Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/20/2024 - 06:04
Friends of the Earth dismisses government’s revised climate action plan as a ‘pipe dream’ UK ministers are facing court for a second time over plans to meet legally binding climate targets, after environmental groups branded revised measures “a complete pipe dream”. The government has already been forced to change its climate action plan after a legal challenge by environmentalists, but the same groups are taking it back to court over updated plans they say are “riddled with holes and relian[t] on risky techno-fixes”. Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 02:36
Voters have made their position clear but our politicians are still not talking about how we can change the way we live and work to ease the climate crisis Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The last federal election was less than two years ago but the caravan moves on quickly. With politics dominated by cost-of-living concerns and daily distractions, it’s easy to forget the central role that dissatisfaction with the Coalition’s inaction and doublespeak on the climate crisis played in the result. It wasn’t the only factor, but an in-depth study found it was the biggest issue in driving voters away from the major parties to independents. It was the second biggest in motivating people who changed their vote to Labor. It stands to reason it was at least as important in the Greens increasing their support and seat count. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/20/2024 - 00:00
npj Ocean Sustainability, Published online: 20 February 2024; doi:10.1038/s44183-024-00044-y Under pressure: an integrated assessment of human activities and their potential impact on the ecosystem components of the Southern Brazilian continental shelf
02/19/2024 - 20:40
Fines of up to $2.2m can be levied against those who ignore biosecurity order to counter invasive insects Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Turf from fire ant-infested south-eastern Queensland will need to be specially treated when it is laid in New South Wales as part of the crackdown on the spread of the extremely invasive pest. Under amendments to NSW’s biosecurity (fire ants) emergency order, fines of up to $2.2m can be meted out to those who fail to chemically treat turf that originated in the red imported fire ant (Rifa)-affected zone in Queensland. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 14:13
Huge amounts of raw sewage were discharged into the river between November 2019 and February 2020 Severn Trent has been fined more than £2m for polluting the River Trent near Stoke, with the Environment Agency calling its storm contingency plans “woefully inadequate”. Huge amounts of raw sewage were discharged into the river from Strongford wastewater treatment works near Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, between November 2019 and February 2020. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 14:00
Exclusive: Bill also criticised by Greens and Environmental Defenders Office who claim it will help fast-track offshore gas developments Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast An Indigenous activist who took on Woodside in the federal court has accused Labor of seeking to “silence Aboriginal voices” over changes that may water down consultation requirements for offshore gas development. Raelene Cooper, a Mardudhunera woman and founder of the organisation Save Our Songlines, has spoken out about a bill that aims to preserve approvals for offshore gas projects against reconsideration if rules are tightened in future. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:13
Measures to eradicate wild boar population designed to stem risk of African swine fever outbreak Norway could build a fence along its border with Sweden as part of a package of measures designed to eradicate its wild boar population after an outbreak of African swine fever in Sweden last year. Up to 2,000 wild boars face slaughter in Norway under the plan submitted by the country’s food safety authority and its environment agency, on the grounds of the “great danger” boars pose to commercial pig farming. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:00
Garden sightings of the creatures up two percentage points, according to Gardeners’ World magazine readers Hedgehogs have had some unexpected good news after years of decline in British gardens caused by habitat loss and fragmentation: their numbers may finally be on the way up again. Readers of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine were asked to chronicle the wildlife in their gardens, and reported that hedgehog sightings were up two percentage points. The magazine’s previous annual survey had them to be declining. Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:00
UTS researchers say firms including Coles, Woolworths, Telstra, Rio Tinto and Qantas have no ‘comprehensive, independently verified and fully costed plan’ to reduce emissions Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Ten of Australia’s best-known corporations – including Coles, Telstra, Woolworths and Qantas – have no clear plans to stop using or supporting fossil fuels despite having targets to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report. The companies were also failing to report clearly the impact of their businesses on the climate warming caused directly or indirectly from land clearing. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
02/19/2024 - 09:00
US research shows foods such as butter and processed meat likely to increase levels of toxic PFAS in blood over time Diets rich in foods such as processed meat and butter likely increase levels of toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” in human blood over time, new peer-reviewed research has found. The paper identified a range of foods to be among the drivers of high PFAS levels, including teas, pork, candy, sports drinks, processed meat, butter, chips and bottled water. The research also pointed to higher PFAS blood levels among those who consumed more carryout or food prepared at restaurants. Continue reading...