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How witnessing a police shooting put a Guatemalan journalist in danger

The Guardian - 17 hours 58 min ago

Carlos Choc had to go on the run after seeing the violent repression of a protest at the Fenix mine

It was when police arrested his colleague in October 2017 that Carlos Choc realised it was becoming too dangerous for him to keep reporting.

From the town of El Estor, and a member of the Maya Q’eqchi’ community, Choc, 36, has made his living documenting the lives of indigenous citizens.

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European-owned mine paid Guatemala just £1.4m in compulsory royalty taxes

The Guardian - 17 hours 58 min ago

Swiss-based Solway group that runs Fenix nickel mine paid 1% on revenues from unrefined ore

Guatemala’s largest nickel mine paid just £1.4m in compulsory royalty taxes during its first four years of production, according to its latest filings.

The opencast Fenix mine belongs to the Bronstein family and is run by their Swiss-based Solway group. Solway benefits from Guatemala’s low nickel royalty rate, which is calculated at just 1% of all the revenues made from selling the unrefined ore it digs out of the ground. Recent proposals to increase rates to 15% were not implemented.

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Carbon Asset Developer – Oxfordshire, UK

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 23:09
Are you an experienced Carbon Asset Manager? Would you like to work with a dedicated team of professionals to identify opportunities in the UK and overseas to develop carbon sequestration projects? If so, this role could be just up your street...
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Meltdown: the climate crisis – in pictures

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 22:33

The Natural History Museum of Vienna is premiering MELTDOWN – A Visualization of Climate Change, an exhibition created by the climate crisis charity Project Pressure, which uses art to inspire action and behavioural change. The artworks in Meltdown relate to vanishing glaciers. Unlike wildfires, flooding and other weather events, glacier mass losses even out variations and can be attributed to global heating. To incite action, Project Pressure has created a carbon footprint calculator in collaboration with ClimateHero to learn how carbon-intense the users’ lifestyle is.

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Eastern EU states can speed coal exit by ceding control of ETS revenues -report

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 22:16
Eastern EU nations will better finance their clean energy transitions by transferring ETS auction proceeds to the bloc’s Modernisation Fund as rigid rules for other options would stifle investment, a report found on Wednesday.
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UPDATE – EU emitters up Kyoto offset usage as high EUA prices bite, deadline nears

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 21:44
Companies regulated by Europe’s carbon market have exchanged almost 16 million Kyoto Protocol offsets for EU Allowances in the past six months, significantly ramping up the practice as EUA prices hit an 11-year high and as the usage deadline approaches.
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Western Australia govt scrambles for alternatives to offset requirements for major emitters

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 19:05
The Western Australian government is considering options such as an industry-funded carbon abatement fund as alternatives to mandatory offsetting for major resources projects, which it considers would impose significant economic costs on the state’s fossil fuel industry.
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Would a tax on fast fashion producers solve the sustainability crisis?

ABC Environment - Wed, 2019-06-19 18:25
A UK Parliamentary committee has recommended a "penny-per-garment" fee for fashion producers to raise funds for improved recycling and clothing collections.
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Solar Insiders Podcast: Victoria’s big solar and storage plan

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 15:27

florida solar panelsVictoria outlines plan for rooftop solar and battery storage scheme, while the regulator cracks down on dodgy trading in certificates.

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China’s BYD teams with Macquarie to bring electric trucks to Australia

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 15:24

BYD truck launch australia electric - optimisedChinese electric vehicle giant BYD will offer two models of all-electric trucks to the Australian market through leasing arrangements signed with Macquarie Group.

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US installs record 2.7GW of solar in first quarter of 2019

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 15:18

solar photovoltaicsUnited States experiences best first quarter ever for new solar installations over first three months of 2019, installing a record 2.7GW of new capacity.

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CSIRO, NAB chair say shift to 100% renewables inevitable, and likely by 2050

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 15:17

Report led by CSIRO and backed by NAB says 100 per cent renewables in Australia is inevitable, and will likely slash bills by more than half under an ambitious policy.

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Two-thirds of Britons want faster action on climate, poll finds

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 15:01

Research suggests support for urgent measures to tackle crisis is becoming mainstream

Nearly 70% of British people want urgent political action to tackle climate change and protect the natural environment, according to research by a coalition of green charities.

Theresa May, in one of her last acts as prime minister, has enshrined in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first large economy to do so.

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Solar, wind and batteries to deliver 50% of global power by 2050

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 14:26

wind farm netherlandsNew projections from BNEF show that significant cost cuts to wind, solar, and battery storage, will help push the share of renewables in the global grid to nearly 50% by 2050.

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AGL completes solar farm for Santos oil and processing in Whyalla

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 14:12

whyalla santos agl solar farm oil and gasAGL has completed construction of a 2.12MW solar plant in Whyalla that will help lower cost for a Santos oil and gas processing facility.

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Vaccines: Low trust in vaccination 'a global crisis'

BBC - Wed, 2019-06-19 14:00
The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation reveals confidence is low in some regions.
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What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up - podcast

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 12:00

Oil firms are said to have known for decades of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate breakdown. Author Bill McKibben describes how industry lobbying created a 30-year barrier to tackling the crisis. Plus: John Stewart on his campaign to stop the third runway at Heathrow

Before 1988, climate change was a subject confined to the realm of academic journals. That all changed when the scientist James Hansen told Congress that global heating was caused by the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of the burning of fossil fuels.

That moment caught the imagination of the journalist Bill McKibben, who has written and campaigned on climate breakdown ever since. And it has been reported that fossil fuel companies, such as ExxonMobil, were making links between the burning of oil and rising sea levels as early as the 1970s. But instead of making their findings public, the industry colluded to cast doubt over the science.

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Australia's energy exports increase global greenhouse emissions, not decrease them

The Conversation - Wed, 2019-06-19 11:52
The federal government claims that Australia's rising emissions are offset by savings around the globe when Australian gas exports replace other fossil fuels. But the numbers don't stack up like that. Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Salim Mazouz, Research Manager, Crawford School of Public Policy; and Director at EcoPerspectives, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Man caught smuggling dozens of live finches into New York inside hair rollers

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 11:50

Francis Gurahoo planned to sell the birds for $3,000 each for use in singing competitions, officials say

A 39-year-old man has been caught allegedly trying to smuggle nearly three dozen live finches through John F Kennedy Airport in New York in order to sell them for singing competitions.

Francis Gurahoo was arrested on Sunday after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana. Prosecutors said customs officials found 34 live birds in his carry-on luggage hidden inside individual plastic hair curlers.

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Lobbyist who provided Morrison’s lump of coal joins PM’s advisory team

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 10:47

Joyce Morrison CoalMorrison adds coal lobbyist who provided infamous lump of coal to his advisory team, cementing the links between the government and the Minerals Council.

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