Breaking Waves: Ocean News

06/30/2022 - 02:22
Hydrogen is a ‘truly sustainable solution’ for aviation which has so far been hard to decarbonise, says aircraft maker Stralis Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates A Queensland airline has announced plans for what it claims will be Australia’s first hydrogen-electric aircraft. The airline, Skytrans, which operates out of Cairns and flies to Cape York and the Torres Strait, says the first plane will be in the air by 2026. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/30/2022 - 02:00
Modern biofuels are touted as a boon for the climate. But, used on a large scale, they are no more sustainable than whale oil What can you say about governments that, in the midst of a global food crisis, choose instead to feed machines? You might say they were crazy, uncaring or cruel. But these words scarcely suffice when you seek to describe the burning of food while millions starve. There’s nothing complicated about the effects of turning crops into biofuel. If food is used to power cars or generate electricity or heat homes, either it must be snatched from human mouths, or ecosystems must be snatched from the planet’s surface, as arable lands expand to accommodate the extra demand. But governments and the industries that they favour obscure this obvious truth. They distract and confuse us about an evidently false solution to climate breakdown. George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist Continue reading...
06/30/2022 - 01:06
In his ambitious new book, distinguished professor Saleem Ali tries to bridge the gap between politics and science to help plan for a safer future Saleem Ali – whose Twitter bio begins “Mercurial Professor” – is not trying to be the new Stephen Hawking. “People buy all these theoretical physics books in droves because they think having them on the shelves will make them look smart,” opines the distinguished professor of energy and the environment at the University of Delaware. “A Brief History of Time is a very difficult book to read.” Continue reading...
06/30/2022 - 00:00
Research ‘exposes litany of misleading claims’ by household names, including Coca-Cola and Unilever Claims about plastic packaging being eco-friendly made by big brands, including Coca-Cola and Unilever, are misleading greenwashing, according to a report. The Changing Markets Foundation says claims that companies are intercepting and using “ocean-bound” or “recyclable” plastic to tackle the plastic pollution crisis are some of the most common examples of greenwashing. Continue reading...
06/30/2022 - 00:00
Number of climate-related lawsuits globally has doubled since 2015, with quarter filed in past two years The world’s most polluting companies are increasingly being targeted by lawsuits challenging their inaction on climate change and attempts to spread misinformation, according to a new report. Research by the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment found a surge in legal cases against the fossil fuel industry over the past year – especially outside the US – and growing action in other corporate sectors. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 22:56
NSW Labor and others warn failure to bring land clearing under control is ‘unsustainable’ and threatens Coalition pledge to cut emissions by 2030 Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Land clearing in NSW continues to exceed the long-term average, with more than 50,000 hectares of vegetation cleared for farming, forestry and infrastructure in 2020. The NSW opposition has described the situation as unsustainable. The shadow minister for the environment, Penny Sharpe, promised Labor would use a statutory review of native vegetation laws to consider what would be necessary to stop “skyrocketing” clearing, if elected in March. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 20:16
One claim from the past week is based on a nuclear plant that hasn’t been built and another confuses the role of battery storage Temperature Check is a weekly column examining claims about climate change made by governments, politicians, business and the media – follow the series here Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Commentary on decarbonising Australia’s electricity network seems to be heading towards net zero nuance, with questionable claims about the costs of batteries and nuclear power in the past week. One claim relies on an estimate of the cost of a multibillion-dollar nuclear plant that doesn’t exist yet, and another puts a multitrillion-dollar figure against the cost of building batteries. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 16:43
New health minister announces review into Covid vaccine contracts as nation records 60 deaths from virus; SA records first monkeypox case. Follow all the day’s news live Seven seeks to terminate multimillion dollar broadcast deal with Cricket Australia ‘Do the honourable thing’: NSW minister tells John Barilaro to withdraw from New York job Sydney’s week of disruptions: who’s on strike, what do they want and what are the impacts? Nations must work together through ‘conflict and crisis’ to reduce climate change risks, Albanese will tell OECD Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has renewed his calls for China to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, declaring that Vladimir Putin “has made a strategic mistake because what his actions have done is unite the democratic world”. Albanese – who has been in Madrid for a Nato summit – spoke to reporters yesterday after having a meeting on the sidelines with the leaders of Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. There we discussed the important focus of this Nato’s summit on the Asia-Pacific region. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has solidified the support amongst democratic countries for the rules-based international order and a determination to continue to provide support to the government and the people of Ukraine who are suffering as a result of this breach of international law and this brutal invasion by Vladimir Putin’s regime. Vladimir Putin has made a strategic mistake because what his actions have done is unite the democratic world and provide a real determination to make sure that the resilience being shown by the Ukrainian people is backed up by resilience and support from democratic countries, including Nato, but also countries throughout the world. Well, what we saw is prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we saw a without-limits partnership between Russia and China. We’ve seen a failure of China to condemn any of the Russian aggression that has occurred against Ukraine. China must look at what is happening and look at the resolve that is there from throughout the world and should be condemning Russia’s actions. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 12:30
Most likely scenario to reach net zero by 2050 projects all coal-fired power plants exit by 2043, according to market operator Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Work must begin urgently on five big transmission projects if Australia’s main power grid is to succeed in its “once-in-a-century transformation” off fossil fuels without shortages and energy cost blowouts, the market operator said in its blueprint report. The integrated system plan (ISP), updated biennially by the Australian Energy Market Operator and released on Thursday, estimated the grid serving eastern states would need at least 10,000km of new transmission lines to link up a nine-fold expansion of wind and solar farm capacity by 2050 under its mostly likely scenario. Continue reading...
06/29/2022 - 12:30
Norco says 44 workers who lost homes would be affected if government assistance ends Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast An ice-cream factory will stand down 240 workers in Lismore next month – including 44 who lost their homes in floods earlier this year – unless government support is extended. Michael Hampson, the chief executive of Norco, the factory operator, said the decision came in the absence of further details of any federal assistance and confirmation the state government would not contribute to any further support package. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...