Breaking Waves: Ocean News

07/02/2022 - 02:00
Exclusive: António Guterres says growing north and south divide is ‘morally unacceptable’ and dangerous Humanity is facing a “perfect storm” of crises that is widening inequality between the north and south, the UN secretary general has warned. The divide is not only “morally unacceptable” but dangerous, further threatening peace and security in a conflicted world. The global food, energy and financial crises unleashed by the war in Ukraine have hit countries already reeling from the pandemic and the climate crisis, reversing what had been a growing convergence between developed and developing countries, António Guterres said. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 15:00
AspiraDAC device can remove two tonnes of CO2 a year and store it underground using direct air capture technology Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast A solar-powered and tent-sized Australian prototype machine that can suck CO2 from the air has secured a $700,000 contract to capture and store carbon. The deal, part of a project backed by corporates including the owners of Google and Facebook, is thought to be the first time an Australian company has secured a deal to remove CO2 using direct air capture (DAC) technology. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 15:00
For renters, who can’t make big changes such as solar installations, there are still lots of ways to reduce your energy bill and stay warm Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcast Home energy assessor Adam Corrigan is knelt down by my rental property’s pool pump, and he’s not impressed. Beside him, the pool and attached “spa” – a huge drawcard for Sydney’s trendy inner west – sits in all its share house glory, icy cold, with grime slowly multiplying. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 12:37
US military investigation points to human error after fuel leak that poisoned thousands A US navy investigation has revealed that shoddy management and human error caused fuel to leak into Pearl Harbor’s tap water last year, poisoning thousands of people and forcing military families to evacuate their homes for hotels. The investigation, released on Thursday, is the first detailed account of how jet fuel from the Red Hill bulk fuel storage facility, a huge second-world-war-era military-run tank farm in the hills above Pearl Harbor, leaked into a well that supplied water to housing and offices in and around the sprawling base. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 12:08
Supporters of group say young people have ‘nothing to lose any more’ as they call for end to new oil and gas projects Two young supporters of Just Stop Oil have glued themselves tothe frame of a JMW Turner painting at Manchester Art Gallery. It is the third time this week that supporters of the group, which is calling for a government-imposed moratorium on new oil and gas extraction projects, have glued themselves to major works in UK galleries. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 12:05
The climate agenda risks being derailed by energy market disruptions caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia this month highlights the paradox of American power. The US has the economic heft to punish an opponent – but not enough to alter the behaviour of a determined adversary. Sanctions will see Russia’s economy contract by 9% next year. But Washington needs more nations to join its camp to halt Moscow’s brutal invasion of Ukraine. Mr Biden has been forced to prioritise war objectives over ethics in meeting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA says ordered the barbaric murder of the prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The havoc that Russia’s war has caused on the world’s energy markets is contributing to an economic crisis that is playing into the hands of Mr Biden’s domestic opponents. This highlights the west’s failure to confront the climate emergency with a less carbon-intensive economic model. The green agenda risks being derailed by sky-high hydrocarbon prices. This scenario could have been averted if western nations had accelerated their net zero agendas by driving down energy demand – the lack of UK home insulation is one glaring failure – and spending on renewables to achieve energy security. Instead, this week the G7 watered down pledges to halt fossil fuel investment over fears of winter energy shortages as Moscow squeezes supplies. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 10:52
Conservation group wants to ‘drive cultural shift’ to designate trees and woodlands ‘as fundamental to quality of life’ She would never have dreamed of it a few years ago, but when lockdown came and she found herself separated from family and friends, “I’m not ashamed to say I hugged a tree or two if I was feeling sad,” says Jane Barber. “When you couldn’t hug people – and I didn’t have a partner at the time – it was really challenging for people who lived alone. “We need connection, to feel connection with another living being. To connect with the tree’s history and reflect on what it might have witnessed is wonderful.” Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 10:04
Small populations of wild rock doves discovered in places including Outer Hebrides Colonies of extremely rare and endangered birds that are the wild ancestors of domestic and feral pigeons have been found on secluded Scottish islands. Researchers have spoken of their excitement and surprise at discovering small populations of wild rock doves in places that include the Outer Hebrides. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 08:59
An Italian town has banned the practice during a heatwave, but if done right it benefits hair and scalp Global consumption of water is growing twice as fast as the world’s population and droughts are affecting swathes of the planet. So it was no surprise that this week the mayor of an Italian town in Emilia-Romagna, which is experiencing a severe heatwave, banned hairdressers from shampooing their customers’ hair twice, saying it would save thousands of litres of water a day. As we all attempt to reduce waste, that additional shampoo at home or in the salon can seem like overkill. So is what is known in the trade as “double cleansing” really necessary? No, but every hairdresser and trichologist is seemingly in agreement that the second shampoo has distinct benefits to scalp and hair, regardless of skin and hair type. Continue reading...
07/01/2022 - 08:44
Woman, who has non-life-threatening injuries, treated in Wyoming hospital after encounter in national park A 71-year-old Pennsylvania woman was gored by a bison on Wednesday in Yellowstone National Park, in “the third reported bison and visitor incident” this year, officials said. The woman, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was transported to a hospital in Cody, Wyoming. Continue reading...