Breaking Waves: Ocean News

05/20/2018 - 16:35
Conservationists say NSW decision will damage native flora and fauna, and result in horses starving Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning The New South Wales government is to introduce laws to protect the Snowy Mountains brumby from culling, angering conservationists. On Sunday the NSW deputy premier and Nationals leader, John Barilaro, announced he would introduce legislation to parliament this week recognising the brumbies’ “heritage value”. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 16:18
Economist says Australian MPs ‘abusing the term’ in applying it to any decision to pull approval for Carmichael mine •Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning A decision by a future Australian government to stop Adani from developing its Carmichael coalmine would not increase Australia’s sovereign risk, a new report argues. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 15:03
Surviving cyclist in satisfactory condition, hospital says Official says bikers tried to scare mountain lion and hit it A mountain biker who was killed by a cougar near Seattle and his friend who escaped after the animal attacked him did everything right, authorities have said. The two men were riding on a trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills on Saturday when the mountain lion began following them. Authorities said they did everything state guidelines advise: getting off their bikes, making noise and trying to scare the animal away. One even smacked it with his bike, after it charged. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 13:00
Conservationists hope remediating landowners’ sunken gullies could lead to a significant improvement in reef water quality • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon Strathalbyn station is cattle country, about 34,000 hectares of north Queensland grazing land, and the site of a pilot program that has demonstrated the potential to drastically improve water quality flowing towards the Great Barrier Reef. At Strathalbyn, which is more than 200km from the coast, bulldozers and graders work to remediate sunken gullies where sediment flows into the Burdekin river catchment. It looks more like a construction site than an environmental program. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 11:05
Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group, says interconnectors are threat to energy security Britain’s increasingly reliance on electricity imported from Europe threatens energy security and will import carbon emissions, according to the new boss of the country’s biggest power station. Will Gardiner, chief executive of Drax Group, said that the growing proportion of power forecast to come from interconnectors – physical links to transfer electricity across borders – would also fail to deliver the aims of the government’s industrial strategy. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 10:00
Insects are the backbone of a healthy global ecosystem – but their numbers are facing catastrophic decline due to climate change. So, what can you do to help? Already beset by degraded landscapes and a toxic environment, insects are going to suffer a catastrophic decline in numbers unless climate change is controlled, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. This is on top of the alarming collapse reported in Germany, where 75% of the flying insect biomass has vanished from protected areas in less than 30 years. Insects are the backbone of a healthy ecosystem and the consequences of their absence will be global. Is there anything we can do other than despair? Insects will need stepping stones to move around the country as the climate changes. Here are some ways you can help. Continue reading...
05/20/2018 - 08:43
Investors back resolution calling on oil giant to set tougher carbon targets in line with Paris climate deal Royal Dutch Shell faces a shareholder challenge over climate change this week, as investors insist oil and gas firms should offer more transparency and action on carbon emissions. A growing number of pension funds have backed a resolution at Shell’s AGM on Tuesday that calls on the company to set tougher carbon targets that are in line with the goals of the Paris climate deal. Continue reading...
05/19/2018 - 17:33
Mountain lion tracked and killed after attack in backwoods Second biker called 911 and shouted: ‘Can you hear me? Help!’ A mountain lion killed one mountain biker and mauled another in Washington state on Saturday when they rode into its territory. State officials later tracked the animal and shot it dead, police said. The mountain bikers were riding together down a remote, backwoods trail at 11am local time in an area near North Bend, Washington state, around 30 miles (48km) east of Seattle, when the they encountered the animal. Continue reading...
05/19/2018 - 15:30
UK’s ‘reputation could suffer if environmental protections are weakened after leaving EU’ The United Nations has warned the government that Britain’s reputation is at risk over plans that would significantly weaken protections for the environment after Brexit. In a stern intervention, Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN’s environment programme, called on the environment secretary Michael Gove to honour his promise to deliver a “green Brexit”, ensuring the environment would not suffer from Britain’s EU departure. Continue reading...
05/19/2018 - 04:00
With wild rivers, mountains and Unesco sites aplenty, Albania is emerging as an exciting Mediterranean destination – but its wilderness could be devastated by huge dam-building projects ‘Go, go, go!” The white-water rafting guide shouted orders from the back of the boat and our five-strong crew paddled hard to stay on course. We were tackling a stretch of the Vjosa, a 270km river that begins in Greece (where it is called the Aoös) and flows through Albania and into the Adriatic just north of the city of Vlora. I was on a recce trip for a new southern Albanian break with Much Better Adventures, which specialises in long weekends to wild places in Europe and North Africa. But this trip was not just a fun adventure – rather just part of a campaign to save the river, which is under threat from proposed dams. A documentary film, Blue Heart, out this month, will highlight the fight to protect Europe’s last wild rivers, with help from ecotourism. From May to October, the Vjosa’s canyons are navigable by raft – at thrilling speeds and with waves well over a metre high. We were there in early March, when these narrow stretches of water were too dangerous, so rafted a wider, gentler section: it offered less adrenaline, but gave a flavour of the full trip. Swirling downriver, we seemed to be journeying through an untouched land. Continue reading...