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EU kicks off process to align carbon market with higher 2030 emissions goal

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2020-10-29 21:51
The European Commission’s work on reforming the bloc’s carbon market will put a strong emphasis on adding shipping and adjusting the MSR, according to documents the EU executive published on Thursday.
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'Moderate to strong' La Niña weather event develops in the Pacific

BBC - Thu, 2020-10-29 21:01
The phenomenon results in the large scale cooling of ocean surface temperature.
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2020 likely to be one of warmest years on record despite La Niña

The Guardian - Thu, 2020-10-29 21:00

Climate crisis exacerbates extreme weather during natural events, say experts

La Niña climate event is under way, heralding a colder and stormier winter than usual across the northern hemisphere, but 2020 remains likely to be one of the warmest years on record.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has declared La Niña event – a cooling of surface ocean water along the Pacific coast of the South American tropics – to help governments and humanitarian agencies plan for extreme weather events around the world.

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Foreign minister refuses to ‘welcome’ zero carbon pledges, as Australia goes it alone

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 19:08

 AAP Image/Lukas Coch)Australia's foreign minister refuses to 'welcome' zero carbon pledges from Japan and South Korea, says Australia will not be influenced by other countries on carbon targets.

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Plans to dredge notorious ‘ship swallower' sandbank condemned

The Guardian - Thu, 2020-10-29 18:00

Removal of millions of tonnes of material from Goodwin Sands, the watery grave of hundreds of ships in the English Channel, would make a mockery of marine protection pledges, critics say

Six miles off the coast of Deal, in Kent, lies Goodwin Sands, a 10-mile sandbank known as the “ship swallower”. Seals bask there at low tide, belying its reputation as one of the most treacherous spots in the Channel and a graveyard for centuries-old shipwrecks, as well as downed aircraft from the second world war.

Now the site has become central to another battle, by conservationists and campaigners, to safeguard Britain’s seas from damaging activities and to hold the government to account on its “30 x 30” pledge to protect 30% of marine habitats by 2030.

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Matt Kean chides Sussan Ley over 'disappointing' destruction of Port Stephens koala habitat

The Guardian - Thu, 2020-10-29 17:21

NSW environment minister says he does not support his federal counterpart, even though his government recommended environmental approval for quarry expansion

The New South Wales environment minister, Matt Kean, has said he is disappointed by the decision of his federal counterpart, Sussan Ley, to approve the expansion of a rock quarry in koala habitat in Port Stephens, despite the state government previously recommending environmental approval for the project.

The Brandy Hill quarry expansion will clear 52 hectares of koala habitat after it was approved this week by Ley, despite a high-profile grassroots campaign.

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Tory MPs are right: the north needs a renaissance – but it's got to be green | Owen Jones

The Guardian - Thu, 2020-10-29 17:00

Places hollowed out by deindustrialisation could be at the forefront of an environmental revolution

Here are two news stories which may not seem linked, and yet they are. The first: a letter written this week to the prime minister by the newly formed Northern Research Group. Representing 50 Conservative MPs in northern seats – including those wrested from Labour control after generations – they rightly point to how the pandemic “has exposed in sharp relief the deep structural and systemic disadvantage faced by our own communities”, and express fear that the cost of the crisis “could be paid by the downgrading of the levelling-up agenda, and northern constituencies like ours will be left behind”.

Related: Investors and graduates flock to UK's burgeoning windfarms

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Genome and satellite technology reveal recovery rates and impacts of climate change on southern right whales

The Conversation - Thu, 2020-10-29 16:48
Southern right wales have been hunted to near extinction. Now their genome has been sequenced to help biologists track their recovery and understand the impacts of climate change, past and future. Emma Carroll, Rutherford Discovery Fellow, University of Auckland Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Light pollution's wasted energy seen from space

BBC - Thu, 2020-10-29 16:40
Entire city dims its streetlights, enabling scientists to measure light pollution from space.
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The Driven Podcast: Direct imports to lift EV choice for Australian consumers

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 16:01

BYDNexport’s Luke Todd on plan to import four electric vehicle models from China’s BYD, and creating a platform for more EV makers to import directly into Australia.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: Can China wean itself off coal?

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 14:53

China has set a net zero emissions target, which ultimately means the closure of the biggest coal fleet in the world. China coal expert Ryna Yiyun Cui from the University of Maryland explains how this might be done.

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BP hints at near future moves into offshore wind and hydrogen

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 14:40

BP CEO says the oil and gas supermajor will “probably” bid on offshore wind rounds in next six months, as part of pivot into renewables and hydrogen. 

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Final turbine completed at Tasmania’s Granville Harbour wind farm

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 14:24

Last of 31 turbines completed at Tasmania’s 112MW Granville Harbour wind farm, a project that promises to deliver a one-third increase to state’s total wind power capacity.

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Capacity Building Fund Management Consultant, Forest Protection Fund, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – Vientiane

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2020-10-29 14:07
The Lao agriculture and forestry ministry is looking for a capacity building fund management consultant for its Forest Protection Fund.
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Federal ministers urge boycott of major bank proposing climate risk in lending decisions

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 13:34

ANZ Bank from AAP - optimisedANZ invokes a frenzied response from Coalition ministers for suggesting its largest customers should probably start preparing for a transition to zero emissions.

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Can the world’s big legacy car makers catch up with Tesla?

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 13:18

Tesla is already the market leader in EVs, but it is beating the legacy car makers on revenue growth, margins and cash flow. And then there is software.

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South Australia names hydrogen hubs to foster “epic” growth in wind and solar

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 13:11

South Australia Liberal government unveils details of hydrogen plan, including new green hydrogen hubs that could support more than 12GW of new wind and solar capacity.

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Global heating threatens UK wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive

The Guardian - Thu, 2020-10-29 10:01

Restoring and connecting habitat across Britain could save a fifth of species by 2030, says report by Rewilding Britain

Global heating is shifting Britain’s climatic zones by up to 5km each year, outpacing wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive, according to a new report by Rewilding Britain.

If species cannot adapt to higher temperatures or relocate elsewhere, they will be threatened with extinction.

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Buildings must now eliminate gas to qualify for top Green Star ratings

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 09:33

Green Building Council of Australia now requires buildings to be completely fossil fuel free and 100% renewable powered to gain the highest possible 6 Green Star rating.

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“First” vehicle-to-grid electric car charger goes on sale in Australia

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-10-29 09:16

indra v2g chargerAustralian-owned EV-NRG launches domestic V2G charger, with ability to both charge an electric car and discharge energy back to the grid.

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