Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/20/2021 - 23:00
For the past few months Insulate Britain have been blocking roads in an effort to pressure the government into sealing up the UK’s leaky, draughty housing-stock. So why are a group of eco-activists facing confrontations from angry drivers, and even risking injury, for insulation? Shivani Dave speaks to environment correspondent Matthew Taylor about Insulate Britain’s demands and explores the possible health benefits of properly insulated homes with Dr James Milner Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 18:04
The claim landholders have done the ‘heavy lifting’ relies on the protocol being signed seven years before it actually was • Temperature Check is a weekly column examining claims about climate change made by governments, politicians, business and in the media Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Members of the National party and farming groups have been claiming for months that landholders have done all the “heavy lifting” on cuts to climate pollution in Australia. On Tuesday morning, the resources minister and Queensland MP, Keith Pitt, was the latest to make the claim. Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 17:42
The strong comments from the French ambassador come as a report ranks Australia last on emissions reduction for developed nations Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing France’s ambassador has urged Australia to embrace stronger 2030 emission reduction targets, as he declared there was “no room for complacency” or “procrastination” ahead of the crucial Glasgow summit. Jean-Pierre Thébault pointedly praised all state and territory governments for already committing to net-zero by 2050, while describing NSW’s recent pledge to halve emissions by the end of this decade as being in “the right direction”. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 13:59
Treasury document suggests move to electric vehicles could hit poorer citizens hardest Anger is growing across the Conservative party over a Treasury document on the costs of the net zero strategy which MPs claim has been “neutered” – though sources insisted estimates had not been reliable enough to include. Alongside Boris Johnson’s strategy to end Britain’s contribution to the climate crisis by 2050, the Treasury released an assessment warning it may need to raise taxes or cut public spending to fund the strategy. Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 13:00
Slower ocean circulation as the result of climate change could intensify extreme cold weather in the U.S., according to new research.
10/20/2021 - 12:58
Ocean waves can be powerful, containing enough energy to push around sand, pebbles and even boulders during storms. These waves, as well as smaller, more gentle ones, could be tapped as a source of renewable energy. Now, researchers have developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices.
10/20/2021 - 12:41
One of world’s biggest fertiliser producers calls for action as high gas prices force it to slash production The global energy crisis could escalate into a world food crisis leading to famine in vulnerable countries unless urgent action is taken, one of the world’s biggest producers of fertiliser has warned. Svein Tore Holsether, the chief executive of Yara, which produces 8.6m tonnes of the key fertiliser ingredient ammonia annually, said high gas costs meant it was curbing production in Europe by 40%. Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 11:59
Our ridiculous addiction to acquiring more possessions is stuffing up the planet, so it’s time to call in the experts Ages ago, an old friend who was an early adopter of environmental concerns wanted a new kitchen. He asked an expert he knew from his work in woodland conservation what wood his new kitchen should be built with. He was startled to get a sharp response: “If you really care, then don’t come to me asking which wood to use; ask yourself if you really need a new kitchen.” Point taken, but not much acted upon, by him, me or anyone else I’ve come across. I’m so sick of stuff. Some of it is stuff I really need or that is at least genuinely nice to have, but a good 70% is useless stuff. Clothes I’ll never wear, books I’ll never read, kitchen utensils I’ll never utilise. Items big and small that presumably felt essential the day I bought them but turned out to be quite the opposite. I suppose that as I get older the 70% figure will grow and grow until the morning of the day I shuffle off this mortal coil. At this point the percentage of stuff I own that is useless to me will stand at a nice round 100, because, of course, I won’t be able to take it with me. But what I will be able to do is leave it to my children to bump up the percentage of stuff useless to them that they own. And so it goes on. Adrian Chiles is a broadcaster, writer and Guardian columnist Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 11:57
The units are expensive to install, and become less efficient at low outside temperatures, writes Gary Bennett. Plus letters from Frank Brown and Austen Lynch If you search online how domestic heat pumps work, you soon find out that they are expensive to install and generate a constant noise that could be a problem with close neighbours (£5,000 grants unveiled to support home heat pump installation, 18 October). What is less well known is that, although they might replace what gas and oil-fired domestic boiler systems do, they also start becoming less efficient and effective when the outside temperature is about 5C and lower – just the temperature at which you definitely need effective domestic heating. Also, there is no guarantee that the electricity used to power each unit comes from a renewable or truly zero carbon source. So why are we wasting our time with this “compromise”, and at a cost to us taxpayers of £5,000 a pop? Surely it couldn’t be for last minute Cop26 cosmetic reasons?Gary BennettExeter Continue reading...
10/20/2021 - 09:35
Government ‘nudge unit’ document published alongside net zero strategy before being withdrawn within hours A blueprint to change public behaviour to cut carbon emissions, including levies on high-carbon food and a reduction in frequent flying, was published by the government alongside its net zero strategy on Tuesday but was withdrawn within a few hours. Recommendations in the blueprint are in contrast to Boris Johnson’s promise in the strategy foreword that transitioning to net zero could happen without sacrificing the things we love. “This strategy shows how we can build back greener, without so much as a hair shirt in sight,” the foreword stated. Continue reading...