Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/03/2022 - 20:10
Two ‘very significant’ weather systems will move across state this week, Bureau of Meteorology says Follow the latest updates with our live blog Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast New South Wales is bracing for more flash flooding as another week of renewed rain lashes the already saturated state. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Gabrielle Woodhouse said two “very significant” weather systems were moving across NSW over the coming days, with rain and thunderstorms expected over inland parts of the state from Tuesday. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 18:01
Group will also develop more rental and resale options as it aims to be more sustainable John Lewis has pledged to have “buy back or take back” schemes operating in every product category by 2025 and to develop more rental and resale options as it steps up efforts to be a more sustainable business. The group, which runs Waitrose supermarkets as well as a string of department stores, will also invest £2m over the next five years to restore and protect nature in Norfolk, a key source of meat, cereal and vegetable products, and in India’s Noyyal and Bhavani river basins, where it sources cotton, under a partnership with the wildlife charity WWF. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 16:42
Priority targeting includes many of Australia’s best-known native animals but will also help others in the same habitats, environment minister says Follow the latest updates with our live blog Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast The federal government has set a goal to prevent any new extinctions of Australian wildlife. It is the first time a federal government has announced a zero extinctions target for the country’s plants and animals. The goal forms part of a 10-year plan to improve the trajectory of 110 species and 20 places, and protect an additional 50m hectares of land and sea area by 2027. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 12:25
Speaking at a conference fringe event, business secretary dismisses those who oppose practice as ‘socialists’ Latest politics news – live Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he would be “delighted” for his back garden to be fracked, as he risked deepening divisions within the Conservative party by deriding those who oppose the controversial practice as “socialists”. The business secretary was bullish about restarting fracking in England after a nearly three-year moratorium, saying the current limit of magnitude 0.5 to avoid mini-earthquakes being caused was “ridiculously low”. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 11:56
Unusual diplomatic intervention prompted by fears over Liz Truss’s commitment to net zero The Egyptian government, host of the next UN climate summit, has warned the UK against “backtracking from the global climate agenda”, in a significant intervention prompted by fears over Liz Truss’s commitment to net zero. The warning before the Cop27 conference, which will take place in just over a month in Sharm el-Sheikh, to the host of Cop26, which took place in Glasgow last November, is highly unusual in diplomatic terms. The hosts of successive Cops are responsible for a smooth handover of the talks. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 11:30
Business efforts to get pro-fossil fuel material into classrooms experience opposition due to role in climate change Follow the latest updates with our live blog Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast “Brainwashing” was how the head of corporate and commercial at Queensland gas company State Gas, Lucy Snelling, initially described what was being taught about the oil and gas industry in Australian schools. She now regrets using the term but her comments, made at the national conference of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea), captured a moment of frustration in an industry that feels it is engaged in a battle for the hearts and minds of the next generation. Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 11:00
EU’s meteorological agency warns La Niña weather pattern makes cold, still and dry snap more likely Europe is likely to experience a colder, drier and less windy early winter, according to forecasting models compiled by the EU’s meteorological agency, as the UK energy regulator warned there is a “significant risk” of gas shortages this winter. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) cautions that predicting winter conditions are “notoriously difficult” in early October. But it says a cold, still and dry snap in November and December, which would worsen the cost of living crisis, is more likely, because of this year’s La Niña – a powerful weather pattern influenced by cooler temperatures in the Pacific. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 10:54
Electricity-producing firms ask regulator to change rules that could penalise them if gas supplies run out Great Britain’s energy regulator has warned there is a “significant risk” of gas shortages this winter, which could also hit electricity supplies. Ofgem’s head of wholesale market management, Grendon Thompson, said a gas supply emergency could impose “load shedding” on the largest consumers, forcing gas-fired power stations to close. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 06:03
Documents show zones with ‘liberalised’ planning laws could get go-ahead even in the most environmentally protected areas Investment zones with “liberalised” planning laws to accelerate development could be designated within national parks and in the most environmentally protected areas of the UK, government documents reveal. Details of the government’s new zones to increase housebuilding and commercial development reveal councils can apply for zones in national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, (AONBs) sites of special scientific interest, (SSSIs) and green belt land. A national park. An area of outstanding natural beauty. A site of special scientific interest, or equivalent designation. The buffer zone of a world heritage site. Designated green belt. Continue reading...
10/03/2022 - 05:20
Activists from global south demand recompense for damage from countries most responsible for crisis Young people from some of the countries most affected by climate breakdown have warned they are not victims but a force to be reckoned with in the run-up to a UN climate conference in Egypt. Led by climate groups across Africa and the Middle East, hundreds of activists from countries that are the least responsible for the crisis but are experiencing the worst impacts have gathered in Tunisia to prepare for what they say will be a collective fight for justice for their countries and communities, which they will take to Cop27 next month. Continue reading...