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California utility PG&E to pursue bankruptcy protection

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-01-15 03:24
California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) announced Monday that it will pursue bankruptcy protection as it faces significant litigation and possible liabilities from a devastating wildfire last year.
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GM foods: scientific ignorance fuels extremist views – study

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-01-15 02:00

Opponents know least about the science but believe they know the most, surveys find

The most extreme opponents of genetically modified foods know the least about science but believe they know the most, researchers have found.

The findings from public surveys in the US, France and Germany suggest that rather than being a barrier to the possession of strongly held views, ignorance of the matter at hand might better be described as a fuel.

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City bees: allotments and gardens can help arrest decline – study

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-01-15 02:00

Experts hope cities can provide sanctuary for pollinators as rural populations decline

Allotments, weedy corners and fancy gardens are all urban havens for bees and other pollinators, a study has found.

The widespread decline of bees resulting from the loss of wild areas and pesticide use has caused great concern in recent years, but towns and cities have been suggested as potential sanctuaries.

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Concerns over increase in toxic brine from desalination plants

BBC - Tue, 2019-01-15 01:39
Operations to extract fresh water from the sea are now producing 50% more of this salty effluent than expected.
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Sustainability Vice President, Barclays – London

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-01-15 01:10
The VP Sustainability manager reports to Director -Sustainability and will be responsible for supporting the Sustainability team’s remit, including leading and programme managing the bank’s response to TCFD, and convening internal teams accordingly
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Regional Consultant, Global Environment Facility – Caribbean

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-01-15 00:58
The consultant will work on the Strategic Country Cluster Evaluation of the SIDS portfolio.
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Climate Change Consultant, Oxfam – West Africa

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-01-15 00:47
To deliver an impactful climate change program, and achieve its vision for a resilient West Africa, Oxfam will need to build equal and mutually benefitting alliances with a broad range of like-minded and diverse actors in West Africa.
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Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

BBC - Mon, 2019-01-14 23:26
See an animation showing the concentration and movement of nitrogen dioxide through the atmosphere.
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Beijing ETS companies get access to credits from voluntary car programme

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2019-01-14 19:50
Companies regulated by the Beijing emissions trading scheme will from now on be allowed to use carbon credits from a voluntary programme to cut traffic to help meet their ETS obligations.
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UK failed to enforce EU air quality standards – what will happen after Brexit?

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-01-14 16:00

Government has astonishing record of fighting demands to meet legal obligations

Air pollution was until recently regarded as a problem mainly for those whose health was already compromised or vulnerable in some way: the very old, the very young, and those with existing respiratory problems such as asthma. Thanks to groundbreaking research in the last few years, we now know the problem goes much further, to the root of human health: air pollution has been linked to miscarriage, dementia, heart disease and lower intelligence.

There is scarcely an aspect of human health that is not affected by the silent insinuation of this invisible killer into our lungs, our blood, our brains and every other organ.

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New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, government claims

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-01-14 16:00

UK proposals include new regulations on farmers, wood-burning stoves and diesel cars

The government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with a pledge to improve air quality nationwide to the standards the World Health Organization (WH0) recommends.

Farmers will be subject to air quality regulations for the first time to cut their growing contribution to pollution, under the government plans set out on Monday, while diesel vehicle drivers and owners of wood-burning stoves will also face restrictions.

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Call for Nominations - Threatened species, ecological communities or key threatening processes

Department of the Environment - Mon, 2019-01-14 15:38
Nominations are invited for species, ecological communities or key threatening processes to be considered for listing under national environment law during the assessment period starting 1 October 2019. ...
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National Electricity Market year in review: Wholesale electricity prices

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-01-14 14:02

First instalment of three-part series looking back at what the past year of energy policy turmoil has meant for the National Electricity Market (NEM).

The post National Electricity Market year in review: Wholesale electricity prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Research Associate/Staff Scientist: Climate and Energy Policy, SEI US – Seattle

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:59
SEI US (Seattle) is seeking a passionate early- to mid-career researcher to contribute to SEI’s work on emerging topics in climate policy, which could include, among others, low-carbon cities, carbon pricing, climate finance, energy and development, just transitions, and the economics or politics of oil, gas, and coal extraction.
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Energy price gouging exposed by new regulations

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:59

A new regulation has highlighted that consumers who used comparison sites typically paid 5-12% more than the lowest possible offer.

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NSW waves through 900MW solar farm for construction in Riverina

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:56

Reach Solar's 900MW Yarrabee Solar Farm, approved for construction in NSW Riverina, will have capacity to power a city nearly twice the size of Newcastle.

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How is oxygen 'sucked out' of our waterways?

The Conversation - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:32
Hundreds of thousands of fish have died in low-oxygen water. Here's what actually happened to the oxygen, and why we might see more deaths in the coming weeks. Stuart Khan, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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SolarEdge teams with Google to integrate automated EV Charging

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:25

The first of its kind, this integrating technology means that consumers can now tell their Google Assistant to start and stop charging of their electric vehicle.

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US on verge of 139GW solar boom

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:22

New research reveals the United States sits on the precipice of what could be a monumental solar boom set to play out over the next five years.

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Booming solar market triples in 2018, set to deliver “Hazelwood + Liddell” by 2020

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-01-14 12:55

Solar's record-breaking 2018 is expected to continue into 2019, with forecasts of another 3GW-plus to be added in utility-scale solar alone, putting solar PV on track to deliver 10% of NEM demand by 2020.

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