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Post office team picked for Antarctic Port Lockroy base

BBC - Fri, 2019-09-20 21:31
The team will spend four months franking stamps on tourists' postcards and counting penguins.
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Climate change: Offshore wind expands at record low price

BBC - Fri, 2019-09-20 21:27
The UK announces projects to power seven million homes with wind power - and no need for subsidy.
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CN Markets: Pilot market data for week ending Sep. 20, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-09-20 20:48
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China's regional pilot carbon markets this week.
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Climate protest student: 'I'm here to step up and say no more'

BBC - Fri, 2019-09-20 19:53
Student Gina Hale is one of the protesters taking part in the day of climate action.
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Hundreds of thousands attend school climate strike rallies across Australia

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 19:47

Organisers of the school strike for climate estimate 300,000 people turned out in more than 100 cities and towns

Hundreds of thousands of Australians took to the streets on Friday as they called for greater action on the climate emergency in more than 100 cities and towns across the country.

Organisers of the school strike for climate claimed about 300,000 people attended dozens of rallies, including an estimated 100,000 in Melbourne and 80,000 in Sydney. The unprecedented climate crisis protests were likely the largest public demonstrations in Australia since the marches against the Iraq War in 2003.

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From Alan Jones to the Daily Mail: the Australian media's bizarre reactions to the climate strike

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 19:21

Jones cited Joseph Goebbels while the Mail found a child who said they just wanted the day off school

The Daily Mail found a child at the climate strike who said they just wanted the day off school and Alan Jones quoted Joseph Goebbels. Those were just some of the more bizarre takes on the climate strike from sections of the media on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied across Australia in what were overwhelmingly peaceful events but on Sydney’s most popular breakfast program Jones interviewed climate sceptics and claimed school children were being brainwashed by adults with a political agenda.

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Signs of the times: the best Australian climate strike placards

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 18:49

Australian climate strikers’ signs send government a bleakly humorous Texta message

Laughing in the face of looming apocalypse, Friday’s climate strike brought out the best in dark Australian humour.

While many signs were deadly serious, teens are nothing if not witty and they came armed with memes and pop culture references.

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New windfarms will not cost taxpayers after subsidies hit record low

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 18:35

Cost of supporting offshore turbines drops to less than market price for energy

New renewable energy projects will be built at no extra cost for millions of British energy bill payers after record low state-backed subsidies fell below the market price the first time.

The results of a government subsidy auction have revealed that the cost of supporting offshore wind turbines has tumbled by almost a third in two years to record lows of less than £40 per megawatt hour (MWh).

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Meet the scientists turning algae into carbon-neutral clothes – video

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 18:26

The fashion industry is a fossil-fuel-guzzling operation as many of our clothes are made from petroleum-based textiles such as polyester. Even natural fibres such as cotton have a huge carbon footprint and require a large portion of the world’s pesticides. 

In a bid to solve this disastrous environmental equation, scientists and designers are creating completely new textiles from fast-growing, carbon-sucking organisms such as micro- and macro-algae, mycelium (elements of fungus), bacteria and fermented yeast. These new biotechnologies efficiently convert sunlight and CO2 into mass raw materials, suck carbon out of the atmosphere and pave the way to a carbon-negative wardrobe

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SLS: Nasa's giant 'Moon rocket' takes shape

BBC - Fri, 2019-09-20 18:23
Nasa finishes assembling the main structural components for its largest rocket since the Apollo-era Saturn V.
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SK Market: KAUs extend record highs again as compliance rush continues

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-09-20 18:19
South Korean CO2 allowances rose another 3% in Friday trade to fresh all-time highs, pushed up by small buyers willing to pay high prices for the modest amount of permits they need.
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300,000 join climate strikes across Australia

ABC Environment - Fri, 2019-09-20 18:15
Hundreds of thousands of young people, and more than a few adults, have taken to the streets to call for stronger action to fight climate change. They're hoping their message will be heard by world leaders gathering in New York for the Global Climate Summit.
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Australians stand up for climate change action – in pictures

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 17:21

Children take time off school and workers down tools to take part in the global climate strike

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Climate explained: why don't we have electric aircraft?

The Conversation - Fri, 2019-09-20 16:09
Unlike a car, you can't just stick a battery-powered engine in a plane and expect it to fly. Despite that, small planes might be the future of electric flight. Dries Verstraete, Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Design and Propulsion, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Nature Conservancy’s global photo contest winners 2019

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 16:00

The global conservation body Nature Conservancy, working in 72 countries to tackle climate change and to conserve lands, waters and oceans, has announced its latest photo winners, selected from more than 100,000 entries

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Introducing the latest carbon neutral certified organisation

Department of the Environment - Fri, 2019-09-20 15:15
Cundall is certified carbon neutral for its business operations.
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Introducing the latest carbon neutral certified organisation

Department of the Environment - Fri, 2019-09-20 15:14
CO2 Australia is certified carbon neutral for its business operations.
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Man v mosquito: what to do about our biggest killer

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-09-20 15:01

These tiny pests adapt so successfully to changing conditions that they have become humankind’s deadliest predator. We might soon be able to eradicate them – but should we? By Timothy Winegard

We are at war with the mosquito. A swarming and consuming army of 110tn enemy mosquitoes patrols every inch of the globe except for Antarctica, Iceland and a handful of French Polynesian micro-islands. The biting female warrior of this droning insect population is armed with at least 15 lethal and debilitating biological weapons, to be used against 7.7 billion humans deploying suspect and often self-detrimental defensive capabilities. In fact, our defence budget for personal shields, sprays and other means of deterring her unrelenting raids is $11bn (£8.8bn) a year, and rising rapidly. And yet her deadly offensive campaigns and crimes against humanity continue with reckless abandon. While our counterattacks are reducing the number of casualties she perpetrates – malaria deaths in particular are declining rapidly – the mosquito remains the deadliest hunter of human beings on the planet.

Taking a broad range of estimates into account, since 2000, the average annual number of human deaths caused by the mosquito was around 2 million. Humans came in a distant second at 475,000, followed by snakes (50,000), dogs and sandflies (25,000 each), the tsetse fly, and the assassin or kissing bug (10,000 each). The fierce killers of lore and Hollywood celebrity were much further down our list. The crocodile was ranked 10th, with 1,000 annual deaths. Next on the list were hippos with 500, and elephants and lions with 100 fatalities each. The much-slandered shark and wolf shared 15th position, killing an average of 10 people per annum.

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The world is burning, and all Australia has is a big stick

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-09-20 14:51

The world is burning, and Australia is doing nothing but waving a big stick. No wonder the kids have gone on strike.

The post The world is burning, and all Australia has is a big stick appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Award for man who stopped a mega-dam and saved Borneo's rainforest

BBC - Fri, 2019-09-20 13:45
Peter Kallang has been awarded a top environmental prize for a successful campaign to stop a mega-dam being built in Borneo.
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