Breaking Waves: Ocean News

01/19/2020 - 20:15
Nearly 50 threatened species believed to have had more than 80% of their area affected, including seven critically endangered plants Nearly 50 nationally threatened animal and plant species are believed to have had at least 80% of the area in which they live affected by bushfire, a federal environment department analysis has found. Another 65 have had more than half their area in the fire zone. Scientists have warned some affected species could be pushed to extinction. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 20:00
Hail smashes into Parliament House and brings down trees in the ACT, with more wild weather due to lash NSW and Victoria Swathes of south-eastern Australia were hit by severe thunderstorms on Monday, with large hailstones hitting several regions, including the ACT. The Bureau of Meteorology on Monday morning said the storms were likely from north of Newcastle to the New South Wales-Victoria border on the coast. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 19:01
32 schemes eligible for funding despite being unnecessary under move from fossil fuels The European Investment Bank risks wasting €29bn (£25bn) of EU taxpayers’ money by overinvesting in gas projects which will be unnecessary under Europe’s climate action plans, according to a report. The EIB vowed late last year to end its support for fossil fuels within the next two years to become the world’s first “climate bank”, but 32 gas projects are still eligible for funding before the crackdown. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 19:01
Some companies have taken steps to combat crisis but report says more could be done The world’s energy watchdog has warned the oil and gas industry that it risks a public backlash by failing to act on the climate crisis in favour of making short-term profits. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said oil companies must balance their desire for near-term returns and a long-term future by playing a much more significant role in combating the climate crisis. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 16:45
PM rebukes NSW environment minister over call to review emissions policy, saying most of the federal cabinet wouldn’t know who Kean was Scott Morrison has issued an extraordinary rebuke of the New South Wales environment minister, Matt Kean, for suggesting federal Liberals are pushing the government to increase its ambition on emissions reduction. Asked about Kean’s call for the federal government to abandon its use of Kyoto carryover credits to meet its 2030 emissions target, Morrison told ABC’s AM that “Matt Kean doesn’t know what he’s talking about, he doesn’t know what’s going on in the federal cabinet [and] most of the federal cabinet wouldn’t even know who Matt Kean was”. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 15:24
Videos posted to social media show the clouds turning day into night in some areas Damaging winds produced by thunderstorms across central New South Wales have whipped up dust storms that turned daytime into night in some towns. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings on Sunday evening for inland NSW with the associated winds generating massive dust clouds. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 14:29
Exclusive: New documents raise further questions about deal with company founded by energy minister Angus Taylor The government rejected several offers from Eastern Australia Agriculture over the past decade to sell its overland-flow water rights because the deals were “not value for money”, before paying $80m for the same rights, new documents show. The water purchase in the Condamine Balonne catchment has been controversial because it cost taxpayers $80m, was concluded without tender and the company was founded by the energy minister, Angus Taylor. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 11:08
Awareness training across London led to ‘intelligence’ tip-offs, according to report A police force in London labelled Extinction Rebellion one of its “key threats” in a counter-terrorism assessment and provided awareness training on the climate crisis group across the capital, resulting in “intelligence” tip-offs. City of London police grouped the environmental protest movement alongside “far-right organisations” in an assessment of its counter-terrorism operations seen by the Guardian. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 08:49
East Yorkshire councillors bemoan lack of national guidance and funding Ministers have been urged to step in to help families whose homes are at imminent risk of collapsing into the sea on the fastest-eroding coastline in northern Europe. Residents in the Yorkshire village of Skipsea were told this week that more than 20 homes were at risk of falling into the North Sea in the next 12 months, with hundreds vulnerable in the coming decades. Continue reading...
01/19/2020 - 06:43
Plastic bags to be banned in all major cities by end of 2020, says state planner China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, according to the state planner, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. The United Nations has identified single-use plastics as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges. Continue reading...