Breaking Waves: Ocean News

08/12/2020 - 13:22
Heatwave brings wind turbines to standstill and causes gas plants to struggle National Grid has fired up a coal-fired power station for the first time in 55 days after Britain’s record-breaking heatwave brought wind turbines to a near-standstill and caused gas-fired power stations to struggle. The electricity system operator brought Britain’s latest coal-free streak to an end by calling for the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire to begin generating electricity before a peak in electricity demand. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 12:30
Government under fire after major companies again given green light to lift carbon emissions without penalty Industry and environment groups have questioned the point of the Coalition government’s “safeguard mechanism” – which promised to keep a lid on industrial greenhouse gas emissions – after major companies were allowed to again increase pollution without penalty. BHP, Anglo American and Tomago Aluminium were among companies given the green light to increase emissions by a combined 1.6m tonnes of carbon dioxide a year in an announcement by the Clean Energy Regulator in late July. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 12:30
Inconsistencies in how fires are measured across the states leads to confusion over how much of the country actually burned, experts say A group of bushfire scientists have used an article in one of the world’s leading scientific journals to call for Australia to establish a national agency to monitor the scale, severity and impacts of fires. The eight scientists from Australia and Spain say inconsistencies in how the scale and severity of bushfires are measured across the states had led to confusion over how much of the country actually burned. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 12:30
The national Covid-19 commission was created to help steer the government through economic and social recovery from the pandemic. However, an interim report recommending large-scale investment in gas has raised alarm among energy and climate experts. Christopher Knaus explores what we know about the commission and concerns that key information is being withheld from the public You can also read Christopher’s reporting on warnings that Australia’s Covid commission risks ‘subversion’ of democracy, and how the Australian PM’s department has refused to release Covid-19 commission documents. Plus Katharine Murphy has written about the commission downplaying ‘green recovery’ and confirming a gas push in recent senate hearings. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 10:51
2019 was second or third hottest year ever recorded Average global temperature up 0.39C in 10 years The past decade was the hottest ever recorded globally, with 2019 either the second or third warmest year on record, as the climate crisis accelerated temperatures upwards worldwide, scientists have confirmed. Every decade since 1980 has been warmer than the preceding decade, with the period between 2010 and 2019 the hottest yet since worldwide temperature records began in the 19th century. The increase in average global temperature is rapidly gathering pace, with the last decade up to 0.39C warmer than the long-term average, compared with a 0.07C average increase per decade stretching back to 1880. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 05:00
Developers want to build a vast hydroelectric power facility that would flood sacred lands, threaten waterways and put habitats at risk Shortly before Lucille Daniel’s father died, he told her: “Take care of the land. Take care of the livestock.” This land, a patch of remote desert not far from the Grand Canyon on the western Navajo Nation, has been in the Daniel family for six generations. Lucille, 85, was born and grew up here. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 05:00
The pandemic has exacerbated severe energy and economic inequalities on Native lands in America – so people are turning to renewable energy Within hours of posting a video to Facebook and Twitter in which she offered to donate iPads to K-12 Native students, Amanda Cheromiah was inundated with increasingly desperate requests. Related: Bid to save Alaskan wild salmon receives surprise boost from Trump Jr Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 03:02
Labor’s climate and energy spokesman says taxpayer underwriting of new gas infrastructure would be ‘longest white elephant in Australian history’ Labor’s climate and energy spokesman Mark Butler has blasted his frontbench colleague Joel Fitzgibbon for endorsing the taxpayer underwriting of new gas infrastructure, championed by one of Scott Morrison’s most influential business advisers, before seeing the specifics. Fitzgibbon, the shadow resources minister, declared on Wednesday that Nev Power, the chair of Scott Morrison’s Covid advisory commission, was on the right path lobbying the government to support a gas-led recovery from the economic shock created by the pandemic. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 03:00
Bank argues JBS has ‘no action plan’ to tackle link between indirect suppliers and Amazon destruction following Guardian investigation Analysts at global banking giant HSBC have sounded the alarm over the potential risks of investing in JBS, the world’s biggest meat company, after a string of investigations raising concerns about Amazon deforestation issues in its beef supply chain. The meat giant “has no vision, action plan, timeline, technology or solution” for monitoring whether the cattle it buys originate from farms involved in rainforest destruction, according to analysis by the bank, which has substantial investments in the troubled meat packing firm. Continue reading...
08/12/2020 - 02:01
Indigenous people in headwaters region say financing harms communities and ecosystems Indigenous people living at the headwaters of the Amazon have called on European banks to stop financing oil development in the region, as it poses a threat to them and damages a fragile ecosystem, after a new report found $10bn in previously undisclosed funding for oil in the region. The headwaters of the Amazon in Ecuador and Peru are home to more than 500,000 indigenous people, including some who choose to live in voluntary isolation. The area, covering about 30m hectares (74m acres), hosts a diverse rainforest ecosystem, but it is threatened by the expansion of oil drilling. Continue reading...