Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/20/2023 - 02:30
Several US states say news that Exxon scientists predicted global heating accurately strengthens their lawsuits against company Further revelations of the extent of Exxon’s historical knowledge of the unfolding climate crisis may have deepened the legal peril faced by the oil giant, with several US states suing the company for alleged deception, claiming their cases have now been strengthened. A research paper published last week found that from the 1970s onwards, Exxon climate scientists “correctly and skillfully” predicted climbing global temperatures, rising by around 0.2C a decade due to the burning of fossil fuels, often matching or surpassing the accuracy of projections by independent outside scientists. Continue reading...
01/20/2023 - 02:00
In an attempt to gain popular support, Extinction Rebellion has promised to 'quit' public disruption as a primary tactic of its protests, focusing instead on the 'perpetrators' of climate destruction. The Guardian environment correspondent Damien Gayle joins the group in its first targeted action against Michael Gove's Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and the UK government's decision to approve a new coalmine in Cumbria Continue reading...
01/20/2023 - 01:00
Small interventions on electric cars and plant-based meat could unlock rapid emissions cuts, say experts Three “super-tipping points” for climate action could trigger a cascade of decarbonisation across the global economy, according to a report. Relatively small policy interventions on electric cars, plant-based alternatives to meat and green fertilisers would lead to unstoppable growth in those sectors, the experts said. Continue reading...
01/20/2023 - 00:54
After hours of debate among locals, Queensland’s acting premier Steven Miles declared that rangers had spoken Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Queensland’s acting premier has shut down speculation of a second crocodile sighting on North Stradbroke Island, also known as Minjerribah, revealing rangers had declared new footage taken on Friday as showing a dugong. After reports of a “credible” crocodile sighting on Wednesday, 400km south of its usual habitat range, the island was again in a frenzy on Friday as residents swarmed to One Mile jetty to catch a glimpse of something moving through the water. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
01/19/2023 - 23:04
Video of alleged criminal damage shows a woman spraypainting Woodside logo on artwork in protest of operations near sacred rock art on Burrup peninsula Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Police have charged a woman who defaced an Australian masterpiece in protest against Woodside Energy. A video released by activist group Disrupt Burrup Hub on Thursday showed a woman spraypainting a Woodside logo on Frederick McCubbin’s Down on his luck, at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She then appeared to glue her hand to the wall, while a man unfurled an Aboriginal flag, made an acknowledgment of country, and spoke about Woodside’s “ongoing desecration of sacred Murujuga rock art”. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
01/19/2023 - 23:01
Calls for businesses to do own due diligence after Guardian revealed more than 90% of rainforest credits from a leading offsets provider were likely worthless Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Some of Australia’s best known companies – including Qantas, Origin and Zoos Victoria – are being urged to check the effectiveness of overseas rainforest carbon credits used to underpin carbon neutral claims made through a federal government program. This week the Guardian revealed more than 90% of the rainforest credits issued through a leading global verification organisation, Verra, were likely worthless and could make global heating worse. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
01/19/2023 - 21:00
On this episode of Shorewords!, join host Lesley Ewing in conversation with Kiki Patsch and Ryan Anderson about their paper, Adapting to Shoreline Retreat: Finding a Path Forward. We spoke about this paper in September 2021, but in light of the recent series of devastating storms that have attacked the California coast in late 2022 and early 2023, it was time for another conversation. Certain events can become reference points for future decisions and these storms may be such a reference. As Kiki said, people need to hear new messages 57 times before the information sinks in.   Perhaps the hundreds of news stories can accelerate that process. Both Kiki and Ryan have been checking out the coast; listen to this podcast to hear their observations from their local beaches and how these storms may change perceptions about coastal dynamics.
01/19/2023 - 19:48
The animal weighed in at a possible new world record of 2.7kg (6lbs) and was discovered by park rangers on a walk in Queensland Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast She’s toxic, weighs as much as some newborn babies and was found in the wilds of Australia’s far north. A giant cane toad, dubbed “Toadzilla”, that was found by rangers in Queensland’s Conway national park on Thursday, is believed to be the largest of her species ever found. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
01/19/2023 - 19:01
Colony of about 500 birds seen in remote region where they face existential threat due to global heating A newly discovered emperor penguin colony has been seen using satellite images of one the most remote and inaccessible regions of Antarctica. The colony, home to about 500 birds, makes a total of 66 known emperor penguin colonies around the coastline of Antarctica, half of which were discovered by space satellites. The climate crisis is posing an existential threat to these colonies, as sea ice is rapidly melting. Continue reading...
01/17/2023 - 21:00
Tune in to the first Sea Change Podcast episode of the New Year to catch up with Jenna and her good friend, Rafeed Hussain. During this discussion, the two chat about their love for the ocean, photography, the importance of ocean planning, and so much more. In addition to being a friend of Jenna's, Rafeed is a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs Student at the University of Rhode Island, a talented photographer, and a former Ocean Planning Program Specialist for Ocean Conservancy. This episode is excellent for anyone considering grad school or entering the field of ocean policy.