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AGL cans bid for Vocus Group, but still on lookout for telco purchases

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-06-17 11:49

Telco Fiber Optic cables and UTP Network cablesAGL withdraws $3 billion bid for Vocus Group, citing uncertainty over the value of the deal, but will continue to seek opportunities to integrate data and energy services.

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The family-of-four living off grid

BBC - Mon, 2019-06-17 10:11
Two former vets from Essex and their children are showing others how it is possible to live self-sufficiently.
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Hyundai advances in-wheel motor technology for electric vehicles

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:55

Hyundai unveils plans to commercialise in-wheel motor technology, that allows for better turning capabilities and improved vehicle efficiency.

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South Australia’s stunning aim to be “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:50

South Australia Liberal government says it expects state will be “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030, heralding the most dramatic shift towards wind and solar and storage technologies of any major grid in the world.

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Saving sharks: One woman's mission to protect the hammerhead

BBC - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:38
Marine biologist Ilena Zanella vowed to save the shark after diving with them off Costa Rica.
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Using DNA to tailor medicine

BBC - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:34
Technology is making it possible to tailor treatments to ever smaller groups of patients.
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Climate Change: Why are thousands of species facing extinction?

BBC - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:32
The Earth's biodiversity is decreasing at a faster rate than ever before. Why is this happening?
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A bridge made of grass

BBC - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:25
The annual remaking of the last remaining Inca rope bridge at Q'eswachaka in Peru.
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'Cryoegg' to explore under Greenland Ice Sheet

BBC - Mon, 2019-06-17 09:01
UK sensors placed under the Greenland Ice Sheet will monitor how its glaciers slide towards the ocean.
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Australia's pristine beaches have a poo problem

The Conversation - Mon, 2019-06-17 05:59
Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs have raw and untreated sewage from 3,500 people discharged directly into the Tasman Sea. Ian Wright, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science, Western Sydney University Andrew Fischer, Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania Boyd Dirk Blackwell, Adjunct Researcher, University of Tasmania Qurratu A'yunin Rohmana, Research Analyst, University of Tasmania Simon Toze, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Pumping begins to reduce flood waters in Lincolnshire town

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-06-17 04:01

Environment Agency brings in high-volume pumps in a bid to lower water levels in Wainfleet

High-volume pumps are being used to reduce flood waters in a Lincolnshire town where nearly 600 homes have been evacuated.

Police have advised residents in around 590 properties in Wainfleet and neighbouring areas to evacuate amid concerns about flood defences along the river Steeping.

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Major global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-06-17 03:13

More than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, lack transparency, campaign group claims

A $10tn (£7.9tn) investor alliance has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water shortages and deforestation.

The major global companies, with a combined worth ofmore than $15tn, lack transparency over their effect on the environment, according to the intervention by some of the world’s biggest financial names.

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Radical action needed to hit UK’s zero-carbon target | Letters

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-06-17 02:47
Michael Stone on the reality of Britain’s consumption, Celia Forsyth on support for fossil fuel projects, Gemma Cantelo on making cities greener and Stephen Martin on the sustainable development goals

Theresa May is deceiving us, either deliberately or through ignorance, with regard to the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 (May puts 2050 zero emission target into law, 12 June). This is impossible for any economy based on mass consumption.

Over decades, most British manufacturing has shifted abroad, in particular to Asia where labour is cheap. These items are usually produced with high carbon outputs, with electricity supplied through coal. For an accurate figure of Britain’s emissions, our consumption of goods produced overseas must be included. As Britain’s consumption has increased enormously over the past 30 years, this carbon addition will be substantial.

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Cuba’s generosity after Chernobyl | Letters

The Guardian - Mon, 2019-06-17 02:41
Havana treated victims of the catastrophe for free, writes Doreen Weppler-Grogan

Millions have watched Chernobyl, the TV series about the 1986 nuclear meltdown, and your coverage has been extensive (Report, 13 June). But an important related story has not had a mention at this time of renewed interest. Following the catastrophe, the tiny island of Cuba stepped forward and cared for over 20,000 young cancer victims from 1989 to 2011, – medical care, schooling, clothing, food, accommodation, playgrounds – all free of charge. A specialised medical facility was opened to the east of Havana, and Cuban doctors travelled to the affected region to treat patients in their homeland.

No other country in the world launched such a massive programme. The Cubans responded – as “an ethical and moral”, not a political question, as it was put at the time, and the programme continued despite changing governments in the Ukraine.

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Enel and contractor strike deal over cost over-runs at Victoria solar farm

RenewEconomy - Sun, 2019-06-16 20:55

Rooftop Solar panel - supported by victorian budgetAustralian contractor secures deal with Total Eren that protects its capital, if not its margins, on potential cost blow outs at the Cohuna solar farm in Victoria.

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The truth about Chernobyl? I saw it with my own eyes…

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-06-16 18:00

Kim Willsher reported on the world’s worst nuclear disaster from the Soviet Union. HBO’s TV version only scratches the surface, she says

There is a line in the television series Chernobyl that comes as no surprise to those of us who reported on the 1986 nuclear disaster in what was the Soviet Union – but that still has the power to shock:

“The official position of the state is that global nuclear catastrophe is not possible in the Soviet Union.”

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Hundreds of dolphins have died along Gulf Coast since February, scientists say

The Guardian - Sun, 2019-06-16 01:53

At least 279 animals have been stranded, triple the usual figure, and 98% have died, prompting investigation

At least 279 dolphins have become stranded across much of the US Gulf Coast since the start of February, triple the usual number, and about 98% of them have died, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) said.

Scientists will investigate whether lingering effects from the 2010 BP oil spill and more immediate effects from low salinity because of freshwater flowing from high rivers and a Louisiana spillway contributed to the deaths, said Teri Rowles, coordinator for Noaa fisheries’ marine mammal health and stranding response program.

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Boris Johnson failed to protect biodiversity hotspot, says UN expert

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-06-15 15:00

Ocean advocate highlights lack of action over South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands

Boris Johnson did nothing to protect “the most important biodiversity hotspot on the planet,” while foreign secretary, according to the United Nations patron for the oceans.

Lewis Pugh, who in his role raises awareness about the state of the world’s oceans, has worked with three of the rivals in the Tory leadership race – Michael Gove as environment secretary and both Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson as foreign secretaries – but highlighted Johnson’s lack of action.

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Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:23
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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California’s IEMAC outlines potential carbon surplus calculations and remedy options

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:22
California’s Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee (IEMAC) at its Friday meeting outlined a potential metric methodology to determine the exact number of surplus allowances in the WCI-linked cap-and-trade programme, and it intends to ask state regulator ARB about the feasibility of that calculation.
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