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Horizon takes stake in remote solar and battery specialist to fast-track regional renewables

RenewEconomy - 2 hours 59 min ago

kalumburu microgrid wa horizonWA government-owned utility takes stake in local solar outfit to help shift its 34 microgrids and 117 remote communities to renewables.

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How California floods affect US food prices

BBC - 3 hours 54 min ago
Flooded farmlands in America's "bread basket" have big consequences for US and global food supplies.
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Fintech company partners with Thai govt agency on carbon market registry

Carbon Pulse - 4 hours 16 min ago
A financial tech company has teamed up with a Thai government agency to integrate its digital platform into the national carbon registry to bring greater transparency to the country’s emerging emissions market.
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UK ‘strikingly unprepared’ for impacts of climate crisis

The Guardian - 4 hours 32 min ago

Government’s official advisers point to ‘lost decade’ in efforts to protect lives and livelihoods

The UK is “strikingly unprepared” for the impacts of the climate crisis, according to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), which said there had been a “lost decade” in efforts to adapt for the impacts of global heating.

The CCC, the government’s official climate adviser, said climate damages will inevitably intensify for decades to come. It has warned repeatedly of poor preparation in the past and said government action was now urgently needed to protect people and their homes and livelihoods.

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Canada budget proposes carbon contracts for difference, new clean energy tax credits

Carbon Pulse - 5 hours 38 min ago
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2023 budget released Tuesday said it will consult on a carbon contracts for difference (CCfD) programme to de-risk private sector investments in GHG mitigation projects, as well as launch new investment tax credits or expand existing ones related to clean energy and carbon capture.
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Safeguard mechanism still leaves Australia with a big methane problem 

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 48 min ago

open cut mine in the Hunter ValleyAustralia has been left in the dark about the scale of the methane pollution from its energy sector, and Safeguard reforms do little to pull back the curtains.

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First towers go up in Australia’s biggest electricity transmission project

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 50 min ago

transmission tower energy connectTransgrid lifts first massive towers on what will be country’s largest electricity transmission upgrade, fast tracking switch to renewables.

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New cars sold in EU must be zero-emission from 2035

BBC - 7 hours 51 min ago
The deal was delayed for weeks after Germany called for an exemption for cars running on e-fuels.
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Poole harbour oil spill washes up on wildlife haven Brownsea Island

The Guardian - 8 hours 35 min ago

Exclusive: National Trust concerned at danger to rich mix of ecosystems including lagoon, woodland, salt marsh and reedbed

Oil from the Perenco pipeline leak in Poole harbour has washed up on the shores of Brownsea Island, an internationally important wetland and marine conservation zone.

Nearly 200 barrels of reservoir fluid – a brine mixture that is about 15% oil – leaked into the waters of Ower Bay on Sunday from the pipeline sparking a major incident and urgent clean-up operation.

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EU CO2 cars law and other Fit for 55 files get signed off by energy ministers

Carbon Pulse - 9 hours 21 min ago
EU energy ministers adopted on Tuesday a disputed regulation setting stricter CO2 emission performance standards for new cars and vans, as well as other key files in the bloc's Fit for 55 climate policy package.
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Space scientists reveal brightest gamma explosion ever

BBC - 9 hours 33 min ago
Nasa satellites detected an explosion two billion light-years away which lit up the galaxy.
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Verra proposes revisions to cookstoves offset methodology inherited from CDM

Carbon Pulse - 10 hours 8 min ago
Offset standards body and registry Verra on Tuesday launched a public consultation to seek feedback on planned revisions to its high efficiency firewood cookstoves methodology, which along with similar projects have recently come under fire for over-crediting by up to a factor of six.
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Finnish startup raises cash for carbon negative concrete plans

Carbon Pulse - 10 hours 50 min ago
A Finnish startup has raised €1.8 million to scale up the manufacture of carbon negative concrete and put the company on course to its goal of producing up to a fifth of the global market by mid-century.
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TNFD releases long-awaited final draft on nature-related financial disclosure rules

Carbon Pulse - 11 hours 24 min ago
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) on Tuesday released its long-awaited last draft framework for managing and reporting risks and opportunities related to nature, ahead of the final rules slated for publication in September. 
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Britons who do not pave over garden could receive water bill discount, Ofwat says

The Guardian - 12 hours 10 min ago

Cheaper rates could be applied to those who install water butts under plans unveiled by regulator

Water bill discounts could be given to people who do not pave over their front gardens and install water butts, under plans unveiled by the regulator.

Customers could also be charged dynamically based on how much water they use, with people who reduce their usage paying less than heavy users, Ofwat announced on Tuesday.

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Net zero tsar and senior Tories among those urging biomass subsidies rethink

The Guardian - 12 hours 33 min ago

Exclusive: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Chris Grayling express concern at system under which Drax made £617m in 2022

The UK government should rethink its subsidies for burning wood for fuel, former Conservative ministers and the net zero tsar have said.

The energy company Drax, which burns forest biomass, made £893m in direct government subsidies in 2021. The level of support fell to £617m in 2022 as electricity prices exceeded an agreed “strike price” agreed to encourage renewable investment.

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Albanese government faces decisions on coalmines that could add 16m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually

The Guardian - 13 hours 33 min ago

Australia Institute analysis tracks 28 proposed developments referred to Tanya Plibersek for approval

The Albanese government could have to make decisions on whether to approve up to 28 coalmine developments that would make it harder to meet targets set under its newly approved climate policy, according to a new analysis.

A coalmine tracker website published by the Australia Institute includes a breakdown of all projects that have been formally referred to the government for approval under national laws.

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Plastics cause wide-ranging health issues from cancer to birth defects, landmark study finds

The Guardian - 13 hours 33 min ago

First analysis of plastics’ hazards over life cycle – from extraction to disposal – also shows ‘deep societal injustices’ of impact

Plastics are responsible for wide-ranging health impacts including cancers, lung disease and birth defects, according to the first analysis of the health hazards of plastics across their entire life cycle – from extraction for manufacturing, through to dumping into landfill and oceans.

Led by the Boston College Global Observatory on Planetary Health in partnership with Australia’s Minderoo Foundation and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco, the review found “current patterns of plastic production, use, and disposal are not sustainable and are responsible for significant harms to human health … as well as for deep societal injustices”.

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The US is the world’s richest country. So why can’t I get a glass of clean drinking water? | Arwa Mahdawi

The Guardian - Tue, 2023-03-28 22:50

This weekend, 8,000 gallons of latex were accidentally dumped in the Delaware River – and tap water across the country is laced with disturbing chemicals

My wife is wonderful in every way, but I realised over the weekend that she is simply not built for the apocalypse. On Sunday, I was scrolling through Twitter and having a nice cup of tea when I saw a tweet from a guy called Ya Fav Trashman about a chemical spill that might affect Philadelphia drinking water. “Equipment failure” at a Trinseo chemical facility had dumped more than 8,000 gallons (about 30,000 litres) of “latex emulsion product” into the Delaware river. You can’t just boil or filter these chemicals out of your water.

I immediately spat out my Delaware River tea. (Perhaps the latex was why it was going down so smoothly?) “Yikes,” I said. “We’d better get some bottled water.” My wife volunteered to go to the nearest shop. She came back with … two bottles.

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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2023-03-28 22:41
European carbon prices jumped sharply on Tuesday morning as traders appeared to respond to a European Commission announcement on its plans to sell additional EUAs under the REPowerEU initiative, while a rally in crude oil prices late on Monday also added a bullish note to the early hours of trading.
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