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Crossbreeding corals: the hunt for ways to heal the Great Barrier Reef

The Guardian - Sat, 2020-04-04 19:30

Scientists, farmers and volunteers are looking for ways to lessen the impact of climate change as experts warn a third mass bleaching has taken place

  • Photographs by Jonas Gratzer

One of the dive instructors points out two blacktip reef sharks circling a docile green turtle busy grazing on algae. Stingrays of various sizes, colours and shapes pass beneath us. Suddenly, a pod of dolphins appears, swimming over the hard corals.

The dive takes place on what appears to be healthy and pristine coral reef surrounding Lady Elliot Island, at the very southern end of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef off Queensland.

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Stinkbug invasion in Turkey threatens world hazelnut supplies

The Guardian - Sat, 2020-04-04 18:00

Scientists race to halt spread of pungent insect species after it sweeps eight cities

The world’s hazelnut supplies could be threatened by a stinkbug that has recently invaded Turkey, scientists have warned.

The brown marmorated stinkbug, which is native to north-east Asia, has been spreading across the world in shipping containers, breeding freely thanks to warmer temperatures and a lack of natural predators.

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10 years to save 'world’s most threatened sea turtle'

BBC - Sat, 2020-04-04 17:37
The critically endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback's future looks "dire," say conservationists.
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Australia has what it needs to go “all in” and reach zero emissions by 2035

RenewEconomy - Sat, 2020-04-04 10:31

ClimateWorks study says Australia has what it needs for economy-wide decarbonisation in line with 1.5°C target. The only missing ingredient is a Coronavirus-style response from government.

The post Australia has what it needs to go “all in” and reach zero emissions by 2035 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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CP Daily: Friday April 3, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-04-04 10:13
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Australia’s path to net-zero emissions lies in rapid, stimulus-friendly steps

The Guardian - Sat, 2020-04-04 07:54

The opportunity to meet the target by 2035 is within our grasp – thanks to much cheaper technology – but we must be ready

Nearly two years ago, ClimateWorks Australia set out to test whether the implied goal agreed by world leaders at the Paris climate conference – cutting greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by 2050 – was still possible in Australia. They weren’t certain it would be. They were pleasantly surprised by the result.

“We found not only is it not yet out of reach in Australia, but it can be achieved using technologies that are mostly already mature and available,” says Anna Skarbek, the chief executive of the not-for-profit that was established in 2009 to fill a gap between climate research and action.

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WCI compliance holdings grow in Q1 as allowance surplus rises

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-04-04 07:16
A bulk of the Q1 WCI auction volume remained in entities' general accounts amid uncertainty in the secondary market, while regulated parties continued to deposit allowances into compliance accounts for future obligations, according to the California-Quebec programme's Compliance Instrument Tracking Service System (CITSS) report released on Friday.
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Speculators make further cuts to California carbon holdings, data shows

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-04-04 07:14
Speculators pared back their California Carbon Allowance (CCA) position for a third straight week, as compliance entities also saw their holdings decrease amid the March contract expiry date, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) data showed Friday.
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EU states, UK dish out 54 mln more free EUAs for 2020

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-04-04 03:11
EU member states and the UK handed out more than 54 million additional free carbon allowances to industrial emitters over the past two weeks, according to updated data released late Friday by the European Commission.
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NA Markets: California prices plummet to $12 on further volatility

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-04-04 02:35
California Carbon Allowance (CCA) cratered to $12.00 on Friday morning after an additional sell off, though bargain hunters quickly brought values back close to the previous day’s settlement.
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The week in wildlife – in pictures

The Guardian - Sat, 2020-04-04 02:26

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including a veiled chameleon and other animals enjoying the quieter streets

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Washington’s Puget Sound suspends plan for regional LCFS

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2020-04-04 00:00
Washington’s Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) will halt approval of a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) for the greater Seattle area, with the potential of reevaluating the draft clean fuels programme in the future, the regional body announced Thursday.
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EU Midday Market Briefing

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-04-03 23:02
EUAs jumped further above €18 on Friday and were poised for a huge weekly gain amid spiking oil prices.
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EU carbon prices stable after virus selloff, but more weakness, big emissions drop seen ahead -analyst

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-04-03 22:56
After cratering due to COVID-19 over the past few weeks, EU carbon prices have now stabilised and are trading at levels representative of decreased emissions demand caused by the crisis, an analyst said, estimating that figure to be around 80-100 million tonnes.
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Oceans' capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-04-03 22:42

Research into North Atlantic plankton likely to lead to negative revision of global climate calculations

The North Atlantic may be a weaker climate ally than previously believed, according to a study that suggests the ocean’s capacity to absorb carbon dioxide has been overestimated.

A first-ever winter and spring sampling of plankton in the western North Atlantic showed cell sizes were considerably smaller than scientists assumed, which means the carbon they absorb does not sink as deep or as fast, nor does it stay in the depths for as long.

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CN Markets: Pilot market data for week ending Apr. 3, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-04-03 20:57
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China's regional pilot carbon markets this week.
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Dr William Frankland, allergy scientist pioneer, dies aged 108

BBC - Fri, 2020-04-03 20:34
Dr William Frankland, known as "the grandfather of allergy", developed the idea of a pollen count.
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Edible insects set to be approved by EU in 'breakthrough moment'

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-04-03 20:29

Food safety agency’s decision could put mealworms, locusts and baby crickets on menus

It is being billed as the long-awaited breakthrough moment in European gastronomy for mealworm burgers, locust aperitifs and cricket granola.

In the next few weeks the EU’s European Food Safety Authority is expected by the insect industry to endorse mealworms, lesser mealworms, locusts, baby crickets and adult crickets as being safe for human consumption.

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Australia issues 710k new carbon credits amid virus crisis

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-04-03 20:24
Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator this week issued almost 710,000 new carbon credits, a big increase from recent weeks despite agency staff mostly working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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SK Market: Korean CO2 prices hold firm as market resists virus impact

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-04-03 20:16
South Korean CO2 prices have not budged during the coronavirus crisis, with allowances consistently trading above 40,000 won ($32.46) despite a worsening economic outlook.
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