Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/30/2016 - 22:07
Greens leader Richard Di Natale criticises Labor and the Coalition for their commitments to new coalmines, accusing them of taking huge donations from the fossil fuel lobby and harming the future of renewables on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday. When asked about his plans for central Queensland, Di Natale says: ‘I tell you what we won’t be doing is opening up a new coalmine and killing the Great Barrier Reef.” Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 21:24
The full draft of the Unesco report on climate change reveals many mentions of Australia were actually positive Greg Hunt has conducted one of the strangest manoeuvres of his already rather gymnastic career, over the erasure of Australia from a United Nations report on climate change. Guardian Australia had broken the story that all mentions of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef had been scrubbed from the report at the request of the environment department. Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 19:59
Resources minister says candidates are challenging Bill Shorten’s authority on coal and Adani’s Carmichael mine The resources minister, Josh Frydenberg, has taken aim at a number of outspoken Labor candidates who oppose new coalmines and called on Bill Shorten to clarify the party’s position. The Courier-Mail has reported Labor’s candidate for North Sydney, Peter Hayes, tweeted: “[Australia’s] defence of coal mining and export is in the same league as heroin poppy cultivation and exports elsewhere!” Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 18:20
Polling indicates 71% would be more likely to vote for a party that supported distributed small-scale solar and storage Battery storage technology has the potential to reshape not just the energy and transport sectors but also the upcoming Australian federal election, according to a new report. The Australia Institute report Securing Renewables: How Batteries Solve the Problem of Clean Electricity includes polling indicating that 71% of Australians would be more likely to vote for a party that supported distributed small-scale solar and storage. Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 16:27
Labor’s Terri Butler and the Coalition’s Steve Ciobo turn on Greens leader after he describes their commitment to coalmines ‘the great tragedy’ The commitment by both major parties to new coalmines that threaten the Great Barrier Reef was “the great tragedy” of Australian politics, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday. Di Natale, who was forced to defend the role of his party from both Labor and Coalition rivals, who branded him “arrogant”, linked fossil fuel donations to the two major parties to the economic woes now felt in regions like central Queensland. Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 15:38
The Australian Conservation Foundation’s assessment of the parties’ policies awards the Coalition 11 points out of 100, Labor 53 and the Greens 77 The Australian Conservation Foundation has described the Coalition’s environmental policies as “woefully inadequate” in its traditional election scorecard. It gave the Coalition 11 points out of a possible 100, Labor 53 and the Greens 77. Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 14:32
Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a 'dirty blizzard' to the seafloor.
05/30/2016 - 12:07
Officials in Thailand take three tigers away from a Buddhist temple during a raid over wildlife trafficking claims. The tigers are tranquilised and taken away on stretchers to be transferred to a state-owned sanctuary. Dozens of tigers remain at the temple in Kanchanaburi province, and tourists are seen taking selfies with the big cats. The temple claims it is a wildlife sanctuary, but authorities are investigating it for animal trafficking and abuse Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 11:47
Data released to Greenpeace in response to FoI requests show number of prosecutions has dropped significantly in recent years Far fewer pirate fishermen are being caught in English and Welsh waters, with prosecutions, warnings and inspections all plummeting in recent years following cuts at the enforcement agency. The reduction in action against illegal fishing, a multimillion-pound activity, is putting marine life at risk and allowing “blackfish” to become a normal catch for some rogue operators, according to experts. Those convicted of major fishing crimes are also free to continue fishing afterwards. Continue reading...
05/30/2016 - 11:15
A worried mother elephant looks on as her calf is rescued by wildlife officials in Sri Lanka, after it fell into an open drain. Rescuers in the town of Hambantota fire smoke bullets to keep her from coming too close while they dismantle the drain and pull the calf to safety Continue reading...