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Biden raises hopes of addressing climate crisis as Cop26 nears

The Guardian - 4 hours 36 min ago

President has vowed to rejoin Paris agreement, cut fossil fuel reliance, and invest in low-carbon growth

Joe Biden’s pledges of strong action on the climate crisis have buoyed international hopes that 2021 can be a breakthrough year, resetting the world on a greener path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate experts cheered the inauguration of the new US president, who has vowed to rejoin the Paris agreement, rethink US reliance on fossil fuels, and devote hundreds of billions of dollars in stimulus spending to low-carbon economic growth.

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46,000 join class action against Queensland coal plants

RenewEconomy - 6 hours 24 min ago

Kogan Creek Power Station landscape - optimisedAustralia's largest ever energy class action, brought against two Queensland government owned power companies, starts Federal Court action.

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It's not too late to save them: 5 ways to improve the government's plan to protect threatened wildlife

The Conversation - 6 hours 26 min ago
The first Threatened Species Strategy fizzled out last year without making a big difference to conservation. With the next strategy due to roll out this year, let's look at what needs to change. Euan Ritchie, Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University Ayesha Tulloch, DECRA Research Fellow, University of Sydney Don Driscoll, Professor in Terrestrial Ecology, Deakin University Megan C Evans, Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow, UNSW Tim Doherty, ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Ørsted offshore wind-powered hydrogen project secures funding

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 19 min ago

Danish offshore wind giant Ørsted makes final investment decision to proceed with development of a renewable hydrogen demonstration project powered by two offshore turbines.

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Solar, batteries and “EV revolution” targeted in ACT budget

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 30 min ago

electric bus actThe ACT government outlines a $307 million, five-year spend on new clean energy measures, including batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles.

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Game-changing “virtual storage” deal struck between Macquarie, Shell and Hydro Tas

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 42 min ago

hydro tas pumped hydro battery nation wide view of strathgordon dam in tasmania - optimised 1200A “virtual storage" contract between Hydro Tasmania and two buyers – Macquarie Group and Shell-owned ERM Power – heralds the arrival of game-changing digital energy market tools.

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Soil Carbon Program Manager, Shell – Brisbane

Carbon Pulse - 8 hours 16 min ago
The Soil Carbon Program Manager will work within the Select Carbon team to lead the development and delivery of carbon farming projects under different methodologies, with a focus on landscapes and land-use systems suitable for increasing the carbon stocks in soil.
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Biden’s big climate plans face a big problem: conservative roadblocks from within

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 37 min ago

Despite big wins for Democrats, the most conservative within the party have the power to hold back action. Just like Australia's opposition.

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Biden hits reset on US climate action – and turns up the heat on Morrison

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 38 min ago

President Joe Biden signs his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White HouseOne of Biden's first acts as president was to see the US re-join the Paris Agreement, causing pressure on Morrison to do more on climate to ramp up another few notches.

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Elephants counted from space for conservation

BBC - 9 hours 39 min ago
Satellite imagery is being used to count elephants in a breakthrough that could aid conservation.
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CP Daily: Wednesday January 20, 2021

Carbon Pulse - 10 hours 9 min ago
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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China delivers a surprise 2020 renewable boom, but it may not last

RenewEconomy - 11 hours 15 min ago

New data suggest a mind-boggling installation rate for wind power in China in 2020, but must be maintained for many more years to cut coal.

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UAE’s Etihad Airways boosts carbon offset programme

Carbon Pulse - 12 hours 1 min ago
UAE-owned Etihad Airways is expanding its offset purchasing programme beyond a single African project after striking a deal with oil major Shell.
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Biden returns US to Paris climate accord hours after becoming president

The Guardian - 12 hours 8 min ago

Biden administration rolls out a flurry of executive orders aimed at tackling climate crisis

Joe Biden has moved to reinstate the US to the Paris climate agreement just hours after being sworn in as president, as his administration rolls out a cavalcade of executive orders aimed at tackling the climate crisis.

Biden’s executive action, signed in the White House on Wednesday, will see the US rejoin the international effort curb the dangerous heating of the planet, following a 30-day notice period. The world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases was withdrawn from the Paris deal under Donald Trump.

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Climate change: Biden's first act sets tone for ambitious approach

BBC - 12 hours 11 min ago
Re-joining the Paris climate pact is a symbolic and practical first step for the Biden White House.
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December 2020 was the highest NEM wind and solar month on record

RenewEconomy - 12 hours 21 min ago

Three key takeaways from new key facts and stats on Australia's biggest grid in 2020.

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Morrison government confirms $11m injection to fast-track CopperString 2.0

RenewEconomy - 12 hours 26 min ago

electricity network transmission infrastructure AEMC - optimisedFederal government tips $11m CopperString 2.0 transmission network upgrade, that will open up new regions of northern Queensland for renewable energy investment.

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US biofuel commodity trader files for bankruptcy after flurry of lawsuits

Carbon Pulse - 13 hours 9 min ago
A Texas-based commodity shop filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday after a growing number of lawsuits alleged it failed to deliver biofuel credits (RINs) in fulfilment of its contractual obligations.
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After Brexit ‘divorce’, UK-EU carbon market linkage will take time -academic

Carbon Pulse - 14 hours 56 min ago
Linking the UK’s recently established carbon market with the EU ETS will take time, with post-Brexit politics rather than technical or design issues likely to stand in the way, an environmental economics professor has told Carbon Pulse.
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Engineers have built machines to scrub CO₂ from the air. But will it halt climate change?

The Conversation - 15 hours 28 min ago
Machines using giant fans and filters can literally suck carbon dioxide out of the air. Sounds great – but the technology faces many challenges. Deanna D'Alessandro, Professor & ARC Future Fellow, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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