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Climate crisis has impact on insects’ colours and sex lives, study finds

The Guardian - 1 hour 55 min ago

Scientists fear adaptations to global heating may leave some species struggling to mate successfully

An ambush bug with a darker-coloured body is better at snagging a sexual partner than its brighter counterpart when it is chilly. Darker males can warm up more easily in the early mornings, and therefore get busy while everybody else is still warming up.

This is one of the many examples of how temperature affects colouring in insects, and in turn can affect their ability to mate, according to a new review article published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

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FortisBC implements automatic RNG blend for British Columbia customers

Carbon Pulse - 8 hours 52 min ago
Customers of regulated British Columbia utility FortisBC will automatically have 1% of their gas blended from renewable natural gas (RNG) sources.
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Footage shows snail on the brink of extinction giving birth through its neck - video

The Guardian - 8 hours 55 min ago

The Campbell’s keeled glass-snail was officially extinct until March 2020, when a local citizen scientist found it on the remote Norfolk Island. 40 of the thumbnail-sized snails were taken to a dedicated and quarantined captive breeding facility in Taronga zoo. 40 baby snails were born in the last fortnight, after initially struggling to reproduce in captivity

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Pennsylvania Senate passes CCS legislation, sending bill to governor’s desk

Carbon Pulse - 9 hours 52 min ago
The Pennsylvania Senate passed on Thursday a bill establishing a regulatory framework around carbon capture and storage (CCS), which now sits on Governor Josh Shapiro's (D) desk for possible approval.
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Emitters add biggest RGGI haul since February, CCA length cut across the board

Carbon Pulse - 10 hours 26 min ago
Producers added to their holdings in RGGI Allowances (RGAs) in the most significant way since late February, while both emitters and financial players cut back their net length in California Carbon Allowances (CCA) ahead of a Wednesday cap-and-trade rulemaking workshop, weekly data from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released Friday showed.
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PREVIEW: Von der Leyen’s EU Commission bid seen hanging on Greens’ backing

Carbon Pulse - 15 hours 27 min ago
The newly elected European Parliament is holding its first plenary session in Strasbourg next week, with a potential majority for Commission President-designate Ursula von der Leyen seemingly hanging on the future of climate policies, as she needs backing from the Greens to secure a second term.
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EU countries more than three-quarters through 2024 free EUA allocations –Commission data

Carbon Pulse - 16 hours 3 min ago
EU member states have handed out more than three-quarters of their 2024 quotas of free carbon allowances under the ETS, according to data released by the European Commission.
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LEAK: EU ministers to call for expanding pool of climate finance contributors, no number in sight

Carbon Pulse - 16 hours 31 min ago
EU climate and environment ministers are poised to call for expanding the pool of countries contributing to the new global climate finance goal, in draft conclusions preparing for the EU’s COP29 negotiating position, although the document did not to specify the amount the bloc itself should provide.
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BRIEFING: EU energy and climate stories to watch in the weeks ahead

Carbon Pulse - 17 hours 11 min ago
Reporter Emanuela Barbiroglio recaps key EU energy and climate developments from last month and the stories to watch out for in the weeks ahead, as part of a briefing produced in cooperation with Clean Energy Wire.
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Wildlife rescue group Wires faces crunch vote amid volunteer discontent over funds raised after bushfires

The Guardian - 17 hours 54 min ago

Donations grew dramatically after Australia’s black summer but animal carers say they didn’t receive enough

Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation faces a landmark vote on Sunday, as members unhappy with the distribution of donations after the black summer bushfires attempt to change its constitution.

The income of the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (Wires), based in NSW, ballooned from $3m to more than $100m thanks to the success of its fundraising campaign after the catastrophic fires of 2019-20, which burned millions of hectares of land and reportedly killed or displaced 3 billion animals.

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Carbon exchange confirms auction of Article 6 credits for next week following clarification of transfer technicalities

Carbon Pulse - 17 hours 59 min ago
The much-delayed auction for carbon credits, eligible for international trade under Article 6, from a Malawi clean cooking project has been confirmed for next week, organisers said Friday, after a clarification letter was published specifying that the initial transfer of the corresponding adjustment will occur upon issuance of the units.
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Colombian organisation kickstarts water credit pilot, eyes biodiversity market

Carbon Pulse - 18 hours 9 min ago
A Colombian non-profit has launched a water crediting pilot programme in a 20,000-hectare area of a river basin in its country, planning to issue the first units by year-end, while preparing a separate biodiversity credit pilot.
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National Trust celebrates birth of baby beaver one year after reintroduction

The Guardian - 18 hours 40 min ago

Four animals released in Wallington estate in Northumberland last year have transformed the landscape

The first beavers in Northumberland for more than 400 years have been stupendously busy. There are new dam systems, as well as canals and burrows, new wildlife-rich wetlands and, thrillingly, a baby beaver.

Whether it is male or female remains to be seen. “Beavers don’t have external genitalia,” said Heather Devey, an expert. “They are really hard to sex. It’s really only through their anal glands that you can tell.”

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Europe’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power plant launches for UK refinery

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-07-12 22:54
Europe's first hydrogen-ready combined heat and power plant (CHP) has been launched in northwest England that will supply power and steam to help decarbonise a refinery and other industrial users in the region.
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Floods fuelled 19% drop in income from farming in England in 2023

The Guardian - Fri, 2024-07-12 22:49

Low yields combined with low prices for some crops also led to a 13% drop in farm output compared with 2022

Income from farming in England plummeted by 19% last year after floods meant harvesting many crops was impossible.

Farmers have called for more support from the government as the climate breaks down, meaning agricultural businesses are no longer able to count on mild UK weather and increasingly face drought and floods.

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Renewable energy giant to research UK solar biodiversity impacts

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-07-12 22:48
The UK renewables arm of energy giant Electricite de France (EDF) has announced a project aimed at advancing research on the effects solar farms can have on biodiversity, including how they could generate benefits for nature.
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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-07-12 21:35
European carbon prices rose for a second day, mimicking fluctuations in the natural gas market as trading activity fell away, while prices have held in an increasingly narrow band that has drawn various averages into the smallest range for a year.
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‘Lack of economics’ for hydrogen, CCS slowing green transition in petrochemicals, says Poland’s Orlen

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-07-12 21:34
Orlen, one of the largest oil refiners and retailers in Central and Eastern Europe, is looking at a range of technologies to hit net-zero emissions by 2050, including continued investments in wind power as well as clean hydrogen, small nuclear reactors, and carbon capture and storage (CCS), a company executive has said.
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CN Markets: Allocation plan fails to move CEA price, but liquidity improves

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-07-12 19:51
The release of a draft 2023-24 allowance allocation plan for the China ETS failed to ignite the world's largest compliance emissions market, which has seen prices remain rangebound with relatively low trading volume over the past week.
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Thai renewable energy firm, bank launch carbon credit-linked bonds

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-07-12 18:47
One of the leading renewable energy companies in Thailand has partnered with a local bank to issue fixed rate bonds linked with carbon credits in order to develop the country’s carbon market.
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