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Twitter storm: noise pollution creates havoc for birds, study shows

The Guardian - 10 hours 40 min ago

Human activities could be affecting reproduction and even normal social behaviour

Birds are even more disrupted by their noisy neighbours than had been thought previously, researchers have found. And human activities could be preventing birds from reproducing and even developing normal social behaviour and keeping the peace.

A study by Queen’s University Belfast found that when European robins were subjected to human produced noises their behaviour changed. Background noise appeared to mask the communication of crucial information between birds.

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Chinese-owned cattle station in WA land-clearing controversy

ABC Environment - 11 hours 5 min ago
Traditional owners in the Kimberley region are urging the WA Government to take action to stop land clearing on a Chinese-owned cattle station.
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Refurbished wind turbines to help power W.A. garnet mine

RenewEconomy - 12 hours 24 min ago

ARENA backs ground-breaking fringe-of-grid project using 2.5MW of second-hand wind turbines, with 1MW solar and 2MW/0.5MWh lithium-ion battery.

The post Refurbished wind turbines to help power W.A. garnet mine appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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3D reconstructions of Himalayan glaciers show effects of climate change

ABC Environment - 12 hours 50 min ago
Declassified US spy satellite records from the 1970s have been used to map the Himalayan glaciers, providing insight into their rate of melt.
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Wind, solar and battery microgrid at W.A. gold mine an “Australian first”

RenewEconomy - 13 hours 25 min ago

A remote Western Australia gold mine has won $13.5m in ARENA funding to add 18MW of wind power to a 23MW solar, battery and gas microgrid.

The post Wind, solar and battery microgrid at W.A. gold mine an “Australian first” appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Senior Analyst/Manager, Climate Finance Tracking, Climate Policy Initiative – London

Carbon Pulse - 13 hours 35 min ago
The successful applicant will manage key projects and related teams in CPI’s Climate Finance Tracking workstream, and develop new analytical approaches and products to continue to build CPI’s reputation for impactful analysis on the state of global climate finance and support to key stakeholders.
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Oregon Senate slated to vote on ETS bill this week -govt official

Carbon Pulse - 13 hours 52 min ago
Oregon’s WCI-modelled cap-and-trade bill is expected to face a Senate vote later this week, despite Republicans threatening to explore various options to halt the proposal.
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European Space Agency probe to intercept a comet

BBC - 14 hours 9 min ago
Europe will launch another probe to an icy dirtball, following the highly successful Rosetta mission.
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California fuel consumption dips for second straight month, as power emissions decline

Carbon Pulse - 14 hours 44 min ago
California’s fuel consumption continued to fall below prior years early in 2019, while greater hydro generation is also reducing ETS-covered emissions from the state’s electric grid, according to government data.
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Fund Climate Trust Capital begins monetising California offsets, eyes second investment vehicle

Carbon Pulse - 14 hours 49 min ago
US-based fund Climate Trust Capital (CTC) is beginning to sell California Carbon Offsets (CCOs) generated through its first round of project investments, and it is targeting the launch of a second fund by early next year.
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Spy satellites reveal extent of Himalayan glacier loss

BBC - 14 hours 50 min ago
The melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled over the last 40 years, scientists say.
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US EPA finalises ACE rule as weaker Clean Power Plan replacement, bans trading

Carbon Pulse - 14 hours 58 min ago
The US EPA finalised its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule on Wednesday to replace the stayed Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), with trading and biomass co-firing barred as compliance options and Democrat-led states already lining up to sue the agency.
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Himalayan glacier melting doubled since 2000, spy satellites show

The Guardian - 15 hours 41 min ago

Ice losses indicate ‘devastating’ future for region and 1 billion people who depend on it for water

The melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled since the turn of the century, with more than a quarter of all ice lost over the last four decades, scientists have revealed. The accelerating losses indicate a “devastating” future for the region, upon which a billion people depend for regular water.

The scientists combined declassified US spy satellite images from the mid-1970s with modern satellite data to create the first detailed, four-decade record of ice along the 2,000km (1,200-mile) mountain chain.

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US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year, survey finds

The Guardian - 15 hours 41 min ago

Study marks worst winter on record for beekeepers, despite intensive push to stem losses

Beekeepers across the US lost four in 10 of their honeybee colonies over the past year, as the worst winter on record for tracked bee populations raised fresh concerns over the plight of the crucial pollinators.

Over the past winter, 37% of honeybee colonies were lost to beekeepers, the worst winter decline recorded in the 13-year history of a nationwide survey aimed at charting bees’ fortunes. Overall, 40% of colonies died off over the entire year to April, which is above the 38% average since the survey began.

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EU Market: EUAs stick near €25 as June options expire

Carbon Pulse - 16 hours 10 min ago
European carbon prices eased in another quiet session on Wednesday but remained within sight of €25, as the Jun-19 options expired to little fanfare.
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Toxic school run: how polluted is the air that children breathe? - video

The Guardian - 16 hours 25 min ago

Most of Britain's cities have had illegally polluted air for nearly a decade and the effect of air pollution is particularly bad on children. Ahead of Clean Air Day, we conducted an experiment to assess the air quality on a school run in central London, using new state-of-the art monitors that can measure air pollution in real time. 

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Asbaby the swan: terrorising Cambridge punters, just like his granddad

The Guardian - 16 hours 55 min ago

Students and tourists are being attacked by a swan on the River Cam where the legendary Mr Asbo – reportedly his forebear – once wreaked havoc

Name: Asbaby.

Age: Unknown, though he has been cropping up in reports of violence since 2015.

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Trump ditches sole climate rule that aimed to reduce coal plant pollution

The Guardian - 17 hours 6 min ago
  • Administration to roll back Obama-era Clean Power Plan
  • Trump’s EPA chief says he’s ‘leveling the playing field’

Donald Trump’s administration is finalizing plans to roll back the US government’s only direct efforts to curb coal-fired power plant pollution that is heating the planet.

Related: Trump rolls back key Obama climate rule that targeted coal pollution – live

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Wizz Air accepts Ryanair’s monthly CO2 data challenge, declares itself “greenest” airline

Carbon Pulse - 17 hours 24 min ago
European low-cost airline Wizz Air has taken up rival Ryanair’s challenge to publish monthly CO2 emissions statistics, declaring itself to be the continent’s “greenest” carrier.
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The Guatemalans who pay the price for the west’s need for nickel

The Guardian - 17 hours 42 min ago

A vast European-owned mine is operating near Mayan villages, sparking a battle for survival

The road to Guatemala’s biggest nickel mine is barely visible through a cloud of red dust, churned up by the 25-tonne trucks that thunder past loaded with ore.

From the choking haze a cyclist emerges, weaving between the lorries. On his back he carries a bundle of firewood. Goggles protect his eyes, a bandana covers his nose and mouth.

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