Breaking Waves: Ocean News en Australia’s ‘failing’ environmental laws will fuel further public health crises, Nobel laureate warns <p>Bushfires and Covid-19 highlight connection between human health and natural world, states letter by almost 200 doctors and scientists<br /></p> <p>Leading health professionals, including a Nobel laureate and a former Australian of the Year, say the government must put human health “front and centre” in a new generation of environment laws in the aftermath of the Covid-19 and bushfire crises.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 24 May 2020 17:30:29 +0000 admin 78010 at Claudia Karvan joins last-ditch campaign to save unburnt bushland from development <p>Residents say South Coast site saved from bushfires by volunteer firefighters should be preserved for threatened species<br /></p> <p>The residents of the small south coast town of Manyana have enlisted the help of actor Claudia Karvan in a last-ditch campaign to save the only significant unburnt piece of bushland for kilometres from clearing.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 24 May 2020 17:30:28 +0000 admin 78011 at Britain's largest solar farm poised to begin development in Kent <p>Cleve Hill, the £450m project producing 350MW, expected to receive go-ahead this week </p> <p>Britain’s largest solar farm, capable of generating enough clean electricity to power 91,000 homes, is poised to receive the greenlight from ministers this week.</p> <p>The subsidy-free renewables park is expected to reach a capacity of 350MW by installing 880,000 solar panels – some as tall as buses – across 364 hectares (900 acres) of farmland in the Kent countryside.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 24 May 2020 10:04:14 +0000 admin 78009 at Race, wealth and public spaces: US beaches are a new flashpoint of the lockdown <p>Beaches are a polarizing issue amid the pandemic. Experts say that’s because a ‘frenzy of privatization’ led to smaller, more crowded public spaces</p> <p>As Florida’s beaches shut down in April, part of the state’s pandemic stay-at-home order, Josh Davis noticed something strange in Palm Beach county.</p> <p>“A lot of that beach crowd just kind of moved on to the road and the sidewalk. People set up lawn chairs on the grass,” said Davis, an ocean rescue lifeguard with the county. “If the goal was to keep people from congregating, all it did was really push them a few feet away.”</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sun, 24 May 2020 10:00:19 +0000 admin 78008 at Thousands of run-down US dams would kill people if they failed, study finds <ul> <li>17% of 91,000 US dams classified with ‘high hazard’ potential</li> <li>Neglected infrastructure in focus after Michigan dam failures</li> </ul> <p>More than 15,000 dams in the US would likely kill people if they failed, and at least 2,300 of them are in poor or unsatisfactory condition, according to recent data from the federal government’s National Inventory of Dams.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 May 2020 10:00:51 +0000 admin 78006 at 'It's good for the soul': the mini rewilders restoring UK woodland <p>By buying and managing small wooded plots, enthusiasts are bringing biodiversity back to the countryside</p> <p>Tamara and Steve Davey cannot help but grin at the suggestion they are “miniature rewilders”. Standing proudly in the weak sunlight on the fringes of Dartmoor national park, the full-time grandmother and taxi company owner delight in their eight-acre woodland.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 May 2020 08:30:48 +0000 admin 78005 at Could a green new deal turn South Korea from climate villain to model? <p>Country’s youngest MP is on a mission, inspired by Greta Thunberg, as climate moves up political agenda</p> <p>A year ago, Soyoung Lee was one of a crowd of climate activists demonstrating on the streets of Seoul in a campaign inspired by the global school strike founder Greta Thunberg.</p> <p>Today, the 35-year-old lawyer is the youngest member of the South Korean parliament and a driving force in the government’s green new deal, which aims to create millions of jobs in renewable energy and help the economy recover from the coronavirus lockdown.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 May 2020 07:00:47 +0000 admin 78004 at Covid commission boss Nev Power steps back at gas company amid conflict of interest concerns <p>The Morrison government commission has promoted gas as a key way to boost the economy after the coronavirus crisis</p> <p>The head of the Morrison government commission tasked with coming up with plans to revitalise the economy after the coronavirus crisis, Nev Power, is to step aside from his position as deputy chairman of a gas company over conflict of interest concerns.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sat, 23 May 2020 03:26:06 +0000 admin 78003 at Australia's energy policy: a roadmap without a destination – Australian politics live podcast <p>Guardian Australia’s environment editor, Adam Morton, joins political editor, Katharine Murphy, to discuss the week’s news on energy policy. From the release of the government’s technology roadmap to a leaked document that sees gas as the future of Australian energy, why is Australia making a roadmap without a destination?</p> <p> <a href="">Continue reading...</a></p> Fri, 22 May 2020 20:00:34 +0000 admin 77999 at Endangered shorebirds unsustainably hunted during migrations, records show <p>More than 30 species, including nine that are threatened, are being hunted unsustainably, report finds</p> <p>More than 30 shorebird species that fly across oceans each year to visit Australia – including nine that are threatened – are being hunted during their long migrations, according to a study that analysed decades of records from 14 countries.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 May 2020 20:00:34 +0000 admin 78000 at