Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/28/2022 - 02:00
While there are questions about the pace of Labour’s proposals, criticism in rightwing newspapers is bizarrely wide of the mark Labour’s ambitious plan for zero-carbon power by 2030 raises legitimate questions – which we’ll come to shortly – but the commentary in rightwing newspapers is bizarrely wide of the mark. Perhaps the strangest was a Daily Telegraph editorial that claimed Labour’s plan “would make the country more dependent on imported gas, not less”. As should be obvious, the opposite is true. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 01:00
We paid a deposit for solar panels with Green Energy Together but all we’ve got is scaffolding We had solar panels fitted in 2019 as part of the Solar Together initiative, and this year wanted to add to them. We chose Green Energy Together as it had done Solar Together projects with our council. We paid a £1,340 deposit. There was then a rather odd silence, but finally scaffolding and two installers appeared. The installers hadn’t been told the panels had to be fitted in addition to those already there, so the kit they had brought was inappropriate. Since then, in spite of daily phone calls and promises from the company that someone would ring back, nothing has happened. We eventually cancelled our order by phone and email, and asked for the return of our deposit and the removal of the scaffolding. Again, there has been silence, even from the company director we emailed directly. We are concerned that this company has over-reached itself while holding on to our money (and that of a lot of other people, if Trustpilot is to be believed). We are also concerned that the scaffolding is still on our house and is a security risk. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 00:54
Annastacia Palaszczuk says state is facing a ‘climate emergency’ while unveiling $62bn energy plan Follow the our live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Queensland will end its reliance on coal-fired power by 2035 under a 10-year $62bn energy plan to create a clean “super-grid” of solar, wind and hydroelectric power. In a historic announcement for a state known for its coal mining, the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said Queensland was facing a “climate emergency” and a bold vision was needed. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 00:30
There are many reasons to suggest a deal to save the natural world is possible in Montreal, if division can be overcome and the Brazilian president doesn’t cause problems We are at the beginning of a busy end to the year. The summer holidays are over in the northern hemisphere, the world economy is creaking into recession, war is raging in Ukraine and there is the small matter of the most important biodiversity conference in more than a decade: Cop15. Money will ultimately decide the fate of the summit and the ambition of the final text in Montreal this December, as will the mood after the climate Cop27, which ends two weeks earlier. In a series of dispatches ahead of the Cop15 UN biodiversity conference in Montreal in December, we will be hearing from a secret negotiator who is from a developing country involved in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework negotiations. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 00:00
Exclusive: Birkbeck, University of London, is first institution to blacklist firms ‘most responsible for destroying the planet’ Fossil fuel companies have been banned from recruiting students through a university careers service for the first time. The new policy from Birkbeck, University of London, states its careers service “will not hold relationships of any kind with oil, gas or mining companies”. The decision follows a campaign, supported by the student-led group People & Planet, to cut off recruitment pathways to fossil fuel companies. The campaign is now active in dozens of UK universities. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 00:00
State of the World’s Birds report warns human actions and climate crisis putting 49% in decline, with one in eight bird species under threat of extinction Nearly half of the planet’s bird species are in decline, according to a definitive report that paints the grimmest picture yet of the destruction of avian life. The State of the World’s Birds report, which is released every four years by BirdLife International, shows that the expansion and intensification of agriculture is putting pressure on 73% of species. Logging, invasive species, exploitation of natural resources and climate breakdown are the other main threats. Continue reading...
09/27/2022 - 20:00
The Capital Beach, hosted by Derek Brockbank, provides a round-up from American Shore & Beach Preservation Association’s (ASBPA’s) 2022 National Coastal Conference, “Sand, Surf, and Sediment,” held in Long Beach, CA this September.  Not the usual coastal policy-focused podcast, this episode of The Capital Beach has short interviews with six conference attendees: Susan Brodeur, Lee Weishar, Russ Boudreau, Julie Minerva, Brennan Banks, and Peter Ravella, who each bring a different perspective from near-retirement to first year grad-student, from engineer to policy expert, and from east coast to west coast.  Catch up on what you missed at the conference, or deepen you conference experience in this coastal conference round-up
09/27/2022 - 14:14
Two nuclear plants’ lives extended as country copes with loss of Russian gas and shortage of French electricity Germany’s planned exit from nuclear power by the end of this year has been officially delayed in order to shore up energy supplies during an expected shortfall this winter, the economic minister, Robert Habeck, announced on Tuesday. The decision follows a shortage in supplies of electricity coming from France due to the fact that more than half of its nuclear power stations are offline, Habeck told journalists in Berlin. Continue reading...
09/27/2022 - 13:07
The details behind Keir Starmer’s proposed publicly owned energy company when Labour take power The key pledge of Keir Starmer’s Labour conference speech was the proposed launch of Great British Energy, a publicly owned energy company to invest in clean UK power as part of the party’s commitment to “fight the Tories on economic growth”. But how does it work, and is it the same as renationalising energy? Continue reading...
09/27/2022 - 12:45
Both parties opposed the measure on energy permits, which critics said would gut environmental protections The US Senate has voted to advance a funding bill to avert a federal government shutdown, after a tense standoff over a controversial energy-permitting provision proposed by the West Virginia senator Joe Manchin ended with its withdrawal. A procedural vote on Tuesday to move forward with the funding bill succeeded easily, 72-23, after Democrats announced that the West Virginia senator’s proposal, which faced opposition from both parties, would be stripped from the final legislation. It was clear that, with Manchin’s plan included, Democrats were falling far short of the 60 votes needed to proceed, as most Republicans objected to it. Continue reading...