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Our field cameras melted in the bushfires. When we opened them, the results were startling

The Conversation - 13 hours 7 min ago
After the bushfires, we went looking for endangered corroboree frogs. Normally, they respond to our calls. But at some sites, the ponds were silent. Benjamin Scheele, Research Fellow in Ecology, Australian National University David Newell, Senior Lecturer, School of Environment, Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University Jodi Rowley, Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology, Australian Museum Michael McFadden, PhD Candidate, University of Wollongong Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Birdwatching increased tenfold last lockdown. Don't stop, it's a huge help for bushfire recovery

The Conversation - 13 hours 10 min ago
In April, BirdLife Australia survey numbers jumped to 2,242. That's a tenfold increase from 241 in April last year. Ayesha Tulloch, DECRA Research Fellow, University of Sydney April Reside, Researcher, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland Georgia Garrard, Senior Research Fellow, Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group, RMIT University Michelle Ward, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland Monica Awasthy, Visiting Research Scientist, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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EU Market: EUAs mount late surge to climb back above €29

Carbon Pulse - 13 hours 19 min ago
EUAs surged late on Wednesday to claw back above €29 following earlier losses, staying within reach of their last year's high in continued volatile trade that participants said was fuelled by speculation and short-covering.
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International aviation and shipping likely to be added to UK's net zero carbon target

The Guardian - 14 hours 1 min ago

Sector excluded in transport emissions figures but policy change unlikely until 2023

International aviation and shipping emissions are likely to be included in the UK government’s net zero target, it has emerged – but not until after 2023.

The intention to review carbon accounting emerged after ministers and advisers, including climate activists, held the first meeting of the Department for Transport’s net zero board.

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German govt launches tender to buy 431k CERs

Carbon Pulse - 14 hours 52 min ago
The German government has launched a tender to buy 431,300 CERs to offset the emissions from a series of activities including those associated with its EU Council presidency.
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Veteran carbon journalist sues Bloomberg over dismissal

Carbon Pulse - 15 hours 7 sec ago
A veteran carbon market journalist has sued Bloomberg over his dismissal, alleging it was based on him ‘whistle-blowing’ over the news agency’s “biased” coverage of climate change and the Paris Agreement.
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California’s ARB discovered non-compliance issues at Wisconsin offset project in early 2020 -documents

Carbon Pulse - 15 hours 3 min ago
California regulator ARB sought confirmation earlier this year from Wisconsin officials about whether compliance issues at a dairy farm were waste related, leading the agency to launch an offset investigation in June, according to emails obtained by Carbon Pulse.
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'Not what a green recovery looks like': Rishi Sunak's plan gets mixed response

The Guardian - 15 hours 18 min ago

Summer statement’s focus on energy efficiency welcomed but disappointment that no boost for renewables

There was no lack of advice for the chancellor on measures to green the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis from top economists and the government’s own climate advisers.

But the Rishi Sunak seems to have focused on just one – home insulation – to a mixed reception from green experts and industry figures.

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Ancient Americans made epic Pacific voyages

BBC - 15 hours 43 min ago
New evidence has been found for epic prehistoric voyages between the Americas and eastern Polynesia.
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Rishi Sunak's green recovery plan is the only way to boost the British economy | Alexander Stafford

The Guardian - 16 hours 37 min ago

We environmentally minded Conservatives know there’s no contradiction between being blue and green

As a green Conservative, I warmly welcome the environmental steps announced by the chancellor in his summer economic update on Wednesday. The government has made a decisive commitment to the green agenda which places the environment at the heart of policymaking for decades to come.

The launch of the “kickstart” jobs scheme and the unveiling of the new apprenticeships scheme provide incentives to our existing green companies to train up young people and, in doing so, greatly boost the UK’s green workforce. However, the chancellor recognises that we must greatly expand the green sector in order for it to become a mainstay of our economy and for us to reap the abundant environmental benefits.

That is exactly why I praise the £2bn green homes grant; the £1bn to improve the energy efficiency of public sector buildings; and the £50m million to pilot the decarbonisation of social housing. This very considerable £3bn package will support 140,000 green jobs, save households up to £300 a year on their bills, and make more than 650,000 homes more energy efficient. It will cut carbon emissions by more than half a megatonne per year, equivalent to taking 270,000 cars off the road.

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ANALYSIS: Canadian Clean Fuel Standard seen withstanding carbon intensity target changes, delays

Carbon Pulse - 16 hours 56 min ago
Recent alterations to the emission reduction goals and publication schedule of the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) will not threaten its environmental performance, but numerous programme design elements warrant further attention and analysis before the policy’s 2022 launch, stakeholders and researchers told Carbon Pulse.
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Spreading rock dust on fields could remove vast amounts of CO2 from air

The Guardian - 17 hours 27 min ago

It may be best near-term way to remove CO2, say scientists, but cutting fossil fuel use remains critical

Spreading rock dust on farmland could suck billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air every year, according to the first detailed global analysis of the technique.

The chemical reactions that degrade the rock particles lock the greenhouse gas into carbonates within months, and some scientists say this approach may be the best near-term way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

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Why are we 'milking' crabs for a coronavirus vaccine?

BBC - 18 hours 49 min ago
Horseshoe crab blood is used to help develop medicine, but some people want the practice stopped.
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California will tag DEBs-eligible offsets at Wednesday’s issuance, CITSS later this month

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 23:23
California regulator ARB will classify offsets projects that automatically qualify as providing direct environmental benefits to the state (DEBs) at Wednesday’s issuance and will tag credits in the WCI Compliance Instrument Tracking Service System (CITSS) later this month, officials confirmed.
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Protecting 30% of planet could bolster economy, study says

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-08 23:14

Scientists claim widespread conservation can bring rewards if right policies are followed

Nearly a third of the world’s oceans and land area could be placed under environmental protections without harming the global economy, and even produce bumper economic benefits if the right policies were followed, according to a global assessment.

Ecosystems around the world are collapsing or hovering on the brink of disaster, with a million species threatened with extinction. But if at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans were subject to conservation efforts, that mass extinction could be avoided and vital habitats restored, scientists estimate.

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Rosewood smuggling in The Gambia: Shipping firm halts timber exports

BBC - Wed, 2020-07-08 22:02
A BBC investigation found vast quantities of protected rosewood were being trafficked from The Gambia.
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EU aims to ‘green’ hard-to-abate sectors with hydrogen and energy system roadmaps

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 21:59
The European Commission wants to expand EU clean hydrogen capacity sixfold to 6 GW by 2024 and 40 GW by the end of the decade, according to its hydrogen strategy presented on Wednesday.
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US children who drink water from private wells at higher risk of lead exposure

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-08 20:00
  • Research shows lead exposure worse for poor and black children
  • Highlights risk from contaminants in unregulated private wells

American children whose homes rely on private wells for drinking water are 25% more likely to have high lead levels in their blood than those with access to regulated community water services, according to new research.

The lead exposure is worse for poor and black children due to historic discriminatory public policies.

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SK Market: CO2 auction fails to sell out for third straight time, prices hit year-low

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 18:39
South Korea failed to sell out its monthly KAU auction for a third time in a row on Wednesday, while secondary market carbon prices fell to their lowest levels since June last year.
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Japan co-funds 10 new JCM projects across South East Asia

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 18:30
Japan’s environment ministry has picked 10 more projects it will co-fund under its Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), to help meet its emissions target under the Paris Agreement.
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