Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/13/2018 - 00:55
Australia singled out for possible hydrogen boom, but also forecast to increase coal production Australia is singled out as a country with strong potential for new hydrogen production facilities in the latest World Energy Outlook, which paints an uncertain future for coal exports and strong projected growth for solar power. The new stocktake from the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in resource-rich countries such as Australia, hydrogen facilities could be built to sit alongside solar photovoltaic and wind facilities. The report says under such a set-up, Australia “could provide nearly 100m tonnes of oil equivalent of hydrogen, equivalent to 3% of global gas consumption today.” Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 23:11
Labor and Greens say cancellation of projects shows policy should be abandoned The Clean Energy Regulator has cancelled six contracts from the government’s emissions reduction fund because they did not deliver the necessary cuts to carbon emissions. Labor and the Greens say the move is a sign the policy should be abandoned. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 21:32
An eerie glow is hanging over the region as authorities warn people to stay indoors to avoid unhealthy air quality Latest news: 31 dead in California wildfires Hundreds of miles from the wildfires that have torn through swaths of California and killed dozens, a thick cloud of smoke has enveloped the normally picturesque Bay Area in a dystopian haze. As the Camp Fire in northern California claims its place as the most destructive blaze in the state’s history, the heavy smoke billowing in from the fire has created a ghost town in its own right, casting an eerie glow over a region typically celebrated for its clear air quality. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 21:01
Ancient, flightless, nocturnal birds have been absent from Wellington for more than a century Wellington could soon have kiwis nesting beside Parliament House thanks to an ambitious conservation project that aims to reintroduce the country’s iconic national bird to the capital city within the next decade. There are 68,000 kiwi left in New Zealand but the number of birds are declining at a rate of 2% per year. A century ago, there were millions but attacks by dogs, cats, possums, stoats and rats have led to huge population decline. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 19:01
Watchdog says new projects must be low carbon or existing plants must be cleaned up The world has so many existing fossil fuel projects that it cannot afford to build any more polluting infrastructure without busting international climate change goals, the global energy watchdog has warned. The International Energy Agency said almost all of the world’s carbon budget up to 2040 – the amount that can be emitted without causing dangerous warming – would be eaten up by today’s power stations, vehicles and industrial facilities. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 14:19
Beijing postpones plan to lift ban on their use in traditional medicine after global outcry Conservation groups have welcomed an apparent U-turn by China over the use of rhino and tiger products in traditional medicine. The Chinese government announced on Monday that it would postpone a plan to lift the 25-year ban on the endangered animals, following a storm of international protest. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 12:00
Project will trace tortoiseshell products in shops back to where they were poached Researchers will use DNA technology to try to stop the illegal poaching of hawsksbill turtles for use in tortoiseshell products. The population of the critically endangered species has declined by more than 75% in the Pacific Ocean in the past century and a key threat to the species’ survival is illegal trade. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 12:00
LNG is often touted as a good alternative to coal but the increase in production means increased emissions that will cancel out any recent savings Australia’s carbon footprint has expanded for the last three years straight – and the coal industry is not to blame. The biggest driver has been liquefied natural gas, known as LNG. Science and policy institute Climate Analytics found that between 2015 and 2020 the emissions growth from LNG will effectively wipe out the carbon pollution avoided through the 23% renewable energy target. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 08:51
Twenty-two held over protests at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Twenty-two people have been arrested after protesters daubed the windows of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London and blocked passing traffic in an effort to provoke society into action over climate change. One protester climbed above the revolving doors of the main entrance of the building in Westminster and wrote “frack off” in black spray paint, and another sprayed the extinction symbol in red on windows facing traffic on Victoria Street. Continue reading...
11/12/2018 - 05:00
Environmental lawyers say reliance on local authorities to take action is not working The government’s plan to tackle air pollution in some of the worst affected cities in the UK is unravelling into a “shambolic and piecemeal mess”, according to environmental lawyers. ClientEarth, which has successfully defeated the government three times in court, said the emphasis on local authorities taking action was backfiring with no joined-up strategy, delays and poorly researched proposals. Continue reading...