Australia to ban use of carbon monoxide to trap fish
Australia is set to ban the use of CO2 capture devices, as part of a national strategy to tackle climate change.
Key points:Australia will ban the installation of CO 2 capture devices on fish in order to reduce climate change emissionsClimate change has been blamed for the rise in the number of fatal CO 2 overdosesAustralia will impose a two-year ban on the use and installation of capture devices at seaIn a bid to cut CO 2 emissions, the country will ban use and install capture devices in its waterways to prevent the spread of CO.
The country’s fisheries minister, Michael Kroger, said in a statement the move would be part of an “agreed national strategy” aimed at reducing emissions.
“It’s a very good step and it’s a step that Australia has to take and it’ll be an important part of the national strategy,” Mr Kroger said.
“This is a global issue, so the country needs to act.”
The move comes as the number on the death toll from CO 2 overdose at the end of last year jumped from 11 to 23, with more than 1,400 people having died since January.
The latest death toll was announced on Tuesday, as officials revealed that the number had jumped to more than 2,000.
The announcement came as the United States began an investigation into CO 2 emission capture devices.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered the removal of all capture devices from the waters of its five states.
“The use of capture equipment on fish is not recommended and will not be tolerated,” the department said in an announcement on Tuesday.
“In the event of an emergency, all fish in the vicinity should be released by hand or by a vessel.”
In the first wave of CO two capture devices were installed in the eastern states of Virginia, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
The second wave was installed in New York.
In New York, officials said they were working to install a second generation of capture technology to combat CO 2 pollution in the state’s waters.
“Our goal is to ensure that the capture devices do not have the potential to contribute to or increase the risk of CO-2 poisoning in fish populations,” the New York Department of Environmental Conservation said in the announcement.
“At this time, we are working with our partners to determine the best way to implement the new technology.”
It is not yet known when the new capture devices will be installed in other areas.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) said it would not comment on the new regulations until it has received a formal proposal from the department.
“We will be releasing additional information about the proposed regulations and the enforcement of the regulations as they become available,” the USFWS said.
Topics:climate-change,government-and-politics,environment,environmental-policy,australiaFirst posted November 07, 2019 14:57:08Contact Peter Higgling