Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/27/2022 - 15:00
Project backed by the National party is expected to top $162,000 per megalitre if cost recovery is pursued Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updates Sign up for the Rural Network email newsletter Join the Rural Network group on Facebook to be part of the community The new $1.27bn Dungowan Dam, championed by Barnaby Joyce in his New South Wales electorate of New England, is expected to cost the equivalent of $162,000 per megalitre, compared to a current market rate of $1,500/ML, if cost recovery is pursued, a water expert has estimated. Drew Collins, a former associate commissioner of the 2020 Productivity Commission National Water inquiry, has described the Tamworth-based project as “a hell of a lot of money to not fix the problem” of the Peel Valley’s existing water supply. Sign up to receive Guardian Australia’s fortnightly Rural Network email newsletter Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 09:23
Firm says Sunak’s levy creates uncertainty and asks for tax relief that covers investment in renewables Shell has said Rishi Sunak’s windfall tax is a threat to investment in North Sea oil and gas as Britain attempts to ramp up domestic energy supplies. The chancellor yesterday announced an “energy profits levy” on oil and gas operators that he hopes will raise £5bn to help fund a support package for households. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 08:00
Study finds Pacific rattlesnakes, which can’t control their own temperature, prefer places where the climate averages 80F Many species are suffering at the hands of a warmer world, but one California inhabitant seems to be enjoying hotter temperatures: the Pacific rattlesnake. Their populations across the south-west are thriving, according to a study by researchers at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of Michigan. The study found that when given the choice, rattlesnakes – which cannot control their own temperature and rely on the environment for warmth – actually prefer to live in places where the climate averages more than 80F, suggesting they’re likely to do well as the planet gets hotter. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 07:00
Exclusive: Environmental groups criticise NFU for helping companies to fight Defra rules on nitrates in waterways Environmental groups have criticised the National Farmers Union for helping hundreds of agricultural businesses to push back against measures designed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to protect vulnerable rivers in the UK. Working with the specialist consultancy Hafren Water, the NFU has helped at least 200 land users in nearly 40 river basins and groundwater catchments to fight against “nitrate vulnerable zone” designations, according to documents made available to the union’s members. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 06:47
Officers block access to vehicle to keep pair of herring gulls undisturbed You may think they have plenty of conventional spots – cliffs, islands, seaside rooftops, chimney pots – to nest on. But a pair of herring gulls have opted to construct their nest on the roof of a Dorset police car, taking it out of action because they are a protected species and cannot be disturbed. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 06:00
Pink sea fan, at risk from bottom-trawling, predicted to spread northwards around coast up to Scotland as sea temperatures rise It is one of Britain’s rarest and most threatened species, primarily due to bottom-trawling fishing, but researchers have found that the pink sea fan coral could expand its range in the climate crisis. A slow-growing coral found in shallow waters from the western Mediterranean to north-west Ireland and south-west England and Wales, the pink sea fan (Eunicella verrucosa) is classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 05:24
Legislation makes no mention of skins, feet, ears and tails so these can continue to be bought and sold Elephant skins, feet, ears and tails will continue to be traded in the UK even after next month’s ivory ban comes into force, it has been revealed. The government has been praised for its Ivory Act 2018, effective from next month, making the purchase and sale of elephant tusks punishable by fines of up to £250,000 or up to five years in prison. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 05:09
Horticulturist Lottie Delamain created a garden at Chelsea flower show using plants that can be used to make fabrics and dyes Gardeners are fighting back against the toxic chemicals used by the fashion industry – by using plants to dye their clothes. The horticulturist Lottie Delamain created a garden for the activist movement Fashion Revolution at Chelsea flower show using plants that can be used to make fabrics and dyes. She became so enthused by experimenting with using plants to make clothes dyes that she has dyed many of her own garments using flowers and even tree branches from her own plot at home. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 05:05
Rising greenhouse gases have caused Lake Palcacocha to swell in size which makes the area at risk for a devastating outburst flood In a global first for climate breakdown litigation, judges from Germany have visited Peru to determine the level of damage caused by Europe’s largest emitter in a case that could set a precedent for legal claims over human-caused global heating. Judges and court-appointed experts visited a glacial lake in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountain range this week to determine whether Germany’s largest electricity provider, RWE, is partially liable for the rise in greenhouse gases that could trigger a devastating flood. Continue reading...
05/27/2022 - 04:00
The growing trend for imported olive trees has brought hoards of invasive snakes to the Spanish island, threatening the future of its wall lizard Far below the Ibiza sun, a solitary lizard fidgets across the baking rocks on the southern tip of the island, happily oblivious to what may lurk ahead. After 6m years of isolated evolution, the Ibiza wall lizard, whose scaly finery runs from cobalt blue to acid green, is facing an existential threat summed up in the Catalan phrase sargantanes o serps: lizards or snakes. Over the past two decades, the wall lizards have completely disappeared from some areas of Ibiza and the neighbouring island of Formentera thanks to the rapid proliferation of invasive, non-venomous horseshoe whipsnakes and ladder snakes. Continue reading...