Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/17/2019 - 23:33
Environment groups hail Michael Daley’s promise a ‘game-changer’ that would slash state’s carbon emissions by 12% A New South Wales Labor government would establish a state-owned renewable energy company to support the rollout of enough renewable energy to power more than three million homes across the state in the next decade. On Monday the NSW opposition leader, Michael Daley, announced that if elected on 23 March, Labor would deliver seven gigawatts of extra renewable energy by 2030. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 23:10
Marine park authority fear freshwater bleaching after scientists report ‘extensive’ flood plumes and drop in water salinity Freshwater bleaching of corals could occur this year as a result of flood waters from Queensland’s overflowing rivers pouring into the Great Barrier Reef, the marine park authority has warned. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority told Senate estimates hearings in Canberra on Monday that there is a chance corals hit by mass bleaching in 2016 or 2017 could be damaged again by one of several impacts from the flooding disaster. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 22:41
The South Australian battery pockets $4m as the market looks to unlock multiple potential value streams The Tesla big battery at Hornsdale in South Australia continues to make its mark on the Australian energy market, pocketing another $4m in the fourth quarter from the provision of frequency and ancillary services. Related: South Australia's Tesla battery on track to make back a third of cost in a year Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 19:01
Drive to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and cut waste’ could include plastic tax and deposit scheme Millions of homes could have their food waste bins collected weekly, if new proposals from the environment secretary are implemented in the wake of a government consultation on the UK’s waste system. Michael Gove’s proposed measures to ensure consistent recycling collections come after a number of councils cut the frequency of collections, leaving residents with overflowing bins. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 18:30
Australian Academy of Sciences panel says urgent steps needed to restore flows A scientific panel investigating the causes of three mass fish deaths at the Menindee lakes has pointed the finger squarely at those managing the Murray-Darling river system, saying the lack of flows was caused by a combination of drought and over-extraction, leading to the environmental disaster. Up to one million native fish, including hundreds of thousands of small bony bream Murray cod, up to 20 years old and silver perch were killed in the three events. While there had been other fish kills during droughts, these were on an unprecedented scale, the report found. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 17:00
Birds’ eggs in High Arctic contain chemical additives used in plastics Scientists have warned about the impact of plastic pollution in the most pristine corners of the world after discovering chemical additives in birds’ eggs in the High Arctic. Eggs laid by northern fulmars on Prince Leopold Island in the Canadian Arctic tested positive for hormone-disrupting phthalates, a family of chemicals that are added to plastics to keep them flexible. It is the first time the additives have been found in Arctic birds’ eggs. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 12:22
Encouraging sign for the critically endangered species Only about 450 North Atlantic right whales remain Seven rare right whale calves have been spotted so far this winter off Florida’s Atlantic coast, an encouraging sign for the critically endangered species but one which one expert said “still isn’t enough”. Related: No North Atlantic right whales killed in Canadian waters in 2018 Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 09:00
Scientists say roast meal can make household air dirtier than in sixth most polluted city Cooking a Sunday roast can drive indoor air pollution far above the levels found in the most polluted cities on Earth, scientists have said. Researchers found that roasting meat and vegetables, and using a gas hob, released a surge of fine particles that could make household air dirtier than that in Delhi. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 06:28
Extinction Rebellion calls for British Fashion Council to declare climate emergency Protesters from the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion disrupted the third day of London fashion week, forming human blockades on roads around event venues to highlight the spiralling throwaway culture in the UK’s clothing market and to urge the British Fashion Council (BFC) to declare a climate emergency. Groups made up of scores of demonstrators wearing black to mourn those whose lives have been devastated by environmental destruction caused traffic standstills for seven-minute intervals, unfurling banners saying “Rebel for life” and holding placards inscribed “Climate change = mass murder”. Continue reading...
02/17/2019 - 06:00
Storm’s assault through Panhandle has left growers moving away from traditional farming towards alternatives like hemp and hops Hurricane Michael’s deadly tear through Florida’s Panhandle four months ago will help fuel a transformation of the state’s agricultural industry, experts are predicting, with significant numbers of growers moving away from traditional farming and towards a future of alternative crops such as hemp and hops. Related: Florida: seafood industry struggles to recover after Hurricane Michael Continue reading...