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Switzerland eyes reverse VAT charge mechanism on more types of CO2 credits to prevent tax fraud

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-07-04 01:54
Switzerland has proposed introducing a reverse charge mechanism for VAT on more types of emissions trading in an effort to prevent tax fraud.
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Boris Johnson's newt-counting claim questioned

BBC - Sat, 2020-07-04 01:05
The PM is accused of inventing an allegation that wildlife rules are holding back house-building.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The Guardian - Sat, 2020-07-04 00:51

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a hatching crocodile and Mexican grey wolf cubs

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EU opens call for projects under €1 bln Innovation Fund

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-07-04 00:15
The European Commission on Friday launched the first call for projects under the Innovation Fund, after the timeline for auctioning the initial 50 million EUAs to finance the scheme was released this week.
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UK waste firm Biffa loses appeal after exporting dirty waste to China

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 23:43

Company convicted of trying to export used nappies and other contaminated materials illegally

One of the UK’s biggest waste firms has lost a case in the court of appeal to overturn a criminal conviction for exporting dirty waste to China.

The Environment Agency, which brought a successful criminal prosecution a year ago against Biffa Waste Services Ltd, which was convicted of trying to send used nappies and other contaminated materials illegally to China, welcomed Friday’s ruling and said exports of this kind of illegal waste “blighted the lives and environment of people overseas”.

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UK government takes £400m stake in satellite firm OneWeb

BBC - Fri, 2020-07-03 22:55
The UK helps rescue company from bankruptcy as part of a plan to replace the EU's Galileo sat-nav system.
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German Bundestag adopts coal phaseout act, setting shutdown for 2038

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 21:15
The German Parliament’s lower chamber voted on Friday to pass a sweeping act signalling the end of coal power in the country by 2038 and teeing up the cancellation of EUAs to offset the impact.
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CN Markets: Pilot market data for week ending July 3, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 20:59
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China's regional pilot carbon markets this week.
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Judge fines Greenpeace £80,000 over North Sea oil rig occupation

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 20:51

Scottish court rules that environmental group defied court order banning the protest

Greenpeace has been fined £80,000 after a Scottish court found it guilty of the “wilful defiance” of a court order banning it from occupying a North Sea oil rig.

Lady Wolffe, sitting in the court of session in Edinburgh, said Greenpeace UK had deliberately broken an interdict, or injunction, against occupying a platform owned by the US contractor Transocean in June 2019.

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Heatwaves have become longer in most of the world since 1950s – study

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 20:26

Frequency of heatwaves and cumulative intensity has risen through the decades, research finds

Heatwaves have increased in both length and frequency in nearly every part of the world since the 1950s, according to what is described as the first study to look at the issue at a regional level.

The study found the escalation in heatwaves varied around the planet, with the Amazon, north-eastern Brazil, west Asia (including parts of the subcontinent and central Asia) and the Mediterranean all experiencing more rapid change than, for example, southern Australia and north Asia. The only inhabited region where there was not a trend was in the central United States.

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E-scooters go on trial in Middlesbrough to aid UK’s green recovery

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 20:00

Tees Valley mayor hails rental scheme as ‘clean energy, socially distant mode of transport’

Residents of Middlesbrough in north-east England will be the first in the UK to legally ride electric scooters on the open road when the law changes on Saturday, as the government struggles to prevent a recovery from coronavirus based on cars.

Though e-scooters have been whizzing illegally around many UK cities for the past few years, the pandemic has prompted the government to speed up plans to pilot public rental schemes.

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The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come

The Conversation - Fri, 2020-07-03 19:50
Heatwaves have become longer, hotter and more frequent. This trend is accelerating from climate change. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, ARC Future Fellow, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Trump abuses our national parks, and he's doing it again at Mount Rushmore | Jonathan B Jarvis and Gary Machlis

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 19:05

Past presidents used the parks to inspire and unite. Trump sees them as backdrops for self-serving, divisive campaign rallies

In the United States, parks have always been used as spaces for public protest, places for commemorating acts of resistance and the struggle for a more perfect union, and stages for presidents to call for national unity or celebrate civic purpose.

As his Mount Rushmore event scheduled for Friday makes clear, Donald Trump misunderstands and misuses all these precedents.

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Dry tropical forests may be more at risk than wet rainforests, study says

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 19:00

Areas with a drier climate have seen greater loss of biodiversity from global warming

Dry tropical forests are more vulnerable to the impacts of global heating than had been thought, according to new research, with wildlife and plants at severe risk of harm from human impacts.

Some tropical forests are very wet, but others thrive in a drier climate and scientists had thought these drier forests would be better adapted to drought, and therefore more able to cope with the effects of the climate crisis.

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SK Market: KAUs drop to 10-mth low on sentiment, steady supply

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 18:36
South Korean carbon allowances on Friday fell below the 30,000-won mark for the first time since last September, as a bearish outlook and a steady stream of supply weigh on prices.
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EDF raises 2020 French nuclear output target

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 18:31
Utility EDF on Friday upped its French nuclear generation target for 2020 by 5-8%, projecting shorter planned outages at its fleet of 58 plants in the country through the rest of this year.
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Australia’s secretive defence operations HQ to get 1.9MW solar farm

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-07-03 17:34

Australia's secretive defence operations headquarters, HQJOC, set to be solar powered with 1.9MW solar farm.

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City crumbles as the sands shift on Senegal's coast – in pictures

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 17:30

Nicky Woo has won the Marilyn Stafford award 2020 with her project As the Water Comes, documenting rising sea levels in Saint-Louis

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UK risks missing net zero target in Covid-19 recovery, Labour warns

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 16:00

Chancellor urged to prioritise plans to realign spending with cuts to carbon emissions

The chancellor of the exchequer must lay out urgent plans to realign government spending with the target to cut carbon emissions to net zero, or risk missing the target and fuelling high carbon emissions for years to come, Labour has urged.

The warning comes as the Treasury prepares key policy announcements on the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus recession, which Rishi Sunak is expected to set out in his spending review next week.

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UPC gets federal approval for $350 million wind and solar hub in Tasmania

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-07-03 14:42

wind turbine aemc frequency response- optimisedUPC says it has federal approval for Jim's Plain wind and solar hub in Tasmania, and is now seeking final approvals for Robbins Island wind project and transmission line.

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