Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/22/2020 - 22:26
The Morrison government commission has promoted gas as a key way to boost the economy after the coronavirus crisis The head of the Morrison government commission tasked with coming up with plans to revitalise the economy after the coronavirus crisis, Nev Power, is to step aside from his position as deputy chairman of a gas company over conflict of interest concerns. “Because of the perceptions of conflict of interest he has stepped back from participating in board meetings and will not participate in the decisions of the board” of Strike Energy, a spokesman for the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission said on Friday evening. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 15:00
More than 30 species, including nine that are threatened, are being hunted unsustainably, report finds More than 30 shorebird species that fly across oceans each year to visit Australia – including nine that are threatened – are being hunted during their long migrations, according to a study that analysed decades of records from 14 countries. The study, which experts said filled a major gap in the world’s knowledge about the impact of hunting on declining shorebird numbers, found that more than 17,000 birds from 16 species were likely being killed at just three sites – Pattani Bay in Thailand, West Java in Indonesia and the Yangtze River delta in China. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 15:00
Jam Land is appealing an environment department order to restore endangered native habitat found to have been poisoned Jam Land, the company part-owned by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, and his brother, Richard, has sought a ministerial review of an order to restore native habitat after it was found to have illegally poisoned critically endangered grasslands. Last month, the federal environment department concluded a three-and-a-half-year investigation and ordered the company to remediate 103 hectares on a property in the New South Wales Monaro region. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 15:00
Guardian Australia’s environment editor, Adam Morton, joins political editor, Katharine Murphy, to discuss the week’s news on energy policy. From the release of the government’s technology roadmap to a leaked document that sees gas as the future of Australian energy, why is Australia making a roadmap without a destination? Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 11:21
Ban on use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 for slaughterhouses breaching new labour regulations a ‘historic moment’, say campaigners Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The German government has announced a series of reforms of the meat industry, including a ban on the use of subcontractors and fines of €30,000 (£26,000) for companies breaching labour regulations, as slaughterhouses have emerged as coronavirus hotspots. A number of meat plants across the country have temporarily closed after hundreds of workers tested positive for Covid-19 in recent weeks. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 10:45
The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including rose-ringed parakeets and a poppy-loving bumblebee Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 09:31
High court rejects challenge after ministers overruled climate objections of planning officials The UK government’s approval of a large new gas-fired power plant has been ruled legal by the high court. A legal challenge was brought after ministers overruled climate change objections from planning authorities. The plant, which is being developed by Drax in North Yorkshire, would be the biggest gas power station in Europe, and could account for 75% of the UK’s power sector emissions when fully operational, according to lawyers for ClientEarth, which brought the judicial review. Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 07:42
The coronavirus complicated response to the disastrous flood that swallowed a series of small communities in mid-Michigan when an ageing dam broke Coronavirus – latest US updates Coronavirus – latest global updates Suzy Kastura had less than an hour to pack before the floodwaters gushed into her home in the central Michigan town of Midland. Her neighbor knocked on the door after the Edenville Dam failed on Tuesday, sending a deluge downstream toward the town where they live. They had to evacuate, fast. Related: Michigan: threat of toxic contamination looms after dam failures trigger flooding Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 05:15
Family on remote highway stumble upon predator, whose highly unusual colouring is caused by a recessive gene Cara Clarkson and her family were driving down a remote highway in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, when a figure glimpsed against the dark evergreen forest left them in disbelief. Related: Indigenous input helps save wayward grizzly bear from summary killing Continue reading...
05/22/2020 - 01:30
Climate risks and opportunities need to be incorporated into the financial system as well as public policymaking and infrastructure Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There is a lot of talk about getting back to normal after the Covid-19 crisis is over. And yet normal – business as usual – is what has made our planet and our societies vulnerable to crises in the first place. Normal means cutting down huge swathes of forest to plant crops. Normal means overgrazing livestock, destroying natural ecosystems at the expense of habitats for wild animals. Normal is driving climate change, which increases stress in wild species and their habitats and makes people more susceptible to zoonotic diseases (which spread from animals to humans). Continue reading...