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This is no time for energy ministers to panic over reliability standards

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2019-11-21 12:43

NetworkAn 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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Cannon-Brookes says $20bn solar project will be “lighthouse” to world

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2019-11-21 12:16

MIke Cannon Brookes Cannon-Brookes - Jon Dee - optimised RE100 singapore exports altassianMike 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’ secret energy company unveils solar breakthrough for industrial heat

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:49

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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Draft Guide to nationally protected species significantly impacted by paddock tree removal

Department of the Environment - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:46
The Department of the Environment and Energy is seeking your views on the draft Guide to nationally protected species significantly impacted by paddock tree removal. Consultation closes 14 February 2020
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A third of tropical African plants face extinction

BBC - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:44
An assessment shows rapid loss of trees, shrubs and herbs in countries such as Ethiopia and Tanzania.
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Oxford Dictionaries declares 'climate emergency' the word of 2019

The Guardian - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:31

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.”

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CP Daily: Wednesday November 20, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:21
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Brown bear attacks: Deaths spark fear in Romania

BBC - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:11
Three men die in little over a month in Romania, home to Europe's biggest brown bear population.
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Diving to save Indonesia's coral reefs from plastic

BBC - Thu, 2019-11-21 10:03
Tenia Lestari leads a network of volunteer divers who clear rubbish from the coral reefs and recycle what they find.
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Smoke haze from bushfires poses health risks for NSW residents

ABC Environment - Thu, 2019-11-21 07:53
Air quality has reached hazardous levels in Sydney, the Illawarra and parts of northern NSW for the second time this week as smoke haze from the bushfires descends on the city.
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Canadian cabinet shake-up sees Wilkinson named as environment minister

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-11-21 07:48
Canadian MP Jonathan Wilkinson was appointed minister of environment and climate change as the minority Liberal government’s cabinet reconvened on Wednesday, with current agency head Catherine McKenna transitioned to a different department.
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Virginia Democrats file bill to enable RGGI linkage, state-run auctions

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-11-21 06:31
Virginia Democrats filed legislation on Tuesday to allow a linkage with the Northeast US RGGI programme and for the state to sell 100% of allowances under its proposed cap-and-trade rule.
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Extinction of ice age giants likely drove surviving animals apart

The Conversation - Thu, 2019-11-21 05:16
After the woolly mammoth and other megafauna became extinct, surviving animals mingled less. This has big implications for modern conservation. Aniko Blanka Toth, Postdoctoral Fellow, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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One-third of tropical African plant species at risk of extinction – study

The Guardian - Thu, 2019-11-21 05:00

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.

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Alberta suspends fuel efficiency and vent gas capture offset protocol

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-11-21 03:22
Alberta has suspended its engine fuel management and vent gas capture offset protocol under its CO2 pricing regime for unspecified issues, the Canadian province’s Environment and Parks department announced.
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Diplomacy the solution to impasse over Australia's use of carryover credits, officials say

The Guardian - Thu, 2019-11-21 03:00

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.

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Senior International Officer of COP26 UN Climate Summit, ECIU – London/Elsewhere

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-11-21 02:49
We are recruiting a Senior International Officer to develop and deliver our work leading up to the 2020 summit.
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Analyst for COP26 UN Climate Summit, ECIU – London/Elsewhere

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-11-21 02:44
We are looking to recruit a new Analyst to help drive forward our analytical work as we move into a crucial period for decarbonisation in the UK.
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Extinction Rebellion founder’s Holocaust remarks spark fury

The Guardian - Thu, 2019-11-21 02:22

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.

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US air pollution rules could be insufficient in preventing deaths – study

The Guardian - Thu, 2019-11-21 02:00

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.

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