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100 years of chemical weapons

BBC - Mon, 2018-04-09 22:35
From chlorine to novichok, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon takes us through the history of chemical weapons.
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BBC climate change interview breached broadcasting standards

BBC - Mon, 2018-04-09 22:29
The media watchdog says the ex-chancellor was "not sufficiently challenged" during a radio interview.
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UN’s IMO meets to craft initial climate effort for international shipping

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2018-04-09 22:26
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is grappling this week to secure an initial strategy to address shipping emissions, with countries edging towards agreeing a carbon-intensity goal initially and only later committing to absolute emission cuts and potentially using carbon markets.
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BBC Radio 4 broke impartiality rules in Nigel Lawson climate change interview

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 22:10

Ofcom says interviewer failed to challenge controversial claims including that there had been no increase in extreme weather events

BBC Radio 4 broke impartiality rules by failing to sufficiently challenge climate change denier Nigel Lawson’s controversial claims in an interview, the broadcasting watchdog has ruled.

Lord Lawson appeared on a Radio 4 programme last summer denying the concept of climate change, which prompted complaints from the Green party, and prominent scientists Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili, who said it was “irresponsible and highly misleading” to imply there was still a debate around the science supporting it.

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Bin chickens: the grotesque glory of the urban ibis – in pictures

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 20:00

Tip turkey, dumpster chook, rubbish raptor – the Australian white ibis goes by many unflattering names. But it is a true urban success story, scavenging to survive in cities across Australia as wetlands have been lost. Wildlife photographer Rick Stevens captured them in Sydney

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China aims for realtime CO2 data for power stations in ETS

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2018-04-09 19:54
China’s climate change office has asked for assistance from the power industry to develop realtime CO2 emissions data reporting for power stations covered by the national emissions trading scheme, a move that if successful would make it the world’s first carbon market to deploy such equipment.
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China’s Shanxi province targets carbon finance to drive coal cuts

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2018-04-09 19:47
A government-funded financing vehicle in China’s second-biggest coal-producing province has teamed up with the local carbon exchange to leverage public and private capital targeting carbon trading and clean industrial projects in a bid to cut its reliance on coal.
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Country Drive: Live export, Corellas and Linc Energy guilty of environmental damage

ABC Environment - Mon, 2018-04-09 18:52
Join us as we take a drive through this week's news around regional and rural Australia.
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Cement industry urged to reduce 'invisible' global emissions

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 18:31

Report warns carbon footprint of heavy emitter cement companies must be reduced sharply in order to meet Paris climate goals

Greenhouse gas emissions from cement production must be reduced sharply if the world is to meet the climate change goals set out in the Paris agreement, a new report has suggested.

Making cement and concrete, which is the most consumed product in the world after water, entails substantial emissions of carbon dioxide, from the chemical processes involved. While manufacturers have for years been seeking ways to reduce this or capture the carbon produced, and to make cement production more energy efficient, the results have failed to keep pace with the need to cut carbon emissions.

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Big increase in Antarctic snowfall

BBC - Mon, 2018-04-09 18:00
The annual extra now compared with the early 1800s has a water volume twice that of the Dead Sea.
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Caught in the crossfire: little dodo nears extinction

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 17:40

Illegal pigeon hunting across Samoa is risking the extinction of the country’s national bird: the little dodo or manumea. Will this little-known island pigeon suffer the same fate as its namesake?

Nearly two hundred years after the extinction of the dodo, Sir William Jardin – a Scottish naturalist and bird-aficionado – described another odd, bulky, island pigeon. From the island of Samoa, this one was distinguished by a massive, curving bill that sported tooth-like serrations on its lower mandible. Given the strangeness of the creature, Jardine set it in its own genus and dubbed it Didunculus – the little dodo. Genetic evidence has since confirmed that the tooth-billed pigeon – or little dodo – is one of the closest living relatives of its long-deceased namesake. Today, the little dodo is at the very precipice of extinction, but it remains nearly as cryptic and little known as it did when Jardin gave it a scientific name in 1845.

The little dodo “is the last surviving species in its genus,” Rebecca Stirnemann said. “The Fijian and Tongan species [of the little dodo] are both extinct. It is the national bird of Samoa and appears in many of the stories often in association with chiefs.”

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AGL's plan to replace Liddell is cheaper and cleaner than keeping it open

The Conversation - Mon, 2018-04-09 16:55
Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it. Kriti Nagrath, Senior Research Consultant, University of Technology Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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The edible solutions to the plastic-packaging crisis

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 15:00

A UK startup making water containers from seaweed is one of many businesses thinking of food-based answers to the global problem of plastic. Can they catch on?

Who hasn’t occasionally considered whether you could just chomp on your water bottle once you have finished drinking from it? That is a reality with Ooho water pouches – from Skipping Rocks Lab, a UK-based “sustainable packaging” startup – made from seaweed for an esoteric post-beverage snack.

Of course, eating them is not really the point – the reason they received the thumbs up from French president Emmanuel Macron in December is that they offer a glimpse of a plastic-free future. With the tide turning against plastics and everyone from David Attenborough to the Queen seeking bans, these containers could help save the oceans. Ooho pouches encase a serving of water in a thin membrane made from brown algae. They were developed in London by Pierre-Yves Paslier and Rodrigo García González, who claim seaweed is safe to eat and regrows quickly, too.

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Country diary: a two-handed comic treecreeper act bursts out of the trees

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:30

Airedale, West Yorkshire: Shy birds break cover in spring. What we call personality is really a calculation of risk and need

The little grebe jackknifes out of sight almost before I have time to register that it’s there: a flash of chestnut cheek, a plop, and a fading pattern of concentric ripples on the water. The bird books invariably characterise Tachybaptus ruficollis as “shy” or “secretive”, and it’s not hard to see why – but in reality, these things are as changeable as the seasons.

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Tesla big battery is changing the way people think about the grid

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-04-09 13:32
Tesla big battery is causing a rethink about the way the grid is managed. It will already become a front-line defence in a new mechanism designed to prevent black-outs and load-shedding in the event of a major fault.
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Linc Energy guilty of causing serious environmental harm

The Guardian - Mon, 2018-04-09 13:19

Water in Queensland’s Darling Downs was polluted so much it was unfit for stock, court hears

A failed Queensland energy company has been found guilty of causing serious environmental harm by polluting the Darling Downs with hazardous contaminants despite warnings from scientists.

Linc Energy has been on trial for weeks at Brisbane district court, where the jury was told that toxic gas leaked from its operations between 2007 and 2013.

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Low-income and disadvantaged households should be priority for clean energy

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-04-09 12:34
“Energy poverty” is not unique to developing countries. In Australia, it affects three million. But it's a problem clean energy can easily solve.
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Portugal reaches 100% renewables, ends fossil fuel subsidies

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-04-09 12:23
Portugal grid averages 103% renewable electricity over month of March; government suspends power supply subsidies in April.
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Solar, wind and batteries are killing market for new gas plants

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-04-09 11:48
New report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance highlights how wind and solar technologies paired with battery storage are already beating new coal and gas fired generators on cost.
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Solar PV and wind on track to replace all coal, oil and gas within two decades

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2018-04-09 11:35
Solar PV and wind power are rapidly getting cheaper and more abundant – so much so that they are on track to entirely supplant fossil fuels worldwide within two decades.
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