Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/16/2019 - 11:20
Broadcaster will act as ambassador for government review into global costs and risks of habitat loss Sir David Attenborough has agreed to become the public face of a landmark government study into biodiversity loss and its impact on the economy. The broadcaster and naturalist will act as an ambassador to promote the review around the world as the government attempts to demonstrate its determination to fight the climate emergency. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 07:33
With Trump expected to skip the UN climate summit, the question will be: what’s possible if the most powerful nation is pulling away from action? ‘Americans are waking up’: two thirds say climate crisis must be addressed This story originally appeared in the Nation. It is republished here as part of the Guardian’s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. As world leaders converge on New York City for the United Nations climate action Summit on 23 September, they enter what may be the most consequential week in climate politics since Donald Trump’s surprise election as president of the United States in 2016. Trump, of course, announced soon after taking office that he was withdrawing the US from the Paris agreement, the landmark treaty signed at the last big UN climate summit in 2015. António Guterres, the UN secretary general, convened this week’s summit precisely because the US and most other countries remain far from honoring their Paris pledges to reduce heat-trapping emissions enough to prevent catastrophic climate disruption. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 05:05
Inbreeding blamed as only 61 of 147 big cats survive after removal from tourist attraction More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a Thai temple have died, park officials have said, blaming genetic problems linked to inbreeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction. For years, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi attracted hordes of tourists who could be photographed – for a fee – next to scores of tigers. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 04:49
Frank Bainimarama wants the two countries to ‘unite behind the science’ of limiting global heating to 1.5C The Fijian prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, has called on Australia to be “far more ambitious” in reducing greenhouse gases, linking the climate crisis to extreme weather events in the Pacific including drought and bushfires in Australia. On the final official day of his visit to Australia, Bainimarama nominated the “varied level of ambition when it comes to confronting the threat of climate change” as a key difference between the two countries and called for everyone to “unite behind the science” of limiting global heating to 1.5C. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 00:49
Australia’s agricultural production will fall and food insecurity will rise without a climate strategy, report warns Nationals MPs have snubbed a farmers’ group launching a major climate change report that warns the Australian agricultural sector faces “significant threats to viability” without a new national climate strategy. The report, launched by the Farmers for Climate Action group at Parliament House on Monday, warns that agricultural production will fall, farm profits will decline and food insecurity will increase if the government does not come up with a cohesive national strategy on climate change and agriculture. Continue reading...
09/16/2019 - 00:14
Territory government says it will phase out natural gas and pursue electrification of buses and private cars The Australian Capital Territory plans to phase out natural gas, electrify its bus fleets and public school buildings, and introduce incentives for drivers who buy electric cars. The ACT government announced its climate strategy for 2019-25 on Monday, with several nation-first policies it said would further the territory’s “global leading climate efforts”. Continue reading...
09/15/2019 - 22:28
NSW cabinet set to debate preventing irrigators from taking water from the Barwon-Darling river system during low-flow events The New South Wales cabinet will this week consider whether to restrict irrigators in the Barwon-Darling from accessing water during low-flow events, as the drought in the west of the state deepens. A highly critical report by the independent NSW Natural Resources Commission a month ago described the Barwon-Darling as “an ecosystem in crisis” and warned that “the current cease-to-flow period is the longest since records began”. Continue reading...
09/15/2019 - 15:19
Seventy-six-year-old suffered head injuries when he veered off a bike path and hit a fence post in Wollongong A man has died of head injuries after he was startled by a magpie and crashed his bicycle in Wollongong. The 76-year-old was riding a pushbike on an off-road path alongside Nicholson Park at Woonona on Sunday morning when he veered off to avoid a swooping magpie, witnesses reported. Continue reading...
09/15/2019 - 13:00
New survey finds almost 80% support CEOs having a say, but more than half believe when they do, it is out of self-interest Australians overwhelmingly support business leaders speaking out on social and political issues, according to a new survey that conflicts with government efforts to paint such efforts as corporate kowtowing to “noisy elites”. However, the new survey, from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (Ceda), also shows that when chief executives do speak out they are regarded as doing so out of self-interest. Continue reading...
09/15/2019 - 13:00
Papua New Guinea out of pocket $157m from failed attempt at mining material from deep-sea vents as opponents point to environmental risk The “total failure” of PNG’s controversial deep sea mining project Solwara 1 has spurred calls for a Pacific-wide moratorium on seabed mining for a decade. The company behind Solwara 1, Nautilus, has gone into administration, with major creditors seeking a restructure to recoup hundreds of millions sunk into the controversial project. Continue reading...