Breaking Waves: Ocean News

10/23/2021 - 14:00
Converting every vehicle to electric by 2035 would halve costs, Australian Conservation Foundation report finds Australia may be left with almost a $1tn health bill by 2050 if it doesn’t boost the take-up of electric vehicles, according to a new report released on Sunday. But this could be slashed in half by setting an ambitious target to convert every car in the country to electric by 2035. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 14:00
Those born in the small NSW town of Nundle are generally in favour of a new windfarm, while many tree changers object Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community In the small town of Nundle, a story of rural change is playing out. The picturesque little New England town of 289 people, nestled in the Great Dividing Range, has traditionally relied on farming and increasingly tourism to keep it ticking over. The Hills of Gold Wind Farm has reversed the usual expected lines of division. A section of those born and working in the district are generally in favour of the green energy project and the income it may bring, while tree changers or retirees are opposed. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 09:00
Agriculture turns full-circle as the trend for ripping out hedges is reversed… and farmers hail the ecological benefits The emerald-green five-year-old hawthorn hedge glistens in autumnal sunshine. In the cider apple orchard and grass pastures below, younger hedges shoot off towards a fast-flowing trout stream. History has come full circle in Blackmore Farm, which nestles in the foothills of the Quantocks in Somerset. The owner, Ian Dyer, remembers helping his father, who arrived as a tenant farmer in the 1950s, grub out old hedges in the 1960s and 1970s. But – like increasing numbers of landowners – he has hired a hedgelayer to bring back his hedges to provide habitats for wildlife, capture carbon and slow water pouring off fields into rivers. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 03:24
Government urged to carry out comprehensive review of curriculum and decarbonise school estate by 2030 Climate crisis education should become fully embedded in the system, unions have urged. A joint letter to the education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, calls for a review of the curriculum to ensure everyone is mobilised for a “sustainable future”. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 03:00
I’ve worked in oil for decades, and seen what happens when jobs dry up with no plan B. Now industry leaders must face reality too Moving to a green energy system and a zero-emissions society without leaving people behind is an enormous challenge. Many oil and gas workers are actually ready for the change, but the oil and gas industry itself is slowing the process, holding back real progress. Having worked in the oil industry in Aberdeen and abroad for decades, what I have seen feels like the industry applying all of its power to self-preservation, in the face of the immutable truths that fossil fuels will one day run out and that we must keep what of them remains in the ground. Erik Dalhuijsen is a consultant petroleum and sustainability engineer and a climate change activist living in Aberdeen Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 03:00
Ambivalence, industrial disputes and other issues are complicating city’s build-up to the climate conference Diwali candles in pretty terracotta pots are stacked around the counter at Suresh & Sons grocer in Finnieston, the Glasgow district that borders the UN-managed “blue zone” of the Scottish Event Campus. Next weekend more than 30,000 delegates from 196 countries will converge on the area for the crucial two-week Cop26 climate conference. Four days into the event is the Hindu festival of lights, Leena Kumar explains. The council advised her to talk to suppliers about getting stock delivered before the road closures begin this weekend, but it is not that easy, she says. “We are well-informed, but we still don’t know what’s going to happen,” she laughs. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 02:00
From grassroots campaigners to Hollywood actors, 21 climate rebels tell their stories Tap on each activist to read their story Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 02:00
An insider says keeping temperatures within 1.5C above pre-industrial levels rests with big developing countries in G20 As we get closer to the beginning of Cop26, I worry that the main goal – keeping temperature rises within 1.5C above pre-industrial levels – is slipping away. The Covid-19 pandemic offered the opportunity for a global reset. We could rebuild in a way that was green and with lower greenhouse gas emissions. Every week we’ll hear from negotiators from a developing country that is involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations and will be attending the Cop26 climate conference. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 02:00
The lowdown as householders are being urged to replace their old boilers with greener alternatives ‘It’s been brilliant’: air source heat pump will recoup cost for owner Householders are being encouraged to ditch their old gas and oil-fired boilers and replace them with new clean, green heat pumps. In the run-up to the Cop26 climate summit, the UK government has set out plans to offer grants to help households install air source heat pumps and other low-carbon heating systems over the next three years. Continue reading...
10/23/2021 - 02:00
Each item will have an estimate of its carbon footprint, so visitors can make ‘climate-friendly choices’ Plant-based dishes will dominate the menu at the Cop26 climate conference, where 80% of the food will be from Scotland. The low-carbon menu includes 95% British food, especially locally sourced Scottish produce, and each menu item has an estimate of its carbon footprint, “helping attendees make climate-friendly choices”. Winter squash lasagne (0.7kg CO2 equivalent emissions) – celeriac, glazed root vegetables and winter squash, with a vegan cheddar. Organic kale and seasonal vegetable pasta (0.3kg CO2 ee) – spelt fusilli, field mushrooms, kale and seasonal vegetables. Braised turkey meatballs (0.9kg CO2 ee) – with organic spelt penne pasta in a tomato ragu. Organic spelt wholegrain penne pasta (0.2kg CO2 ee) – with a tomato ragu, kale, pesto and oatmeal crumble. Continue reading...