Breaking Waves: Ocean News

03/14/2019 - 12:00
Nopsema head Stuart Smith is listed to speak at The Great Australian Bight: The Big Opportunity Environmental groups have written to Australia’s offshore petroleum watchdog to urge him against speaking alongside the oil lobby at a pro-industry event titled The Great Australian Bight: The Big Opportunity. The head of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (Nopsema), Stuart Smith, is listed as one of three keynote speakers at the South Australian “parliamentary friends of the resource sector” forum dinner on Tuesday. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 12:00
Lack of action on 14 expired coal seam gas exploration licences now an election issue for uncertain communities The New South Wales government has failed to close a loophole that effectively allows expired coal seam gas exploration licences to be extended indefinitely, despite calls from rural communities for certainty ahead of the state election. More than a dozen licences, mostly in the state’s north-west, have remained active past their expiration dates while the government assesses renewal applications from gas companies. In some cases, those applications have been held up in the system for years. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 05:45
Climate strike founder put up for award ahead of global strikes planned in more than 105 countries Listen to Greta Thunberg on the Today in Focus podcast Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement, has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, just before the biggest day yet of global action. Thunberg began a solo protest in Sweden in August but has since inspired students around the globe. Strikes are expected in 1,659 towns and cities in 105 countries on Friday, involving hundreds of thousands of young people. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 05:00
Revealed: Interior department official says he is ‘thrilled’ by Trump’s ‘knack for keeping the attention of the media and public focused somewhere else’ A top US official told a group of fossil fuel industry leaders that the Trump administration will soon issue a proposal making large portions of the Atlantic available for oil and gas development, and said that it is easier to work on such priorities because Donald Trump is skilled at sowing “absolutely thrilling” distractions, according to records of a meeting obtained by the Guardian. Joe Balash, the assistant secretary for land and minerals management, was speaking to companies in the oil exploration business at a meeting of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, or IAGC, last month. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 02:38
NSW transport minister also criticises bureaucrats responsible for enforcing marine park sanctuary zones Andrew Constance, the New South Wales transport minister and member for Bega, has told recreational fishers that he has influenced the makeup of a key marine park advisory group that is drawing up the new rules for protected areas off the state’s south coast. He has also criticised the NSW bureaucrats responsible for the marine parks and for enforcing the sanctuary zones. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 01:34
Strikes are planned at 60 locations in Australia, including every state and territory capital Tens of thousands of Australian school students are expected to walk out of class on Friday to demand governments take action on climate change. The Australian strikes are part of a global campaign by students for greater urgency from politicians in tackling what they see as the greatest threat to their future. Continue reading...
03/14/2019 - 01:00
Revelation comes as report calls on global firms to end secrecy over plastic footprint Coca-Cola has revealed for the first time it produces 3m tonnes of plastic packaging a year – equivalent to 200,000 bottles a minute – as a report calls on other global companies to end the secrecy over their plastic footprint. The data from the soft drinks manufacturer was provided to the campaigner Ellen MacArthur, who is pushing for major companies and governments to do more to tackle plastic pollution. Continue reading...
03/13/2019 - 23:48
Data shows while emissions from electricity sector are in decline, gains have been wiped out by increases from other industries Australia’s annual carbon emissions have reached a new high and drops in emissions from the electricity sector have been wiped out by increases from other industries, according to new data. Ndevr Environmental, an emissions-tracking organisation that releases quarterly greenhouse gas emissions data, said on Thursday that annual emissions for the year up to December 2018 increased to 558.4m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. It was the highest level on record when excluding unreliable land use data. Continue reading...
03/13/2019 - 22:21
Toxic fumes blamed for making more than 500 people ill near the industrial town of Pasir Gudang More than 100 schools in Malaysia have been closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children, authorities said. A lorry is believed to have dumped the waste in southern Johor state last week, sending hazardous fumes across a wide area and causing those affected to display symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting. Continue reading...
03/13/2019 - 21:03
Environment department ‘cherry picked’ data to claim clearing has decreased, but figures show recent steady increase Two of Australia’s largest environment groups have accused the federal environment department of providing inaccurate information about land clearing to the Senate, and of not acting to reduce habitat loss. The Australian Conservation Foundation and WWF Australia say the department has “cherry picked” data to claim that land clearing in Queensland has decreased, when national figures on land clearing rates in that state in fact show increases since 2011. Continue reading...