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Senior Environmental Advisor, Uniper – Birmingham, UK

Carbon Pulse - 15 min 18 sec ago
We are looking for an experienced Senior Environmental Advisor to join our team in Birmingham. You will be providing Uniper UK with industry leading expertise in emissions management, carbon reporting and governance around current legislation.
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Australia must embrace transformation for a sustainable future

The Conversation - 1 hour 13 min ago
Australia's business-as-usual plan will not be enough to achieve our 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Shirin Malekpour, Research Leader in Strategic Planning and Futures Studies, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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How hats were placed atop the Easter Island statues

BBC - 2 hours 13 min ago
It took only small teams using ramps and ropes to cap the giant statues of Rapa Nui, a new study says.
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Ontario firms should “take appropriate action” regarding carbon trading restrictions -ICE

Carbon Pulse - 2 hours 31 min ago
Entities regulated under Ontario’s cap-and-trade scheme that suddenly face new trading restrictions due to the province’s pending exit of the WCI programme have been advised by North America's main emissions exchange to “take appropriate action” to honour or exit their existing obligations.
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Endangered Australian parrot relies on government deal with German charity

The Guardian - 3 hours 23 min ago

Western ground parrot needs millions spent on it, but volunteers say the Coalition is trying to shift costs to not-for-profits

The Turnbull government helped broker a $200,000 agreement for a German not-for-profit to fund conservation work for a critically endangered Australian parrot, bolstering criticism it is shifting the cost of protecting threatened species to community and philanthropic organisations.

The western ground parrot is one of only three ground nesting parrots found in Australia and is one of 20 birds the government has committed to helping as part of its threatened species strategy.

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UK may not need new policies upon EU ETS exit, emitters suggest

Carbon Pulse - 3 hours 53 min ago
UK emitters and other stakeholders may automatically face replacement climate obligations once they exit the EU ETS under Brexit, an industry group has suggested.
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'Dumpling-shaped' space rock comes into view

BBC - Mon, 2018-06-18 22:27
A Japanese space probe has been sending back images as it approaches its target, the asteroid Ryugu.
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EU Market: EUAs prices rally from fresh 1-month low after auction

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2018-06-18 21:01
EU carbon prices rose more than 2% on Monday, climbing back towards €15 after bearish sentiment from a fresh one-month low plumbed earlier in the day was erased by a bullish auction result.
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Should we be worried about surging Antarctic ice melt and sea level rise? | Dana Nuccitelli

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-06-18 20:00

Short answer: maybe

There’s recently been a spate of sea level rise denial in the conservative media, but in reality, sea level rise is accelerating and melting ice is playing an increasingly large role. In the first half of the 20th Century, average global sea level rose by about 1.4 millimeters per year (mm/yr). Since 1993, that rate has more than doubled to 3.2 mm/yr. And since 2012, it’s jumped to 4.5 mm/yr.

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Bees get stressed at work too (and it might be causing colony collapse)

The Conversation - Mon, 2018-06-18 16:00
The work honey bees do is critical for our ecosystems, but it comes at a high personal cost. Amélie Cabirol, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Trento Andrew Barron, Associate Professor, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:28
BNEF says EV sales in Australia have started slowly but will finish quick and will beat the global average by 2040, after passing tipping points on affordability in 2025. More intriguingly, the EV fleet will create a "behind the motor" storage market as big as Snowy 2.0.
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A 228MW Victorian wind farm to go ahead as big business snaps up cheap green power

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:28
Macquarie Capital sells two 40% stakes in Lal Lal Wind Farm, which is reported to have off-take deal with “two Australian industrials.”
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ESB leaves some unexpected booby traps in latest NEG update

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:21
Latest version of National Energy Guarantee raises concerns it could put a de-facto cap on efforts by states, retailers and even corporate buyers, while the creation of a closed registry raises issues about transparency.
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Deciding the viper's fate: country diary archive, 21 June 1918

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:00

21 June 1918 No doubt the viper is useful to the farmer, but it is also a danger to his children, his dogs, and even his sheep

Amongst the heather stems and grass I found the cast skins or sloughs of two harmless ring snakes. They were not lying on the grass, but were firmly jammed between the stiff bents; indeed, it was not possible to release them without injury, though as they lay there each transparent scale showed distinctly; except at the head, the skin was perfect. “Cast” skin sounds as if the reptile, weary of its old and dingy garment, had thrown it off as we throw off our clothes. Really it had struggled through the tightest squeezes it could find, emerging finally in bright and gleaming mail, leaving behind the discarded slough, like a long, empty glove-finger.

Related: An adder stirs, a brawny cable charged by the sun

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Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-06-18 15:00

Climate change study predicts ‘staggering impact’ of swelling oceans on coastal communities within next 30 years

Sea level rise driven by climate change is set to pose an existential crisis to many US coastal communities, with new research finding that as many as 311,000 homes face being flooded every two weeks within the next 30 years.

The swelling oceans are forecast repeatedly to soak coastal residences collectively worth $120bn by 2045 if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t severely curtailed, experts warn. This will potentially inflict a huge financial and emotional toll on the half million Americans who live in the properties at risk of having their basements, backyards, garages or living rooms inundated every other week.

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NAB to play middle man with investors and large-scale wind, solar

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 14:59
NAB launches $200m Low Carbon Shared Portfolio, backed by senior loans to seven wind and large-scale solar farms, and with a $90m cornerstone investment from the CEFC.
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Country diary: bottlenose dolphin attack shatters Flipper illusions

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-06-18 14:30

Chanonry Point, Moray Firth: These cetaceans kill their porpoise cousins. Do they see them as competition for food? Or are they just killing for sport?

There are occasions when nature shatters our cosy assumptions. Last week we were watching the bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) on the Moray Firth, much loved by tourists because they come so close to shore. They flip and leap, roll and dive, singly or in pods of a dozen or more, only a few yards from camera-clicking visitors thronging the shingle spit.

The dolphins gather in the Chanonry narrows to feast on salmon migrating upstream to spawn. We often see salmon being flung high in the air and swallowed whole. A feeding spectacle. We know dolphins eat fish and we are comfortable with it. But what we witnessed in front of our lenses that day spun us into shock. Forget film-star Flipper, forget frolicking Fungie in Dingle Bay, forget chummy Sebastian in Disney’s Shark Tale – these Moray Firth dolphins are killers.

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Demand response is disrupting Australia’s ancillary services markets

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 13:08
Demand response is so hot right now. But how does it work? And what sort of impact are these new resources having on the NEM's frequency and ancillary services markets?
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Messing about on the river and waltzing back to Winton

ABC Environment - Mon, 2018-06-18 11:30
We go messing about on a river boat; tackle the thorny problem of picking finger limes; brussels sprouts get a new lease on life; and a Matilda collection waltzes back to Winton.
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Hong Kong's fish are eating plastic - and people could be too

BBC - Mon, 2018-06-18 10:15
A lot of Hong Kong's fish contains tiny bits of plastic that could end up on your plate.
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