Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/13/2021 - 18:08
Nigel Topping says the Morrison government will face ‘a certain amount of pressure’ at the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June A leading UK climate official says Australia is alone among major countries in that neither its national government nor opposition have a significant climate plan, and frustrating local business leaders. Nigel Topping, the UN’s “high-level champion” whose role involves global outreach to drive global ambition ahead of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow in November, said he had not seen another country in which no major political party had a plan to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 13:38
Annalena Baerbock faces social media onslaught after voicing opposition to Nord Stream 2 project Fears are growing in Berlin of a Russian-led cyber campaign against the leader of Germany’s Green party after she pledged to block a gas pipeline project between Russia and Europe. Annalena Baerbock, who is running to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in September’s election, has been targeted in recent days by an increasingly vicious campaign across social media. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 13:24
Researchers report the discovery of several sets of fossilized tracks, likely from the brown bear-sized Coryphodon, that represent the earliest known evidence of mammals gathering near an ocean.
05/13/2021 - 12:30
Exclusive: Briefing note prepared for a meeting with government-funded scientists suggested they ‘don’t publish the paper’ The federal government tried to stop the publication of an academic paper that found it needed to drastically increase its spending on threatened Australian wildlife. Internal documents released to Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws show senior officials in the federal environment department spent months pressuring the scientists from the government-funded Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 12:00
Exclusive: prime minister’s short flights cast doubt on the sincerity of his pledges to fight the climate crisis, say critics Boris Johnson has been criticised for taking a short helicopter flight from London to the West Midlands to promote a local bike hire scheme, despite the train from London taking just more than two hours. Critics said the flight was “completely unnecessary” and cast doubt on the sincerity of the prime minister’s pledges to fight the climate crisis. Air travel produces far more global-heating emissions than other modes of transport. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 10:10
Court ruling gives go-ahead for sugar plantation in Bugoma forest, home to endangered chimpanzees Conservationists in Uganda have condemned as “shallow and absurd” a court ruling that authorised the government to allow swathes of a tropical forest to be cleared for a sugar-cane plantation. Three environmental groups had taken the government to court over a decision to allow Hoima Sugar Ltd to build on 5,500 hectares (13,500 acres) in the Bugoma Forest Reserve. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 10:00
Research says discharge of untreated sewage and wastewater during dry spells to blame Water companies are causing high levels of microplastic contamination in UK rivers by discharging untreated sewage and wastewater into the water system, new research reveals. As pressure builds on water companies, the Environment Agency and ministers to tackle the way water firms release untreated effluent into rivers, scientists have for the first time linked the practice to microplastic pollution. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 09:28
Move comes after campaign by New Forest national park authority in wake of fire in Wareham Forest last May Disposable barbecues have been banned across a swath of open countryside in Hampshire and Dorset after a campaign led by the New Forest national park authority. The move to ban the sale of disposable barbecues began last May in the wake of a catastrophic fire in Wareham Forest, Dorset, which burned slow worms and lizards alive and damaged more than 200 hectares (500 acres) of the site of special scientific interest. The fire was thought to have been caused by a disposable barbecue or a campfire. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 08:09
Colonial paid fee in ‘untraceable cryptocurrency’, report says Pipeline carries 100m gallons per day of gas, jet fuel and diesel Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the vast Colonial petrochemical pipeline stretching from Texas to New York was reaching full capacity again after resuming operations following a cyberattack. “This is not like flicking on a light switch. It’s going to take some time, and there may be some hiccups,” the US president said, adding that services were expected to return fully to normal this weekend. Continue reading...
05/13/2021 - 06:00
In states like Kansas, energy companies want to impose charges on people who produce their own power with rooftop arrays Kevin Good is the president of a small solar power company in Kansas – a state that tends to be so sunny you’d think he’d have it made. “I got into solar at maybe the worst point to do so in the last 50 years,” said Good, who runs Good Energy Solutions in Lawrence, a town of about 100,000. Continue reading...