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Invitation to comment on listing assessment for Tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) woodlands and forests of the Swan Coastal Plain ecological community

Department of the Environment - Fri, 2017-10-27 16:50
The public consultation period will be open until Wednesday 13 December 2017 however we would also appreciate earlier responses.
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Country diary: prickly or bitter, wild lettuce is thriving

The Guardian - Fri, 2017-10-27 14:30

Woodwalton Fen, Cambridgeshire One magnificent specimen is a metre-wide rosette of oar-shaped leaves

Storm Brian has eased, but the gusts still rustle the sallow, alder and willow leaves and sway the reeds. The firmament transforms rapidly from broken ashen blankets to a solid leaden layer and then a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. We strike south through a wooded area of the fen, towards the low sun glittering through the trees.

A fallen birch trunk hosts many Fomes fomentarius, a heavy-duty bracket fungus known as the hoof fungus. On the tree’s now vertical root-plate wild lettuce plants grow.

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UPDATED: Joyce out, Canavan in, Roberts out – What High Court ruling means for climate, renewables

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 14:01
High Court decision removes Australia's deputy PM, and leaves Turnbull government with a minority government. But what does it mean for clean energy and climate policy?
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Graph of the Day: Negative prices in windy South Australia

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 14:00
South Australia electricity prices plunge into negative territory.
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A coal-based grid in 2030 will make Australia un-competitive

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 13:41
Builder of world's first wind, solar and battery storage project in Queensland says renewables will beat even existing coal within a few years, and relying on a coal and gas fired grid in 2030 will make the Australian economy uncompetitive.
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Climate peace in our time?

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 13:34
Pressure could mount to set a significantly tighter emissions target for the electricity sector – which does not bode well for a climate truce.
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Victoria big solar pipeline adds two new projects

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 12:01
A 120MW solar project is being proposed for Glenrowan by ESCO Pacific, and planning approval secured for 30MW project in the Gannawarra Shire.
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Politics podcast: Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott on a national energy plan

The Conversation - Fri, 2017-10-27 12:00
Kerry Schott says the states and territories will have a degree of flexibility in how they legislate on emissions reduction targets. Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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World-first “solar train” about to be launched in Byron Bay

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 11:51
A world-first "solar train", including Kokam batteries and flexible panels supplied by solar pioneer Zhengrong Shi, is about to make its debut in Byron Bay.
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The NEG: No guarantee of success

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2017-10-27 11:38
Far from being a “solution” to Australia's power sector ills, the NEG, in its current state, raises as many questions as it purports to answer.
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Australia still lags behind in vehicle emissions testing

The Conversation - Fri, 2017-10-27 05:09
Australian vehicles have been accused of creating more emissions than their manufacturers advertise. But are Australian testing standards up to scratch? Zoran Ristovski, Professor, Queensland University of Technology Nic Surawski, Lecturer – Air Quality/Vehicle Emissions, University of Technology Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Dinosaur sported 'bandit mask'

BBC - Fri, 2017-10-27 04:11
A dinosaur from China had a "bandit mask" pattern in the feather on its faces, fossil analysis has shown.
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Bloodhound car tested ahead of 1,000mph record attempt

BBC - Fri, 2017-10-27 02:07
The 'world's fastest car' goes through its first public tests ahead of a land speed record attempt.
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Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 21:00

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios

Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution to sea level rise and the latest emissions projection scenarios.

It confirms again that significant sea level rise is inevitable and requires rapid adaptation. But, on a more positive note, the work reveals the majority of that rise – driven by newly recognised processes on Antarctica – could be avoided if the world fulfils its commitment made in Paris to keep global warming to “well below 2C”.

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Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 2017 winners – in pictures

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 20:34

The winner of the 10th annual environmental photographer of the year competition is Quoc Nguyen Linh Vinh, from Vietnam, for his poignant image of a young girl and her mother, surrounded by filth, danger and pollution, making their living by collecting waste

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Revealed: oil giants pay billions less tax in Canada than abroad

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 20:00

Data shows companies made much higher payments to developing countries in 2016 than to Canadian, provincial governments

Canada taxes its oil and gas companies at a fraction of the rate they are taxed abroad, including by countries ranked among the world’s most corrupt, according to an analysis of public data by the Guardian.

The low rate that oil companies pay in Canada represents billions of dollars in potential revenue lost, which an industry expert who looked at the data says is a worrying sign that the country may be “a kind of tax haven for our own companies.”

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Fit UK fishing boats with monitoring technology after Brexit, campaigners urge

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 19:36

The EU currently sets fishing catch limits in order to maintain fish stocks. The WWF is concerned that poor management post-Brexit could result in over-fishing

All of the UK’s fishing fleet should be fitted with electronic monitoring technology after Brexit in order to protect fish stocks from poor management and potentially illegal landings of fish, campaigners have urged.

Remote monitoring technology, including closed circuit television, is now widely available for fishing vessels, but is often not deployed. A study by WWF, the environmental group, has found numerous examples of fishermen obstructing physical monitoring by independent observers.

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Australian ministers write to China to confirm approval of Carmichael mine

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 16:41

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary says Adani may have requested letter to help secure Chinese funding

Senior Turnbull government ministers have written a formal letter to China’s government to confirm that the controversial Adani Carmichael coal project in Queensland has passed all necessary environmental approvals.

Frances Adamson, the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told senators on Thursday that Adani may have requested the letter to help it secure funding from the Chinese.

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Ancient skull 'oldest tsunami victim'

BBC - Thu, 2017-10-26 16:34
The person is likely to have died in Papua New Guinea about 6,000 years ago, scientists say.
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Country diary: in the slow lane of an old Roman road

The Guardian - Thu, 2017-10-26 14:30

A14, Huntingdonshire: Taken at a chariot’s pace the highway reveals its pockets of wilderness and unexpected beauty

Two thousand years after the Romans cut an urban vein through rural Huntingdonshire, naming it Via Devana (Chester Street), the road is scheduled to shift its course. I decided to follow the old highway at a chariot’s pace, stopping often to seek out the oddities and glimpses of character you invariably find in the slow lane.

My first layby, outside Godmanchester, was jammed with a bumper-to-tail trio of container lorries. A weather-battered and lichen-encrusted fence divided us from a bank of blackthorn bushes bursting with unpickable sloes, and hawthorns with shrunken berries.

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