Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/01/2022 - 17:48
Weeks before Cop15 in Montreal, leaked letter to EU shows host tried to water down deforestation regulations The Canadian government has been accused of putting its domestic timber industry ahead of the global environment, following a leaked attempt to water down the world’s most ambitious regulations on deforestation-free trade. Weeks before the United Nations biodiversity conference, Cop15 in Montreal, the host nation sent a letter to the European Commission asking for a reconsideration of “burdensome traceability requirements” within a proposed EU scheme that aims to eradicate unsustainably sourced wood products from the world’s biggest market. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 12:33
Eleventh month in a row of above-average temperatures means 2022 almost certain to set new mark The UK remains on track for its warmest year since records began, after November became the 11th month in a row of above-average temperatures. In order not to break the record, temperatures in December would have to drop to almost unprecedented lows, after an average mean temperature of 8.2C over November, the Met Office said. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 11:00
Since the bird was ‘rediscovered’ by accident in Borneo in 2020, ornithologists have returned to study the melodious species last documented more than 170 years ago For more than 170 years, and despite its name, scientists and birdwatchers heard no babbling, chirping, tweeting or any other sounds from the black-browed babbler. The bird was long assumed to be extinct, until an accidental discovery by two local men, Muhammad Suranto and Muhammad Rizky Fauzan, in the forests of Borneo’s South Kalimantan province. “I was out looking for forest products at the limestone hill just behind my home,” recalls Suranto. “I often look for birds and leftover wood to sell. We caught one of these birds on 5 October 2020. I’d seen it for a while, but I was never able to know its species.” Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 11:00
Wearable devices powered by kinetic energy of cows will gather data to help track cattle wellbeing Cows on farms could soon have their health, reproductive readiness and location monitored by smart technology powered by the kinetic energy of the animal’s movements. Devices that monitor the health of each cow or keep them within invisible fences are already used on farms but these smart tools are often powered by chemical batteries, which add to energy used by an emissions-intensive industry. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 10:35
Firm restoring nature on two estates hopes to give ordinary investors 5% annual return over 10 years Ordinary people are being invited to invest in projects to rewild the Scottish Highlands by a company that is restoring nature on two estates and seeking to expand its rewilding portfolio. “Citizen rewilders” can invest a minimum of £50 and up to £200,000 in £10 shares in Highlands Rewilding, which hopes to provide a 5% annual return on the investment over 10 years. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 10:08
Criticism of past 12 years comes as minister admits fresh delay to post-Brexit farm payment schemes Landowners have told the environment secretary they are “running out of patience” with the Conservative government after 12 years of the rural economy being “stifled” and delays to nature-friendly farming payment schemes. At a conference organised by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the largest rural landowner group in the country, Thérèse Coffey announced that the review into the new land payments schemes had concluded, but admitted that farmers and other land managers would remain in the dark with regards to detail on payment and standards until next year. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 09:37
Tower Hamlets removes play space in long-running row with parents over traffic near primary school An east London council has sent construction workers in the middle of the night to dismantle a wooden structure protecting a “school street”. Children at Chisenhale primary in Bow arrived on Thursday morning to find the structure and play space outside the school entrance gone. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 09:00
What flew under the radar during the election campaign is actually one of the most ambitious climate goals of any place in the world During the final weeks of the Victorian election campaign, Daniel Andrews took to wearing a State Electricity Commission jacket at press conferences, using it to highlight Labor’s flagship policy of supplying publicly owned renewable energy through a revived SEC. It got a lot of airtime, that jacket, and the promise it represented – a return to an era when governments owned big energy assets and jobs were for life. The premier spruiked the idea in his victory speech, adding that greedy energy companies were leaving the industry and “goodbye to them”, while volunteers in red shirts chanted “S-E-C! S-E-C!” – surely one of the more obscure political chants in memory. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 09:00
One official says the commonwealth is ‘flailing around in the dark’ while seeking a way to lower bills Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast With less than a week before the Albanese government is due to reveal its “comprehensive plan for energy price relief”, the states might be satisfied with one that is merely comprehensible. At their most recent gathering in October, energy ministers were told to expect an outline of the plan by 1 December. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 07:35
As participants arrive in Montreal to negotiate this decade’s targets for protecting biodiversity, two themes are getting the lion’s share of attention After more than two years of delays, Cop15, the once-in-decade global biodiversity summit, is about to begin. More than 10,000 participants from across the planet will start arriving in Montreal at the weekend to negotiate crucial goals for protecting biodiversity. There has been a coordinated push behind some targets, namely from a group of countries that want to protect 30% of land and sea for nature (30x30) by the end of the decade. The idea of “nature positive” is another theme being promoted in the pre-Cop15 rhetoric from NGOs and governments. Continue reading...