Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/12/2019 - 00:00
Young Belgian activists are among the most enthusiastic, but their country is lagging behind on action When Greta Thunberg began her school strike outside the Swedish parliament in 2018, she was alone. Within months, thousands and then millions followed her example. Some of the most enthusiastic school strikers have been in Belgium, inadvertently launching a national movement that bridges the country’s entrenched linguistic divide. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 22:38
Hundreds of votes were cast in Russia, but organisers say the email addresses appeared to be legitimate It’s an election that has spawned meme wars, full-size billboards, trash talking between rival campaigns, and now, accusations of Russian electoral fraud. Organisers of New Zealand’s bird of the year contest – a wholesome poll that raises awareness about the plight of native species – have denied claims the 2019 result was marred by fowl play after revealing a high number of votes cast from other countries. “People are coming up with all kinds of theories about Russian involvement in New Zealand elections,” said Megan Hubscher, a spokesperson for Forest and Bird, the independent conservation group that runs the annual vote. “But we can assure everyone that everything seems above board this time around.” Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 20:23
A range of organisations are asking for financial aid to assist people, communities and wildlife affected by the fires The scale and ferocity of bushfires sweeping NSW and Queensland is testing the resources of firefighters, charities, and animal rescue groups. Many have issued public pleas for financial help, warning of a worsening bushfire threat and a long road to recovery for affected communities. Most organisations are calling for financial donations - rather than donated goods - to help them best meet the varying needs of victims. Here are the main groups working on the ground right now and accepting donations. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 19:56
Development has long been given priority over the endangered bird’s welfare – and is set to again with the Carmichael coalmine Vote now for the Australian bird of the year The black-throated finch is a refugee. For decades, progress has forced the small, rotund, patchwork finch to retreat to a few pockets of grassland in central and north Queensland. Now the largest colony will be forcibly moved from the best remaining habitat to make way for Adani’s Carmichael coalmine. Since it was listed as endangered and protected under Australian law, 775 development applications have proposed removing or damaging potential finch habitat. One has been rejected. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 19:39
Residents in Sydney and other parts of the east coast advised to stay indoors where possible to avoid air pollution • NSW and Qld fires: army training exercise may have started Gold Coast blaze – live Authorities are warning New South Wales residents not to underestimate the damaging effects of smoke as air quality worsens amid the state’s bushfire crisis. About 80 fires are burning across NSW, filling Sydney’s skies with smoke pollution of “hazardous” proportions, according to the environment department. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 17:28
Jordon Steele-John uses energy debate to attack Labor and Coalition support of coal industry. Earlier, Barnaby Joyce claimed two people who died in fires ‘most likely’ voted for Greens. Follow all the day’s event’s live ... 5.49am GMT We end the blog with emergency warnings for South Turramurra in Sydney being issued. Stay safe, everyone. Do what you need to do. 5.20am GMT The Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund, (which is often called the “no actual infrastructure fund” around these halls, because of the lack of infrastructure) is not only undergoing another inquiry – it will also lend $20m to the North Queensland Cowboys for a training centre. The fund which was designed to turn the north into an economic powerhouse will also help the Cowboys train its Thurstons of the future. Funding for the new state-of-the-art Cowboys Community, Training and High Performance Centre continues to take shape with the advancement of a Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan moving to the next stage of approval. The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ application to NAIF has progressed, with NAIF’s Board making an investment decision to approve a loan to the project. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 17:00
Approval ratings dip for both Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in latest survey Australians are divided about a controversial plan, telegraphed by Scott Morrison, to curb environmental activism against the resources sector – with the Guardian Essential sample split between support, opposition and indifference. In the wake of the prime minister using a combative speech to the Queensland Resources Council to unload on “apocalyptic” progressivism and float potential curbs on activism, voters were asked whether they would support a change that could make consumer or environmental boycotts illegal in Australia. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 15:09
Response follows Jeremy Corbyn urging PM to ‘take personal charge’ as locals tell of ruined homes Boris Johnson has agreed to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee on Tuesday to discuss the response to the recent severe floods, after he was urged by Jeremy Corbyn to “take personal charge” of the situation. The announcement by Downing Street came as residents began a clean-up operation, and warned that further damage was likely unless existing water was pumped away. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 11:00
Long-running survey finds 1976 heatwave boom has been followed by dropping numbers Moths are declining in abundance by 10% each decade in Britain but the average weight of moths caught in traps is still double what it was in 1967, according to a new study. Researchers studying the biomass of moths caught in the world’s longest-running insect survey said their findings suggested that if there had been an “insect armageddon” in Britain, it had occurred before scientific recording began in 1967. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 11:00
Silver-backed chevrotain caught on camera after it was feared lost to science A distinctly two-tone mouse deer that was feared lost to science has been captured on film foraging for food by camera traps set up in a Vietnamese forest. The pictures of the rabbit-sized animal, also known as the silver-backed chevrotain, are the first to be taken in the wild and come nearly 30 years after the last confirmed sighting. Continue reading...