Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/21/2018 - 01:31
Department says it approached the non-profit group just weeks before the budget and had still not signed an agreement• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon The government approached a non-profit group that will receive a record grant for reef protection only a few weeks before it announced the deal in the federal budget. And the government’s announcement of $444m for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation remains an “intention” – there is still no agreement between the foundation and the Department of Environment and Energy, a Senate estimates hearing has heard. Continue reading...
05/21/2018 - 00:30
Biomass-burning unit to use pioneering technology that aims to cut emissions Drax Group will lead a £400,000 trial to capture and store carbon at its north Yorkshire power station in an attempt to kickstart a technology that has repeatedly failed to get off the ground in the UK. The company was part of earlier efforts to build a £1bn prototype carbon capture coal plant, but pulled out in 2015 after it missed out on renewable energy subsidies. Now the firm will try again with a pioneering form of the technology, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), to cut emissions from one of its four biomass-burning units. Experts believe the project is a world first. Continue reading...
05/21/2018 - 00:01
Government urged to take steps to reduce the impact of toxic air on vulnerable children Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution. Environmental groups and medics warn that pollution from the school run is having a serious impact on young people’s health. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 23:30
Aigas, Highlands: Emerging from hibernation, these snakes seek out a warming rock to get energised for the hunt ahead Warmth is what it takes, that’s all. Every spring that first burst of sun in clear skies brings our adders back to life. In common with most other reptiles the world over, Vipera berus has to warm up. They are cold-blooded and have been hibernating underground for more than six months. Their metabolism will have all but closed down. They need to fire it up again. Related: Why we must make the adder count | John Baker Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 23:00
Peter Ridd fired after ignoring previous warnings from James Cook University Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon A controversial Australian marine scientist who rejects research showing major human-caused impacts on the Great Barrier Reef has been fired from Queensland’s James Cook University for alleged multiple breaches of its code of conduct. Peter Ridd was fired on 2 May, according to the termination letter posted on Ridd’s website, after ignoring previous warnings and disciplinary action from the university. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 16:35
Conservationists say NSW decision will damage native flora and fauna, and result in horses starving Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning The New South Wales government is to introduce laws to protect the Snowy Mountains brumby from culling, angering conservationists. On Sunday the NSW deputy premier and Nationals leader, John Barilaro, announced he would introduce legislation to parliament this week recognising the brumbies’ “heritage value”. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 16:18
Economist says Australian MPs ‘abusing the term’ in applying it to any decision to pull approval for Carmichael mine •Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning A decision by a future Australian government to stop Adani from developing its Carmichael coalmine would not increase Australia’s sovereign risk, a new report argues. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 15:03
Surviving cyclist in satisfactory condition, hospital says Official says bikers tried to scare mountain lion and hit it A mountain biker who was killed by a cougar near Seattle and his friend who escaped after the animal attacked him did everything right, authorities have said. The two men were riding on a trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills on Saturday when the mountain lion began following them. Authorities said they did everything state guidelines advise: getting off their bikes, making noise and trying to scare the animal away. One even smacked it with his bike, after it charged. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 13:00
Conservationists hope remediating landowners’ sunken gullies could lead to a significant improvement in reef water quality • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Strathalbyn station is cattle country, about 34,000 hectares of north Queensland grazing land, and the site of a pilot program that has demonstrated the potential to drastically improve water quality flowing towards the Great Barrier Reef. At Strathalbyn, which is more than 200km from the coast, bulldozers and graders work to remediate sunken gullies where sediment flows into the Burdekin river catchment. It looks more like a construction site than an environmental program. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 11:05
Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, says interconnectors are threat to energy security Britain’s increasingly reliance on electricity imported from Europe threatens energy security and will import carbon emissions, according to the new boss of the country’s biggest power station. Will Gardiner, chief executive of Drax Group, said that the growing proportion of power forecast to come from interconnectors – physical links to transfer electricity across borders – would also fail to deliver the aims of the government’s industrial strategy. Continue reading...