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Rising power demand may minimise coronavirus impact on RGGI emissions, data shows

Carbon Pulse - 2 hours 41 min ago
Northeast US electricity consumption returned to historic levels over the past several months as warmer weather increased residential usage, likely curtailing the impact of COVID-19 on RGGI compliance obligations, according to grid data.
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The Guardian view on record-breaking weather: the heat is on | Editorial

The Guardian - 2 hours 51 min ago

What better time than the UK’s hottest-ever week for ministers to commit to bold climate action?

The hottest week in the UK since records began offers further proof that our weather is changing. Climate change and global heating are not predictions, but facts of life that we must deal with now. Ten of the UK’s warmest-ever years have been since 2002, while the temperature of 36.4C recorded at Heathrow airport last week made it the hottest August day since 2003.

Links between climate and weather must always be made with caution. But scientists already have evidence that 2020’s record temperatures are the consequence of human-caused climate change. According to researchers, the heatwave in the Siberian Arctic between January and June, which caused permafrost to melt and buildings to collapse, was made at least 600 times more likely by greenhouse gas emissions. While this summer has seen no repeat of 2018’s devastating wildfires in Greece, which killed more than 80 people, records have been broken in the Middle East as well as Europe and 2020 is likely to be the hottest year globally on record. On 29 July Baghdad recorded a temperature high of 51.7C, leading to protests about electricity and goods shortages.

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Germany set to reach 2020 GHG target due to pandemic effects –study

Carbon Pulse - 3 hours 3 min ago
Germany is set to hit its domestic 2020 GHG reduction target of 40% below 1990 levels this year, a study released on Friday found, as coronavirus restrictions limited output to bring the goal back within reach.
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German firms risk ‘double burden’ from EU ETS and national scheme –analysis

Carbon Pulse - 3 hours 24 min ago
More than 900 EU ETS-covered installations in Germany face a liquidity squeeze following the launch of the national emissions trading system (nEHS) next year as the two schemes will impose a ‘double burden’ that may not be compensated until a year and a half later, an analysis has found.
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CN Markets: Pilot market data for week ending Aug. 14, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-08-14 23:01
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China's regional pilot carbon markets this week.
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EU Midday Market Briefing

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-08-14 23:01
EUAs fell below €25 early on Friday as wider markets sank on heightened prospects of a second European lockdown and power markets softened cooler weather forecasts.
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UK potato farmers fear another washout for this year's crop

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-08-14 23:00

Growers hope to avoid a third bad year but have already been hit by lockdown and a heatwave

The humble spud, staple of the British dinner table, has weathered storm, flood and lockdown, but farmers are on tenterhooks ahead of the crucial growing season for the key crop as the UK heatwave is followed by thunderstorms and deluges.

Farmers are desperate to avoid a repeat of last year, when good growing weather over the summer was followed by heavy rains in some areas from late September that left the ground too sodden to harvest for months, spelling disaster for many potato growers.

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'The worst of human nature': UK staycationers' trail of destruction

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-08-14 20:31

Countryside and coastal custodians lament ‘different demographic’ of visitors leaving litter and endangering wildlife

Fires caused by portable barbecues, wild flowers being dug up, the disturbance of shorebirds, and an avalanche of rubbish. These are just some of the threats to Britain’s wild places as record numbers enjoy coastal and countryside “staycations”.

Beleaguered rangers complain that a new generation of holidaymakers are treating the countryside like a festival site, leaving behind tents, chairs and excrement, as well as endangering rare habitats and wildlife.

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My home battery and rooftop solar system: How it performed in its first year

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 20:19

One year after installing home solar and Tesla battery storage, I decided to do some analysis on how the system performed technically and financially. Here's what it found.

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Australia missing out on smartest plug-in hybrid EVs due to poor vehicle standards

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 20:04

New crop of "smart" plug-in hybrid electric vehicles that automatically switch to ‘electric-only’ in certain geo-fenced areas in cities will not be available in Australia.

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The underwater future of the Maldives – in pictures

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-08-14 18:00

By 2100 the island nation could be submerged. As a representation of the looming future Giulia Piermartiri and Edoardo Delille projected tourists’ photos onto residents’ homes in a series for Festivals Images Vevey

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Amazon fires: Brazil sees worst start to fire season in 10 years – video

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-08-14 17:11

Brazil's Amazon rainforest has had its worst start to a fire season in a decade, with 10,136 blazes spotted in the first 10 days of August. The increase follows a similar rise in year-on-year figures from July 2019 to July 2020. The 'extraordinarily concerning' fires in 2019 caused an international crisis, and these new figures suggest this season could be much worse 

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China's billion dollar pig plan met with loathing by Argentinians

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-08-14 17:00

Chinese investment in Argentina’s hog industry would boost exports, but environmentalists fear risk of pandemic

A government-sponsored plan to turbocharge Argentina’s hog industry with Chinese capital is generating unprecedented resistance among its supposed beneficiaries – the Argentinian general public.

Nearly 400,000 people have signed petitions opposing the move. “We never had such a huge response before,” said environmental lawyer Enrique Viale, one of the group who banded together last month to challenge the government’s initiative. His petition currently has 200,000 signatures; another on change.org has almost 120,000 additional signatures, and three separate petitions on the same platform have clocked up another 55,000 between them.

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Science is saving the forty-spotted pardalote - nature’s ridiculous tiny idiot | First Dog on the Moon

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-08-14 15:59

Blood-sucking maggots are bent on the deaths of these innocent creatures

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Charging for rooftop solar exports “not needed and not fair”

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 15:05

rooftop solarA blanket charge on rooftop solar exports from homes back to the grid branded as not needed and not fair.

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Tree ferns are older than dinosaurs. And that's not even the most interesting thing about them

The Conversation - Fri, 2020-08-14 14:56
They're a familiar sight on forest walks and long drives, but tree ferns are more fascinating than you may have realised. Gregory Moore, Doctor of Botany, University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Coal power hits record low, but Taylor still can’t credit wind and solar for lower electricity prices

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 14:50

angus taylor ungi scott morrison snowy hydro - optimisedElectricity prices fall to five year low, pushed down by record high wind and solar, but still Angus Taylor advocates for a gas-led recovery.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: Garnaut’s Sunshot to renewables future

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 14:47

Ross Garnaut speech - optimisedRoss Garnaut on his split with Gupta, his Sunshot plan for renewables, and how Australia can still become a clean energy superpower.

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When is AGL Energy going to grow up?

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 14:46

As things stand, and without big change, AGL will remain a sad old play on electricity prices with ageing assets that no one wants.

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Batteries, batteries, and more batteries: Alice Springs future grid plan gets ARENA boost

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-08-14 13:51

A new big battery, home battery incentives, and a battery-based VPP – all put on fast-track for Alice Springs with $2.1m funding boost from ARENA this week.

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