Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/21/2022 - 14:00
NSW government’s approval compromises ‘environmental integrity of the operation’, say campaigners Locals and advocates have been left “devastated” and concerned about the environmental impacts of the New South Wales government’s decision to allow Whitehaven Coal to bury used tyres onsite at the Maules Creek coalmine. The government approved Whitehaven’s modification application on 14 January to allow off-the-road (OTR) tyres that can no longer be used at the mine to be buried within the mine’s waste rock emplacement areas, “subject to appropriate environmental controls”. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 13:35
City council expected to vote to ban new oil and gas wells, and phase out existing ones, which residents have blamed for chronic health issues The University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a lot in common with urban areas across the US: a dense population with lots of businesses and housing. A cluster of car dealerships. A row of restaurants. Schools and a community center. But nestled in the predominantly Latino community is something rarely found in urban areas outside California: an oil field. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 13:00
Project does not meet EU’s requirement for environmental impact assessment, NGOs say The British petrochemicals company Ineos is facing a legal challenge over plans to build a giant plastics plant in Antwerp. The legal NGO ClientEarth, acting with 13 other NGOs, on Friday launched an appeal against Antwerp’s decision to grant Ineos a permit to build a chemicals installation to make ethylene from fracked US shale gas, the Guardian has learned. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 09:34
Officials from Exxon, Shell, Chevron and BP have been summoned to appear before the House oversight committee in February A US congressional committee has invited board members at four large oil companies to testify in February about the industry’s role in the climate crisis and spreading “disinformation”, turning up the heat on big oil after lawmakers grilled their CEOs last year. The hearing of officials from Exxon, Shell, Chevron and BP, scheduled for 8 February, is the next phase of the House oversight committee’s investigation into the role of fossil fuel companies in blocking action on climate change and misrepresenting the industry’s efforts to address it. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 07:00
Tiny particles including tyre dust found in ice cores stretching back 50 years, showing global plastic contamination Nanoplastic pollution has been detected in polar regions for the first time, indicating that the tiny particles are now pervasive around the world. The nanoparticles are smaller and more toxic than microplastics, which have already been found across the globe, but the impact of both on people’s health is unknown. Continue reading...
01/21/2022 - 07:00
The best of this week’s wildlife pictures, including beluga whales, a ‘snow fairy’ and two egrets hitching a lift Continue reading...
01/20/2022 - 23:56
Morrison government hails engineering milestone but researchers raise concerns and say it could increase emissions Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia will export its first load of liquefied hydrogen made from coal in an engineering milestone which researchers say could also lock in a new fossil fuel industry and increase the country’s carbon emissions. Under the $500m Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project, hydrogen will be made in Victoria’s LaTrobe valley from brown coal and transported aboard a purpose-built ship to Japan, where it will be burned in coal-fired power plants. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
01/20/2022 - 19:01
The deal to build an electric car battery plant near Blyth will bring up to 3,000 jobs to the area by 2028 The UK government will invest £100m in Britishvolt as the car battery manufacturing startup seeks to build Britain’s first large-scale “gigafactory” in the north-east of England. The government’s Automotive Transformation Fund will invest alongside asset management company Abrdn and its majority-owned property investment arm, Tritax, to fund a sale and leaseback deal for the huge building that will house the electric car battery factory, near Blyth in Northumberland. Continue reading...
01/20/2022 - 19:01
Government considers scrapping scheme that pays for energy efficiency measures for poorer households More than 30,000 jobs would be put at risk if the government were to scrap the energy bill levy that pays for home insulation improvements for poor households, the industry has warned. Ministers are mooting an end to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a £1bn levy on energy bills that pays for energy efficiency measures for people on low incomes. The energy price cap is expected to rise by about £700 to £2,000 for the average household bill in April, after a surge in gas prices. Continue reading...
01/20/2022 - 15:21
£140 might have been knocked off typical bill if rollout of projects had happened sooner, says industry Britain’s wind and solar farms could help to reduce households’ energy bills by paying back almost £800m to consumers by the end of the winter after gas and electricity market prices rocketed above their set subsidy levels. Households earned a £157m windfall from renewable energy generators for the first time in the final quarter of last year following record high market prices, according to official figures. Continue reading...