Breaking Waves: Ocean News

09/27/2021 - 12:30
Wildlife refuge designed to offset housing developments but if road proceeds NSW government will have to offset the damage to its own offset A portion of bushland at the site of a new western Sydney national park where koalas, bettongs and other native animals will be released is to be set aside for a future highway. The Berejikilan government announced on the weekend that the bushland at Shanes Park in the Blacktown city council area would become one of the largest national parks in western Sydney. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 12:30
An Adelaide firm’s plans for permanent facilities at Whaler’s Bay on the Eyre Peninsula could wipe out prime habitat, environment group warns Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Conservationists say a plan to build a permanent rocket launch facility at Whaler’s Bay in South Australia could push threatened bird species to extinction. Southern Launch, an Adelaide-based startup, operates the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex in a privately owned conservation area at the tip of the Eyre Peninsula. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 10:47
Sellers of plug-in vehicles say petrol shortages are driving people to adopt the new technology As petrol stations in parts of the UK started running out of fuel on Friday, business at Martin Miller’s electric car dealership in Guildford, Surrey, started soaring. After what ended up being his company EV Experts busiest day ever, interest does not appear to be dying down. This week the diary is booked up with test drives and the business is low on stock. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 06:27
Rachel Reeves aims to be ‘first green chancellor’ as she announces party’s biggest spending pledge to date Labour would invest £28bn a year in climate measures to protect Britain from disaster, Rachel Reeves has announced in by far the party’s biggest spending pledge to date. The amount would quadruple the government’s current capital investment, and Labour said it would hope to attract a matching sum of private investment in green technologies. In total, the party will commit to spending £224bn on climate measures over the next eight years. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 06:01
How do you persuade farmers and the local community to join one of Scotland’s biggest land restoration projects? Call in a psychologist A hunter, conservationist and psychologist are working on a rewilding project. It sounds like the start of a joke, though the antics of this unlikely trio have not ended in a punchline but one of the UK’s largest land restoration projects. They have been collaborating on the Affric Highlands scheme, which covers an array of woodlands, peatlands, montane, river and coastal habitats between the west coast of Scotland and Loch Ness. The aim of the project, announced this week, is to rewild half a million acres (200,000 hectares) of land – by rewilding the people who live in it. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 05:00
Firms say what’s underneath the Salton Sea could fuel a green-energy boom. But struggling residents have heard such claims before Standing atop a pockmarked red mesa, Rod Colwell looks out at an expanse of water that resembles a thin blue strip on the horizon. The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, has come and gone at least five times in the last 1,300 years, most recently in 1905, when floodwaters from the Colorado River refilled its basin. A mid-century resort destination, the lake has since become an environmental disaster zone. Its waters, long fed by pesticide-laden runoff from nearby farms, have been steadily evaporating, exposing a dusty shoreline that kicks up lung-damaging silt into the surrounding communities of the Imperial Valley, where rates of asthma are alarmingly high. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 04:30
Renters and people of color are most likely to be living without water or flushing toilets in some of America’s wealthiest cities, new research shows Yan Yu Lin and her seven-year-old daughter live in a tight studio in San Francisco’s Chinatown, in a century-old building where 60 or so residents on each floor share a bathroom. Along the back wall of the room is a plastic potty – the kind designed for toilet training toddlers. The shared bathrooms are out of order so often, so rank and unhygienic, that Lin has her daughter use the plastic potty instead. “It’s safer,” she said. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 04:24
Ross-on-Wye residents say council would break climate commitments by approving drive-through They were promised a life of peace and quiet in a new-build “garden village” on the edge of a pretty Herefordshire town with cycle routes, allotments and wildlife-friendly ponds giving the settlement an eco-friendly vibe. But residents of St Mary’s Garden Village in Ross-on-Wye are up in arms after McDonald’s put in a planning application for a 24-hour drive-through within metres of their homes that they say could lead to almost 2,500 cars a day passing close to their front doors. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 04:01
Protesters glue themselves to tarmac at junction 14 near Heathrow during morning rush-hour Dozens of activists from Insulate Britain have defied a high court injunction by staging their sixth roadblock on or near the M25 since 13 September and warned of “wave after wave of protests” to come. Some of the 52 protesters glued themselves to the tarmac and barriers on a slip road to the M25 at junction 14 near Heathrow at the height of the Monday morning rush-hour. Continue reading...
09/27/2021 - 01:28
The former Murray-Darling royal commissioner says the practice is unlikely to be illegal but water laws are ridiculously convoluted Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia’s failure to regulate flood plain harvesting was “a real embarrassment”, but whether it was an illegal would depend on case by case circumstances, the former chair of South Australia’s royal commission into the Murray-Darling basin plan has told a New South Wales parliamentary committee. In scathing comments to the inquiry into the NSW government’s plan to licence flood plain harvesting, Bret Walker SC, one of the nation’s most highly regarded lawyers, said the failure of eastern states to address flood plain harvesting over the last 100 years was inconsistent with proper management of a valuable public natural resource. Continue reading...