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Plastic pollution: Bangor divers cleaning up the seabed

BBC - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:11
A group of divers are taking beach clean ups to the next level by diving for litter under water.
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The Pacific's Rising Human Tide

ABC Environment - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:45
A new book describes the people and concerns of the Pacific region, in the interests of better informing our foreign policy.
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Australia's oldest things: how mind-boggling timelines meet the climate emergency | Jeff Sparrow

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:16

They were here before us and should live on long afterwards. With 12 years to avert catastrophe, we need to imagine the aeons to come and consider the creatures that outlive us

Wilbur the tortoise has, in all probability, lived more than a hundred years.

“From his size and weight and general health,” says Adam Lee, a reptile keeper at the Melbourne zoo, “we put him at about 110 but there’s no real way of telling with giant tortoises unless you have them from birth or as a hatchling.”

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Senior Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst (Climate Change), NZ Ministry for the Environment – Wellington

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 07:05
We have some exciting opportunities to join some of New Zealand's hottest policy and operational teams. We are looking for Senior Analysts / Senior Policy Analysts with a wide range of experience to become part of our team in the roles below:
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Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Policy and Programs, City of New York – NYC

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 07:03
The Office of Climate Policy and Programs is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor. The ideal candidate has strong experience in project management and knowledge of climate policy; some experience in government, not for profit, or advocacy organizing; and is eager to learn how to leverage policy making to create opportunities and positive change for New Yorkers.
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Voluntary carbon market stakes claim to thrive in Paris era

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 06:32
Entities should be able to continue buying voluntary carbon credits in the Paris Agreement era, though exactly how those claims will be reflected is still up for debate, a cross-stakeholder group has said.
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Two Greenpeace activists arrested as it sends ship to join BP oil rig protest

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-06-15 04:55

Group defies court order against Arctic Sunrise supporting occupation of North Sea rig

Police have arrested two Greenpeace activists who had boarded a North Sea oil rig as the environmental group said it was sending its ship Arctic Sunrise to join the protest in defiance of court orders obtained by BP.

The oil firm has taken out injunctions against the ship and the Greenpeace ice-breaker, the Esperanza, forbidding them from supporting a protest on a rig in Scotland’s Cromarty Firth that is now in its sixth day.

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Pope Francis declares 'climate emergency' and urges action

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-06-15 04:53

Addressing energy leaders, pope warns of ‘catastrophic’ effects of global heating

Pope Francis has declared a global “climate emergency”, warning of the dangers of global heating and that a failure to act urgently to reduce greenhouse gases would be “a brutal act of injustice toward the poor and future generations”.

He also endorsed the 1.5C limit on temperature rises that some countries are now aiming for, referring to warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of “catastrophic” effects if we crossed such a threshold. He said a “radical energy transition” would be needed to stay within that limit, and urged young people and businesses to take a leading role.

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EU Market: EUAs muster 2.2% gain in rangebound week

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 03:45
European carbon prices were flat on Friday, receiving little direction from fundamental or non-market influences ahead of an upcoming full auction week.
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Largest world stock of animal-killing virus destroyed by UK lab

BBC - Sat, 2019-06-15 03:14
Scientists destroy final UK laboratory samples of rinderpest, the disease that wiped out most of the cattle in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-06-15 03:14

A cattle egret, a roving monkey and a curious chipmunk

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California ETS advisory group member resigns amid career move

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 03:13
A California Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee (IEMAC) member has resigned his post with the ETS monitor after taking a new position at the state’s Independent System Operator (CAISO), the chair of the committee said Friday.
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US Carbon Pricing Roundup for week ending June 14

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 02:26
A summary of legislative and regulatory action on carbon pricing and clean energy at the US subnational and federal level taken this week, including a New Jersey plan to get to 100% carbon-free energy, Nevada finalising legislation to coordinate GHG reduction policies, and Maine passing a state-level 'Green New Deal' and rejecting proposals related to a cross-border hydro line.
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New Jersey to finalise RGGI cap-and-trade amendments this month, report says

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-06-15 01:52
New Jersey will complete its cap-and-trade amendments for the northeast US RGGI programme this month, setting up Garden State entities to participate in the Mar. 2020 auction, according to the state's Energy Master Plan (EMP).
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Pope warns oil bosses of climate threat

BBC - Sat, 2019-06-15 01:10
Oil company bosses have been rapped by the Pope for seeking more of the fossil fuels that are damaging the climate.
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English nature's 'jewels in crown' threatened by cuts, says watchdog

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-06-15 00:33

Natural England chair bemoans budget cuts that have left conservation body ‘massively depleted’

The reserves and protected places that are the “jewels in the crown” of English nature cannot be managed properly because of budget cuts, Tony Juniper, the chair of Natural England, has said.

The budget for the government’s conservation watchdog has been slashed in half over five years, leaving it “massively depleted”, according to Juniper, the influential former Friends of the Earth campaigner whom the environment secretary, Michael Gove, appointed earlier this year.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Data sheds light on unused CER supply, Kyoto unit trading

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-06-14 23:08
There remains more than 860 million unused CERs – a massive supply of offsets that could potentially be tapped by airlines to comply with aviation's CORSIA scheme or which could find its way into the Paris Agreement era.
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Campaigners criticise 'reckless' approval of Adani mine in Australia

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-06-14 22:41

Environmentalists say opening up Queensland’s Galilee Basin ignores global climate goals

Environmentalists have described as reckless the decision by the Australian government to grant the Indian mining company Adani the final approvals it needs to start work on a huge coalmine in Queensland.

The project, which received the green light on Thursday to commence initial construction, would open up the Galilee Basin, one of the last known untapped coal reserves on earth.

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Power to the people: how Spanish cities took control of energy

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-06-14 22:05

The ‘sunshine tax’ is dead, and Barcelona and Cádiz are mounting a renewables revival

After a close fight, Barcelona’s radical mayor, Ada Colau, is expected to take office for a second term on Saturday, vindicating her often-criticised policies, which have included making sure all the city’s municipal buildings and services run on renewable energy.

On the other side of the country in Andalucía, José María González was re-elected as mayor of Cádiz last month having swept to power in 2015 on the same tide that brought Colau to office, with energy as a central issue in his campaign.

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CN Markets: Pilot market data for week ending June 14, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-06-14 21:05
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China's regional pilot carbon markets this week.
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