Breaking Waves: Ocean News

11/11/2019 - 01:01
Project links solar-fitted premises in ‘milestone’ to form a mini virtual power plant Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall have started selling electricity to their local energy network and the national energy system in a pioneering move. The trial is the first time that traditional energy users – such as homes, hotels and businesses – have acted as suppliers in a microcosm of a full energy system. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 01:00
Federal regulator wants to know more about the consultation Equinor conducted and the risks posed by oil spills Norwegian energy company Equinor has been ordered to modify and resubmit an environmental plan to drill an oil exploration well in the Great Australian Bight. The company has exploration rights on a site about 370km off the South Australian coast and first submitted its environmental statement on the drilling proposal in April. Continue reading...
11/11/2019 - 00:34
Brown to Green report highlights Australia’s poor response on deforestation, transport, energy supply and carbon pricing Australia’s response to climate change is one of the worst in the G20 with a lack of policy, reliance on fossil fuels and rising emissions leaving the country exposed “economically, politically and environmentally”, according to a new international report. Australia’s progress to meeting its already “unambitious” Paris climate targets was third worst, fossil fuel energy was on the rise and policies to tackle high transport emissions and deforestation were also among the worst across the G20 countries. Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 22:38
For the first time since new fire ratings were introduced in 2009, the highest fire danger has been forecast for Sydney Catastrophic fire danger has been forecast for the greater Sydney, greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions on Tuesday 12 November. This includes the central coast and the Blue Mountains. It’s the first time since the new fire ratings were introduced in 2009 that catastrophic conditions have been forecast for Sydney. Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 22:01
‘For heaven’s sake stay away from bushland,’ Gladys Berejiklian warns as conditions to worsen on Tuesday Across New South Wales more than 575 schools will shut their doors on Tuesday, while aged care homes remain on high alert and animal shelters scramble to re-home pets as much of the state prepares for catastrophic fire conditions. The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, declared a week-long state of emergency on Monday in the wake of devastating fires on the state’s mid-north coast in which three people died and at least 150 homes were destroyed. Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 20:03
Despite its screaming and its reclusive habits, the rare species triumphs in prestigious vote An antisocial penguin that communicates by screaming has won New Zealand’s hotly contested bird of the year poll. But the victory of the hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, has served to underscore the threat to its existence: it received more votes than there are hoiho remaining on the planet. Related: New Zealand's bird of the year: the most important election – aside from the real one Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 19:01
Carrying excess fuel saves airlines on fuel bills but has adverse environmental impact British Airways has pledged to review its practice of making aircraft carry tonnes of excess fuel to avoid filling up at destination airports, which saves money but drives up CO2 emissions. Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA’s parent company IAG, admitted that using the method – called “fuel tankering” within the industry – was “maybe the wrong thing to do” despite the financial incentive behind the practice, because of its environmental impact. Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 18:32
Temperature, fuel load, dryness, wind speed and humidity all affect fire risk and are compounded by global heating The link between rising greenhouse gas emissions and increased bushfire risk is complex but, according to major science agencies, clear. Climate change does not create bushfires, but it can and does make them worse. A number of factors contribute to bushfire risk, including temperature, fuel load, dryness, wind speed and humidity. Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 17:03
The Senate-only sitting week has started in the midst of a debate on climate change as ‘catastrophic’ blazes threaten swathes of NSW and Queensland. All the day’s events, live • Follow all the latest news on NSW and Queensland bushfires – live 5.01am GMT On that note, we are going to wrap up the blog for the day. But we’ll back tomorrow morning for day two of Senate-palooza. 4.32am GMT Someone is having fun. STATEMENT | Nationals kill dairy rescue bill. Senator Pauline Hanson's private senator’s bill to introduce a minimum farm gate price for milk has been defeated by 31 votes to 30.#auspol #qldpolhttps://t.co/lXoeaHjP3Q Continue reading...
11/10/2019 - 17:02
More than 575 NSW schools to close as conditions forecast to worsen on Tuesday, while dozens of bushfires continue to burn across Australia’s east coast. This blog is now closed Main story: NSW and QLD fires: almost 600 NSW school closures on Tuesday Catastrophic fire danger: what does it mean and what should we do in these conditions? What are the links between climate change and bushfires? – explainer Australia braces for ‘most dangerous bushfire week ever seen’ 9.31am GMT This is where we’ll leave our rolling coverage today. Guardian Australia will be covering all the developments tomorrow. Here’s what’s happened so far: 9.00am GMT ABC Weather has published an explanation of why Tuesday is looking so bad: it’s a cold front. “Tomorrow with the winds you’ll be seeing a more south-easterly direction,” Grace Legge, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told the ABC. Why a cold front signals disaster for fire danger https://t.co/NOr4mZ54B3 via @ABCNews pic.twitter.com/3ZrwsfqZeg Continue reading...