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Climate Change On Farm and Inventory Manager, MPI – Wellington, NZ

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 07:07
New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is looking for a manager for one of its domestic climate change teams. The position is based in Wellington City.
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Policy Advisers, International Climate Change, Energy and Environment, HM Treasury – London

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 07:06
This is an exciting time to be working on International Climate Change policy! Would you like to join a team at the heart of the decision making in one of the Government's top priority areas? We are looking to recruit two Policy Advisers to join the International Energy and Climate Change branch of the Trade Policy Team within HM Treasury.
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Canada identifies eight project types for federal offset protocol development

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 06:49
The Canadian environment ministry on Thursday released a shortlist of project types for development under the federal offset system, as it clarified several other aspects of its protocol work under the ‘backstop’ output-based pricing system (OBPS).
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45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

The Conversation - Fri, 2020-07-03 06:09
Some coal workers have the right skills and work in the right location to get a job in renewables. But many, such as semi-skilled machine operators, cannot. Chris Briggs, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Elsa Dominish, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Jay Rutovitz, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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60% of fish species could be unable to survive in current areas by 2100 – study

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 04:00

Warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk, researchers say

Sixty per cent of studied fish species will be unable to survive in their current ranges by 2100 if climate warming reaches a worst-case scenario of 4-5C (7.2-9F) above pre-industrial temperatures, researchers have found.

In a study of nearly 700 fresh and saltwater fish species, researchers examined how warming water temperatures lower water oxygen levels, putting embryos and pregnant fish at risk.

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RFS Market: RINs dip on report that US EPA to delay biofuel quota publication

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 03:58
US biofuel credit prices (RINs) unwound some of their recent gains on Thursday after a news outlet reported the EPA will indefinitely delay publication of next year’s biofuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
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NA Markets: CCAs flatten on reduced demand as RGGI hits 14-mth high

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 03:44
California Carbon Allowance (CCA) values stagnated below the WCI floor price on the secondary market this week, while RGGI allowances (RGA) rose to a 14-month high above the Emissions Containment Reserve (ECR) despite thin demand.
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Winter swimming has been my greatest discovery of this coronavirus pandemic | Alison Rourke

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

Getting into the ocean every morning has been a reminder of what a tiny speck I am on this planet

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little freaked out the first time I saw a shark on my swim out of Sydney’s Manly Beach. Time almost stood still as the sleek figure weaved below me. Disbelieving, I thought: “That looks like a shark.” No one around me in the water even blinked an eye, and the baby grey nurse drifted off into the deep blue.

I have been a swimmer all of my life, but the idea of a shark encounter had pretty much kept me out of anything beyond the surf. That was until the Covid-19 lockdown. I had been covering the pandemic for the Guardian since the virus first emerged in China in January. At times I had found myself overwhelmed by the story’s immensity and the grim reality of how it had taken over our lives.

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The Guardian view on France's green wave: seizing the moment | Editorial

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 03:27

The march of Europe Ecology is yet another example of how parties of the environment are steadily acquiring power and influence across the continent

Lyon, Strasbourg and Bordeaux; Besançon, Poitiers and Tours: the list of powerful cities that turned green, after France’s municipal elections last weekend, was long and impressive. Marseille has been a conservative fiefdom for decades. But a leftwing alliance propelled Michèle Rubirola, the candidate of Europe Ecology – France’s Green party – to the mayoralty. These were totemic victories, turning the once-peripheral Green party into a significant player in urban France.

Sunday’s polls should have taken place in March but were postponed as France locked down. Perhaps because of that delay, and the lingering presence of Covid-19, turnout was low. That may have disproportionately helped Green candidates, whose voters tend to loyally turn out for local elections, and Europe Ecology is still well down the pecking order in national polls. But these caveats aside, the “green wave” in France offers heartening evidence that environmental priorities are truly beginning to shape and influence politics in Europe.

