Breaking Waves: Ocean News

02/24/2020 - 02:44
Ahead of the release of its technology roadmap, the Coalition tries to ramp up pressure on Labor over its net zero emissions target Scott Morrison has acknowledged there are “costs associated with climate change” but has declined to spell out what 3C heating would do to job creation and economic growth in Australia. Ahead of the release of its technology roadmap, the federal government is attempting to ramp up political pressure on Labor over its commitment to a net zero target by 2050, blasting the opposition for adopting a target without a fleshed-out strategy to meet it, and pointing out that CSIRO research cited positively by Labor assumes a carbon price of more than $200 to drive the transition. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 02:30
Snow falls across Scotland and northern Britain as further flood warnings issued Snow and rain fell across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England on Monday morning as warnings of further flooding were issued. Commuters were advised to expect traffic disruption as the working week began. Continue reading...
02/24/2020 - 01:30
Negotiations over a 10-year agenda for nature are about to begin. Our ecological future depends on the engagement of every global citizen The year 2020 has been designated a “super year for nature”, when the global community will rededicate itself to halting biodiversity loss with a 10-year action agenda, scheduled for agreement at the conference of the parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Kunming in China in October. On 13 January we published an initial “zero” draft of an action framework, which will be considered at negotiations being held in Rome from 24 February. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 22:52
Given the madness in the political debate over a 2050 target, let’s establish some basic facts It’s not news to observe that as soon as anyone mentions climate change policy in Australia, madness generally follows. A fresh outbreak of stupidity in the political debate has been triggered by Labor’s decision last week to sign up to a net zero target by 2050. Given the madness, let’s look at net zero, and establish some basic facts. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 21:53
Organisation says it is frustrated with government’s use of vouchers in scheme that takes away farmers’ ‘dignity and choice’ The Coalition ignored warnings from the Country Women’s Association before setting up a drought-assistance scheme that compels farmers to attend public events in their small communities to ask for $500 vouchers. The federal government on Friday announced it would provide $5m to the CWA to provide drought assistance to farmers using vouchers of up to $500. Details are scant, but the CWA believes the vouchers are restricted to specific stores – a problem in small country towns where choice is limited. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 19:01
Annual card will be recyclable and avoid use of 12.5 tonnes of plastic a year, trust says The National Trust has ditched plastic for the annual membership card it sends out to 5 million members, it has announced. The new card will be made from a type of strong and durable paper featuring a tough water-based coating, with the paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They will be produced in a mill powered by its own biomass. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 16:51
Government MPs lash out at Labor over its emissions target before the parties spar on climate and more in question time, which begins with tributes to Hannah Clarke and her children. This blog is now closed Net zero emissions by 2050: is it a controversial ambition and will the Coalition adopt it? Australia’s carbon emissions fall just 0.3% as industrial pollution surges 6.27am GMT And on that note, I am going to close down the blog before my head explodes. We’ll be back early tomorrow morning. Being Tuesday, that means it’s party-room time, and there ain’t no party like a bunch-of-people-pretending-they-are-all-under-the-one-policy-umbrella party. 6.20am GMT Barnaby Joyce is explaining why some, including the Liberal-National NSW state government, are living in a “fairytale nirvana” by having a target of net zero emissions by 2050. He’s on Sky News. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 11:30
Energy board says renewables growth will cut electricity prices, but warns extreme weather and ageing coal plants a threat to energy security Retail electricity prices are tipped to fall by 7.1% by 2022 – an average saving of $97 per household – according to the Energy Security Board. In its latest report on the health of the national electricity market, to be released on Monday, the ESB credits new low-cost renewable generation for driving down wholesale prices and warns that severe weather and ageing coal power plants are threatening reliability of supply. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:37
Group’s first ever reference to global heating signals growing economic concerns over climate change The G20 group of the world’s wealthiest nations have agreed for the first time to collectively sound the alarm over the threat to the financial system posed by the climate emergency. Overcoming objections from Donald Trump’s US administration, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Saudi Arabia over the weekend agreed to issue their first ever communique with references to climate change, according to reports from Reuters. Continue reading...
02/23/2020 - 08:25
75mph winds expected to bring more torrential downpours to one of wettest Februarys ever A storm is expected to bring further bands of torrential rain to flood-hit communities as it sweeps across Britain. Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning as the 75mph storm brings a fresh deluge of rain, up to 50mm (2in) in some places. Continue reading...