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Sticky trick: new glue spray kills plant pests without chemicals

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-05-18 15:00

Edible oil droplets trap bugs without the harm to people and wildlife that synthetic pesticides can cause

Tiny sticky droplets sprayed on crops to trap pests could be a green alternative to chemical pesticides, research has shown.

The insect glue, produced from edible oils, was inspired by plants such as sundews that use the strategy to capture their prey. A key advantage of physical pesticides over toxic pesticides is that pests are highly unlikely to evolve resistance, as this would require them to develop much larger and stronger bodies, while bigger beneficial insects, like bees, are not trapped by the drops.

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Water firm criticised over 'scary' outbreak

BBC - Sat, 2024-05-18 11:29
One man describes the condition as "probably the worst ailment" he has had in his adult life.
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More Northern Lights soon as Sun storms strengthen

BBC - Sat, 2024-05-18 10:01
Another spectacular light show could come within two weeks as Sun storms reach 11-year high.
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More Northern Lights soon as Sun storms strengthen

BBC - Sat, 2024-05-18 10:01
Another spectacular light show could come within two weeks as Sun storms reach 11-year high.
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Think-tank releases US plan to hit 2050 net zero targets ensuring economic growth

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 10:00
A public policy arm of a global think-tank has outlined recommendations for the US to achieve net zero by 2050 while ensuring reliable, affordable access to energy for economic growth.
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Speculators boost CCA net length for first time since early April, RGGI seen in demand -US CFTC data

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 08:59
Speculators notched their first increase to their California Carbon Allowance (CCA) net holdings since early April, while demand rose across the board for RGGI Allowances (RGA), according to weekly data from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
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US energy sector could see $1 trillion less low-carbon investment under second Trump presidency -report

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 08:40
A November election victory for former US President Donald Trump would likely see reduced support for low-carbon energy and a rollback of methane, power plant, and transportation emissions regulations, according to a report published Thursday.
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Brazilian national civil aviation authority incorporates CORSIA into law

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 08:28
The board of directors of the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution that incorporates the UN's CORSIA aviation offsetting into law.
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US Democratic attorneys general file motion to support EPA power plant rules against challenges

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 07:19
A group of 20 Democratic state attorneys general and others filed a motion to intervene Thursday to support the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a litany of lawsuits from challengers to power plant regulations finalised in April.
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DOE funded $19.7 mln “technically unacceptable” CCS project, says US Government Accountability Office

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 07:13
The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that a carbon storage project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) did not meet technical thresholds and is now delayed and the cost overrun, it said in a report published Thursday.
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EU maintains strong carbon removals position in Article 6 call for input

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 07:09
The EU has said it struggles to see "a sufficiently clear direction for further work" in a response to a call for input on Article 6.4 removals crediting guidance under the Paris Agreement, with a wide range of starkly different positions also submitted by other entities highlighting the difficulties ahead of COP29 with finding consensus on key methodological matters.
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UPDATE – WCI reschedules Q2 auction for May 22

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 05:55
California and Quebec announced Friday a new date for the joint WCI carbon allowance auction for Q2 that was postponed earlier in the week due to technical difficulties.
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UPDATE – Verra begins revision of voluntary carbon agriculture management methodology, consolidates grassland programmes

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 02:59
Voluntary carbon standard Verra is initiating a revision of the methodology to credit improved agricultural land practices, it said Friday.
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CO29 host Azerbaijan drafts carbon tax law as it pursues new climate agenda

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 02:32
COP29 host Azerbaijan is drafting a law that will introduce a domestic carbon tax, the head of this year's UN climate conference in Baku said, as reported by the national news agency.
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Incoming far-right Dutch coalition party set to dial back climate ambition

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 00:59
The Netherlands is set to U-turn on national climate and energy policies and complicate climate discussions at EU level as a new coalition government including Geert Wilders’ far-right party prepares to take over.
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FEATURE: Just transition approaches need refinement, some countries lead the way

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 00:43
Public backing for the low-carbon transition is a key cornerstone of enabling economies to shift towards a 1.5C-aligned world, with a growing number of countries now acknowledging the importance of a 'just transition', though approaches diverge significantly and finance remains a key stumbling block.
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Australian organisation releases guide to enhance biodiversity in solar farms

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-05-18 00:05
An Australian non-profit consultancy has released a set of strategies to achieving net gain in biodiversity within new solar farms, as its country plans to enhance efforts to prevent renewable plants from harming ecosystems.
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Economic damage from climate change six times worse than thought – report

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-05-18 00:00

A 1C increase in global temperature leads to a 12% decline in world gross domestic product, researchers have found

The economic damage wrought by climate change is six times worse than previously thought, with global heating set to shrink wealth at a rate consistent with the level of financial losses of a continuing permanent war, research has found.

A 1C increase in global temperature leads to a 12% decline in world gross domestic product (GDP), the researchers found, a far higher estimate than that of previous analyses. The world has already warmed by more than 1C (1.8F) since pre-industrial times and many climate scientists predict a 3C (5.4F) rise will occur by the end of this century due to the ongoing burning of fossil fuels, a scenario that the new working paper, yet to be peer-reviewed, states will come with an enormous economic cost.

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