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Air Canada and Lufthansa look to bolster their green aviation credentials

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 06:06
Air Canada on Thursday firmed up plans to purchase durable carbon removal credits, while Germany's national carrier announced a scaling up of its voluntary climate offering for passengers.
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Solar generation to surpass hydropower in the US in 2024

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2023-12-01 05:53

Solar generation has increased at an average rate of 44% a year in the US between 2009 to 2022 – and new data shows it's on track to overtake hydro on the grid.

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Can we sustainably harvest trees from tropical forests? Yes – here are 5 ways to do it better

The Conversation - Fri, 2023-12-01 05:03
We argue for an orderly transition from ‘timber mining’ to managed forestry in the tropics. Here’s a five-step plan to improve forest fates, with benefits for the climate, biodiversity and people. Francis E Putz, Research Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast Claudia Romero, University of the Sunshine Coast Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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10,000 naps a day: how chinstrap penguins survive on microsleeps

The Guardian - Fri, 2023-12-01 05:00

Scientists studying the birds in Antarctica have found they snooze for 11 hours a day without falling deeply asleep

Spending your nights sleeping for just four seconds at a time might sound like a form of torture, but not for chinstrap penguins, which fall asleep thousands of times a day, new research finds.

Scientists studying the birds on King George Island in Antarctica found they nod off more than 10,000 times a day, allowing them to keep a constant eye on their nests, protecting eggs and chicks from predators. In total, the birds manage 11 hours of snoozing a day – without ever slipping into uninterrupted sleep.

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SBTi resurrects plans to set out oil and gas company climate goals

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 04:53
Corporate climate goal assessor SBTi is resuming its plans for a climate goal template for oil and gas companies, more than 18 months after barring the big emitting firms from making submissions.
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INTERVIEW: Production of sewage-based SAF could help scale up availability of greener aviation fuel

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 04:52
A new process of making sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from sewage could be an important feedstock for the growing market for green aviation fuel, particularly in population-dense areas, with potential to also produce biochar that can generate carbon credits.
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Carbon credit registry launches new US forest carbon crediting methodology

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 04:35
A methodology for protecting US forests at risk from other land uses like real estate, mining, and agriculture has been announced by carbon credit registry in collaboration with a forest carbon firm.
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Tanzania looks to develop series of linked REDD projects to generate Article 6 credits

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 04:23
Plans are underway to create a series of linked REDD projects that will cover 1.8 million hectares of designated national parks in Tanzania, and generate correspondingly-adjusted carbon credits under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
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US hemp-focused carbon credit platform closes, CEO says

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 03:47
A Denver-headquartered carbon credit exchange company will close due to a failure to secure funding, its CEO announced in a LinkedIn post this week.
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COP28: Poor countries win 30-year fight for climate cash

BBC - Fri, 2023-12-01 03:40
COP28 president Sultan al-Jaber pulled off an unexpected victory securing long-awaited climate disaster help.
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Biodiversity Pulse: Thursday November 30, 2023

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 03:33
A twice-weekly summary of our biodiversity news plus bite-sized updates from around the world. All articles in this edition are free to read (no subscription required).
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Indigenous Peoples-led nature credit framework launched by Pollination arm

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 03:05
A voluntary nature credit development framework led by Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IPLCs) has been launched by Pollination Foundation.
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COP28: UN climate loss and damage fund approved in historic first-day progress

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 01:54
Delegates adopted a new climate loss and damage fund at the first day of the two-week COP28 UN climate negotiations on Monday, a move that immediately led several governments to announce contributions.
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COP28: Canadian climate commitments at odds with its oil and gas industry -panel

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 01:50
Canadian environmental non-profits advocated for fossil fuel phase-out language in a panel Thursday at COP28 in Dubai as the federal environment ministry is soon expected to announce a cap on emissions from oil and gas.
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Court orders Germany to come up with emergency action for sectors violating CO2 emissions limits

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 00:56
A court has ordered the German government to set up a climate action plan to adequately tackle emissions in the traffic and construction sectors, adding to Berlin's recent climate policy woes.
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UK biodiversity net gain release exposes ‘serious risks’, say ecologists

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 00:36
The publishing of draft legislation on the UK’s biodiversity net gain (BNG) framework has been broadly welcomed, but its planning permission proposals have triggered concerns about "serious risks" among ecologists.
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EU carbon removal framework may add complexity to global market -experts

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2023-12-01 00:25
Independent carbon credit certification bodies and the EU’s own carbon removal certification efforts are likely to coexist in the removals market once the EU methodologies are issued, experts said during a webinar on Thursday, though this is not likely to occur before 2026.
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More than 20bn tonnes of Co2 could be emitted if Australian fossil fuel projects up for approval go ahead

The Guardian - Fri, 2023-12-01 00:00

Exclusive: Climate groups say projected amount is 10 times greater than estimates of Australia’s remaining fair ‘carbon budget’ if global heating is to be limited to 1.5C

The Australian government will face decisions on whether to greenlight 30 fossil fuel developments, mostly to export coal or gas, that together could result in more than 20bn tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere.

Climate groups have calculated the potential total climate pollution from fossil fuel developments currently submitted for environmental approval. Including emissions released both during production and when the fossil fuel was ultimately burned for energy – often in overseas power plants – they found the developments could lead to an additional 22bn tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere.

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It’s climate Christmas! But data dump shows Australia has a long way to go on emissions

The Guardian - Fri, 2023-12-01 00:00

The government deserves credit for a fall in electricity emissions but large parts of industry and farming are still emitting the same as they were in 2005

The wonks call it climate Christmas – the dump of Australian climate change information from the federal government that happens shortly before the end of the parliamentary year, and just as the annual UN climate summit kicks off.

It’s impossible to get across it all in one brief sitting, so this is by necessity a first look only, but the hundreds of pages of data published in five documents on Thursday tell us a lot about where Australia is up to on the climate crisis, and where it is heading.

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COP28: NGOs urge nations to prevent carbon project “landgrabs”, citing UAE developer activity

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2023-11-30 23:37
An open letter signed by multiple environmental groups has urged signatories to the UN Paris Agreement to protect countries against what they describe as "landgrabs" from carbon project developers.
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