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WTO meeting fails to seal deal on harmful fisheries subsidies

Carbon Pulse - 11 hours 13 min ago
The latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations failed to reach an agreement on strengthening rules to curb harmful fisheries subsidies in what observers say is a major setback for marine biodiversity conservation efforts.
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What’s paralysing thousands of rainbow lorikeets? Scientists search for the cause as volunteer carers are overwhelmed

The Guardian - 12 hours 42 min ago

A mystery paralysis syndrome is afflicting lorikeet populations in south-east Queensland and northern NSW at a rate scientists say they have never seen

Dr Tim Portas pulls the patient from a cardboard box, wraps him in a towel and touches a cotton bud on his eye to see if he can blink.

Patient number 1,433,093 is one of about 3,500 Rainbow lorikeets that have come into the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital near Brisbane since the beginning of the year with a mystery paralysis.

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Banks advance work on transition credits to accelerate, bridge financing gap in coal plant decommissioning

Carbon Pulse - 15 hours 21 min ago
HSBC and Standard Chartered are working to develop a novel approach aimed at financing and accelerating the phaseout of coal power plants by introducing transition carbon credits, advancing existing efforts by governments and other private sector players.
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WWF shelved report exposing River Wye pollution ‘to keep Tesco happy’

The Guardian - 17 hours 42 min ago

The wildlife charity allegedly dropped a study highlighting farm pollution linked to the supply chain of its former supermarket partner

The wildlife charity WWF-UK shelved a report that warned how intensive chicken production is devastating the River Wye, the Observer can reveal.

Since 2018, the charity has received more than £6m in donations from the supermarket chain Tesco, which has faced action from campaigners over the decline of the Wye because many of the intensive poultry farms in the river’s catchment area are in its ­supply chain.

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Scientists urge halt on deep-ocean seaweed dumping for climate change mitigation

Carbon Pulse - 18 hours 46 min ago
Countries should impose an immediate moratorium on the sinking of seaweed into the deep ocean as a method of carbon sequestration, researchers have urged, highlighting the lack of scientific evidence supporting its effectiveness and raising concerns over potential environmental, economic, and ethical consequences.  
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AI’s craving for data is matched only by a runaway thirst for water and energy | John Naughton

The Guardian - 19 hours 47 min ago

The computing power for AI models requires immense – and increasing – amounts of natural resources. Legislation is required to prevent environmental crisis

One of the most pernicious myths about digital technology is that it is somehow weightless or immaterial. Remember all that early talk about the “paperless” office and “frictionless” transactions? And of course, while our personal electronic devices do use some electricity, compared with the washing machine or the dishwasher, it’s trivial.

Belief in this comforting story, however, might not survive an encounter with Kate Crawford’s seminal book, Atlas of AI, or the striking Anatomy of an AI System graphic she composed with Vladan Joler. And it certainly wouldn’t survive a visit to a datacentre – one of those enormous metallic sheds housing tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers humming away, consuming massive amounts of electricity and needing lots of water for their cooling systems.

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UN Environment Assembly takes shy steps on biodiversity at first meeting since GBF agreement

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 23:43
The 6th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) wrapped up with the approval of 15 resolutions – including the first-ever on land degradation – and calls for expediting efforts towards achieving global biodiversity targets, though disagreements frustrated hopes for bolder commitments.
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Ski resorts’ era of plentiful snow may be over due to climate crisis, study finds

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-03-02 23:30

US ski industry is losing billions as average season has become five to seven days shorter in past half century

If you have been enjoying lushly covered mountains by skiing or snowboarding this winter then such an experience could soon become a receding memory, with a new study finding that an era of reliably bountiful snow has already passed due to the climate crisis.

The US ski industry has lost more than $5bn over the past two decades due to human-caused global heating, the new research has calculated, due to the increasingly sparse nature of snowfall on mountain ranges. Previous studies have shown that in many locations precipitation is now coming in the form of rain, rather than snow, due to warming temperatures.

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Mix of rapid acceleration and “handbrake” risks seen on road ahead for global energy transition -report

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 17:52
A new report has shone a light on the complex road ahead for the global energy transition, revealing a dual narrative of rapid acceleration and significant challenges in the form of various "handbrakes".
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Government documents ‘blow gaping hole’ in its case for Cumbrian coalmine

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-03-02 16:00

Michael Gove said UK needed coal to make steel, but business department papers drafted around same time say it will not

Previously unseen documents have emerged that appear to contradict the government’s case for a new coalmine in Cumbria.

When Michael Gove, the levelling up secretary, approved plans to build the Woodhouse Colliery near Whitehaven in December 2022, he said the UK would need the coal in order to carry on making steel.

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Killer whale vs shark: solo orca eats great white

BBC - Sat, 2024-03-02 12:05
A killer whale is captured on camera hunting and "eviscerating" a great white shark in less than two minutes.
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West Virginia bill aimed at taxing voluntary carbon offset buyers stalls in Senate

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 10:02
A West Virginia Senate bill looking to tax buyers of nature-based carbon offsets generated in the state failed to be approved by the upper chamber on Wednesday following debate over property rights and carbon credit speculation.
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Entities add CCAs, speculators continue profit-taking run in RGGI according to latest US CFTC data

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 09:21
Emitters and speculators added to California Carbon Allowance (CCA) net holdings, closing out of Auction Clearing Price (ACP) contracts post the first permit sale of the year, while financial players continued their profit-taking run in RGGI Allowances (RGAs), weekly data from the US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed on Friday.
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Ontario quadruples investment in provincial forest biomass programme

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 08:51
Ontario is providing an additional C$60 million ($43.3 mln) for its provincial forest biomass programme, it announced Friday, while also revealing the recipients of the latest tranche of project funding.
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Alberta TIER market credit prices decline in February ahead of retirement season

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 07:13
Spot credit prices under the Alberta Technology Innovation and Emission Reduction (TIER) programme dropped in February ahead of retirement season for 2023 compliance, with the provincial government expecting maximum offset usage, according to a report published late Thursday.
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ExxonMobil sees support for lawsuit against investor-driven climate action

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 06:57
Two business advocacy groups filed an amicus brief Thursday in support of oil giant ExxonMobil’s lawsuit against shareholders who called for the firm to set a Scope 3 emissions target, in a push for federal courts to set a precedent regarding shareholder advocacy.
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EU breaks deadlock on Energy Charter Treaty exit

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 04:03
The EU has broken the deadlock on its plans for a coordinated withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), an international trade agreement denounced by climate activists for protecting fossil fuel investments and hampering the transition to net-zero emissions.
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UN carbon markets body to start work on Article 6 crediting tools, present wider package by COP29

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-03-02 03:38
Members of a UN body tasked with shaping carbon crediting under Article 6 will begin work immediately on several tools, including on baselines, additionality, and leakage, and open a consultation on methodological elements, in a bid to constructively push ahead on operationalising the international mechanism.
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