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Tesla big battery adds new capacity and services on march to 100pct renewables grid

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:30

Tesla big battery in South Australia to get 50% bigger, and to provide critical "intertia" that will hasten the transition to a grid free of fossil fuels.

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Wollongong Uni unlocks potential of large-scale sodium-sulfur batteries

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:20

Yunxiao Wang, Shixue Dou, Huakun Liu, Shulei Chou and Zichao Yan university wollongong sodium ion sulfur battery - optimisedUniversity of Wollongong researchers claim breakthrough that could see sodium-sulfur batteries compete with lithium-ion in large-scale energy storage.

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California’s ARB probing 36k livestock offsets for regulatory violations

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 09:42
California regulator ARB is probing a Michigan-based livestock offset project for failing to meet regulatory compliance during its WCI reporting periods, with more than 36,100 credits now under investigation, the agency announced Monday.
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ANALYSIS: WCI traders expect Q4 auction settlement above $17.00

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 08:19
Market participants are anticipating the November WCI auction will settle underneath the secondary market price and Q3 sale result, as compliance entities and speculators continue to seek out discounts below stagnant California Carbon Allowance (CCA) values.
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Vermont governor may oppose TCI design

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 07:36
Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) is holding out on committing to the design of a cap-and-invest programme for the fuel sector, despite the state’s involvement in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) design process for a regional ETS.
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More ambitious Alberta climate plan would yield little economic harm, despite govt claims -economist

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 06:58
Implementing the previous Alberta NDP government’s carbon pricing regime and climate plan would not significantly harm the Canadian province’s economy, despite the current conservative-led administration claiming otherwise, an economist said in response to a report released Friday.
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Switzerland opens second call for ITMO proposals

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 05:50
Switzerland’s carbon credit procurement agency Klik has launched a second call for proposals from developers hoping to sell emission units to the country under the Paris Agreement’s Article 6.
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Sweden divests Australian bonds over climate inaction

ABC Environment - Tue, 2019-11-19 05:50
Per Bolund, Sweden's Financial Markets Minister, speaks with RN Breakfast over the nation's decision to sell of bonds from Australia due to concerns over lack of climate action.
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Climate crisis could lead to more wind power, says report

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 05:23

Scientists say shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered rapid wind speed rise

The global climate crisis could help to generate more renewable electricity by spurring faster wind speeds for the world’s growing number of windfarms, according to new research.

Scientists have discovered that the world’s shifting ocean circulation patterns may have triggered a rapid increase in wind speeds over the last 10 years.

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Nitrogen fertilisers are incredibly efficient, but they make climate change a lot worse

The Conversation - Tue, 2019-11-19 05:20
Measurements and modelling have found nitrous oxide emissions, a greenhouse gas 265 times more potent than carbon dioxide, are significantly higher than previously reported. Pep Canadell, Chief research scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere; and Executive Director, Global Carbon Project, CSIRO Hanqin Tian, Director, International Center for Climate and Global Change Research, Auburn University Prabir Patra, Senior Scientist, Dy. Group Leader, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) Rona Thompson, Senior scientist, Norwegian Institute for Air Research Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Smoke haze across NSW prompts health warnings

ABC Environment - Tue, 2019-11-19 05:12
NSW Health is warning people with health conditions in the state to be vigilant this morning, as smoke from over 50 fires across the state is reducing air quality to very poor.
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Geologist blasts society's links with oil firms

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 03:59
A leading London scientist quits the Geological Society over its ties with fossil fuel companies.
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Decarbonisation of EU building stock needs Green Deal, not ETS -trade group

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 03:23
The EU’s buildings sector will be more quickly and effectively decarbonised under a European Green Deal than through inclusion in the bloc’s ETS, according to a trade group.
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Speculators increasing V19 California carbon holdings, data shows

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 03:05
New financial entities are building length in California Carbon Allowances (CCAs) ahead of this week's WCI auction as prices have stabilised above $17.00, according to US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data.
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Renewable energy: Rise in global wind speed to boost green power

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 03:04
Rising winds could increase energy production from turbines by a third over the next decade.
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Scientist says rightwing thinktank misrepresented her Great Barrier Reef study

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 03:00

Tara Clark says the central claim of the Institute of Public Affairs’ YouTube film attacking her coral report is wrong

A coral scientist whose work is attacked in a mini-documentary from the Institute of Public Affairs says the rightwing thinktank has misrepresented her study.

The IPA says its YouTube film, Beige Reef, is a “must watch” because it shows healthy Acropora corals living at Stone Island, near Bowen. This, the film claims, is in a place where a study published in 2016 claimed all those corals had died.

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Amazon deforestation 'at highest level in a decade'

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-11-19 02:13

10,000 sq kms lost in year to August according to new data from Brazilian government

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has hit the highest annual level in a decade, according to new government data which highlights the impact the president, Jair Bolsonaro, has made on the world’s biggest rainforest.

The new numbers, showing almost 10,000 sq kms were lost in the year to August, were released as emboldened farm owners scuffled with forest defenders in Altamira, the Amazonian city at the heart of the recent devastation.

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New hope for trees affected by ash dieback

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 02:01
A study identifies the genetics in ash trees that confers resistance to a deadly disease.
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Brazil's Amazon deforestation highest since 2008, space agency says

BBC - Tue, 2019-11-19 01:12
The rainforest loses 9,762 sq km in 12 months, an increase of nearly 30%, Brazil's space agency says.
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Senior Consultant, Emission Reduction Projects, South Pole – Bangkok/Jakarta/Mexico City/London/Amsterdam

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2019-11-19 00:46
South Pole is looking for an experienced climate change consultant to join its environmental markets team. In this role, you will be entirely focused on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation consultancy and project development, including project-based advisory and policy advisory.
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