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Supernova 1987A: 'Blob' hides long-sought remnant from star blast

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 23:59
A three-decades-long search may finally have located the hot object left behind by a famous supernova.
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Vietnam boats using child labour for illegal fishing

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 23:49

Children as young as 11 discovered on boats fishing illegally in Thai waters for seafood that could end up on sale in EU supermarkets

Children as young as 11 are working aboard Vietnamese vessels fishing illegally for seafood that could end up on sale in supermarkets in the EU and US, according to an investigation by the Environmental Justice Foundation.

The children were discovered on boats detained by Thai authorities for fishing illegally in Thai waters, thousands of miles from their homes.

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EU Midday Market Update

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 23:35
European carbon prices hit a fresh six-week low early on Tuesday, but rebounded amid a strong auction while energy markets were mixed.
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UK’s easyJet becomes first major airline to offset all flight emissions

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:13
Low-cost carrier easyJet will become the first airline to offset the fuel emissions from all of its flights, it announced Tuesday as part of its annual results.
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Oil and gas firm Woodside launches plan to offset part of its ballooning emissions

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:01
Australian oil and gas producer Woodside Energy on Tuesday announced an offset initiative that will see it eventually buy over 1 million carbon credits annually, though the programme only covers a minor share of the company’s rapidly growing GHG emissions.
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ANALYSIS: Offset market wary about Australia’s ‘compressed crediting’ drive

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:33
Australia’s proposal to award some offset projects credits before emission reductions have taken place could create more problems than it solves and may fail to address fundamental risks, according to market participants.
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New hope for one of world's most endangered reptiles

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 20:29
The discovery of baby crocodiles in a river in Nepal is raising hopes for the future of the gharial.
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Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to create 1,000C-plus heat

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 18:58

Heliogen uses mirrors to concentrate solar energy that can power heavy industry

Bill Gates is backing a new venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1,000C that could help replace fossil fuels.

The world’s richest man is joining investors behind Heliogen, the first company to concentrate sunlight to reach temperatures that are high enough to power heavy industry without carbon emissions.

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Nearly all America's endangered species will struggle to adapt to climate crisis

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 18:15

All but one of 459 species have traits making them vulnerable to rising temperatures, study finds

The climate crisis is poised to deliver a severe blow to America’s most threatened animals, with a new study finding that almost every species considered endangered is vulnerable in some way to global heating.

Of the 459 animal species listed as endangered by the US government, researchers found that all but one, or 99.8%, have characteristics that will make it difficult for them to adapt to rising temperatures.

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Push for tougher reliability standards ahead of COAG Energy meeting

ABC Environment - Tue, 2019-11-19 17:15
The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor says he will ask his State and Territory counterparts to agree to tougher reliability standards when they meet at the COAG Energy meeting on Friday.
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Spending on trees in UK falls despite pledges to plant more

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 17:00

Less than £2 per person was spent on trees and forestry in 2017-18, Defra figures show

Spending on trees and forestry fell by nearly £20m a year between 2015 and 2018, when a purely Conservative government had taken over from the coalition, despite pledges to plant more trees.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said £132m was spent across the UK on trees in 2017-18, down from £151m in 2014-15. The more recent total included £32m in England, with most of the rest spent in Scotland.

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Australia fires: Sydney blanketed by smoke from NSW bushfires

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 15:46
People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke on Tuesday, as bushfires rage across the region.
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Attenborough: People have shown they care about plastic pollution

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 14:08
Sir David Attenborough says people's response to plastic pollution has been encouraging
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Rooftop solar owners more politically active, ‘ideologically diverse’ than their neighbours

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 13:38

rebate rooftop solar suburb politicallyResearch shows that owners of rooftop solar come from diverse political backgrounds and substantially more likely to be politically active.

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Queensland government backs search for “new age” minerals for renewable technologies

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 13:36

Palaszczuk Government sinks $13.8 million into finding the minerals needed for advanced electronics and renewable technologies.

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If Angus Taylor is so blinded by ideology, he should step down as energy minister

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 13:01

Federal Energy Minister Angus TaylorIf the energy minister can't overcome his ideological opposition to wind and solar, or his aversion to new smart technologies, he really should get out of the way.

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Tasmania sees renewable hydrogen as major economic opportunity for island state

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 12:40

Tarralea Power Station Tasmania hydrogen hydro tas - optimisedTasmania has 'competitive advantages' for renewable hydrogen production, which could deliver major economic benefits to the state, according to Hydro Tas.

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CP Daily: Monday November 18, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:53
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Attenborough: World 'changing habits' on plastic

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:37
"I think we're all shifting our behaviour," the BBC broadcaster says as he wins a prestigious award.
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Our land is burning, and western science does not have all the answers

The Conversation - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:31
Indigenous people learnt to use fire skillfully and to their advantage, including to moderate bushfires. In this time of crisis, we must learn from them. David Bowman, Professor of Pyrogeography and Fire Science, University of Tasmania Ben J. French, PhD student in Environmental Change Biology, University of Tasmania Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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