Breaking Waves: Ocean News en South Korea closes dog slaughterhouse complex amid activist pressure <p>Animal rights groups hope site’s closure will lead to total ban on country’s tradition of eating dog meat</p> <p>South Korean officials have begun dismantling the country’s largest canine slaughterhouse complex, as animal rights activists push to end the custom of eating dog meat.</p> <p>About one million dogs are eaten each year in South Korea, often as a summertime delicacy. The greasy red meat is believed to increase energy.</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:42:52 +0000 admin 70269 at Climate-heating greenhouse gases at record levels, says UN <p>Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are far above pre-industrial levels</p> <p>The main greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change have all reached record levels, the UN’s meteorology experts have reported.</p> <p>Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are now far above pre-industrial levels, with no sign of a reversal of the upward trend, a <a href="">World Meteorological Organization</a> report says.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 09:00:36 +0000 admin 70270 at Bill Shorten chooses to be the grown-up on energy as Coalition's toddlers have a tantrum <p>Scott Morrison and his offsiders are competing for the title of biggest numpty as Labor offers sensible solutions</p> <p>On climate and energy policy, Labor never learns from its mistakes, Scott Morrison told us on Thursday, apparently limbering up for another heart-warming election season of who can be the biggest numpty.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:18:05 +0000 admin 70266 at Growth hormones and gestation crates: the bacon we'll buy with a US trade deal <p>Trade deal would open door to meat containing banned growth promoters, from pigs kept in conditions banned in UK, industry leaders warn<br /><br /></p> <p>The US meat lobby is “salivating” at the prospect of flooding the UK with bacon and pork produced using practices that would currently be illegal in the UK, a top food expert has warned.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:00:36 +0000 admin 70267 at Vanuatu says it may sue fossil fuel companies and other countries over climate change <p>Vanuatu says it is desperate for financial assistance to deal with extreme weather and global warming</p> <p>The Republic of Vanuatu says it will explore whether it can take legal action against fossil fuel companies and countries for their role in causing climate change.</p> <p>The Pacific nation says it is growing desperate for financial assistance to deal with the loss and damage it is increasingly experiencing due to extreme weather and global warming.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 07:00:06 +0000 admin 70268 at Tyres and synthetic clothes 'big cause of microplastic pollution' <p>Up to 32,000 tonnes of microplastics enter British waterways each year, says Friends of the Earth</p> <p>Vehicle tyres and synthetic clothing are the two leading contributors to microplastic pollution from UK households, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth.</p> <p>The report estimates that between 9,000 and 32,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution enter British waterways each year from just four sources. The two leading sources are tyre abrasion, with between 7,000 and 19,000 tonnes entering surface waters each year, and clothing.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 06:01:30 +0000 admin 70265 at UK advised to look at hydrogen heating to hit 2050 emissions targets <p>Swapping gas boilers for mix of electric and hydrogen may also be cheapest way, says report</p> <p>Millions of gas boilers will need to be replaced with hydrogen alternatives and coupled with electric heating devices if Britain is to hit its carbon targets at the lowest cost, according to the government’s climate advisers.</p> <p>In a report on the role hydrogen could play in the energy system, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) spelt out the huge but necessary cost the country faces to switch to green heating.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:01:24 +0000 admin 70264 at NSW dust storm: spike in reports of breathing difficulties as 'hazardous' front descends on Sydney <p>City’s skyline changes colour as line of dust more than 500km long sweeps east</p> <p>A thick line of dust that has smothered much of New South Wales and Sydney has caused air quality to reach a “hazardous” level with another wave of dust set to come, leading to a spike in calls for help from people with breathing difficulties.</p> <p>Strong winds from a low pressure system have whipped up masses of dirt across the drought-stricken state, which headed towards the coast on Thursday. </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 23:17:42 +0000 admin 70263 at Sir David Attenborough to speak for the people at UN climate summit <p>Filmmaker takes new ‘people’s seat’ and will form speech with input from social media</p> <p>Sir David Attenborough is to address the UN’s climate change summit in Poland in December, taking up a newly established “people’s seat” at the negotiations.</p> <p>The people’s seat initiative, which launched on Wednesday, will give citizens around the world the opportunity to send their messages to leaders via social media, using the hashtag #TakeYourSeat. These views and information from opinion polling will then form the basis of Attenborough’s speech to leaders.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 18:22:56 +0000 admin 70262 at California wildfires: smoke spreads to New York, 3,000 miles away <ul> <li>Haze envelopes Washington DC and other east coast cities</li> <li>Arnold Schwarzenegger visits firefighters in California</li> </ul> <p>The US east coast has been provided a firsthand reminder of the deadly <a href="">California wildfires</a> after smoke swept across the country and caused a haze to envelop the eastern seaboard, including Washington DC and New York City.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 13:48:02 +0000 admin 70260 at