Currently in Melbourne — September 1st, 2022

Currently in Melbourne — September 1st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Partly cloudy with scattered showers

Spring has sprung and the blossoms are out. Winter is officially over, and what a long winter it has been for those of us grappling with increased energy prices and prolonged cold snaps. Thursday will deliver an overnight low of 7°C, moving into a partly cloudy day and heading to an afternoon high of 16°C. A few scattered showers are predicted for the late afternoon and could continue into the evening. But warmer temperatures are coming our way next week… which means it’s almost time to take the spring wardrobe out for an airing. And don’t forget: school hats for kids from today.

— Megan Herbert

What you need to know, currently.

“How inappropriate it is to call this planet Earth,” science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, “when it is clearly Ocean.” The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the world and absorbs roughly a third of mankind’s carbon emissions — yet it remains largely unprotected and unregulated. This past Saturday, negotiations at the UN headquarters stalled when diplomats failed to reach a decision on a treaty deal that would protect biodiversity in two thirds of ocean areas that remain outside of individual countries' jurisdictions.

“The oceans sustain all life on Earth, but for the last two weeks, the self-proclaimed High Ambition Coalition has not shown enough ambition or urgency until the final hours,” said Laura Meller, of Greenpeace. “As a result, they have failed to deliver a strong Global Ocean Treaty that can protect the high seas. They promised a Treaty in 2022, and time has all but run out. They shouldn’t shoulder all responsibility, other countries have been deliberately obstructive, but failure to deliver a Treaty at these talks jeopardizes the livelihoods and food security of billions of people around the world.”

Protecting marine biodiversity is particularly important as the ocean is opened up to deep sea mining and becomes yet another extraction zone.