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Rainforest giants with rare autumn displays: there’s a lot more to Australia’s red cedar than timber

The Conversation - 1 hour 4 min ago
Native deciduous trees are rare in Australia, which means many of the red, yellow and brown leaves we associate with autumn come from introduced species. Gregory Moore, Doctor of Botany, The University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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VCM Report: Nature-based offset trades rev up amid wider VER stagnation

Carbon Pulse - 3 hours 51 sec ago
Voluntary emissions reduction (VER) prices dithered this week evenas spot commodities exchange and market data firm Xpansiv announced the inaugural trades in its nature-based offset product, while a new report highlighted the expansion of voluntary carbon market (VCM) interest in forestry-based credits over the past five years. 
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EU Market: EUAs slip back after hitting another new record near €45

Carbon Pulse - 3 hours 18 min ago
EUAs extended their record high again on Monday, but later slipped back as experts were mixed as to carbon's next move.
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INTERVIEW: Carpetmaker Interface, a carbon-neutral pioneer, looks back on two decades of market evolution

Carbon Pulse - 3 hours 25 min ago
After seeking to offset its emissions in the days before GHG protocols and carbon standards, US-based flooring manufacturer Interface is now receiving international acclaim for its work that has helped expand the voluntary emissions reductions (VER) market over the past 20 years.
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‘No action on anything’: Australia increasingly isolated as US and others ramp up climate ambition

The Guardian - 3 hours 44 min ago

Ex-diplomat Dean Bialek says as other countries take ‘massive steps forward’ from Paris any attempt by Canberra to ‘fly under the radar’ will fail

International pressure on the Morrison government over the climate crisis is expected to increase as the US and other major countries prepare to make new pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years, experts say, and Australia will not be able to “fly under the radar”.

The US president, Joe Biden, has promised to unveil his plan to cut emissions by 2030 before he hosts a virtual summit of 40 national leaders, including Scott Morrison, on Thursday. New targets are also expected from Japan and Canada, while South Korean media has reported it is likely to announce a moratorium on overseas coal financing.

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Australia has coped fairly well with the pandemic. With climate change? It’s a different story | Greg Jericho

The Guardian - 3 hours 44 min ago

Our economy remains one of the most highly dependent upon greenhouse gases

The release last week of the OECD’s Going for Growth 2021 report on Australia provided a needed reality check for those thinking Australia’s economy is the envy of the rest of the world. But more importantly, it reminded us of just how poorly Australia is dealing with climate change.

There is no doubt in a general sense that Australia has coped well with the pandemic.

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‘Relentless’ climate crisis intensified in 2020, says UN report

The Guardian - 5 hours 44 min ago

Pandemic had no effect on emissions but made impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people, report says

There was a “relentless” intensification of the climate crisis in 2020, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.

The coronavirus pandemic made the accelerating impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people. But the temporary dip in carbon emissions due to lockdowns had no discernible impact on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, the WMO report said.

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Higher EU renewables targets by 2030 risks depressing carbon price, say analysts

Carbon Pulse - 6 hours 12 min ago
The EU will need to carefully calibrate its 2030 renewables targets with the bloc’s carbon market to avoid depressing EUA prices due to reduced power sector demand, analysts said in a report last week.
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Climate change: Future-proofing coffee in a warming world

BBC - 6 hours 14 min ago
A "forgotten" coffee plant that grows in warmer conditions could help ensure the drink's future.
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‘I’ll continue to fight’: the prosecuted Extinction Rebellion protesters

The Guardian - 7 hours 14 min ago

Some of the more than 2,000 taken to court after UK demonstrations tell why they felt impelled to act

Just after 10am on a bright and sunny Monday in April 2019, hundreds of people stepped off the pavement and on to the road on Waterloo Bridge in London.

Within a few minutes, one of the main crossings over the River Thames was full of people, tents were erected, banners unfurled, mobile kitchens opened and trees in planters dragged into the carriageway.

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Environment protest being criminalised around world, say experts

The Guardian - 7 hours 14 min ago

More than 400 climate scientists sign letter that says activists are being targeted at pivotal time in fight against global heating

Peaceful environmental protesters are being threatened, silenced and criminalised in countries around the world including the UK and the US, according to some of the world’s leading climate scientists and academics.

