Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/28/2024 - 09:00
Allowing people to use multiple electricity providers could unleash the potential of EVs, solar panels and even hot water systems to feed back into the grid Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Households could be paid for feeding energy back into the grid from their electric vehicles, while households and businesses could sign up for multiple electricity suppliers for different power uses, such as pool pumps and solar panels, and increased competition could save consumers money. At least that’s the vision under draft rules aimed at changing how power companies and consumers interact. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 07:25
Two companies are applying to build farm in 1 sq km zoned-off area off Port Quin close to Port Isaac People who live, work and surf on one of Cornwall’s most famous stretches of coastline have reacted with consternation to plans to create a large seaweed farm 600 metres from the shore. Two companies, Biome Algae and Camel Fish, are applying to build the farm in a 1 sq km zoned-off area just off the north coast, not far from Padstow, known for being the home of the celebrity chef Rick Stein’s seafood empire. It is also close to Port Isaac, where the comedy drama Doc Martin is filmed, and the popular surfing beach at Polzeath. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 07:00
This winter’s mild temperatures, a result of climate change, have wrecked plans and disrupted local economies in the region As a child in the 1990s, Joseph Kuzma remembers how he and his father would – around this time of year – drive their truck out on to Lake Erie and set up a mini camp right on the ice. “We’d stay out there all weekend in an ice shanty. Catch fish, cook it and sleep in bunks on the ice,” he said. He also recalled sitting next to his brother when he drove a dump truck from the nearby island of Put-In-Bay to the mainland atop the lake ice, remarking: “We would have 6in to 8in of ice.” Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 06:41
Yemeni government warns of Red Sea environmental disaster after cargo ship struck by rebels last week Middle East crisis – live updates Houthi leaders have denied they have targeted critical underwater sea telecommunication cables, as Yemen’s UN-recognised government warned of an imminent marine environmental disaster if a cargo ship struck by the rebels last week was not quickly rescued. The Rubymar, a Belize-flagged but British-owned bulk carrier, has been drifting in the Red Sea after it was struck by two missiles. The ship, which is feared to be in danger of sinking, is leaking an 18-mile oil spill and carrying 41,000 tonnes of volatile fertiliser. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 06:00
Agriculture agency set aside nearly $3bn to give to farmers who cut emissions, but about $1.9bn spent on practices not doing that More than half of federal funding for “climate-smart” agriculture in the US goes to farming practices that are unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and in some cases, would even increase them, according to a new report by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG). The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) set aside more than $3bn to give to farmers who practice “climate-smart” agriculture, but roughly $1.9bn of it is being spent on practices that experts say aren’t actually combating the climate crisis. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 05:00
US climate chief hits out at ‘disinformation’ and ‘demagoguery’ being used as tactics by special interests to delay action The populist backlash against net zero around the world is imperilling the fight against climate breakdown and must be countered urgently or we face planetary destruction “beyond comprehension”, the US climate chief, John Kerry, has warned. He hit out at the rise of “disinformation” and “demagoguery” which he said were damaging the transition away from fossil fuels, and being used as tactics by special interests to delay action. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 04:20
UK’s largest water company also calls for dividend payouts and lower fines for breaches to avoid taxpayer bailout Thames Water has been lobbying the government and regulators to let it increase bills by 40%, pay lower fines for breaches and keep paying out dividends as part of efforts to avert a taxpayer bailout, according to a report. The UK’s largest water company was trying to strike a deal with the watchdog Ofwat that would give it permission to charge customers more to avoid having to be taken over by court-appointed special administrators, the Financial Times reported. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 03:01
Indian conglomerate says gigafactory in Bridgwater will bring about 4,000 jobs to region The Indian conglomerate Tata has confirmed Bridgwater in Somerset as the site of its new £4bn battery factory, which will bring about 4,000 jobs to the region. Tata’s battery business, Agratas, said it had bought land at the Gravity Smart campus off the M5, just outside the town. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 02:01
Populations were recovering, but a new study reveals that numbers dropped by 20% coinciding with a period of record temperatures in the North Pacific In 1972, a humpback whale nicknamed Festus was first spotted off the mountainous coast of south-east Alaska. He returned each summer for 44 years, entertaining whale watchers, local people and biologists as he fed in the cold, nutrient-rich waters of the North Pacific before returning to Hawaii to breed during the winters. But in June 2016, Festus was found floating dead in Glacier Bay national park. The primary cause of death was starvation, which scientists believe was likely caused by the most extreme marine heatwave on record. New research, published on Wednesday by Royal Society Open Science shows the humpback population in the North Pacific declined by 20% between 2013 and 2021 after warmer water upended the ecosystem. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 01:58
Revelation comes amid NSW asbestos crisis after contaminant found in mulch at more than 60 Sydney locations Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A school is one of 25 entities in Queensland’s south-east that were supplied mulch that could be contaminated with friable asbestos. The state’s department of environment (DESI) confirmed the dangerous material was found at waste facility NuGrow on 20 February in a proactive investigation by the government after asbestos was discovered at more than 60 sites across New South Wales in what has become an ongoing crisis in that state. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...