Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/24/2023 - 12:49
Microsoft co-founder leads $12m investment Rumin8, which is developing supplements for cows to cut methane output Bill Gates has led a new $12m investment in an Australian company that is aiming to feed seaweed to cows in order to reduce the planet-heating emissions that come from their burps. Breakthrough Energy Ventures, which the Microsoft co-founder created in 2015, has spearheaded the funding of the Perth-based startup, which is called Rumin8. Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, and Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma are also backers of the Breakthrough fund. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 12:22
More than 1m households and businesses have signed up to get paid to cut back on power usage Households were paid to cut back on their electricity use for an hour on Monday evening in the first test of a National Grid scheme aiming to cut energy consumption in Great Britain. The second trial was taking place on Tuesday, between 4.30pm and 6pm. More than 1m households and businesses have signed up to the live -demand flexibility service. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 11:27
Rapid economic growth has pushed rare species of big carnivores to the brink of extinction, but ecologists have suggested our appetite to once again live alongside big cats is increasing.
01/24/2023 - 09:00
Calls for better food labelling as investigation claims that only around one-third of fish is flake, with served species including rare narrownose smooth-hound Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Fish and chip shop customers in South Australia are eating threatened and imported shark species labelled as “flake” with less than a third of servings meeting seafood labelling standards, according to an investigation by the University of Adelaide. The Australian Fish Names Standard says only two types of shark – gummy shark and New Zealand rig – should be sold as flake in Australia. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 09:00
Increased output from renewables, with a near-zero fuel cost, also nudged more coal and gas out of the generation market Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcast Milder temperatures and record levels of renewable energy drove electricity demand to its lowest levels for any December quarter, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator. Wholesale power prices also retreated during the period, particularly after the Albanese government imposed price caps on black coal and gas that are used to generate power, AEMO said in its quarterly report released on Wednesday. Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 07:59
Juan Carrito described by regional president as ‘most famous and loved Marsican bear in Abruzzo’ Italians are mourning the death of a rare brown bear who became famous for his jaunts to small mountain villages in the Abruzzo region. Affectionately known as Juan Carrito, the three-year-old Marsican bear was killed after being hit by a car in the town of Castel di Sangro on Monday afternoon. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 06:30
Briefing notes obtained by FoI reveal minister meeting with Drax CEO was told Greenpeace supported practice Greenpeace has accused the government of misrepresenting its stance on burning trees for electricity, giving a minister the impression of public support for the highly controversial practice in meetings with the power company Drax. Greenpeace is firmly opposed to most forms of biomass burning for power generation, and suspicious of claims that the resulting carbon dioxide can be captured. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 03:30
By 2050 electric vehicles could require huge amounts of lithium for their batteries, causing damaging expansions of mining The US’s transition to electric vehicles could require three times as much lithium as is currently produced for the entire global market, causing needless water shortages, Indigenous land grabs, and ecosystem destruction inside and outside its borders, new research finds. It warns that unless the US’s dependence on cars in towns and cities falls drastically, the transition to lithium battery-powered electric vehicles by 2050 will deepen global environmental and social inequalities linked to mining – and may even jeopardize the 1.5C global heating target. Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 02:00
After Lützerath in Germany was emptied of its residents to make way for the Garzweiler coalmine, protesters occupied the deserted village while waiting for a showdown with the police. The photographer Ingmar Björn Nolting reports from the village that was to become the fortress of an energy company Since 2020, environmental activists have been occupying the trees, fields and houses in Lützerath, a hamlet near the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Erkelenz. They oppose the eviction of the village and the energy company RWE, which wants to extract the millions of tonnes of lignite that lie beneath the village. Lignite mining opponents during a demonstration in Lützerath, on 8 January Continue reading...
01/24/2023 - 02:00
Finding a trapped silverbill during lockdown inspired Esha Munshi to create an invaluable record of species in an uncertain world Photographs supplied by the Feather Library Esha Munshi, an architect based in Ahmedabad, has “breathed birds” as far back as she can remember. She has travelled all over India on birding trips and has, she says, spotted 1,060 of the 1,400 bird species in the country. But it was at home, during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020, that she saw an Indian silverbill caught in the protective netting on her balcony, attracting the attention of her cat. Although the bird escaped, some of its feathers were damaged. When Munshi saw the exquisite markings and patterns, she tried to identify the bird, but was struck by how little information there was online. Feathers from a red-necked falcon Continue reading...