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FEATURE: Voluntary carbon projects still need sifting despite ICVCM stamp of approval

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2024-04-10 01:20
Work by the Integrity Council for Voluntary Carbon Markets (ICVCM) to label credits with the Core Carbon Principles (CCP) stamp will only go so far in determining the quality of supply, as project-level assessments will still be required to help buyers identify good projects, say market stakeholders.
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LEAK: EU’s draft ‘strategic agenda’ for 2024-29 sees climate policy relegated to second row

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2024-04-10 01:05
A draft outline of the EU’s next “strategic agenda” for 2024-2029, seen by Carbon Pulse, puts defence and security at the top of the EU’s political priorities, while climate policy is refocused on strengthening the bloc's industrial and strategic independence.
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CDC Biodiversite to launch free footprinting tool in “huge” step

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2024-04-10 00:56
French data company CDC Biodiversite will this week launch a free version of its biodiversity footprinting tool Global Biodiversity Score (GBS) with limited features.
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Portugal establishes technical committee to oversee voluntary carbon market

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2024-04-10 00:48
The Portuguese Ministry of Environment and Climate Action has established a technical committee to evaluate carbon methodologies and the performance of the voluntary carbon market (VCM), according to a decree published Monday in the Official Gazette.
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Colombia warns of violation risk in REDD+ projects, extortion of voluntary carbon developers by armed groups

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2024-04-10 00:03
The Office of the Ombudsman in Colombia has issued an official notice about several sectors, including REDD+ voluntary carbon projects, warning of the risk of violations of Indigenous and local community rights, as well as extortion by illegal armed groups.
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‘Positive narrative’ on carbon pricing emerging in Australia, but risks and challenges remain, report says

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2024-04-10 00:01
Growing compliance demand driven by the Safeguard Mechanism and corporates looking to meet ESG requirements is creating a ‘positive narrative’ on carbon pricing and carbon markets in Australia, although ongoing risks and challenges remain, according to a report published Wednesday.
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Norway funds study to assess feasibility of direct air capture and storage plant

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 23:55
A carbon removals developer has secured 26 million Norwegian krone (£1.9 mln) in funding to study the feasibility of building a direct air capture and storage plant in Norway, it announced on Tuesday.
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UK-France panel reveals extended biodiversity credits survey results

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 23:13
A UK-France biodiversity credits panel has published a more detailed version of its call for views on biodiversity credits, as the initiative prepares to launch an Indigenous-focused consultation.
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UN, Brazilian NGO announce German-funded $4.9-mln project to combat deforestation in Brazil

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 23:00
A UN agency and a Brazilian NGO on Tuesday announced a new initiative to promote payment for environmental services (PES) for deforestation-free supply chains, focusing on the Atlantic Forest biome in Brazil – a region critically endangered by deforestation activities.
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Switzerland violates women’s human rights by failing to tackle climate change, European court rules

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 22:47
Switzerland’s failure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions violates its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the Strasbourg's Grand Chamber ruled on Tuesday in a landmark decision.
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Colombia forecasts Amazon deforestation to pick up, downsizes 2023 estimates

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 22:39
Deforestation in Colombia's Amazon region is expected to climb again this year, as the first quarter of 2024 showed a 40% surge compared to the same period in 2023, the minister of environment said on Monday.
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Human rights violated by Switzerland inaction on climate, ECHR rules in landmark case

The Guardian - Tue, 2024-04-09 22:25

Court finds in favour of group of older Swiss women who claimed weak policies put them at greater risk of death from heatwaves

Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled.

In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such rulings by an international court, the ECHR raised judicial pressure on governments to stop filling the atmosphere with gases that make extreme weather more violent.

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EU lawmakers recommend withdrawal from Energy Charter Treaty

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 21:41
European Parliament members on Tuesday recommended that the EU make a concerted withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), an international trade agreement, which they accuse of contradicting the Paris Agreement's goal to limit global warming to 1.5C.
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'Only the beginning': Greta Thunberg reacts to court ruling on Swiss climate inaction – video

The Guardian - Tue, 2024-04-09 21:30

Weak government climate policies violate fundamental human rights, the European court of human rights has ruled.

In a landmark decision on one of three major climate cases, the first such ruling by an international court, the ECHR raised judicial pressure on governments to stop filling the atmosphere with gases that make extreme weather more violent.

The court’s top bench ruled that Switzerland had violated the rights of a group of older Swiss women to family life

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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 21:09
European carbon prices rose for a fourth day on Tuesday morning as a robust reaction to a slightly below-average auction drove the market to a 10-day high amid marginally firmer energy prices.
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Carbon project developer secures authorisation from Tanzania for first Article 6 credits

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 20:26
The Tanzanian government has issued a letter of authorisation (LOA) to a carbon project developer, meaning credits generated from its cookstove activities in the country can apply corresponding adjustments when sold on the international market.
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‘Political efforts’: the Republican states trying to ban lab-grown meat

The Guardian - Tue, 2024-04-09 20:00

Florida is on track to ban cell-cultivated meat while three others float it – but experts say the reasoning has little to do with safety, ethical or environmental questions

At a press conference in February, the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, told a room full of reporters: “We’re not going to do that fake meat. That doesn’t work.” He’d been discussing legislation under debate in the statehouse that would ban cell-cultivated meat – an emerging technique that, instead of slaughtering animals for consumption, grows meat in a lab using a small sample of animal cells.

A few weeks later, a Republican member of the Florida legislature – and cattle rancher – Dean Black took to the House floor, saying, “Cultured meat is not meat … it is made by man, real meat is made by God Himself … If you really want to try the nitrogen-based protein paste, go to California.”

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Methane from landfills is detectable from space – and driving the climate crisis | Gina McCarthy

The Guardian - Tue, 2024-04-09 20:00

Landfill trash is the third-largest source of human-caused methane pollution in the US. To fight global heating, curb waste

An elusive climate menace is now easier than ever to see. In early March, a rocket launched into the sky with a satellite that spots methane emissions from space. MethaneSAT joined more than a dozen similar satellites now in orbit, scanning the Earth for pollution and feeding that information back to scientists, policymakers, industry, and the public.

What story does the data tell? One of methane on the rise, or one of collective efforts that avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis? Slashing methane is the most efficient way to slow global warming in our lifetimes. We have the chance – and the obligation – to do so.

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EU industrial heavyweights outline green priorities for next European Commission

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2024-04-09 19:53
Germany, France and Italy spelt out their industrial policy priorities for the next European Commission on Monday, with a heavy emphasis on measures to defend the EU’s clean tech sector against US protectionism and Chinese dumping.
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