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An unlikely alliance of the federal minister and his Victoria counter-part pushes for Australia's reliability standard to be tightened further. It makes no sense.
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Mike Cannon-Brookes says huge solar and storage project will test the limits of engineering, but serve as a "lighthouse" project to the world.
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Bill Gates and co-investors hail new solar technology that can revolutionise - and displace fossil fuels - in production of cement and steel.
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Usage of the term increased 100-fold in the space of 12 months, dictionary says
Oxford Dictionaries has declared “climate emergency” the word of the year for 2019, following a hundred-fold increase in usage that it says demonstrated a “greater immediacy” in the way we talk about the climate.
Defined as “a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it”, Oxford said the words soared from “relative obscurity” to “one of the most prominent – and prominently debated – terms of 2019.”Continue reading...
Experts say new approach to classify plants’ conservation status suggests 7,000 species at risk
A third of plant species in tropical Africa are threatened with extinction, a new study suggests. Plants are crucial to many ecosystems and life in general, providing food and oxygen, as well as being the source of myriad materials and medicines. However, human activities including logging, mining and agriculture pose a major threat.
While the extinction risk of animals around the world has been well studied, the risk facing many plants remains unclear: 86% of mammal species have been assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its Red List, compared with only 8% of plant species. Now experts say they have come up with a rapid approach to give a preliminary classification.Continue reading...
Foreign affairs staff say despite opposition from some countries, Australia will continue to use them
Australian officials have told major business groups there will have to be a diplomatic solution to a stand-off between the Morrison government and other nations about whether the government can use carryover credits from the Kyoto period to meet its Paris target.
Guardian Australia understands diplomats from the British high commission signalled their objection to Australia using carryover credits during a recent meeting of the Australian Greenhouse Industry Network, which includes major emitters such as BHP and Woodside, and industry associations.Continue reading...
German politicians accuse Roger Hallam of downplaying significance of genocide
Roger Hallam, the co-founder of the environmental campaign movement Extinction Rebellion, has sparked anger in Germany after referring to the Holocaust as “just another fuckery in human history”.
Hallam has been accused of downplaying the Nazis’ genocide of 6 million Jews – a crime in Germany – by arguing in an interview that the significance of the Holocaust had been overplayed.Continue reading...
Researchers linked nine causes of death with a certain type pollution when reviewing medical records of deceased veterans
US air pollution rules could be hugely insufficient in preventing deaths, experts are concluding from a new study of the likely causes of death of 4.5 million veterans.
Published in the peer-reviewed journal Jama, the research finds that 99% of deaths from illnesses linked to a certain type of air pollution occur in people who are exposed to lower levels than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently deems acceptable.Continue reading...