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EU lawmakers strike softer tone on gas funding in Just Transition vote

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-07-07 06:50
Lawmakers in the European Parliament on Monday opened the door to the EU's €40 billion Just Transition Fund (JTF) being able to fund natural gas projects, setting up a potential clash with member states.
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EU Market: EUAs extend year-high to close in on €30 as ‘mystery’ buying continues

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-07-07 06:31
EUAs rose more than 6% on Monday, extending last week's year-highs despite a weak auction as market participants grew more frustrated with the growing, speculator-fuelled disconnection between soaring prices and dimming fundamentals.
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Value Chain Certification Officer, SustainCERT – US Remote

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-07-07 06:20
Reporting to the Value Chain Certification Manager, the Value Chain Certification Officer will serve as in-house technical expertise for the auditing of pilot activities conducted in the context of value chain sustainability reporting, with a particular focus on land-use related activities including soil carbon enhancement.
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Heat-detecting drones are a cheaper, more efficient way to find koalas

The Conversation - Tue, 2020-07-07 05:55
Koalas are notoriously difficult to detect. Traditional methods are costly and labour intensive. So we found a more efficient way to locate koalas in eastern NSW, using drones. Ryan R. Witt, Conjoint Lecturer | School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle Adam Roff, Conjoint Lecturer | School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle Chad T. Beranek, PhD candidate, University of Newcastle Lachlan G. Howell, PhD Candidate | School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Marine life found in ancient Antarctica ice helps solve a carbon dioxide puzzle from the ice age

The Conversation - Tue, 2020-07-07 05:54
As the world warmed from the last ice age, a rise in carbon dioxide levels stalled for nearly 2,000 years. That's always puzzled scientists, but now they think they know what happened. Chris Turney, Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change, Director of the Changing Earth Research Centre and the Chronos 14Carbon-Cycle Facility at UNSW, and Node Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, UNSW Chris Fogwill, Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology, Head of School Geography, Geology and the Environment and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, Keele University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Coronavirus: Fear over rise in animal-to-human diseases

BBC - Tue, 2020-07-07 05:48
A report says a rise in animal-to-human diseases will continue without urgent action.
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EU legislators must pass climate law quickly to speed ETS review -senior official

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-07-07 03:24
EU co-legislators must quickly reach an agreement on the bloc's upgraded 2030 target as a subsequent ETS review "cannot afford any delays", an advisor to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.
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Eastern EU states could ramp up renewables at lower cost -report

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-07-07 02:48
Four EU nations could ramp up their renewables deployment through 2030 at a lower cost than current plans, while almost halving their power emissions, analysts said in a report published on Monday.
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Prince Edward Island climate committee recommends CO2 pricing overhaul  

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-07-07 01:58
Prince Edward Island (PEI) should implement a more effective carbon pricing system to hit its GHG reduction target than the Canadian province’s current approach, a legislative committee said.
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China coal data cut-off raises concerns over repercussions for carbon

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2020-07-06 21:53
Six of China’s biggest utilities have stopped submitting daily coal data to one of the country’s leading energy and economic indicators, creating expectations that coal prices might rise and add to the pushback against putting in place an effective carbon price.
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What is bubonic plague?

BBC - Mon, 2020-07-06 20:25
Authorities in China have stepped up precautions after a reports of a suspected case.
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Japan looks to shut down 100 ageing coal plants by 2030

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2020-07-06 19:09

Japan looks to shut down or mothball 100 ageing and inefficient coal generators over the next decade.

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New Zealand coalition partner moves to limit forest carbon

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2020-07-06 19:06
The biggest of New Zealand’s government coalition partners has pledged to revise legislation to limit the conversion of productive farmland to forests, if it remains in power after the September election.
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Trump wants to put a rightwing zealot in charge of public land. Here's why it matters | Cas Mudde

The Guardian - Mon, 2020-07-06 18:30

William Perry Pendley, Trump’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management, has ties to anti-environment and anti-government forces

On 26 June, Donald Trump announced that he plans to nominate William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management. That may not sound like big news, but it is. First of all, the office manages one-tenth of the United States’ land mass and, therefore, massive amounts of fossil fuels. Second, Pendley is linked to two little-known but very dangerous political movements: the so-called Wise Use movement and the anti-government extremists sometimes called constitutionalists or sovereign citizens.

The appointment should not come as a total surprise. Wise Use advocates, who are fiercely opposed to almost any environmental protection laws, have long had exceptional access to the Trump administration. In 2017, Lars Larson, a “journalist” from the alternative rightwing media sphere, crystallized the attitude of the Wise Use movement with a comment he made to then press secretary Sean Spicer:

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Robotic scientists will 'speed up discovery'

BBC - Mon, 2020-07-06 16:36
Robotic scientists could speed up scientific discovery, while human scientists work from home, developers say.
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Swansea University deploys Redflow batteries for renewable energy Active Building demonstrator

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2020-07-06 15:26

Swansea University’s 120 kilowatt-hours (kWh) Redflow battery installation is now commissioned and operating, storing and supplying renewable energy on a microgrid that powers the Swansea University Active Building demonstrator.

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Deakin Uni leads research hub looking beyond lithium for next generation batteries

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2020-07-06 15:24

The University of Wollongong's Professor Zaiping Guo. (supplied)A new research hub will work to improve the safety and reliability of energy storage technologies, including batteries.

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Extreme heat and rain: thousands of weather stations show there's now more of both, for longer

The Conversation - Mon, 2020-07-06 15:00
As the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent, intense and longer, according to global weather data. Jim Salinger, Honorary Associate, Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture, University of Tasmania Lisa Alexander, Chief Investigator ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and Associate Professor Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Waste not, want not: Morrison government's $1b recycling plan must include avoiding waste in the first place

The Conversation - Mon, 2020-07-06 14:59
The federal government today announced $1 billion plan to divert more than ten million tonnes of waste from landfill. But waste management is about more than just recycling. Trevor Thornton, Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Australia ranks second worst in world on climate action, outside top 50 on clean energy

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2020-07-06 14:15

kyoto COP25 Madrid climate talks kyoto carryover angus taylor - optimisedAustralia ranks second last in world for climate action in the latest assessment of progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, beaten only by Brunei.

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