Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/16/2019 - 14:00
Exclusive: Newly elected QFF head promoted tour by controversial scientist Peter Ridd and said reef regulation was based on ‘dodgy modelling’ The Queensland Farmers’ Federation’s newly elected president once called Great Barrier Reef science “unsubstantiated scaremongering”, which has prompted calls for the suspension of the organisation’s reef foundation grants. The peak body for Queensland farmers, the QFF manages water quality improvement grants from the Great Barrier Reef Foundation totalling $4.6m – among the most awarded to a single organisation under a controversial $443m federal funding deal. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 14:00
Australians are embracing the ‘virtual power plant’, which advocates say can protect the grid, save money and combat the climate crisis Power to the people might remain a political pipe dream, but changes taking place in the energy market across Australia are making suburban homeowners the unlikely disruptors in an Uber-style revolution that promises to change how we all live. Despite a toxic political debate about energy that cost the last prime minister his job, thousands of households are showing Canberra the way forward as they group their individual solar systems together to form local networks that help to slash bills, stabilise the electricity grid and cut carbon emissions. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 02:00
Mark Ibbertson and his son helped children, elderly people and a hedgehog to safety When the floodwaters rose in Bentley in Doncaster on Friday last week, Mark Ibbertson and his teenage son Logan ventured out with their summer holiday dinghy and began to rescue people from their homes. By the end of the day they had taken to safety more than 20 people, including babies and older people, and even a hedgehog. Continue reading...
11/16/2019 - 01:00
Jo Swinson sets out ‘largest tree-planting programme in UK history’ to fight climate crisis Latest election news – live updates The Liberal Democrats have pledged to plant 60m trees every year if they get into government, increasing the UK’s forest cover by 1m hectares by 2045. The party’s leader, Jo Swinson, will make a trip to Hampstead in north London on Saturday to plant a tree and set out proposals for what she described as the largest tree-planting programme in UK history. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 16:30
Tracking technology has been developed to reduce emissions in climate change fight The type of fuel used by ships has a substantial effect on cloud formation. Exhausts from dirty heavy oils leave a telltale trail of such dense cloud that they can be tracked from space. While ship emissions contain many chemicals including black carbon, researchers have discovered that it is the sulphate aerosols formed from the sulphur in the oil that is responsible for the clouds that sometimes trail behind ships for hundreds of miles. The tracking technology was developed because researchers are trying to discover what effect this pollution is having on climate change and rainfall but also it will help enforce new regulations to curb these emissions. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 14:00
Hunters and government biologists searching for explanations after unusual sounds recorded in forests of north-western Ontario A series of howls and shrieks recorded in the Canadian wilderness have left a hunter and government biologists searching for explanations. Gino Meekis was out hunting grouse with his wife and grandson in the forests of north-western Ontario – more than 50km from the closest town – when they heard a series of eerie noises in the distance. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 13:42
Group of 157 children aged 10 to 17 make recommendations on environment to politicians Ireland’s first youth assembly on the climate crisis has challenged politicians to lead a transformation of schools, supermarkets, farms, forests and businesses. A group of 157 children aged 10 to 17 filled the chamber of the Dáil, Ireland’s lower house of parliament, in Dublin to debate environmental priorities and issue 10 recommendations. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 13:20
Soaring prices likely as potatoes rot in sodden fields and farmers struggle to sow wheat The price of crisps and chips are expected to rise in the new year as the flooding in northern England hits the supply of winter vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflowers and cabbages. Official data released on Friday revealed a “great deal of uncertainty” around the fate of a 10th of the country’s potato crop as farmers count the cost of the deluge that has overwhelmed parts of South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the Midlands. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 12:15
Residents of Bentley and Fishlake hail community spirit but say they should have had more help A week after floods hit parts of Yorkshire, two communities are trying to come to terms with the damage. While the national focus moved on to Boris Johnson’s handling of the crisis, people in the rural community of Fishlake and the town centre suburb of Bentley in Doncaster had more pressing matters at hand. Continue reading...
11/15/2019 - 10:21
Rightwing parties reject proposals as lagoon city faces worst flooding in 53 years Veneto’s regional council rejected a plan to combat climate change minutes before its offices on the Grand Canal, in Venice, were flooded, it has emerged as the city continues to battle high water levels. Venice has been hit by recurrent flooding since Tuesday, with 70% of the lagoon city engulfed on Friday morning as the acqua alta, or high water, level reached 1.54 metres amid heavy downpours. Continue reading...