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From Tesla to Truckla: watch a Tesla Model 3 get turned into a ute

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 10:12

simone giertz tesla model 3 ute trucklaYouTuber Simone Giertz has created the tradie's dream by converting her Tesla Model 3 into the world's first Tesla ute.

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Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?

BBC - Wed, 2019-06-19 10:11
From Bermuda and the Azores to Ireland and France, large numbers of shoes are washing ashore.
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South Australia’s “other” big battery is earning money, and keeping the lights on

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 08:16

The second big battery in South Australia, which can do things the Tesla big battery cannot, releases its first performance report.

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CP Daily: Tuesday June 18, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 07:54
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Fossil proves hyenas once roamed Canada's Arctic Plains

BBC - Wed, 2019-06-19 07:08
A 50-year-old mystery has been solved by scientists who identified the teeth of ancient Arctic hyenas.
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Home solar, battery quotas revealed as Victoria prepares to reopen subsidy

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2019-06-19 06:03

rooftop solarVictoria government details cautious, coordinated roll-out of home solar and batteries rebates, as the Solar Homes scheme prepares to reopen in full in July.

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UK 'likely' to host critical climate conference next year

BBC - Wed, 2019-06-19 04:26
The UK is in pole position to host next year's key climate meeting after agreeing a partnership with main rival Italy.
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Pennsylvania set to perform external analysis on economy-wide ETS, extending timeline to 2020

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 04:17
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will partner with outside consultants to model the economic effects of implementing a cap-and-trade programme, likely extending the timeline on whether to advance a green group-backed petition until at least 2020, an environmental source told Carbon Pulse.
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Britain to host critical UN climate crisis summit at end of 2020

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 03:55

Gathering aimed at keeping global heating close to 1.5C will be most significant since Paris

The UK is to host a critical global summit on the climate crisis at the end of 2020, at which the world’s 190 nations must commit to deep cuts in emissions.

It will be the most significant UN climate summit since the Paris deal was struck in 2015, when countries made pledges to curb emissions. But these pledges would only keep global heating to a 3C rise, which would bring devastating heatwaves and extreme weather.

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Four more countries back EU’s 2050 net zero emissions goal

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 03:49
At least four more countries have announced their support for an EU net zero 2050 emissions target, bringing the bloc closer to agreement on an initiative that could lead to a more ambitious ETS cap next decade.
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EU Market: EUAs inch further above €25 after stronger auction

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 03:41
EU carbon prices inched up on Tuesday after a strong auction lifted sentiment, but prices remained rangebound near €25.
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Where have all the birds gone? | Brief letters

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 02:22
Loss of wildlife | Maternity leave for MPs | Women’s World Cup | Splitting infinitives | Entertainment

Please could Theresa May, now freed of Brexit, include an urgent response to the rapid loss of wildlife (A new language needed for the climate crisis, 17 June) to her action list before she leaves? The Knepp estate wilding project (Report, 21 May) has seen a fast and encouraging reversal of loss of wildlife.
Elaine Steane
Oxford

• I am sitting in my garden enjoying the evening sunshine, a rare occasion this summer, when I realise something is wrong. No birds in the sky. No swallows. No housemartins. No swifts. Where are they? This is quite scary. We are in the middle of June; the skies should be full of birds on the wing. Is this global warming, overhunting or pesticides killing off their food supply? Whatever the reason, I hope it is a temporary glitch and that next year will see their return.
Tina Baker
Chudleigh Knighton, Devon

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Greenland’s ‘unusual’ melting sea ice captured in stunning image

BBC - Wed, 2019-06-19 02:14
A climate scientist has captured the reality of sea ice loss in Greenland in a viral picture.
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Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 02:02
  • Ice blocks frozen solid for thousands of years destabilized
  • ‘The climate is now warmer than at any time in last 5,000 years’

Permafrost at outposts in the Canadian Arctic is thawing 70 years earlier than predicted, an expedition has discovered, in the latest sign that the global climate crisis is accelerating even faster than scientists had feared.

A team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks said they were astounded by how quickly a succession of unusually hot summers had destabilised the upper layers of giant subterranean ice blocks that had been frozen solid for millennia.

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Murder, rape and claims of contamination at a Tanzanian goldmine

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 02:00

Police and guards at North Mara have been accused of killing dozens – possibly hundreds – of locals

When safari tourists drive to the Serengeti national park in Tanzania, few realise they are passing one of the world’s most contentious goldmines.

From the escarpment above the plain, the North Mara facility is so large that it at first resembles a bare hillside. But look closer and the artificial mound is made up of tiers of reddish brown earth, from which a thin grey plume of smoke drifts up to the sky.

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Tech firms to check suppliers after mining revelations in Tanzania

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 02:00

Apple says it is ‘deeply committed to responsible sourcing of materials’

Electronics companies, including Canon, Apple and Nokia, are re-evaluating their supply chains following reports they may be using gold extracted from a Tanzanian mine that has been criticised for environmental failures.

Over the past 10 years, at the North Mara goldmine – which is operated by London-listed Acacia Mining – there have been more than a dozen killings of intruding locals by security personnel.

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How writing about a goldmine cost a top reporter his job

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-06-19 02:00

Jabir Idrissa is living hand-to-mouth after a crackdown on the media in Tanzania

Two years ago, Jabir Idrissa was one of Tanzania’s leading investigative journalists, breaking stories on alleged corruption, the environment and human rights abuses for two of the most respected publications in Dar es Salaam.

Today, he is out of work, his former employer cannot print, and he is struggling to provide for his family.

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UPDATE – UK set to host 2020 UN climate talks after rival Italy backs bid

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 01:43
The British and Italian governments have agreed to partner on a proposal to co-host the 2020 UN climate talks, clearing the way for the UK to host the main summit, known as COP26.
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Brussels urges EU nations to show hand on EUA cancellations, non-ETS trading

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-06-19 01:32
Brussels urged member states on Tuesday to declare the extent of their planned EUA cancellations and to up their use of non-ETS trading amid a collective shortfall to the bloc's 2030 climate goals.
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Worm with eyes in head and bottom found off Shetland

BBC - Wed, 2019-06-19 01:31
Scientists found the new species during a survey of a marine protected area off Scotland.
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