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Japan faces pushback on fossil fuel promotion at upcoming G7 ministers’ meeting
Watchdog to block shareholder payouts if UK water companies miss targets
Ofwat says new powers will be used if firms fail to reach performance and environmental goals
The UK water regulator is to use new powers to block companies from shareholder payouts if they fail to hit performance and environmental targets.
Ofwat, which in December heavily criticised some of the country’s biggest suppliers over the size of dividend payments relative to their financial performance, said the new rules will also mean water companies will “maintain a higher level of overall financial health”.Continue reading...
South Korea government sued over backsliding allegations on renewables
Independent MPs propose amendments to Australia’s Safeguard Mechanism bill
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Independents want coal and gas projects buried in net zero clause rather than Safeguard bans
Independents suggest new gas projects should meet net zero standard for the life of project, in compromise deal on Safeguards Mechanism.
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Hot and humid autumn sets record demand levels in Queensland grid
Queensland experiences record grid demand at the tail end of another heat wave.
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Boom cycle means 82 pct renewables target is doable, says regulator
Clean Energy Regulator says 82 per cent renewables target is within reach, but new installations need to ramp up.
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How did millions of fish die gasping in the Darling – after three years of rain?
What Australia could do with $368 billion on the very real climate threat
Australia is willing to spend $368 billion on submarines to protect national security. What could it do with that money to counter the very real climate threat?
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The Aukus deal is a crime against the world’s climate future. It didn’t have to be like this | Jeff Sparrow
By the time Australia gets its first nuclear-powered submarines, ecological collapse will already have reshaped world politics
Under the terms of the government’s nuclear submarine purchase, the first Australian-built Aukus class vessels come into service in the early 2040s. What else might be happening then?
According to the IPCC, at current rates, the planet will have warmed more than 1.5C above its pre-industrial state. In fact, many scientists believe temperatures could smash the 1.5C barrier as soon as 2030 or 2035 – that is, around about when Australia receives the first of its Virginia-class nuclear subs.Continue reading...
Transition state of play – Germany is emerging from the energy crisis
A year after the launch of Russia's attack on Ukraine, Germany appears to be emerging from the energy crisis relatively unscathed and its clean energy targets in tact
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What can we expect from the final UN climate report? And what is the IPCC anyway?
This week the world will receive the latest United Nations climate report. And it’s a big one.
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NSW in landmark crown land tender for major solar and wind projects
NSW in innovate role reversal, offering crown land for use by major wind and solar developers after striking deal with landholder.
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Rare 6ft shark washed up then decapitated on Hampshire beach
Historian Dan Snow pleads for person to come forward who removed head from animal washed up on Lepe beach
An appeal has been launched to recover the head of a rare smalltooth sand tiger shark after the fish was washed up on a Hampshire beach.
The 2 metre (6ft) long shark was initially found on Lepe beach on Friday.Continue reading...
Extinct but not gone – the thylacine continues to fascinate us
Samoa PM urges world to save Pacific people from climate crisis obliteration
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa pleads for action before landmark IPCC report is expected to issue ‘final warning’
The world must step back from the brink of climate disaster to save the people of the Pacific from obliteration, the prime minister of Samoa has urged.
On the eve of a landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which is expected to deliver a scientific “final warning” on the climate emergency, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Samoa’s prime minister, issued a desperate plea for action.Continue reading...
From city centre to riverside idyll, the massacre of our sylvan treasures has to stop | Henry Porter
Last Wednesday morning, the people of Plymouth woke to a scene on the city’s Armada Way that looked very much like a landscape ravaged by war, trees felled and uprooted as if by artillery shells. And the shocking part was that the felling of more than 100 trees was plotted in secrecy and executed at night by the very people who are meant to love their city, protect its environment, and honour the wellbeing and wishes of its inhabitants – the local council.
No surprise in that, you may say, but what happened in Plymouth was a singular example of bad faith, a betrayal and an act of contempt towards Plymouth’s citizens. The damage done to the environment and to trust is unlikely to be reversed for many years.Continue reading...
Paradise (almost) lost: bypass threatens to destroy Cambridge farmland rich in wildlife
Coton Orchard can literally boast a partridge in a pear tree – but the idyll is threatened by a busway scheme, which campaigners say is totally unnecessary
The Coton Orchard is the eighth largest traditional orchard left in the UK, its owner Anna Gazeley is proud to say. “Not because we’re huge but because 80% have gone since the 1900s,” she said. Commercial fruit trees are smaller and more productive, but this orchard is filled with wildlife, a legacy of Gazeley’s father, who bought the land three decades ago to save the trees from developers.
That may have been a temporary reprieve. The fate of the the trees and farmland west of Cambridge will be decided on Tuesday, when Cambridgeshire county council votes on a £160m scheme to include a bus bypass that would tear through the orchard.Continue reading...