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Climate explained: will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change?

The Conversation - Wed, 2020-07-01 05:11
The drop in traffic during COVID-19 lockdowns reduced global emissions. If we keep encouraging cycling and working from home beyond the pandemic, our climate goals may become more achievable. Simon Kingham, Professor, University of Canterbury Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Raising EU GHG target to 55% possible if all sectors contribute, says energy chief

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-01 04:08
EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson is optimistic about the bloc’s ability to raise its 2030 emissions target to 55%, stressing the need to cut GHG output from heavy industry and to spur energy efficiency in buildings at an online event on Wednesday.
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Call for $4bn stimulus that would create 50,000 jobs and care for the environment

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-01 03:30

Land groups say plan could lift economic output by $5.7bn and focus on areas hit hardest by coronavirus shutdown

An alliance of more than 70 conservation, farming and land management organisations is lobbying the Morrison government to dedicate $4bn of stimulus spending to employ more than 50,000 people to help repair the environment.

According to a report by professional services firm Ernst & Young commissioned by the groups, it could create 53,000 jobs over four years planting trees, removing weeds and restoring rivers, wetlands and coastal habitats. It is estimated it would reduce welfare costs by about $620m and increase economic output by about $5.7bn.

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Researchers flag concerns on additionality, perverse incentives in California’s offset programme

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-01 03:25
California’s compliance offset approach does not eliminate the risk of over crediting emissions reductions from approved protocols, but further analysis and changes could minimise that outcome, according to an updated research report.
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US House Democrats back CO2 pricing, national LCFS for 2050 net zero goal

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-01 02:58
Democrats on a US House of Representatives climate committee unveiled a sweeping roadmap to decarbonise the economy by mid-century on Tuesday morning, including through carbon pricing and transitioning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) into a nationwide Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).
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Climate change: UK could hit 40C 'regularly' by end of this century

BBC - Wed, 2020-07-01 01:01
Britain could see temperatures up to 40C every few years by 2100 if carbon emissions stay very high.
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EU Market: EUAs spike to new 2020 high above €27, reversing early dip

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-01 01:00
EUAs raced to a nine-month high above €27 on Tuesday, jumping by more than 60 cents within a few minutes to reverse early losses in volatile month-end trade.
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Likelihood of 40C temperatures in UK is ‘rapidly accelerating’

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-01 01:00

Such deadly heat may become regular occurrence later this century, scientists find

The likelihood of the UK experiencing deadly 40C temperatures for the first time is “rapidly accelerating” due to the climate crisis, scientists have found.

The research shows that such searing heat could become a regular occurrence by the end of the century unless carbon emissions are cut to zero. Global heating has already made UK heatwaves 30 times more likely and extreme temperatures led to 3,400 early deaths from 2016-19.

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City of Adelaide reaches 100 per cent renewables through Flow Power deal

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-07-01 00:36

City of Adelaide reaches 100 per cent renewables target under deal with Flow Power that will combine wind and two new solar plants.

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Mystery over monster star's vanishing act

BBC - Tue, 2020-06-30 22:44
A huge star has disappeared - did it become a black hole?
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Golden and white-tailed eagles were once widespread across Wales

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-06-30 21:39

Researchers analyse historical records and museum artefacts to pinpoint the birds’ distribution

Two of the most well-known birds of prey – the golden eagle and white-tailed eagle – once soared high above the whole of Wales, a study has concluded.

Researchers analysed historical records, museum artefacts, medieval poetry and place names featuring eryr – the Welsh word for eagle – to pinpoint the distribution of the birds.

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I believe Roundup gave me cancer. The Monsanto settlement is a slap in the face | Christine Sheppard

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-06-30 20:38

I have to inject myself with needles just to stay alive. Still, Bayer will continue to sell Roundup, and refused to label it as carcinogenic

Last Wednesday was my 71st birthday, a low-key celebration in these Covid-19 times. Then I heard the news that the pharmaceutical conglomerate Bayer has offered a settlement to resolve several massive class-action lawsuits alleging that the company’s herbicide, Roundup, is dangerous and causes cancer.

I’m one of the thousands of people who filed suit. The news of the settlement ruined my birthday.

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Australian savanna burning projects earn 420,000 carbon credits

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-06-30 19:33
Project developers ALFA have received around 420,000 carbon offsets for two programmes in Australia’s Northern Territory aiming at reducing the risk of late dry season wild fires, in the Clean Energy Regulator’s latest credit issuance.
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World’s first “plug-in” home battery set to be tested in Australia

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2020-06-30 18:28

US start-up Orison, backed by Origin Energy, hopes to unveil its "plug and play" battery storage that it describes as just another appliance that can be plugged into the wall.

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Flu virus with 'pandemic potential' found in China

BBC - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:40
The new strain, scientists say, is carried by pigs but can infect humans and requires close monitoring.
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'Swim happy!': family save bear found swimming with a plastic jar on its head – video

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-06-30 17:28

A family were fishing on a lake in Wisconsin when they spotted a bear with a plastic jar stuck on its head. After several attempts at moving their boat next to the bear and removing the jar, they were finally able to free the animal. 'Never dreamt we would ever do this in our life time,' Tricia Hurt wrote on Facebook. 'Out on Marshmiller Lake yesterday with Brian Hurt and Brady Hurt when we spotted this poor bear. He made it to shore after all that'

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NZ Market: NZUs rise to new record high as sellers remain reluctant

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-06-30 16:16
New Zealand carbon allowances rose to new historic high records in Tuesday trade, as available supply remains modest and traders fix their eyes on 2021 market dynamics.
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GHG removal platform Puro focuses on web sales in search for scale

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-06-30 16:00
Greenhouse gas removal platform Puro has paused its bi-monthly auctions, favouring web sales to bolster trade in its premium-priced credits for the voluntary carbon market.
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Snowy Hydro 2.0 wins final federal 'thumbs-up' – despite environmental fears

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-06-30 15:47

$100m to be spent on conservation after critics expressed concerns for Kosciuszko national park

Scott Morrison has announced federal approval for the Snowy 2.0 project in the closing days of the Eden-Monaro byelection campaign, declaring Snowy Hydro would spend $100m on measures aimed at allaying environmental concerns.

The prime minister told reporters on Tuesday he was excited to announce “the thumbs-up, green light for the Snowy 2.0 project to now move to its full implementation phase” with construction to begin over the next two years.

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Sixth community Tesla battery installed in W.A. PowerBank trial

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2020-06-30 15:30

Western Australia trial that will offer virtual home energy storage installs 464kWh Tesla battery system in Top 20 Perth solar suburb of Port Kennedy.

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