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Exclusive: US official appeared to delay protections for endangered species at behest of oil group

The Guardian - 3 hours 10 min ago

The energy friendly agenda inside Trump’s interior department is revealed in records obtained by the Guardian and the watchdog groups Documented and the Western Values Project

The Texas hornshell is a sleek green-grey mussel that once thrived in the Rio Grande watershed, its habitat stretching from southern New Mexico down into the arid Texas borderlands. Some of its habitat happens to overlap with rich deposits of oil and gas.

Amid a long-term decline in its range, the Obama administration in 2016 proposed to declare the mussel an endangered species. Upon taking office, however, the Trump administration changed tack.

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Australian ministers agree to develop NEG policy package, but major issues remain unsolved

Carbon Pulse - 5 hours 29 min ago
State energy ministers in Australia on Friday agreed to let the Energy Security Board continue work on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), which would introduce a carbon price signal in the electricity sector, but remained concerned over the scheme’s weak climate ambition.
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Stella McCartney: Fashion is swamping our planet

BBC - 7 hours 35 min ago
Designer Stella McCartney says fashion is a medieval industry, which produces a huge amount of waste.
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‘Magical' mushroom mix to boost regrowth of lost Scottish forests

The Guardian - 7 hours 40 min ago

Return of Great Caledonian forest speeded up with fungi spores to help saplings flourish

The return of the Great Caledonian forest that once covered much of Scotland’s highlands is being boosted with a special mix of mushroom spores that should help saplings survive better on the hills.

Fungi living on the roots of trees play a vital role in the ecology, helping to break down nutrients in the soil. But trees were lost in much of the Highlands many years ago so the fungi vanished too.

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Product Impact Management Strategy consultation

Department of the Environment - 8 hours 21 min ago
The Department, in consultation with a working group representing the states, territories and local government, is developing a strategic national approach to product stewardship action on the environmental impacts of products.
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Voluntary product stewardship accreditation round 2 announced

Department of the Environment - 8 hours 25 min ago
Organisations with voluntary product stewardship arrangements can now apply to become accredited by the Australian Government. Applications open on 26 March and close on 18 May 2018.
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Evaluation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Department of the Environment - 8 hours 29 min ago
As part of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 review, the Department has released an independent evaluation of the NTCRS.
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Federal government sets sights on August approval for National Energy Guarantee

The Conversation - 8 hours 32 min ago
The federal government is confident that states will sign up to the National Energy Guarantee, with a final decision now timetabled for August. Michael Hopkin, Section Editor: Energy + Environment, The Conversation Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011

Department of the Environment - 8 hours 35 min ago
The review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 has started. The Department is actively seeking input from industry, governments and the general public to ensure the Act is effective and delivering the best outcomes for business and the environment.
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Improving national waste data and reporting

Department of the Environment - 8 hours 47 min ago
The Department commissioned national consultation with industry, governments, researchers and non-government organisations on improvements we could make in our national data and reporting on waste. This report outlines key proposed changes.
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Energy Security Board releases initial design paper on the National Energy Guarantee

Department of the Environment - 9 hours 11 min ago
The independent Energy Security Board has released an initial design paper on the National Energy Guarantee. The Australian Government has released an update on the design elements it is responsible for.
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States wave through NEG that is even worse than thought

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 30 min ago
States quickly agree on approval for more work to be done on National Energy Guarantee. But concerns remain about the emissions target, and new analysis that suggests the electricity sector is being asked to address just 5 per cent of required reductions.
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Rental efficiency standards a winner with voters

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 33 min ago
Polling shows 80% of voters support efficiency standards for rental homes, which should encourage the Victorian government to finally deliver this critical reform as part of its review of rental laws.
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NEG modelling assumes electricity to deliver just 5% of emission cuts

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 49 min ago
Given the electricity sector accounts for around one-third of national emissions, it must be asked why the government is only seeking to achieve 5% of the required abatement from the NEM.
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Rental solar scheme targets 15,000 Queensland investment homes

RenewEconomy - 10 hours 12 min ago
Queensland property groups join forces to install solar and smart technology on 15,000 investment properties across the state, offering bill crunching PV to landlords and renters.
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Graph of the Day: Why EV uptake could match solar PV

RenewEconomy - 10 hours 44 min ago
New IEA report reveals a striking resemblance between the path electric vehicle penetration is currently on, and the path solar PV has been charting.
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CP Daily: Thursday April 19, 2018

Carbon Pulse - 11 hours 44 min ago
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Pears Report: It’s time to get really smart about e-bikes

RenewEconomy - 11 hours 46 min ago
We need more focus on e-bikes and low speed EVs. My dream is a fold-up e-scooter with an integrated bag so it can become a wheelie bag on public transport.
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Oxford Dodo was shot in head, scans find

BBC - 12 hours 18 min ago
The world-famous specimen is the world's best-preserved example of the extinct bird.
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California stakeholders disagree on post-2020 price tiers, supply measures

Carbon Pulse - 12 hours 19 min ago
Stakeholder comments on potential updates and revisions to California’s cap-and-trade programme after 2020 have revealed a rift over the levels at which the state should set its various price tiers and how it should address overallocation in the scheme.
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