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Labor was presented with a fait accompli on Aukus, but scepticism in the party is rightly rising | Kim Carr

The Guardian - Wed, 2023-03-22 08:57

We were not given a chance to scrutinise the nuclear submarine deal, and critical questions remain unanswered

On the morning of 16 September 2021, the federal ALP caucus was presented with the shadow cabinet’s fait accompli of support for the Morrison government’s Aukus submarine deal.

Caucus members were told that on the previous afternoon, the leader, Anthony Albanese and several shadow ministers had received a two-hour briefing on the proposal from the government. No documents were provided at the briefing. On the basis of that, and the shadow ministry’s endorsement, Labor MPs were expected to leap into bipartisan support for the Aukus deal.

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Voluntary carbon demand to taper off for avoidance, ramp up for removals -analyst

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2023-03-22 06:25
Avoidance-based carbon offsets will be sold for “bargain basement prices” to companies practicing "corporate charity" by the end of the decade, while demand for carbon removals will exceed the current projected supply, an analyst said Tuesday.
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Solar and wind still best bets for deep, rapid and low cost emission cuts

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2023-03-22 06:23

IPCC says solar and wind will deliver easily the biggest and lowest cost emission cuts over the next 10 years.

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UK fishing vessels ‘underreporting’ whale, dolphin and porpoise bycatch

The Guardian - Wed, 2023-03-22 05:34

Only 19 cases of cetacean bycatch reported under Defra scheme, but experts say figure much higher

Only a handful of instances of accidental bycatch of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been recorded under the UK government’s self-reporting initiative, despite the likelihood that hundreds are being caught by fishing vessels.

Fishers have been encouraged to voluntarily record the bycatch of marine mammals in an attempt to reduce the accidental catch, which would benefit the fishing industry and the health of the seas.

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New research reveals how forests reduce their own bushfire risk, if they're left alone

The Conversation - Wed, 2023-03-22 05:13
Red tingle forests in south-western Australia have the lowest fire risk when they’ve not been subjected to prescribed burning. New research explains why Philip Zylstra, Adjunct Associate Professor at Curtin University, Research Associate at University of New South Wales, Curtin University Grant Wardell-Johnson, Adjunct Associate Professor, Molecular and Life Sciences and ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration., Curtin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Species don't live in isolation: what changing threats to 4 marsupials tell us about the future

The Conversation - Wed, 2023-03-22 05:12
To give native species their best chance of survival, we have to embrace ecosystem-based conservation – rather than trying to rescue individual species in isolation. William Geary, PhD Student, Deakin University Adrian Wayne, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, The University of Western Australia Euan Ritchie, Professor in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University Tim Doherty, ARC DECRA Fellow, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Academics call for tighter forest carbon methodologies to prevent over-crediting

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2023-03-22 04:24
Academics have fired another broadside at the voluntary carbon market (VCM) with a new paper claiming improved forest management (IFM) projects are belching out hot air.
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Drax halts BECCS plans, seeks clarity on UK government support

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2023-03-22 03:33
UK power producer Drax has paused its BECCS plans in the UK until it gets more clarity over how the government will support the technology, it said on Tuesday.
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UAE commitment to lead COP28 in “no way” detracted by oil interests, says Egypt

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2023-03-22 02:55
The UAE has a political commitment to steer this year's UN COP28 climate negotiations that is not undermined by being an oil producing country, according to Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, who led the COP27 event last year.
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Concerns mount that Franco-German deal would put EU climate goals at risk

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2023-03-22 02:29
EU emissions goals could be put in jeopardy by a compromise between France and Germany as the two major powers seek to promote their own interests in separate elements of the bloc's climate policy, observers warned on Tuesday.
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Hundreds of trees to be felled for Cambridge bus route to tackle climate change

The Guardian - Wed, 2023-03-22 01:10

Councillors vote to chop down trees in Coton Orchard for busway from Cambridge to Cambourne

Hundreds of trees in an orchard designated as a habitat of principal importance in England should be felled to build a new busway to tackle climate change, councillors in Cambridgeshire voted on Tuesday.

The county council voted by 33 to 26 to approve a new public transport busway, which will use optically guided electric or hybrid buses on its route, to provide links between Cambridge and Cambourne, an expanding new town eight miles outside the city.

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ClearBlue Markets in $8 mln funding round led by RBC

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2023-03-22 00:00
Carbon trading and advisory firm ClearBlue Markets has raised $8 mln in a Series A funding round led by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).
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The IPCC’s climate report has drawn the battle lines for Cop28: oil profits or a livable future | Simon Lewis

The Guardian - Tue, 2023-03-21 23:14

A pact to phase out fossil fuels in November’s UN climate talks is the only credible response to the warnings of scientists

Yesterday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new synthesis report. The document is important because 195 governments commissioned it and the summary was agreed line by line. It is accepted fact by nations worldwide, and a shared basis for future action.

The report’s conclusions are terrifying and wearily familiar. Every region is experiencing “widespread adverse impacts”. Almost half the world’s population is “highly vulnerable” to climate change impacts. Expected repercussions will escalate rapidly. It concludes that there is a “rapidly closing window of opportunity” to secure a livable future.

Simon Lewis is professor of global change science at University College London and University of Leeds

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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2023-03-21 22:29
European carbon prices clawed back several days of losses on Tuesday morning, rising to their highest since Mar. 16 as options traders eyed the expiry of the March contract tomorrow, while energy prices steadied after sharp declines on Monday.
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South Korea proposes to cut 2030 emissions reductions target for industry, scale up carbon sequestration and international credit purchases

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2023-03-21 16:41
South Korea has proposed to lower its 2030 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector, while planning to expand its domestic carbon sequestration programme and purchase more credits from abroad under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
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Demands for ACCU limit in Safeguard Mechanism would cripple it, analysis says

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2023-03-21 16:16
Calls to place quantitative limits on Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) in the Safeguard Mechanism are unfounded, and would render the scheme inert, according to analysis released Tuesday, as an industry head hinted Australia would be unsuccessful in its bid to host COP31 if it failed to get the scheme up and running.
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Campaigners fear loophole will let new homes in England be fitted with gas boilers

The Guardian - Tue, 2023-03-21 16:00

Regulation may allow ‘hydrogen-ready’ boilers that can run on fossil fuel gas, and are unlikely ever to use hydrogen

Ministers are preparing to allow new houses to continue to be fitted with gas boilers, long after they were supposed to be phased out, campaigners fear.

A loophole being considered for the forthcoming future homes standard, a housing regulation in England intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from newly built homes in line with the net zero target, would allow new homes to be fitted with “hydrogen-ready” boilers.

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Menindee reacts to latest fish kills: 'An Australian disaster like bushfire and floods' – video

The Guardian - Tue, 2023-03-21 14:49

Members of the Menindee community are trying to come to terms with how another mass fish kill incident has occurred in the Darling-Baaka River. 'This is an Australian disaster and it should be treated as such: like a bushfire, like a flood. Fish kills and unhealthy river systems have got to be taken seriously," says Barkandji woman Denise O’Donnell

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UN says Australia must quit coal by 2030, reach net zero by 2040, no new coal or gas

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2023-03-21 14:35

In case they missed the message from the IPCC, UN chief delivers the cold hard facts on climate and fossil fuels. Will Australia respond?

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Australia's 116 new coal, oil and gas projects equate to 215 new coal power stations

The Conversation - Tue, 2023-03-21 14:05
Australia continues to support unlimited growth in fossil fuel production and export, flying in the face of the latest IPCC report. Mapped: 67 new coal, and 49 gas/oil projects. Richard Denniss, Adjunct Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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