the economy; it affects public health and jobs, and its threats range from food security to national security. That is why it will be among the central concerns of my government and why I believe any responsible world leader must make it a priority. Climate change drives the droughts that affect the provision of water; destroys lives and livelihoods; cripples food production, and destroys our homes and infrastructure. Extreme temperatures affect migration patterns and exacerbate conflicts as hundreds of thousands flee to seek alternative livelihoods for survival. Continue reading...