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Tamaulipas becomes latest Mexican state to approve a carbon tax

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 03:00
The Tamaulipas Congress passed an $11/tonne carbon tax this week that will take effect in 2021, continuing the growing trend of Mexican states installing CO2 levies in response to the federal government's energy policy.
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Arizona reels as three of the biggest wildfires in its history ravage state

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 02:10

Extreme weather has contributed to the vast blazes – with the pandemic complicating the emergency response

For residents of Tucson in southern Arizona, the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado national forest are known as a hub for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor recreation.

But on 5 June lightning ignited a wildfire that has grown to engulf over 118,000 acres. The fires are still only 58% contained. Called the Bighorn fire, it is the eighth-biggest in state history, and it has transformed the Catalinas into a hub for the study of the impacts of climate change. Nasa satellite photos show large scar marks left by the fire.

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Boris 'the Builder' Johnson has found a new scapegoat: the humble newt | Jules Howard

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 02:06

The PM says counting these protected amphibians is a barrier to economic recovery. But there’s room in the pond for both

First, I should lay down my cards and show my hand. My name is Jules, and I am a card-carrying fan of newts. I have a pond. I once ran an amphibian helpline for people with questions about newts. I have worn a newt costume at family events. I can’t stress this enough: I genuinely like newts.

Earlier this week, newts featured in Johnson’s Build, build, build speech – where plans were announced to revive Britain’s flagging economy with a programme of construction – housing, hospitals, prisons, roads, schools. But this wasn’t a star turn for newts. Far from it.

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Coronavirus: Testing sewage an 'easy win'

BBC - Fri, 2020-07-03 02:00
Wastewater analysis could provide localised Covid-19 test results much earlier than at present.
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EU Market: EUAs hold above €27, retaining gains despite supply bump

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-07-03 01:26
EUAs recovered from an early drop to hold above €27 on Thursday, staying in touch with the previous session's 11-month high and shrugging off news of a supply injection over the rest of the year.
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$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-07-03 00:01

A fast growing mountain of toxic e-waste is polluting the planet and damaging health, says new report

At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.

A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and child on Earth, though use is concentrated in richer nations. The amount of e-waste is rising three times faster than the world’s population, and only 17% of it was recycled in 2019.

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Revealed: raw sewage poured into Olympic Park wildlife haven

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

Thames Water overflow pipe pumped waste for 1,000 hours into London wetlands last year

Raw sewage was discharged for more than 1,000 hours from a Thames Water overflow pipe into an environmental wetland at the Olympic Park last year, the Guardian can reveal.

The combined sewer overflow (CSO) at Mulberry Court pumped untreated waste 91 times into the waterway that feeds into the River Lea. To April this year, the same CSO has so far discharged for 34 hours in 20 incidents.

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MP calls for crackdown on raw sewage discharges in English rivers

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

Tory Philip Dunne says he wants to ‘introduce water firms to polluter pays’ principle and launches private member’s bill

A fresh attempt to change the law to stop water companies from releasing raw sewage into rivers has been launched by a senior Conservative MP.

Philip Dunne, the chair of the environmental audit committee, is seeking in a private member’s bill to place a duty on water companies to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged into rivers and inland waterways.

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UK gives go-ahead to giant windfarm project off Norfolk coast

The Guardian - Thu, 2020-07-02 23:19

1.8GW Vanguard project gets greenlight, with approval on 2.4GW Hornsea 3 expected in autumn

The construction of two giant offshore windfarms is poised to go ahead off the Norfolk coast in what the renewable energy industry claims could provide a “huge boost” to the UK economy.

The business secretary, Alok Sharma, gave the green light on Wednesday evening to the Norfolk Vanguard project and said he was “minded to approve” the Hornsea 3 proposal later this year.

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Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance launch pushed back again

BBC - Thu, 2020-07-02 21:57
The launch of Nasa's Mars rover Perseverance is delayed again to 30 July at the earliest.
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Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

BBC - Thu, 2020-07-02 20:52
This early peak indicates a potentially devastating dry season ahead - perhaps even worse than 2019.
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