Breaking Waves: Ocean News

12/01/2022 - 01:00
Rough, a 37-year-old Centrica facility off east Yorkshire, has been reopened to prop up the energy grid “Do you hear that?” asks Chris O’Shea, putting a finger in the air and looking out over a tangle of pipes and workers in orange hi-vis overalls. A deep whirr punctures the calm of the east Yorkshire coast, as a huge engine powers up and prepares to suck thousands of cubic metres of gas from deep beneath the North Sea. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 01:00
Exclusive: one university cites the industry as a ‘fundamental barrier to a more just and sustainable world’ Three more UK universities have banned fossil fuel companies from recruiting students through their career services, with one citing the industry as a “fundamental barrier to a more just and sustainable world”. The University of the Arts London, University of Bedfordshire, and Wrexham Glyndwr University join Birkbeck, University of London, which was the first to adopt a fossil-free careers service policy in September. Continue reading...
12/01/2022 - 00:00
The UK is in the middle of its worst outbreak of bird flu. The current strain of H5N1 avian influenza has devastated wild bird populations, killing thousands and affecting threatened species such as puffins and hen harriers. Bird flu has also been wreaking havoc on poultry, and since 7 November, all captive birds in England have been kept indoors to prevent them catching the virus. How are both wild and captive bird populations coping with the current strain of avian flu? And is the UK prepared to deal with another major animal disease outbreak? Ian Sample speaks with Phoebe Weston, a biodiversity writer for the Guardian, and Paul Wigley, a professor in animal microbial ecosystems at the University of Bristol. Archive: BBC News, Sky News Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 23:08
And scientist Dr Peter Ridd from the IPA accuses the BoM and CSIRO of ignoring what he claims are the benefits of global heating Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Keeping global heating as close to 1.5C as possible is critical for all ecosystems and societies, including the viability of Australia’s ocean jewel, the Great Barrier Reef. The federal environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, this week launched a strong defence of the government’s climate targets after UN-backed scientists outlined the steps they said were needed to give the reef the best chance of retaining its status as a world heritage area. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 22:55
Jess Jeffery and family were looking for rentals when their belongings stored in Rochester were destroyed by floods, and have been excluded from relief as they lack fixed address Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast A homeless family who were keeping everything they owned in a shipping container in Rochester have been rejected from flood relief funding despite the recent disaster destroying all their possessions. Jess Jeffery, 27, her partner, Aaron, and their young son had been living in the garage attached to her mum’s house about 25 minutes’ drive out of Rochester while they looked for rental properties. Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 20:48
Australia has 18% of the world’s supply of vanadium, an element used in steelmaking and battery storage, but lacks the workforce to expand Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community A plan to create a global minerals hub in north-west Queensland could be undermined by a lack of highly skilled workers, industry experts have warned. Queensland resources minister Scott Stewart travelled to the UK last week with the aim of promoting Queensland as a global minerals hub to investors, focusing on the expansion of the vanadium industry, a mineral that is used in steel alloys and creating batteries for renewable energy. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 15:56
City and Mississippi health department sign order agreeing to federal oversight of the failing water system The US justice department has taken drastic action regarding the crisis in Jackson, Mississippi, that has affected drinking water for its 150,000 residents for several months. On Tuesday, the city of Jackson and the Mississippi health department signed an order agreeing to federal oversight of the failing water system, in an attempt to restore clean and safe drinking water. Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 15:03
Analysis: Labor’s industrial relations bill was progressing ‘relatively quickly’. Enter Michaelia Cash Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast The government services minister Bill Shorten was on ABC radio RN Breakfast when he learned the Medibank hackers had released all the customer information on the dark web. Josh Taylor has reported on that here. Our democracy is precious, our federal government is crucial to the success of the nation, and I know, as you do, that trust in our parliament, in our commonwealth, in politicians, has been falling dramatically. That’s a real problem and I really hope this begins to restore the trust. Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 11:42
Tory backbenchers are among 40 parliamentarians who asked PM to ‘stand up for nature’ at talks UK politics live – latest news updates Forty parliamentarians, including seven Conservative MPs, have privately written to Rishi Sunak imploring him to attend the Cop15 biodiversity conference, which starts next week. In the letter, seen by the Guardian and organised by the all-party parliamentary group on the environment, the parliamentarians warn that a million species are facing extinction globally and that lack of high-level political buy-in could spell disaster for nature. Continue reading...
11/30/2022 - 09:46
Guillaume Faury expresses concern at pace of investment in facilities producing alternatives to fossil fuels The launch of commercial flights of aircraft designed to reduce aviation’s damaging impact on the climate could be delayed by a shortage of net zero fuels, the chief executive of Airbus has warned. Speaking at a briefing about the European manufacturer’s emissions-cutting plans on Wednesday, Guillaume Faury said he had concerns about the pace of investment in facilities to produce “green” hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Continue reading...