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Disastrous, dark shadow, destroys our economy: five climate elders on Peter Dutton’s emissions stance

The Guardian - 4 hours 18 min ago

From Peter Garrett to Prof Lesley Hughes there is frustration, despair and ‘a towering sense of anger’ over the opposition leader’s shift on the 2030 target

Any sense of a ceasefire in Australia’s fractious climate wars was blown away this week after the Coalition said it would not back the country’s 2030 emissions reduction target at the next election.

Peter Dutton’s declaration would mean that, if elected, a Coalition government will seek to breach a central tenet of the global Paris climate accord that countries should not “backslide” on their climate ambition.

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Voluntary carbon project developer shuts down, lays off remaining staff -media

Carbon Pulse - 6 hours 36 min ago
An ocean carbon removal project developer has shut down and abruptly laid off all remaining staff on Friday, local media reported, as the firm said it has suffered from a collapse in voluntary carbon prices.
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Outdoor clothing brands still using ‘forever chemicals’ despite health risk

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-06-15 20:59

Campaigners find PFAS, which can contaminate the soil and water supply, in more than 80% of 27 companies’ products

Hikers may be inadvertently damaging the environment and risking their own health by wearing clothes made waterproof with “forever chemicals”, according to research by Ethical Consumer.

The campaigning magazine examined 27 companies that make outdoor clothing such as fleeces, waterproof jackets, walking boots and rucksacks, and found 82% were still using per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

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Alaska limits cruise ship passengers in capital city after 1.6m visitors last year

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-06-15 17:00

Juneau agrees deal with industry body to curtail visits but critics say it does not go far enough to protect quality of life

Alaska’s capital city is to limit the numbers of cruise ship passengers arriving at the port amid concerns over tourism’s growing impact, but a leading critic of the industry has said further measures to protect Alaskans’ quality of life are needed.

Located on the Gastineau Channel in southern Alaska, Juneau has a population of 32,000 and last year received a record 1.65 million cruise ship passengers – a 23% increase from the previous high.

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Drones reveal Antarctic whale 'acrobatics'

BBC - Sat, 2024-06-15 10:20
Aerial footage of humpback whales shows how efficiently they can twist and turn their huge bodies.
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Traders add longer-dated vintages, mostly reduce V24s across North American carbon markets

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 08:47
Emitters and speculators added to longer dated California Carbon Allowance (CCAs) holdings, while slashing length for the most part in current vintages across the WCI, RGGI, and Washington carbon markets, according to weekly data from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
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California Legislature passes 2024-25 budget, allocates $40 mln for carbon removal

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 08:07
The California Legislature passed its 2024 budget in the form of Assembly Bill 107 (AB 107) on Thursday, and now awaits the approval of Governor Gavin Newsom (D) to conduct a total of $293 billion in spending, including $40 million for carbon removal research and development.
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WCI Q3 auction volume dips to lowest offered YtD

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 05:55
The California-Quebec joint WCI auction in August will offer the lowest volume of allowances so far this year, according to a notice from California regulator ARB published Friday. 
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Canadian emissions and GDP higher in 2030 without carbon pricing -government data

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 03:49
Both Canada’s emissions and GDP would be higher in 2030 without carbon pricing, according to data made public Thursday by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
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Fate of EU nature law hangs in the balance at Monday ministerial meeting

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 03:34
A long quest for legislation to restore ecosystems across land in Europe may reach the end of the line on Monday when the EU's 27 environment ministers gather in Luxembourg for what could be a decisive meeting, although negotiators are still unsure about how things will play out exactly.
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CF NORTH AMERICA: Longer term strategy necessary in maturing VCM, experts say

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 03:06
Heightened regulatory scrutiny could encourage investment in the voluntary carbon market (VCM), but market players need a long-term strategy for the relatively nascent industry, panellists told conference attendees this week.
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VCM activity plummeted in May, ahead of first CCP integrity label approval

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 03:03
Credit retirements from the four main standard bodies in the voluntary carbon market plummeted in May, just ahead of the first approval of the core carbon principle (CCP) label for an estimated 27 million credits at the start of June.
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Germany’s top climate envoy says ‘this is the critical decade’ after Dutton ditches 2030 target

The Guardian - Sat, 2024-06-15 01:00

Representative from Europe’s biggest economy and key player in global climate talks says deep emissions cuts by 2030 ‘essential’ to limit climate heating to 1.5C

Germany’s climate envoy has dismissed claims the Paris agreement is only about reaching net zero emissions by 2050, warning that deep cuts by 2030 are “essential” and scientific evidence shows “this is the critical decade” to act on global heating.

Australia’s opposition leader, Peter Dutton, has refused to commit to a 2030 emissions reduction target prior to the next national election, prompting claims from Labor, the Greens and independents that the Coalition isn’t serious about acting on the climate crisis.

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INTERVIEW: Behavioural analysis of EUA trading strategies needed as power sector decarbonises

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 01:00
Sector-specific trading strategies for EU carbon allowances will increasingly determine supply and demand balances as free allocations are phased out and Europe’s power sector contiues to decarbonise, according to a carbon analyst and financial modelling expert.
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FEATURE: Nature tech startups sit tight on biodiversity monitoring amid concerns over lack of investment

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2024-06-15 00:32
Nature tech companies are struggling to attract investment for biodiversity monitoring due to lack of corporate demand, with venture capitalists encouraging them to "survive" as the market is slated to grow within the next two years.
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Japanese carbon developer teams up with provincial govt for rice projects in Vietnam

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-06-14 23:56
A Tokyo-based carbon project developer has partnered with a provincial government in Vietnam for developing methane offsetting projects in the Red River Delta region of the Southeast Asian nation.
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BRIEFING: Companies risk being ‘locked out’ of carbon removal market if they do not buy credits now

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-06-14 22:55
The global carbon dioxide removal (CDR) market risks failing to fully take off if more corporate clients do not commit to purchasing carbon credits now, speakers at a conference in London warned this week.
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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2024-06-14 21:32
European carbon was marginally lower at midday as the market headed towards its least volatile week since December, with prices held in a tight range by traders eyeing next Wednesday's expiry of the June options contracts, while energy also moved in narrow ranges.
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Wildlife experts urge action on pesticides as UK insect populations plummet

The Guardian - Fri, 2024-06-14 21:00

Campaigners say next government must reduce use and toxicity of pesticides before it is too late

The UK’s insect populations are declining at alarming rates and the next government must put in place plans to monitor and reduce the use and toxicity of pesticides before it is too late, wildlife experts say.

In recent years, concerns have been raised over earthworm populations, which have fallen by a third in the past 25 years. A citizen science project that monitors flying insects in the UK, meanwhile, found a 60% decline between 2004 and 2021. The overall trajectory, as government monitoring figures show, has been downwards since the 1970s.

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