Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/29/2022 - 05:30
On Mongolia’s coal highway to the Chinese border, truck driver Maikhuu dreams of a better life and financial security for her three children. However, the road from the mines to China is riddled with accidents, toxic pollution, poor hygiene and now, amid the Covid crisis, drivers face days of quarantine on the border. Trapped in a hazardous industry, Maikhuu’s journey reflects the human and environmental costs of Mongolia’s mining boom Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 05:30
On Mongolia’s coal highway to the Chinese border, truck driver Maikhuu dreams of a better life and financial security for her three children. However, the road from the mines to China is riddled with accidents, toxic pollution, poor hygiene and now,  amid the Covid crisis, drivers face days of quarantine on the border. Trapped in a hazardous industry, Maikhuu's journey reflects the human and environmental costs of Mongolia’s mining boom Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 04:28
Energy giant says it will need to find $20bn to meets its goal of adding 12 gigawatts of new wind and solar plants and storage by 2036 Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Patricia McKenzie, AGL Energy’s new chair, breezily declared on Thursday “we’re in a very changed world now”, and she wasn’t wrong. Her 185-year-old company had just announced what might be its last chance at a strategy that services its 4.2m gas and power customers while addressing mounting pressure from shareholders that AGL has a plausible date to exit coal. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 01:05
Annastacia Palaszczuk unveils details about 5GW renewables project that is estimated to cost $12bn Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, says she has had preliminary conversations with the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, seeking federal backing for plans to build the world’s largest pumped hydroelectricity project in the state’s north. Palaszczuk was in Mackay on Thursday to unveil details about the proposed Pioneer-Burdekin project, which will take about a decade to plan and build. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 00:41
State environment minister Lily D’Ambrosio and federal counterpart Tanya Plibersek announce change as part of $515m recycling reform Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast All Victorian households will soon have four wheelie bins at home and be able to recycle pizza boxes and soft plastics, as part of the state government’s $515m reform of the recycling system. Victoria’s environment minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, was on Thursday joined by her federal counterpart, Tanya Plibersek, to announce the framework for the four-bin system, as well as a joint $14.3m worth of funding for recycling projects in Victoria. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 00:40
Conservationists say memorandum should prompt the government to be cautious as it drafts water allocation plans for Beetaloo Basin Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The Northern Territory government was warned that increasing water allocations for industry could change the flow to a major Top End river. Conservationists say a confidential government memorandum, released under freedom of information laws to the Environment Centre NT, should prompt the territory government to be cautious as it drafts water allocation plans for the Beetaloo Basin. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/29/2022 - 00:00
National Trust says dazzling display this year may be reversed if trees continue to face extreme summers After a year of extreme weather, a “unique” show of golden browns and buttery yellows could light up the UK’s trees in the next few weeks, a conservation charity has predicted, while warning that the impact of the climate emergency could threaten the show in autumns to come. The National Trust said that some stressed trees had shed leaves early during a “false autumn” because of the summer’s exceptional heat and dryness but said that it, nonetheless, believed a particularly vivid October and November could be on the way. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 23:09
Federal resources minister Madeleine King says agreement with three big exporters will ensure security of supply and avoid need for ‘gas trigger’ Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The government has struck a deal with the three major gas exporters on the east coast that will ensure sufficient supplies of the fossil fuel are available to avoid a potential shortfall next year. The federal resources minister, Madeleine King, said on Thursday she had signed a new heads of agreement with the three big LNG exporters – Santos’s GLNG plant, the ConocoPhillips-led APLNG group and Shell’s QGC operations. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 21:54
David Littleproud and Matt Canavan have turned the scare rhetoric up to 11, but the energy market operator has already accounted for much of their criticisms Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast Australia’s electricity networks are going through a revolution, with massive solar and wind farms, huge batteries and new hydro-electric plants pushing out coal and gas. If necessity (read: the climate crisis) is the mother of invention, then getting our energy without burning fossil fuels is the only idea on the drawing board. Continue reading...
09/28/2022 - 18:46
Agriculture minister says size of colony in Mandalong indicates there could be many more of the toxic intruders in the area Follow the day’s news, live Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast New South Wales is on alert after more than a dozen cane toads were found on a private property an hour’s drive north of Sydney. The state’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) biosecurity helpline confirmed a report had been made by a member of the public on 19 September after a “number” of cane toads were found at a property in the rural town of Mandalong, west of Lake Macquarie. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...