More than 400 leading experts – including 14 authors from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – say that non-violent civil disobedience from groups like the school strikers, Extinction Rebellion and the Sunrise Movement have transformed the debate around the climate crisis in recent years.

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Extinction Rebellion prosecutions showed the spectrum of climate protest

The Guardian - 7 hours 14 min ago

There were professionals and parents, tears and eloquence, as the courtrooms filled to overflowing

In the past two years, I have spent a lot of time at City of London magistrates court. As part of Extinction Rebellion’s media team, I have followed the mass prosecution of hundreds of peaceful climate campaigners.

It began with plea hearings for those charged after our April protests. Every Friday through the summer and autumn of 2019, two courtrooms filled to overflowing with XR defendants, their friends and supporters. The media coverage of April had showcased the young and the flamboyant, but the people who appeared were from across the spectrum: professionals, parents, retirees, the vast majority first-time activists.

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Climate Change/Finance Analyst, Hamerkop – Home-based (UK)

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-04-19 23:10
The selected candidate(s) will support consultancy assignments in the sectors related to natural ecosystems (e.g., agriculture, forestry, and environmental change) and energy. The internship/job consists of supporting HAMERKOP’s consultants with studies, analytics, and the formulation of projects and policies (in energy access, forestry, and agriculture) in developing countries, and eligible to various climate-related financing mechanisms.
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Ever Given crew fear joining ranks of seafarers stranded on ships for years

The Guardian - Mon, 2021-04-19 23:00

Suez vessel’s crew said to be ‘relaxed but apprehensive’, while 50 miles away a cautionary tale plays out on another ship

For two years Mohammad Aisha has been the lone resident of an abandoned container ship marooned off Egypt in the Gulf of Suez. If he needs to charge his phone, get drinking water or buy food, he has to row to shore, although he can only stay for two hours at most as the area is a restricted military zone. According to one doctor who examined him, the malnourished sailor has started to exhibit similar symptoms to prisoners held in poor conditions.

Aisha has been the custodian of the 4,000-tonne MV Aman, trapped onboard as a prolonged legal battle to sell the vessel and pay the crew plays out thousands of miles away. Less than 50 miles north, the crew of the Ever Given, now immersed in its own legal struggles, are hoping to avoid anything close to the same fate. On Sunday, representatives from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), an umbrella union that represents seafarers, boarded the ship to check on the crew’s wellbeing.

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Senior Policy Analyst, European Green Deal, ERCST – Brussels

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-04-19 22:49
The European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST) is seeking a senior policy analyst to join its team in Brussels to work on EU and international climate policy, starting as soon as possible.
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Texas has another close call, sparking more false claims about wind and solar

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2021-04-19 21:28

Another near disaster in mid-April was the result of a lot of thermal generation – coal, gas and nuclear – being off line for maintenance, not renewables performing poorly.

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*Corporate Programme Manager, Gold Standard – Remote Working

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-04-19 21:18
*PREMIUM LISTING (viewable by non-subscribers until May 10) – The Gold Standard Foundation seeks a highly motivated corporate-focused Manager to join our technical team, reporting directly to the Chief Technical Officer, Owen Hewlett. Owen sits on the Science Based Targets TAG and Expert Working Group for Net Zero, as well as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Advisory Group for land-use and removals. He has a prominent role in the VCI, overseeing the technical governance and as a member of the steering committee.
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*Programme Officer, Gold Standard – Remote Working

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-04-19 21:14
*PREMIUM LISTING (viewable by non-subscribers until May 17) – Gold Standard is recruiting for a Programme Officer to support its work on environmental markets. The role-holder will be responsible for programme support of all Gold Standard programmes and projects under this pillar, to help deliver their successful implementation.
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“Jagged bulldust”: Why the Murdoch media hates electric vehicles so much

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2021-04-19 21:10

Murdoch media serves up some "jagged bulldust" and delivers a record amount of myths and misinformation about EVs to its readers of "common clay."

The post “Jagged bulldust”: Why the Murdoch media hates electric vehicles so much appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Analysts cautious over US-China climate message, mood more upbeat in Japan

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-04-19 21:08
Analysts have welcomed the joint US-China statement on climate change released over the weekend but warned against lifting expectations too high, whereas the outlook in Japan is brighter after a bilateral announcement made on Friday.
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