Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/28/2024 - 19:39
Environment Protection Authority originally demanded asbestos be cleaned up by end of February but Transport for NSW granted extra month by watchdog Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The remediation and reopening of a major Sydney park where asbestos was found in mulch by a child in early January has been pushed back a month, sparking outrage from the local mayor and a state MP as more contamination is found across the city. Transport for New South Wales on Thursday announced it had been granted an extension for the works at the Rozelle parklands by the state’s environmental watchdog due to the extent of the remediation needed. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 19:00
Anyone reading the Australian’s Newspoll survey might think there was an actual proposal in place to build small modular nuclear reactors around Australia – except there isn’t Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast What happens when an uncosted Coalition thought-bubble to deploy an unavailable nuclear power technology across the country’s electricity grid is presented in an opinion poll as a concrete proposal? You get a page one story in The Australian under the headline: “Powerful majority supports nuclear option for energy security” backed with two pieces of commentary, an editorial and a narrative reliably echoed by Sky News Australia. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 16:09
Decision by premier Danielle Smith further pits Canadian province against environmental groups pushing green energy Alberta will block renewable energy projects on “prime” agricultural land and limit the placement of wind turbines to preserve “pristine viewscapes”, a decision that increasingly pits the western Canadian province against environmental groups pushing green energy – and the companies investing in it. The decision, announced by the premier, Danielle Smith, and utilities minister, Nathan Neudorf, on Wednesday, follows a controversial six-month ban on new renewable energy projects that is due to expire on 29 February. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 15:47
Older elephants in East Africa will be most severely impacted by climate change, threatening the long-term survival of this vulnerable African mammal, according to a new study.
02/28/2024 - 14:55
Neighbours complaining of building noise from property in Mawgan Porth, reports say It is the latest sequel in the long-running saga over the luxury ecohome Cate Blanchett is building in a picturesque seaside town in Cornwall once dubbed “Hollywood-on-Sea”. Neighbours have accused the actor of destroying family holidays with the building noise from the property in Mawgan Porth, it has been reported. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 14:00
Study finds ‘systematic progress’ achieved in 2010s with some states reaching targets a decade early Several European countries hit some of their sustainable energy targets for 2030 a decade early, a study has found, but big gaps remain across the board. All EU member states made progress in the 2010s toward reaching the UN’s seventh sustainable development goal, which calls for access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all” by 2030. For some indicators, several countries had already reached the targets by 2021, the study by Polish economists published on Wednesday found. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 13:09
‘Crucial’ UN resolution attempts to avoid repeat of injustices produced by Africa’s fossil fuel sector In an attempt to avoid the “injustices and extractivism” of fossil fuel operations, African leaders are calling for better controls on the dash for the minerals and metals needed for a clean energy transition. A resolution for structural change that will promote equitable benefit-sharing from extraction, supported by a group of mainly African countries including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Chad, was presented at the UN environmental assembly in Nairobi on Wednesday and called for the sustainable use of transitional minerals. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 12:26
Scientists confirm sighting of two same-sex marine giants copulating in amorous encounter off Hawaii coast Humpback whales have been observed having sex for the first time, with this landmark moment having an interesting twist – the two whales were male. Despite decades of research on humpback whales, sightings of the male’s penis have been rare. Copulation by the species had not been documented by people – until now, when two photographers captured images of a sexual encounter between two whales off the coast of Hawaii. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 10:45
Stations secure all-time high price of £65 a kW per year for 2027-28 in ‘capacity market’ auction Britain’s power stations are to command record prices to keep the lights on later this decade, amid concerns over a lack of electricity supply to meet a boom in demand. Plants secured an all-time high price of £65 a kilowatt per year for 2027-28 in a “capacity market” auction to supply power, outstripping the £63 per kW a year planned for 2026-2027, National Grid’s electricity system operator said. Continue reading...
02/28/2024 - 09:46
Nations should be cutting emissions to meet Paris agreement, says Michel Forst after year-long inquiry European nations must end the repression and criminalisation of peaceful protest and urgently take action to cut emissions in line with the Paris climate agreement to limit global heating to 1.5C, the UN special rapporteur on environmental defenders has said. After a year-long inquiry that included gathering evidence from the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, Michel Forst said the repression faced by peaceful environmental activists was a major threat to democracy and human rights. Continue reading...