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'Bloody disgrace': '100-year-old' fish die in Darling River – video

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-01-09 16:45

Menindee resident Dick Arnold and grazier Rob McBride show their dismay at the hundreds of thousands of native fish that have been killed along a stretch of the Lower Darling River in New South Wales in a second major incident. 'This is nothing to do with drought, this is a manmade disaster'

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'New' apple and pear varieties found in Wales

BBC - Wed, 2019-01-09 11:05
About 200 trees were DNA-tested to find and preserve unrecorded varieties unique to Wales.
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Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force

BBC - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:34
EU and US states are to introduce laws helping people to mend appliances that break down.
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Climate change: Which are the best vegan milks?

BBC - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:10
With sales of vegan foods on the rise, check the environmental impact of plant-based milks.
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Curious Kids: do ants have blood?

The Conversation - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:07
Ants have something similar to blood, but it's called haemolymph. Some insects use it in unusual ways. When threatened by a predator, blister beetles can squirt haemolymph from their knees. Tanya Latty, Senior Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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CP Daily: Tuesday January 8, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-01-09 09:19
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Pennsylvania governor sets out GHG targets ahead of climate plan update

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-01-09 07:52
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order Tuesday announcing the US state’s first ever GHG targets, coming ahead of an updated climate plan that may reveal further information on a possible cap-and-trade strategy.
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Joshua Tree national park to close after trees destroyed amid shutdown

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-01-09 06:58

Maintenance and sanitation problems also reported 18 days after government shutdown furloughed the vast majority of park staff

For 17 days, a host of volunteers and a skeleton staff kept the trash cans and toilets from overflowing at Joshua Tree national park.

But on Tuesday, 18 days after the federal government shutdown furloughed the vast majority of national park staff, officials announced that vandalism of the park’s distinctive namesake plants and other maintenance and sanitation problems will require closure starting Thursday.

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A million fish die in Murray-Darling Basin

ABC Environment - Wed, 2019-01-09 06:39
The NSW Government is blaming drought and blue-algae bloom but locals say it's due to the poor management of the river system.
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New Hampshire legislature aiming to install post-2020 RGGI rule, amend revenue use

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-01-09 05:41
New Hampshire state legislators are drafting a bill to install the post-2020 RGGI Model Rule, while an additional measure could funnel auction revenue back into energy efficiency projects, multiple sources told Carbon Pulse.
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New regulations expose energy price gouging through 'free' comparison sites

The Conversation - Wed, 2019-01-09 05:13
Energy companies offer thousands of different prices, making finding the best deal all but impossible. Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Swiss agency pushes on with offset sourcing despite headwinds home and abroad

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-01-09 04:48
Switzerland’s agency tasked with acquiring Paris-era carbon credits is advancing its sourcing efforts despite uncertainties domestically and on global rules covering emission trade after 2020.
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EU Market: EUAs rebound back to €23, but bearish sentiment grows

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-01-09 04:46
European carbon prices rebounded on Tuesday following Monday’s sell-off, though some traders grew more bearish by the light volumes and lack of sustained buying.
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Report: US 2018 CO2 emissions saw biggest spike in years

BBC - Wed, 2019-01-09 04:15
Following three years of decline, US carbon emissions spiked in 2018, according to new research.
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US emissions up 3.4% in 2018 on back of natural gas growth, industry -report

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2019-01-09 03:56
US energy-related CO2 emissions rose markedly in 2018 as natural gas-fired power output outpaced both renewables growth and declines in coal use and as other sectors ramped up production, analysts said on Tuesday.
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Warning deadly Irukandji jellyfish heading further south as number of stings surge

The Guardian - Wed, 2019-01-09 03:00

Twenty-two people have been hospitalised this summer with Irukandji stings, which can cause brain haemorrhages

The deadly Irukandji jellyfish is likely to spread further down Australia’s east coast as temperatures warm, an expert says, after twice as many Queenslanders were stung by the species this season than usual.

Twenty-two people have been hospitalised this summer with Irukandji stings – which are so severe they can cause brain haemorrhages and a debilitating sensation of impending doom, known as Irukandji syndrome.

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Solar panel users to be paid for excess power – but will need to wait

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-01-08 21:53

People who instal solar from April will have to give away surplus until scheme launches

Households with solar panels are to get a guaranteed payment for excess electricity they export to the grid – but there will be a hiatus when people are expected to give it away for free.

Energy minister Claire Perry said on Tuesday she would legislate for a new market that will make energy firms compete to offer solar homes the best price for any unused energy they export.

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Caroline Lucas calls for action in Brighton recycling row

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-01-08 21:50

Green party MP presses Veolia to accept more plastic waste

The recycling company Veolia has been accused of refusing to adapt a 30-year contract to allow Brighton and Hove council to collect more plastic waste as local authorities struggle to meet a national target of 50%.

Caroline Lucas, the Green party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said the company had refused requests to change the contract. As a result, attempts by the city to increase the collection of plastic waste had failed.

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The 210ft fatberg lurking in Sidmouth sewer

BBC - Tue, 2019-01-08 20:54
Take a look at the 210ft (64m) mass of congealed fat and rubbish clogging up Sidmouth's sewers.
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Bath Abbey to be heated using water from city's hot springs

The Guardian - Tue, 2019-01-08 20:43

Project to utilise the quarter of a million gallons of hot water that flows through Roman baths begins

Work to install eco-friendly heating in Bath Abbey using hot water from the city’s Roman baths is beginning.

Contractors are surveying the great Roman drain, which carries steaming water from Bath’s hot springs to the River Avon, as part of a project to use the springs to warm the nearby abbey that starts on Tuesday.

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