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Carnegie flags reboot for wave power business, as key investors provide funding

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-03-19 12:46

Carnegie Clean Energy hopes to resurrect wave power business with help of key investors, while selling or winding down solar micro-grid subsidiary.

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Fake hake: species frauds deterred by sustainability standards, study finds

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-03-19 12:00

Less than 1% of products certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council were mislabelled

DNA barcoding of more than 1,400 seafood products certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has revealed that less than 1% were mislabelled, compared with an average of 30% across the sector as a whole.

The MSC is the international NGO that sets the standard for sustainable fishing around the world and its blue label – on products in store, on fresh fish counters and on restaurant menus – indicates that seafood has been sustainably caught and traced back to its source. More than 300 fisheries in over 34 countries are certified to the MSC’s standard and more than 35,000 seafood products worldwide carry the label.

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UK scientists join race for lab-grown meat

BBC - Tue, 2019-03-19 11:28
Researchers have grown animal cells on blades of grass - could a slaughter-free bacon supply be feasible?
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#Superbloom or #poppynightmare? Selfie chaos forces canyon closure

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-03-19 10:52

California town bars access to site as stunning flowers draw at least 50,000 visitors

This weekend thousands of tourists frolicked through fields of poppies in southern California, posting photos tagged #superbloom. But for the town of Lake Elsinore, the influx of visitors quickly became a #poppynightmare.

Related: Super bloom: can this tiny California town avoid another 'flowergeddon'?

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Wind power generated more than one third of British electricity last week

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-03-19 10:23

wind farmWind energy in Great Britain last week generated over a third of the country’s electricity, more than any other power source.

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Germany renewables share jumped to to 72.4% last week

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-03-19 10:20

Germany windAfter reaching 65% renewables earlier this month, Germany soared past that to 72.4 per cent last week, with wind power accounting for most of it.

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Windlab wins asset management contract for Nevertire solar farm

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-03-19 10:17

windlabWindlabhas entered into an agreement to provide asset management services for the 131.8 MWdc Nevertire Solar Farm

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Coalition ramps up scare campaign against climate action, renewables

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-03-19 08:48

Federal Energy Minister Angus TaylorExperts slam modelling for government climate report as it emerges "peer reviewer" is being paid $916/hour by Trump Administration to fight landmark climate suit brought by children in US.

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CP Daily: Monday March 18, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-03-19 08:25
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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California task force to review existing offset protocols as member applications expected in April

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-03-19 08:22
California’s proposed Offset Protocol Task Force (OPTF) could design new offset protocols or tweak existing ones to bolster the supply of credits that could provide direct environmental benefits to the state (DEBs) in the next decade, regulatory sources told Carbon Pulse.
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England could run short of water within 25 years

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-03-19 08:00

Exclusive: Environment Agency chief calls for use to be cut by a third

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.

The country is facing the ‘‘jaws of death”, Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country’s rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change.

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'Antarctica: What Happens There, Matters Everywhere'

ABC Environment - Tue, 2019-03-19 07:39
The Chief Scientist of Australia's Antarctic Division Dr Gwen Fenton will be representing Australia at the annual week-long International Science Festival.
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Offshore windfarm development: bigger, better, cheaper

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-03-19 07:30

Cost of offshore wind has fallen as turbines have improved, along with energy storage schemes

It is hard to keep up with how quickly offshore wind technology is developing. Turbines standing in shallow seas will soon cover hundreds of square miles of the UK’s coasts, providing one-third of Britain’s electricity.

Next it will be the turn of floating turbines. Admittedly, it took 15 years for Statoil to develop the first floating windfarm off Aberdeen, but its output has exceeded expectations. The Norwegian state oil company, renamed Equinor to make its image greener, has said more than half of the North Sea is suitable for deploying floating wind power. Electricity produced from these turbines anchored in deep water could provide all the EU’s electricity four times over.

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EU Market: EUAs slide to March low as power drop stokes bearish bets

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-03-19 05:35
EUAs fell to their lowest so far this month in a volatile session that saw carbon crash through several technical supports before rebounding strongly late on.
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We need a legally binding treaty to make plastic pollution history

The Conversation - Tue, 2019-03-19 04:46
We need a global treaty to combat plastic pollution, but a small group of countries is blocking real action. Trisia Farrelly, Senior Lecturer, Massey University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Super bloom tourists cause small town 'safety crisis'

BBC - Tue, 2019-03-19 04:21
Tourists hoping to photograph a bloom of wild poppies briefly shut down a California canyon.
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'Too much time talking': calls for NSW waste levy to fund recycling reform

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-03-19 03:00

A year into the crisis, industry and campaigners are frustrated. What’s happened to the circular economy and container deposit schemes?

Ahead of the New South Wales election, the national Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association has called for more of the state’s waste levy to go towards funding a reboot of Australia’s recycling industry to help to end the year-long crisis.

Speaking at a waste summit earlier this month, organised by the peak body of NSW’s local councils, WMRR’s chief executive, Gayle Sloan, said 50% of the state’s waste levy should go back into funding recycling. The president of the Local Government Association of NSW, Linda Scott, said it should be 100%. Currently around 20% of the levy is reinvested into waste management nationally.

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Connecticut utilities, Dominion agree to retain major nuclear plant  

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-03-19 02:52
Connecticut’s two electric utility companies struck a deal Friday with Dominion Energy to keep its zero-emitting Millstone Nuclear Plant from early retirement, while the six New England governors also signed an agreement to cooperate on bolstering nuclear power in the US region.
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Virginia aiming to finalise RGGI cap-and-trade regulation by April

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-03-19 02:26
Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is aiming to send its RGGI cap-and-trade regulation to the state's Air Pollution Control Board for final approval by mid-April, a state official said.
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Psyche: Metal world mission targets 'iron volcanoes'

BBC - Tue, 2019-03-19 02:20
What exotic processes occur on the world known as 16 Psyche? A Nasa mission will soon find out.
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