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Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: June 2017

Department of the Environment - Tue, 2017-12-19 08:29
This report provides estimates of Australia’s national inventory of greenhouse gas emissions up to the June quarter of 2017, and electricity emissions from the National Electricity Market (NEM) up to the September quarter 2017.
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New approach promises early warnings of soggy summers

BBC - Tue, 2017-12-19 08:17
Researchers develop a new technique to give a more accurate advance forecast for summer weather.
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Tritium Veefil-RT fast chargers chosen for EV research project in Slovakia

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-12-19 08:11
As part of a research project into e-mobility and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) charging in Slovakia, a Tritium Veefil-RT 50kW DC fast charger has been installed at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, where it has been officially unveiled on by Mr Robert Fico, Slovakia’s Prime Minister.
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Climate scientists and policymakers need to trust each other (but not too much)

The Conversation - Tue, 2017-12-19 05:14
Politicians are always being told to trust what climate scientists are telling them. But can you have too much of a good thing? What happens when the exchange of ideas becomes too cosy? Rebecca Colvin, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Australian National University Christopher Cvitanovic, Research Fellow, University of Tasmania Justine Lacey, Senior Social Scientist, CSIRO Mark Howden, Director, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Interstellar object may hold 'alien' water

BBC - Tue, 2017-12-19 04:46
The first known interstellar asteroid may hold water from another star system in its interior, according to a study.
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Ofcom to investigate BBC climate change interview

BBC - Tue, 2017-12-19 04:20
It's the regulator's first investigation since taking over responsibility for BBC standards.
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Penguin tourism

BBC - Tue, 2017-12-19 01:17
Reports of a tourist flight over Antarctica highlight China's growing interest in the poles.
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UK plan to tackle plastic waste threat

BBC - Mon, 2017-12-18 22:06
A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
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Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument | Dana Nuccitelli

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-12-18 21:00

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming

Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the peer-reviewed scientific literature. The cleverest climate contrarians settle on the least implausible argument – that equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS – how much a doubling of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will increase Earth’s surface temperature) is low, meaning that the planet will warm relatively slowly in response to human carbon pollution.

But they have to explain how that can be the case, because there are a lot of factors that amplify global warming. For example, a warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, which is itself a greenhouse gas, adding further warming. Warming also melts ice, leaving Earth’s surface less reflective, absorbing more sunlight. There are a number of these amplifying ‘feedbacks,’ but few that would act to significantly slow global warming.

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Boost for fossil fuel divestment as UK eases pension rules

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-12-18 16:01

Exclusive: pension schemes will be free to dump fossil fuel investments after government drops ‘best returns’ legal rules

The government is to allow Britain’s £2tn workplace pension schemes to dump their shares in oil, gas and coal companies more easily, empowering them to take investment decisions to fight climate change.

Until now, pension schemes have been hamstrung by “fiduciary duties” that effectively require schemes to seek the best returns irrespective of the threat of climate change. Many have rebuffed calls by members for fossil fuel divestment, citing legal obligations.

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Country diary: tractors to the rescue on Three Peaks' icy inclines

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-12-18 15:30

Newby Head, Yorkshire Dales When heavy snow blocks the roads, farmer Rodney Beresford goes out to clear the way

Tiny snow devil vortices dance across the scene outside Newby Head Farm, 1,400ft high in Yorkshire’s Three Peaks region. But the snow that tinsels the windbreak of Douglas firs does not stir. Neither does the mound of pink rock salt by the roadside; it is already half-frozen. Sheep farmer Rodney Beresford has to dig hard as he fills the hopper behind his 150hp Deutz tractor.

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Solar and wind could deliver zero carbon gas grid by 2050

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2017-12-18 13:38
Report says Australia’s current gas network could – and should – be decarbonised by 2050, through combination of renewables generated hydrogen fuel, biogas, and CCS.
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Tide turned: surveys show the public has lost its appetite for shark culls

The Conversation - Mon, 2017-12-18 12:48
A Senate committee has recommended an end to sharks culls and nets. According to surveys, the public is on board with the idea of ending policies that are lethal to sharks. Christopher Neff, Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Sydney Thomas Wynter, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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AEMC admits, reluctantly, that renewables will push prices down

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2017-12-18 12:17
AEMC admits rises in consumer bills this year should be reversed in the next couple of years. ... thanks to solar and wind. But it still seeks to paint "intermittent" renewables in their worst possible light.
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Ramping and duck curves

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2017-12-18 11:30
Grid reliability and flexibility in the NEM would be much of an issue for the next few years except for the fact that the coal generation fleet is getting very old.
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Call for Nominations - Threatened species, ecological communities or key threatening processes

Department of the Environment - Mon, 2017-12-18 11:08
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 2018. ...
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Timorese workers pick territory mangoes and at 86 Ivan the butcher calls it a day

ABC Environment - Mon, 2017-12-18 10:30
Timorese seasonal workers are picking mangoes in the territory; we visit a daylily farm; go on a wildlife boat tour; and Ivan McNally hangs up his butcher's apron aged 86.
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Adani scraps $2bn deal to outsource Carmichael coalmine operation

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-12-18 09:53

Decision to end Downer EDI agreement follows Palaszczuk government’s blocking of federal loan for the Queensland project

Adani has scrapped a $2bn agreement to outsource the operation of its controversial Queensland coalmine after the state government killed off a taxpayer-funded loan.

The Indian miner says it will now develop and operate the Carmichael project on an owner-operator basis after reaching an agreement with contractor Downer EDI to abandon their deal, which was reportedly worth about $2bn.

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New appointments to the clean energy finance corporation board

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2017-12-18 09:40
The new appointments bring experience and skills in finance and investment, energy markets and corporate governance skills and add to the geographical diversity to the Board.
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CWP Asset Management to provide services to two new Wirsol Energy solar farms in Australia

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2017-12-18 08:34
The 110MW Wemen Solar Farm in Victoria and the 89MW Clermont Solar Farm in Queensland reached financial close yesterday, and will commence construction in January 2018.
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