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The Osborne Effect: Why new car sales will be all electric in six years

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-07-08 11:57

It may take only six years for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars to be replaced by electric. Here's why.

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“Five times size of Snowy 2.0” – V2G trial to tap potential of EVs as mass mobile storage

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-07-08 11:34

First large vehicle-to-grid trial in Australia will look to unlock potential of EVs as mobile batteries, and the potential to provide a resource five times the size of Snowy 2.0.

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New government unit to take over Covid response

BBC - Wed, 2020-07-08 10:37
There are questions over whether the Joint Biosecurity Centre has the expertise needed for the job.
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CP Daily: Tuesday July 7, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 09:58
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Bright feathers, bright brains: hummingbirds 'can order numerically'

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-08 09:01

Study claims tiny creatures can order things in sequence, but researchers say it does not confirm they can count

Hummingbirds are not only bright in appearance but also in brain, it would seem, with new research suggesting the tiny creatures are able to understand a numerical concept of order.

While hummingbirds have previously been found to visit flowers in particular sequences when foraging, researchers say the new study suggests this process could be based on the concept of “first”, “second” and so on, rather than features such as specific flower location or nearby landmarks.

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Coronavirus: 'The masks you throw away could end up killing a whale'

BBC - Wed, 2020-07-08 09:00
As the world battles the Covid-19 pandemic, more and more protective equipment is ending up in the sea.
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Federal government’s defence strategy update the weakest on climate in a decade

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-07-08 08:01

As somebody who held a senior position at Defence until very recently, the latest strategy update is incredibly disheartening to read. It barely mentions one of Australia’s greatest security challenges – climate change.

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Rapid coal phase-out could drive European green recovery: Bloomberg

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-07-08 07:58

Decarbonising Europe’s remaining coal-reliant countries could pave the way for a vital green recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Owners of electric vehicles to be paid to plug into the grid to help avoid blackouts

The Conversation - Wed, 2020-07-08 07:35
Electric vehicles are still relatively expensive but a trial to help them power the national grid in times of need could see owners being paid. That could make them a lot more attractive. Bjorn Sturmberg, Research Leader, Battery Storage & Grid Integration Program, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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New European energy and emissions trading platform boasts early industry support

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 07:33
A new European energy and emissions trading platform is preparing to launch with committed participants representing more than 50% of the continent’s traded volumes.
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EU Market: EUAs fall back after flirting with €30

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 06:34
EUAs came within a few cents of last year's peak near €30 on Tuesday but collapsed back in late trade to pause a six-week rally that has defied fundamentals amid a wave of 'speculative mania'.
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After last summer's fires, the bell tolls for Australia’s endangered mountain bells

The Conversation - Wed, 2020-07-08 05:52
Three quarters of WA's Stirling Ranges national park now experience fire cycles twice as frequent as species recovery rates. Kingsley Dixon, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Climate explained: what the world was like the last time carbon dioxide levels were at 400ppm

The Conversation - Wed, 2020-07-08 05:52
The last time global carbon dioxide levels were around 400ppm was four million years ago. On average, the world was 3℃ warmer, but in high northern latitudes, it was up to 14℃ warmer than today. James Shulmeister, Professor, University of Canterbury Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Ukraine proposes to support energy efficiency with carbon tax

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 04:57
The Ukrainian energy ministry is working on a proposal to create an energy efficiency modernisation fund for its heavy industries using revenues from the country's carbon tax.
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EU needs an ‘entire toolbox’ to curb emissions, including ETS expansion -German minister

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 04:47
Germany favours adding new sectors to the EU ETS, but recommends waiting for an EU study on the effects of a higher 2030 emission target before discussing new bloc-wide policies, its environment minister told lawmakers on Tuesday.
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No business need at all now for a Chinese nuclear plant in the UK

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-08 04:37

Halting Huawei hurts 5G rollout and Sino-British ties, but stopping a Chinese nuclear power plant in Essex has virtually no fallout

Get ready for the “new Huawei” is the word from Westminster, meaning another flare-up in UK-China business and political relations, this time over Chinese involvement in the UK’s nuclear power programme.

Ditching state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) would indeed be a political development on a political par with a Huawei exclusion. The 2016 agreement, which imagined CGN’s “progressive entry” into the UK’s “resurgent” nuclear ambitions, was given maximum hype at the time by both Beijing and David Cameron’s government.

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The Guardian view on a post-Covid recovery: not much building back greener | Editorial

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-08 04:12

If Boris Johnson wants to permanently shift the UK on to a trajectory to meet its climate targets, he must deliver a new zero-carbon infrastructure. There’s no sign of that yet

Boris Johnson does not want a crisis to go to waste. The coronavirus-induced recession is widely accepted as an opportunity to reset and rebuild the economy to take the environmental challenge seriously. Radical green policies that once seemed impossible – such as shutting down airports and closing off roads – have been implemented overnight with public support. Now that the economy is reopening, Mr Johnson’s political goal is to produce policies that chime with the nation’s mood. He says he will “build back greener”. What Mr Johnson’s phrase means for the country will only become clear when his policies emerge.

His government’s first big announcement is a small step in the right direction. Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, will incentivise home insulation with a £2bn grant scheme so that homeowners can decrease the amount of heat lost through roofs, walls and floors. This will bring jobs back to local economies, with companies providing a labour-intensive service in a post-Covid-19 world suffering from extremely high levels of unemployment.

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Swiss energy-related CO2 emissions continue descent in 2019 despite static transport output

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 04:08
Switzerland’s emissions from transport fuels were little changed for the second straight year in 2019, while CO2 output from heating decreased by 2.5%, according to figures published Tuesday.
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Scientists put forward plan to create universal species list

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-07-08 04:00

Single classification system could end centuries of disagreement and improve global efforts to tackle biodiversity loss

A plan to create the first universally recognised list of species on Earth has prompted hopes of an end to centuries of disagreement and confusion over how to classify the world’s library of life.

The 10-point plan aims to finally bring order with an authoritative list of the world’s species and a governance mechanism responsible for its quality. Researchers hope a single recognised list would improve global efforts to tackle biodiversity loss, the trade in endangered wildlife, biosecurity and conservation.

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California releases DEBS application for out-of-state offset projects

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-07-08 03:20
California regulator ARB published an application this week for out-of-state offset projects to qualify as providing direct environmental benefits to the state (DEBs), aiming to help the agency make a final determination on the post-2020 designation.
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