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Taiwan's Guidebook of Marine Debris – in pictures

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-01-11 10:33

The environmental education association Re-Think has launched The Guidebook of Marine Debris to highlight the 101 most commonly found plastic items washed up on Taiwan’s beaches. From Hello Kitty toys to cigarette lighters from thousands of kilometres away on the Midway Islands, Re-Think photographed the items in a bid to educate young people on the extent of the problem. The project took a year to complete with the help of beach clean-up volunteers around Taiwan and the Society of Wilderness.

The oldest piece of waste was a military food pack found in Kinmen dated 1988. It still carried the slogan: “Unite against the Communists and promote love for our compatriots.”

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How dynamite became a million dollar idea

BBC - Fri, 2019-01-11 10:09
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how dynamite became a million dollar idea.
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CP Daily: Thursday January 10, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-01-11 09:30
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Washington state LCFS bill unveiled as report says higher GHG target acheivable

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-01-11 09:25
A Washington state representative introduced a new low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) proposal on Thursday, as a separate study argued lawmakers can aim for a higher carbon intensity (CI) reduction target than the goal outlined in that bill.
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Industry takes Oregon Clean Fuels Program appeal to US Supreme Court

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-01-11 07:18
Several fossil fuel and business trade groups are asking the US Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling last year that upheld the Oregon Clean Fuels Program (OCFP), arguing that the clean fuel standard illegally regulates interstate commerce.
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Mexican fishermen attack Sea Shepherd vessel protecting vaquita porpoise

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-01-11 07:15
  • Two dozen boats douse conversation vessel with gasoline
  • As few as 15 vaquita may remain in Gulf of California

The Sea Shepherd environmental group has published video showing an attack by about two dozen small fishing boats on the group’s vessel Farley Mowat in Mexico’s Gulf of California.

The fishermen in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, oppose environmentalists trying to protect the vaquita marina, the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise.

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NA Markets: California allowances decline toward 2019 floor while RGGI remains flat

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-01-11 07:05
California Carbon Allowance (CCA) prices trended down toward the WCI 2019 floor price of $15.62 during the first full trading week of 2019, while RGGI allowances (RGAs) failed to awaken from their holiday slumber.
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Greens call for Federal Royal Commission into Murray-Darling Basin

ABC Environment - Fri, 2019-01-11 06:37
"This isn't about drought. This is about cotton, about corruption, and about climate change. While the National Liberal Party have their head in the sand on all three of these issues, this system is not going to be fixed."
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Murray-Darling Basin Authority blames historic water mismanagement, drought for Murray river fish kill

ABC Environment - Fri, 2019-01-11 05:49
"The problem with the fish kills is we're trying to turn around 100 years of over allocation. You don't do that over night."
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Explosion in beekeeping gives hope to Australia's dying bees

ABC Environment - Fri, 2019-01-11 05:35
Bees are starving, hives are dying and honey production is well down across parts of south-eastern Australia.
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EU Market: Strong auction helps EUAs recover from 1-month low

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-01-11 05:10
European carbon prices hit a fresh one-month low on Thursday, though a bullish auction result helped lift them back above €22.
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Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century – study

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-01-11 05:00

Seawater temperature is rising faster than predicted, which is likely to worsen extreme weather events around the world

The world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate than previously estimated, new research has found, raising fresh concerns over the rapid progress of climate change.

Warming oceans take up more space, a process known as thermal expansion, which the study says is likely to raise sea levels by about 30cm by the end of the century, on top of the rise in sea levels from melting ice and glaciers. Warmer oceans are also a major factor in increasing the severity of storms, hurricanes and extreme rainfall.

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Trade in ivory from extinct mammoths could be banned

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-01-11 04:36

Proposal is intended to protect African elephants from being poached for their tusks

The long-extinct woolly mammoth could gain protected status in an unprecedented attempt to save the African elephant from the global ivory trade.

If approved, the protection of the mammoth under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) could prove vital in saving its modern relatives. The proposal by Israel would close a loophole that enables the trafficking of illegal elephant ivory under the guise of legal mammoth ivory, which is almost identical in appearance.

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South Africa sniffer dog intercepts 116kg of rhino horn

BBC - Fri, 2019-01-11 04:03
The haul, worth more than $1.3m (£1m), is one of the largest seized in South Africa in recent years.
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A meat tax need not hit the poor | Letters

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-01-11 03:29
Prof Tim Lang and Prof Mike Rayner suggest that a select committee should explore Caroline Lucas’s idea for a meat tax, while the Green MP herself defends it from a claim that it would only hurt the less well-off

The academic evidence is quite clear on a number of fronts that meat production and consumption worldwide need to change (MPs should ‘seriously consider’ meat tax, says Lucas, 4 January). Health gains from reducing red and processed meat consumption are well documented. Study after study has shown unnecessary risks and costs associated with raised meat consumption. Meat adds to the burden of non-communicable disease. Its production is a key driver of antimicrobial resistance. Somehow the scale of meat consumption must be reversed.

We do not underestimate the political complexity. Swathes of the UK are rough land where sheep and cattle are raised. UK farmers operate on tight margins and receive too low a proportion of the money made from food. The much-reviled common agricultural policy actually keeps many afloat. But the hard facts are clear: the UK, like all rich countries, needs a transition to more sustainable diets from sustainable food systems. Low meat and dairy consumption, and more plant-based diets, are the future. This implies significant land use changes that could be beneficial: lower greenhouse gas emissions and water and biodiversity stress.

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Signals from space: Five theories on what they are

BBC - Fri, 2019-01-11 01:50
Mysterious cosmic signals have been picked up. What are they and where do they come from?
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Quantum: Handover for fully flexible satellite

BBC - Fri, 2019-01-11 00:06
UK engineers complete the build of a novel software-defined telecoms satellite called Quantum.
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Anak Krakatau: Finnish radar satellite eyes tsunami volcano

BBC - Fri, 2019-01-11 00:05
The innovative ICEYE radar spacecraft views the changing shape of the collapsed volcano.
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EU under fire after lifting threat to ban Thai seafood imports over illegal fishing

The Guardian - Thu, 2019-01-10 21:43

Reversal of disciplinary process condemned as campaigners claim Thailand has failed to address labour abuses

The EU has been accused of sending out the wrong message after removing Thailand from a list of countries failing to tackle illegal fishing.

Campaigners claim that the European commission’s decision this week to lift Thailand’s “yellow card”, in place since April 2015, gives consumers an “illusion that violations of fishers’ rights are not still occurring”.

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Head of Carbon Trading Sales – Oxford, UK

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2019-01-10 21:07
My client is a is a very successful innovative start-up company (funding in place) based in Oxfordshire, UK. Their aim is to restore the world’s ecosystem by scaling up tree planting using data, drone technology and science.
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