Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/14/2019 - 02:45
Plan called for 50-year commitment to restoring native fish numbers, but was canned after NSW pulled funding The Murray Darling Basin Authority shelved its native fish strategy six years ago and ended its sustainable rivers audit program after New South Wales pulled 60% of its funding from a basinwide program to monitor the health of fish in the river. For 10 years the MDBA made much of its fish strategy, releasing a glossy brochure that claimed the strategy required a “sustained commitment” of 50 years in order to rehabilitate native fish in the river. It announced a goal of “restoring native fish stocks to 60% of its pre-European levels.” Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 02:00
The variable nature of wind and solar power means storing energy is a huge part of the fight to mitigate climate change In a world increasingly anxious about climate change, the surge in the generation of renewable energy over the past 20 years offers a sliver of hope. But the variable nature of wind and solar power means that storing energy until consumers need it has become the next big challenge. And so, large-scale battery installations are springing up across electricity grids around the world, to make them more flexible. In 2017, more than 1GW of energy storage capacity was added around the world – a record, yes, but still a drop in the ocean of global energy demand. Continue reading...
01/14/2019 - 01:27
Office initially named agricultural chemical red tape bill, then said Morrison was actually referring to ban on cosmetic testing Scott Morrison has elevated an obscure bill to ban cosmetic testing on animals to one of the top two legislative priorities for the Coalition in 2019, according to his office. Speaking to ABC News Breakfast on Monday, the prime minister cited “environmental legislation … [that] is important for native species” as among the government’s priorities for the new year, second only to national security. Continue reading...
01/13/2019 - 04:00
Theresa May says any delay to article 50 will force companies out of Britain. But the alternative – a bad Brexit – is worse One of Downing Street’s many arguments in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal is that further delay will persuade many of the UK’s biggest companies to stop procrastinating about their investment plans and move some or all of their activities abroad. Bosses have spent long enough watching and waiting to see what kind of Brexit unfolds. Another six months, while parliament moves in the direction of a general election or a referendum on the current deal with the European Union, would break their resolve, say May’s supporters. Continue reading...
01/12/2019 - 22:33
Both the major parties have announced plans to revitalise the world heritage-listed national park Kakadu national park will get a boost worth more than $200m, with both the major parties committing to revitalise the world heritage-listed Northern Territory site. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, visited the town of Jabiru on Sunday to announce the Coalition’s $216m package. Continue reading...
01/12/2019 - 14:00
Golden Plains approved by Andrews government and awaits federal consent to proceed The managing director of a company that plans to construct Victoria’s largest windfarm says the project will supply enough power to replace up to a third of the generation of the decommissioned Hazelwood power station at less than $50/MWh. The Victorian government has granted a planning permit for WestWind Energy’s $1.5bn Golden Plains windfarm, which will become one of the largest windfarms in the southern hemisphere. Continue reading...
01/12/2019 - 06:00
Interior department continues processing permits and moves forward with controversial plan to increase drilling in the Arctic Three weeks into the longest US government shutdown in history, many important government services have been paused – but the Trump administration has continued efforts to expand oil drilling. Despite the shutdown directive, which has seen national park staff furloughed and the parks suffering from neglect, the interior department has continued processing oil drilling permits and applications. It has also moved forward with a controversial plan to increase drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Continue reading...
01/12/2019 - 03:00
Team behind ‘world’s first’ compostable coffee pods may have to stop selling in the UK A British startup trying to counter the waste created by single-use coffee capsules says it will be strangled at birth by a no-deal Brexit. The founders of Moving Beans say Brexit is like a “bomb dropping” on their business, which started manufacturing in February. Continue reading...
01/12/2019 - 03:00
Vegans are increasingly looking for ways to grow their fruit, vegetables and cereals without animal manure “An olive orchard cultivated in a conventional manner is a bloody wound in nature,” declares Johannes Eisenbach as he drives – fast – south along the gleaming new Greek motorways towards Kalamata. The olives are harvested, the branches are burned, and all these nutritional elements leave the olive grove and never return. Eisenbach is an ebullient German with a Bluetooth receiver in his ear, constantly switching between Greek, German and English as he takes calls from big German supermarkets including Lidl. He runs the Organic Marketing & Export Network, a group of 800 Greek and Cypriot organic farmers who sell to northern Europe. He’s also the accidental inventor of a new kind of compost that could kick-start vegan farming. Continue reading...
01/11/2019 - 20:00
Footage of tiny colony of birds on the southern tip of New Zealand captivates millions around the globe Millions of amateur naturalists around the world have been tuning in to the secret lives of albatrosses as New Zealand rangers employ YouTube in a bid to save the mysterious giant sea birds. New Zealand conservation teams set up a 24-hour live-stream of an albatross nest at Taiaroa Head on the Otago peninsula in 2016. Three years on, the feed has become an unexpected global hit, with 2.3 million people from 190 countries tuning in to watch the endangered birds rear their chicks on a frigid peninsula at the bottom of the world. Continue reading...