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World greenhouse gas levels made unprecedented leap in 2016

The Conversation - Tue, 2017-10-31 15:47
Global greenhouse gas levels have hit their highest point in at least 3 million years, according to new figures from the World Meteorological Organisation. Paul Fraser, Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Paul Krummel, Research Group Leader, CSIRO Zoe Loh, Research Scientist, CSIRO Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Country diary: one spider to make a song and dance about

The Guardian - Tue, 2017-10-31 15:30

Río Almonte, Extremadura, Spain Camel-haired legs, gleaming black eyes and the largest pair of spider jaws you’ve seen in your life – a tarantula

There were all sorts of exciting birds overhead, including vultures in elegant spirals and clusters of crag martins spooked up by a hunting sparrowhawk. Yet the group’s attention had been called to an insignificant hole in the bare ground by the picnic table.

The hole was 4cm across and had an untidy circlet of dead grasses arranged in a silk-knotted perimeter. By sheer chance I had just read about the occupant and how it could be lured into view with a grass stem drooped into the burrow entrance like a fishing line. Sure enough, within seconds, book learning was turned into startling experience.

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RenewEconomy founder Giles Parkinson wins award, as RE page views hit 25 million

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 13:45
Giles was awarded the Deni Greene prize, for environmental leadership in a professional capacity, by the Bob Brown Foundation.
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Gupta plans to take Sydney, Melbourne steel plants 100% renewable

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 13:16
Gupta says bigger steel plants in Sydney and Melbourne will go 100% renewable, and there is no reason why an aluminium smelter could not follow.
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Five reasons not to build new coal plant in Queensland

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 12:44
Climate Council report on the state of renewables in Queensland is a timely reminder that building new coal plant in north Queensland is a terrible idea.
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Explainer: The big 3 projects making South Australia capital of battery storage

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 12:41
The 100MW/100MWh battery storage project proposed for Whyalla is one of three big projects that will make South Australia the leader in battery storage, as well as wind and solar.
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NEG must grow new renewable energy capacity, not shrink it

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 12:32
It remains unclear how the NEG will ensure the investor confidence required to deliver a strong pipeline of new clean energy projects.
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Battery of the Nation worthy of national significance

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 11:23
Battery of the Nation would double Tasmania’s renewable energy capacity from 2,500MW to about 5,000MW, through a combination of pumped hydro storage development, private wind power development, and boosting the efficiency of existing hydropower assets.
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A pint of view: What do farmers think about Brexit?

BBC - Tue, 2017-10-31 10:37
What do the farmers out in the field, in the dairy, and in the milking parlour think about Brexit?
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Vector wins new Australian smart metering contract

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 09:30
Vector has announced it has executed a contract to provide metering services to EnergyAustralia with an initial three-year deployment period that will commence before the end of 2017.
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Climate change already damaging health of millions globally, report finds

The Guardian - Tue, 2017-10-31 09:30

Heatwaves, pollution and disease are the main health issues linked to global warming but action to halt emissions would deliver huge benefits

The health of hundreds of millions of people around the world is already being damaged by climate change, a major report has revealed.

Heatwaves are affecting many more vulnerable people and global warming is boosting the transmission of deadly diseases such as dengue fever, the world’s most rapidly spreading disease. Air pollution from fossil fuel burning is also causing millions of early deaths each year, while damage to crops from extreme weather threatens hunger for millions of children.

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LONGi selected into “New China Nifty 50” by Goldman Sachs

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2017-10-31 09:26
Recently, the world's largest investment bank Goldman Sachs selected 50 stocks reflecting the Chinese economy at the new stage, known as the "New China Nifty 50".
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Galapagos species are threatened by the very tourists who flock to see them

The Conversation - Tue, 2017-10-31 05:02
More than 1,500 introduced species have been recorded on the Galapagos Islands, and most have arrived since the archipelago's tourism industry was expanded in the 1970s. Veronica Toral-Granda, PhD candidate, Charles Darwin University Stephen Garnett, Professor of Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Cows are loving, intelligent and kind – so should we still eat them?

The Guardian - Tue, 2017-10-31 02:32

Rosamund Young, farmer and author of The Secret Life of Cows, says she is really a ‘ghostwriter’ for her herd, with a mission to explain how they play games, babysit and even judge us. But that doesn’t mean she’s a vegetarian …

‘I’ll see who is in the mood for talking,” says Rosamund Young, strolling across a steep field on the Cotswold escarpment. “Hello, are you busy? You’re very nice, yes you are. Don’t walk off.” Young pauses, empathising with Celandine’s shyness. “She doesn’t like being photographed any more than I do.”

“She won’t know she’s being photographed,” harrumphs Graeme Robertson, the photographer. Or will she?

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Global atmospheric CO2 levels hit record high

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-10-30 21:23

UN warns that drastic action is needed to meet climate targets set in the Paris agreement

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN has said, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement.

“Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016,” the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said.

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New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets | Dana Nuccitelli

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-10-30 20:00

Global carbon pollution appears to be close to peaking

Over the past half-century, growth in the global economy and carbon pollution have been tied together. When the global economy has been strong, we’ve consumed more energy, which has translated into burning more fossil fuels and releasing more carbon pollution. But over the past four years, economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions have been decoupled. The global economy has continued to grow, while data from the EU Joint Research Centre shows carbon pollution has held fairly steady.

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Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

BBC - Mon, 2017-10-30 20:00
CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere jumped to a record high in 2016, says the World Meteorological Organization.
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Hamburg under water after storms batter Europe - video

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-10-30 19:28

German city is hit by widespread flooding after storms battered northern and central Europe. At least six people have died in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic as a result of the weather, while fallen trees and damage to railway lines have left thousands of travellers stranded

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Octopuses found crawling up Welsh beach – video

The Guardian - Mon, 2017-10-30 18:28

Dozens of octopuses have emerged from the sea at New Quay beach in west Wales. Some experts have said the strange behaviour by the cephalopods, who can’t survive on dry land for long, may be the result of injury or confusion caused by recent storms

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Gupta-owned Zen Energy plans 1GW solar and storage in South Australia

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2017-10-30 15:56
UK billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has moved quickly to leverage his new investment in Australian renewable energy and storage company Zen Energy, announcing plans for 1 gigawatt of “dispatchable” renewable generation in South Australia.
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