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Satellite eye on Earth: July 2017 – in pictures

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-08-24 20:28

Wildfires in the US and Africa, tropical storms, and Bolivian salt flats are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA last month

Pakistan’s Makran coast meets the Arabian Sea where the dry terrain contrasts sharply with the water. Sometimes coast and water overlap and sediment pours into the sea. Once river water and sediment reach the ocean they are swept along by currents. Inland, the landscape is rugged. Narrow valleys provide pastures for sheep amid the desert.

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New study finds that climate change costs will hit Trump country hardest | John Abraham

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-08-24 20:00

In the USA, the southeastern states are most vulnerable to the costly impacts from human-caused climate change

Humans are causing Earth’s climate to change. We know that. We’ve known it for decades. Okay so what? The follow-up questions should be directed to what the effects of warming will be. What will the costs be to society, to the natural biosystem, and to human lives? Let’s be honest, if the consequences of warming are not large, then who cares? But, if the consequences are severe, then we should take action now to reduce the warming. This really comes down to costs and benefits. Are the benefits of reducing emissions greater or less than the costs?

But there is a nuance to the answer. The costs are not uniformly distributed. Some regions will suffer more and other regions will suffer less. In fact, some regions will actually benefit in a warming climate. We understand that the world is interconnected and costs will inevitably be shared to some extent. But it is clear we won’t all suffer the same.

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Scientists split over snow leopard status

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-24 19:26
Scientists are divided on whether snow leopards are still endangered species, a BBC investigation finds.
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Research Filter: Milk pods, astronauts and renewables in the year 2050

ABC Environment - Thu, 2017-08-24 18:52
Could the world be 100 per cent renewable by 2050?
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Victoria mandates ambitious renewable energy target

ABC Environment - Thu, 2017-08-24 18:15
Victoria aims to source 40 per cent of its energy from renewables. Is it possible?
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Frydenberg calls for advice on $110m Port Augusta solar thermal funds

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 15:27
Frydenberg asks ARENA, CEFC and Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency for advice on government's promised $110m equity investment Port Augusta solar tower plant.
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100% renewable energy for 139 nations detailed in new Stanford report

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 15:06
Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 of his colleagues have compiled a report that shows exactly how 139 nations could transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 without throwing millions of people out of work.
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Australia urged to aim for 100% renewables by 2030s

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 15:03
As climate impacts mounts, there is a growing push for a 1.5°C target. This would mean reaching 100% renewable energy within 20 years. Australia could lead, and reap enormous economic benefits.
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Neoen may expand Vic solar farm to 126MW after tram tender win

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:58
Neoen says it may treble size of its Nurmukah solar project off back of Victoria government tender win.
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Infigen eyes commercial and industrial sector for new renewables

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:48
Infigen Energy reports a jump in profit for FY2107, as the company continues its transformation into an "active energy markets participant."
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We pick our steps along an Oxford Street of insects

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:30

Sandy, Bedfordshire Nectar shoppers flutter out of nowhere, a mass of moths, midges and mosquitoes chopping across the torchlit path

Under a moonless, starless, benighted sky, head torches were switched on and we struck out across the riverside meadow. We had walked for several sure-footed minutes along a closely grazed towpath where white yarrow rosettes glowed like solar garden lights. The only hazards on that firm ground had been the nearly invisible giant plates that I stepped on and found to have hard crusts and soft hearts.

Related: Country diary: Sandy, Bedfordshire: The river is my guiding light

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Victoria leads, Federal government leans on energy transition

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:19
Yesterday was an historic day for Victoria’s energy future. And there’s more good news on the way. Not that you would know it from listening to federal energy minister.
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AEMC suggests new body to decide on battery storage standards

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:18
As industry rejects Standards Australia home battery ban proposal, AEMC calls for new body to govern standards for distributed energy market.
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Windlab to receive $10 million milestone success payment in respect of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:16
Windlab has become entitled to receive a milestone success payment of just over $10 million in respect of the Coopers Gap Wind Farm.
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Rethinking the grid: Changes in power sector are an opportunity, not a threat

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:13
The Department of Energy’s study on grid reliability and resilience offers an incomplete picture of our grid’s transformation.
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Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-24 14:07
The previously-protected area is bigger than Denmark and is thought to be rich in gold.
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Trump thinks clean coal is when workers mine coal and actually ‘clean it’

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 11:47
In the real world, clean coal remains a fantasy, but in Trump world you can mine it, and then the workers "clean" it.
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Home battery market not booming yet – but consumer interest is

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 11:20
As Australian households flock to solar, interest in battery storage is starting to ramp up, as a way to minimise grid electricity consumption and to provide a reliable source of back-up power.
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WA’s biggest pig farm about to go 100 per cent renewable energy

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2017-08-24 11:07
WA’s biggest piggery operator to add wind and storage to existing solar arrays in push to 100 per cent renewable energy supply.
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Will fairy tale Białowieża forest survive Poland’s fight with the EU?

BBC - Thu, 2017-08-24 10:31
Campaigners in Poland are worried about the future of one of Europe's last primeval forests, as the Polish government defies an EU order to stop logging there.
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