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Small waters 'can help address biodiversity crisis'

BBC - Wed, 2020-12-02 10:44
Experts call for urgent action to protect England's smallest freshwater sites, from ponds to streams.
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High-definition video used to identify new deep-sea blob – video

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-12-02 10:09

For the first time, scientists have used high-definition underwater cameras to identify a new species. The small gelatinous blob known as Duobrachium sparksae is a type of ctenophore, or comb jelly. Scientists from the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered the creature in an underwater canyon north-west of Puerto Rico in April 2015 but it has only now been described in a research paper

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No-kill, lab-grown meat to go on sale for first time

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-12-02 10:01

Singapore’s approval of chicken cells grown in bioreactors is seen as landmark moment across industry

Cultured meat, produced in bioreactors without the slaughter of an animal, has been approved for sale by a regulatory authority for the first time. The development has been hailed as a landmark moment across the meat industry.

The “chicken bites”, produced by the US company Eat Just, have passed a safety review by the Singapore Food Agency and the approval could open the door to a future when all meat is produced without the killing of livestock, the company said.

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World’s biggest offshore wind farm reaches financial close

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-12-02 09:48

Norwegian energy company Equinor and Irish renewables developer SSE Renewables reach financial close on first two phases of massive Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

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Europe’s biggest battery project – 640MWh – approved in the UK

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-12-02 09:44

UK government grants planning consent to Scottish company InterGen to develop largest battery storage project in UK and Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

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Hidden secrets that Angus Taylor tried to bury in Australia’s latest emissions data

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2020-12-02 09:31

A sugar hit of COVID-hit transport, growing renewables and suspicious revisions - all the hidden bits in Australia's new emissions data

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The Coalition will lose more former heartland seats to independents without a climate plan | Malcolm Turnbull

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-12-02 09:27

Progressive female independents hold three once-safe Liberal seats. Their victories are templates for further change

On 11 November, Joe Biden received congratulatory phone calls from Scott Morrison and Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga. The office of the president-elect published brief summaries, readouts, of the calls.

This is diplomacy at its most conventional. But a friend of mine in Washington picked up a not so subtle difference in the two readouts.

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CP Daily: Tuesday December 1, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 09:07
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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California offset usage declines at 2019 compliance deadline, as indirect emissions fall

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 09:02
California’s cap-and-trade regulated entities decreased their offset usage at this year’s interim compliance deadline for 2019 obligations, while indirect power sector emissions dropped year-on-year, according to data published by state regulator ARB on Tuesday.
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Climate Policy Officer, ECVC – Brussels

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 08:57
Starting from January 2021 we are looking for someone to fill a new position of Policy Officer. This person will be responsible for carrying out a written, in-depth analysis of EU legislative processes around the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies in the Green Deal, to be shared with ECVC members and leadership.
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PREVIEW: Traders foresee Q4 RGGI auction settling close to secondary market

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 08:12
Traders anticipate the RGGI auction on Wednesday will settle near secondary market pricing levels, with some questioning whether regulated parties may bid more aggressively as the Northeast US cap-and-trade scheme transitions to the post-2020 period.
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Whitebark pine trees are dying across the US west. Could a federal proposal protect them?

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-12-02 07:13

The high-elevation tree – a key source of food for grizzly bears – is vulnerable to climate crisis, beetles and disease

Climate crisis, voracious beetles and disease are imperiling the long-term survival of a high-elevation pine tree that’s a key source of food for some grizzly bears across the US west.

Whitebark pine trees can live up to 1,000 years and are found at elevations up to 12,000 feet (3,600 meters), conditions too harsh for most trees to survive. The trees grow in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and western Canada, but have been all but wiped out in some areas.

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WCI auction supply rises slightly in 2021 as programme sets floor price at $17.71

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 07:01
The cap-and-trade auction floor price in the California-Quebec carbon market will rise to $17.71 in 2021, as the total WCI-linked auction supply will climb by 2%, state regulator ARB confirmed Tuesday.
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UK campaigner wins court hearing in campaign to price GHGs from incinerators

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 06:35
A UK high court judge on Tuesday ruled that a climate campaigner could sue the government for excluding waste incinerators from greenhouse gas pricing, teeing up a case that could help set a precedent for the EU.
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Director of Carbon Finance, CarbonCure – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 06:24
CarbonCure is look for a Director of Carbon Finance who will build out and scale the company's carbon credit program. 
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Why there's a lot more to love about jacarandas than just their purple flowers

The Conversation - Wed, 2020-12-02 05:08
Over spring and early summer, jacarandas and their purple haze line many Australian streets. But how much do you really know about them? Gregory Moore, Doctor of Botany, University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Puerto Rico: Iconic Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses

BBC - Wed, 2020-12-02 04:03
The telescope was used in decades of astronomical discoveries and as a backdrop for Hollywood films.
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EU aviation carbon market revenues can spur innovation, support cleaner fuels -report

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 03:40
Free allocation of carbon allowances to intra-EU flights should be scrapped and revenues from auctioning them used to support innovation and the deployment of cleaner aviation fuels, said an NGO report released this week.
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Scientists identify deep-sea blob as new species using only video

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-12-02 03:11
  • Duobrachium sparksae is a type of ctenophore, or comb jelly
  • Video identification without specimen ‘can be controversial’

Scientists have for the first time identified a small gelatinous blob in the deep sea as a new species, using only high-definition underwater cameras.

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Germany grants awards in oversubscribed first coal plant closure tender

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 02:40
Germany has awarded payments to close 4.79 GW in hard coal-fired power by Jan. 1, 2021, in the country’s first tender as part of efforts to phase out the carbon-intensive fuel from its energy mix, while Poland’s grid operator also announced coal-fired capacity removals.
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