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Harvest mice found thriving 15 years after reintroduction efforts

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-12-13 22:25

Volunteers find nests made by descendants of creatures released by student in 2004

As an idealistic PhD student, Wendy Fail’s ambition was to reintroduce harvest mice to Northumberland. She painstakingly bred 240 mice in captivity and in 2004 released the elusive mammals on to a coastal nature reserve with plenty of reedbeds for them to hide in.

When not a single harvest mouse – Britain’s smallest rodent – was recaptured in subsequent trap surveys, Fail concluded that her efforts to reintroduce them had been unsuccessful.

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European Green Deal to press ahead despite Polish targets opt-out

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-12-13 19:08

Poland opts out of 2050 net-zero emissions after hours of wrangling over timetables and money

European Union leaders have vowed to press on with a major economic plan to confront the climate emergency, despite Poland’s opt-out from a net-zero emissions target by 2050.

The Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, told journalists he had secured an exemption for Poland on the 2050 target, which is meant to become the legally binding centrepiece of the “European Green Deal” , a plan to transform Europe’s economy announced two days ago.

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What became of the great Pacific pumice raft?

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-12-13 18:42

It captured the world’s imagination when it appeared in the middle of the ocean – but where did it come from, and where is it going?

It floated into the collective consciousness in August, twice the size of Manhattan and probably powerful enough to exfoliate the feet of the entire world. The giant Pacific Ocean pumice raft was as mysterious as it was vast.

The world only knew of its existence thanks to Michael Hoult and Larissa Brill, two Australians who sailed into it while travelling by catamaran to Fiji. Photographs they took showed a mass of grey stretching as far as the eye could see.

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'I couldn't prise its jaws open': the woman who fought a mountain lion to save her dog

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-12-13 16:00

Ilene Dondlinger of California says she does not want the big cat killed, despite its fatal attack on her miniature schnauzer

When Ilene Dondlinger jumped on the mountain lion attacking her miniature schnauzer in the early hours of 5 December, she reacted without thinking. The 54-year-old wrestled with the big cat in her backyard, desperately trying to open its jaws to save her beloved dog Pumba. But there was nothing she could do.

“I couldn’t prise its jaws open, no matter what I did,” Dondlinger said, detailing how she punched, kicked and jumped on the big cat, even putting her knee to its throat in desperation.

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Australia needs a national crisis plan, and not just for bushfires

The Conversation - Fri, 2019-12-13 14:08
We don't need to send in the army every time there's a natural disaster, or create a national fire fighting force. We need to think practically about working together in emergencies. Andrew Gissing, General Manager, Risk Frontiers, Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University Michael Eburn, Associate Professor in Law, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Taylor flies out of Madrid, leaving Kyoto carryover battle unresolved

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 14:02

Kyoto Angus Taylor Michael Bloomberg COP25 Madrid - optimisedAngus Taylor bids Madrid adios, leaving diplomats to fight for Australia's Kyoto accounting dodge, and as PM Morrison tells more untruths.

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Federal nuclear inquiry report: Lunatics in charge of the asylum

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 13:55

nuclear englandScott Morrison has thrown a bone to the conservative culture warriors pushing nuclear power, and now they'll be demanding a rump steak with tomato sauce.

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Coalition pushes for nuclear ban to be lifted, Labor says it’s madness

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 13:50

Nuclear inquiry report calls on Australians to say "definite yes" to nuclear energy for Australia, despite the new SMR technology's enormous expense and as-yet unproven status.

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The Driven Podcast: EVs, range anxiety and fuel security

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 13:44

fuelEVs are an obvious solution for Australia’s precarious fuel security and its dependence on fuel imports. Former RAAF deputy chief John Blackburn explains why.

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CP Daily: Thursday December 12, 2019

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-12-13 13:26
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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A tale of two markets: Rooftop PV smashes records as large-scale wind, solar slow down

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 13:00

Solar Panels on rooftop Roof suburb stockland - optimisedRegulator's report shows early signs of a dramatic fall in new large-scale renewables investment, to lowest level since mid-2016.

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Appointment of Commonwealth members to the Australian Energy Regulator

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 12:34

The Morrison Government is pleased to announce the appointments of Mr Eric Groom PSM and Mr Justin Oliver as full-time Commonwealth members of the Australian Energy Regulator.

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Energy rule-maker rues reality, rejects real reform in S.A. blackout response

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 12:27

AEMC seems to view distributed energy as a problem rather than an opportunity when it comes to maintaining system resilience in the face of weather events or cyberattacks.

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Australia's bushfires have emitted 250m tonnes of CO2, almost half of country's annual emissions

The Guardian - Fri, 2019-12-13 11:42

Exclusive: forest regrowth can reabsorb emissions from fires but scientists fear natural carbon ‘sinks’ have been compromised

Bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland have emitted a massive pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere since August that is equivalent to almost half of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, Guardian Australia can reveal.

Analysis by Nasa shows the NSW fires have emitted about 195m tonnes of CO2 since 1 August, with Queensland’s fires adding a further 55m tonnes over the same period.

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EU leaders agree 2050 net zero deal despite lone holdout Poland

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-12-13 11:33
EU leaders have failed to achieve consensus on targeting net zero emissions by 2050, declaring a deal had been reached but acknowledging that one member state was unable to commit to the goal at this point.
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Your Christmas shopping could harm or help the planet. Which will it be?

The Conversation - Fri, 2019-12-13 11:14
Australians spent $400 million on unwanted Christmas gifts last year. There must be a better way. Louise Grimmer, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania Gary Mortimer, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology Martin Grimmer, Professor of Marketing, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Snowy 2.0 will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia: truth or lie?

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2019-12-13 10:52

Snowy Hydro has claimed that its massive “Snowy 2.0” pumped hydro scheme will reduce emissions by storing renewable electricity. Is this correct?

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Humans 'sole culprits' in US parrot extinction

BBC - Fri, 2019-12-13 10:01
A study of North America's only native parrot confirms its disappearance was down to humans alone.
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Climate change: Stalemate at UN talks as splits re-appear

BBC - Fri, 2019-12-13 09:58
Talks in Madrid enter their final day with serious divisions between large emitting countries and small island states
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EU Market: EUAs lift on energy rebounds as traders brace for UK auction impact

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2019-12-13 08:25
EU carbon prices bounced back above €25 on Thursday, recovering all of the previous day's losses after hitting a six-day low this morning, as wider energy prices rebounded from their recent streak of declines and the market readied for the UK election results and their impact.
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