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How melting plastic waste could heat homes

The Guardian - 3 hours 41 min ago
Breakthrough means less pollution and lower greenhouse gas emissions

It is a problem bedevilling households across the UK: what can we do with the mountains of food-spattered plastic waste left in our bins?

Now a group of scientists say they have the answer – by using the detritus of domestic life to heat homes.

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Death and broken livelihoods: farmers and wildfires in British Columbia | Joanna Chiu

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-07-20 19:00

As wildfires increase in intensity, how can farmers safeguard their animals – and their way of life?

Two years after wildfires killed the pigs on his family farms in British Columbia, Scott Kellington is still coming to terms with the destruction.

This particular fire had come from the north, its towering flames whipped into a terrible ferocity by strong winds and sustained by the 40C heat. After making sure his wife was evacuated, Kellington and his three sons stayed behind to try to save the neighbourhood homes and livestock.

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Where were you when man first landed on the Moon?

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 09:48
Fifty years on, the 03:56 AM TV moment that was out of this world.
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The final 13 minutes before the Moon landing

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 09:43
The minutes before landing were tense, as fuel ran low and connections were lost between the lunar module and mission control
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How Apollo 11 brought humanity together

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 09:40
An endeavour which was born out of conflict ended by bringing the entire world together, at least for a moment.
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Algae bio-curtains: Architects' radical solution to capture carbon

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 08:01
Scientists and architects in London have developed 'bio-curtains' to act as an alternative to urban trees.
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CP Daily: Friday July 19, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-07-20 07:03
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Country Breakfast Features

ABC Environment - Sat, 2019-07-20 06:45
How climate change will effect your dinner plate, and the unintended consequences of the multi-billion dollar water market.
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NT government backs 10GW solar and storage plant, biggest in world

RenewEconomy - Sat, 2019-07-20 06:05

acciona solar farm panels queensland-2NT government throws its backing behind world-leading 10GW solar proposal, and gives it "major project status".

The post NT government backs 10GW solar and storage plant, biggest in world appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Poland greenlights plan to compensate industry for indirect EU ETS costs

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-07-20 05:41
Poland’s parliament passed a bill on Friday to compensate its EU ETS-covered industry for indirect carbon costs, making good on a government plan announced nine months earlier when carbon prices first surged towards €30.
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Earworms from Planet Earth IX

ABC Environment - Sat, 2019-07-20 05:30
Stressed? Got the sniffles? Need a nap? Got a fussy baby? Just. Over. It? You won’t realise how much you needed to hear nature until you’ve heard this set of wild sounds sent in by Off Track listeners from around the globe.
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Proposed New York CO2 charge facing further delays after passage of carbon neutrality bill

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-07-20 04:59
The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is delaying the finalisation of its carbon charge on its wholesale power market until this fall as it awaits further analysis on the state’s recently approved carbon neutrality legislation.
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Colorado to undertake feasibility study of LCFS

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-07-20 04:54
A Colorado agency will commence a study this fall on the technical and economic feasibility of implementing a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in the western US state, a government official said.
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Give endangered jaguars legal rights, Argentina campaigners ask court

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-07-20 04:28

With fewer than 20 left in the South American country’s Gran Chaco forest – the big cats could be classed as a ‘non-human person’

Argentina’s supreme court has been asked to recognize the legal rights of the South American jaguar, of which fewer than 20 individuals remain alive in the country’s Gran Chaco region.

The largest cat in the Americas once roamed the continent as far north as the Grand Canyon, but is now in decline across the entire western hemisphere.

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Swiss energy-related CO2 emissions fall in 2018 despite stubborn transport output

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2019-07-20 03:18
Switzerland’s energy-related CO2 emissions continued falling in 2018, the government announced this week, though the decline was again mostly seen in the consumption of thermal fuels as transportation’s output was unchanged.
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The risk to woodland of putting wolves and bears back together | Letters

The Guardian - Sat, 2019-07-20 02:22
The animals will need feeding, and the woodland will require ongoing active management to minimise negative impacts on old trees, writes Edward Wilson – sentiments echoed by Abi Bunker

Rewilding is an attractive ecological concept urgently in need of an agreed definition. Bristol Zoo’s plan to introduce bears and wolves into ancient woodland requires greater scrutiny (1,000 years on, wolves and bears to get back together in UK woods, 17 July). Wild bears and wolves are creatures that roam over large areas of land. As top predators, they require a diversity of habitats to meet their life-cycle and dietary needs. When you are trying to put top-level predators back into an ecosystem, you need the other trophic levels, too. In short, bear and wolf conservation is a landscape-scale issue.

What we see at Bristol is a novel zoo exhibit. An enclosure of 1 hectare, 1.5 times the size of a typical football pitch is a tiny area for both species. The animals will need feeding, and the woodland will require ongoing active management to minimise negative impacts on old trees and to ensure adequate regeneration. There is nothing self-sustaining or “wild” about these conditions. Perhaps if visitors were exposed to a wolf pack hunting down a stricken deer they would get some sense of the rewilding reality.

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River Stour runs dry in drought in Constable Country

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 02:03
The Environment Agency takes steps to refill a river featured in some of the UK's best-loved paintings.
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Russia alarmed by large fall in bee populations

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 00:13
Pesticides are blamed for Russia's mass bee deaths, while French honey production is also down.
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Iceland pilot whales: Dozens of dead mammals found beached

BBC - Sat, 2019-07-20 00:09
The pilot whales were spotted during a helicopter sightseeing tour over Longufjorur.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-07-19 23:30

Firebugs in Russia, monkeys in India and penguin visitors in a New Zealand sushi shop

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