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Verra proposes new carbon unit to scale up finance before offset issuance

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2020-12-02 02:19
Offset standard developer and manager Verra published a consultation on Tuesday for a new carbon unit designed to help nature-based projects access financial flows prior to receiving verified credits.
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Wildflower meadows to line all major new UK roads in boost for biodiversity

The Guardian - Wed, 2020-12-02 01:43

Highways England scheme to encourage species-rich grasslands could create hundreds of miles of rare habitats after decades of loss

Native wildflower meadows will line the verges of all new large-scale road projects under an initiative by Highways England, the Guardian can reveal.

Nodding blue harebells, clusters of yellow kidney vetch and flashes of bird’s-foot-trefoil could soon become the norm on stretches of the road network in England with the infrastructure provider committing to the creation of biodiverse grasslands as standard on all new major schemes.

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China's sample-return Moon mission touches down

BBC - Wed, 2020-12-02 01:29
The robotic Chang'e-5 mission makes a soft landing on the lunar nearside.
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No 10 accused of 'cavalier attitude' to UK's climate summit duties

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 23:32

Boris Johnson’s advisers did not understand how vital UN Cop26 talks were, former minister tells MPs

Boris Johnson’s team had a “cavalier attitude” to hosting a vital UN climate summit in the UK, taking the view “they could wing it with a few press releases and that would all be fine” rather than putting serious work into the talks, the sacked former minister originally in charge has said.

Claire O’Neill was appointed by Johnson to head the Cop26 summit in September 2019 but was summarily dismissed on the eve of the launch of the UK’s presidency in February this year.

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EU Midday Market Briefing

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 22:28
EU carbon rose on Tuesday to tag €30 for the first time since September, with colder weather, a looming supply drought, and wider market strength continuing to lift EUA prices after a stellar November.
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'Mock Cop26' activists vote on treaty ahead of 2021 climate summit

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 22:00

Young people from 140 countries presented policies to UK climate action champion

Young people from 140 countries who attended an online “mock Cop26” climate summit have presented a treaty of 18 policies to Nigel Topping, the UK’s high level climate action champion.

After two weeks of negotiations, delegates from the international youth-led conference presented their formal treaty to Topping during the event’s closing ceremony on Tuesday, and called on world leaders to prioritise the policies during Cop26, which was postponed for a year because of the pandemic and is now due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

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Revealed: UK imported 1m tonnes of soya with deforestation risk in 2019

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 21:58

New analysis finds 40% was brought in without sourcing checks from Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay

More than 1m tonnes of soya used by UK livestock farmers to produce chicken and other food last year could be linked to deforestation, according to a new analysis.

Large areas of forest in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are being cleared to produce soya, which is then exported to the UK to be used by farmers, mainly to feed chickens and dairy cows.

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Alok Sharma 'overloaded with day job' to juggle UN summit role

BBC - Tue, 2020-12-01 21:57
The business secretary is heading up next year's COP 26 climate summit alongside his cabinet role.
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European Commission to hold MSR review workshop on Dec. 3

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 21:03
The European Commission has organised an expert workshop on the upcoming Market Stability Reserve (MSR) review, with the online session to be held this Thursday by Vivid Economics.
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Neoen and Tesla get to work on Australia’s biggest battery near Geelong

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2020-12-01 21:01

Victoria big battery Neoen TeslaNeoen, Tesla and the Victoria government hold ground-breaking ceremony for the Victorian Big Battery, which will be biggest battery in the country.

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Queensland budget delivers $500m renewables fund, as coal plant revenues slump

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2020-12-01 20:18

Kogan Creek Power Station landscape - optimisedQueensland budget delivers $500 million renewable energy fund, set to underpin wind and solar boom, while coal plant write-downs cut government revenues.

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Climate crisis to triple flooding threat for low-income US homes by 2050

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 20:00

A new study has found that affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California will be at particular risk

The amount of affordable housing in the US vulnerable to coastal flooding is set to triple over the next 30 years, a new study has found in a further sign of the escalating hardships faced by low-income Americans amid an unraveling climate crisis.

Affordable housing in New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey and California is at particular risk of flooding from worsening storms or even high tides pushed on by rising sea levels, according to research conducted by Climate Central, a New Jersey-based science organization.

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Trump’s border wall construction threatens survival of jaguars in the US

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 19:44

Wall is going up in four sections in Arizona’s mountain ranges spanning the US-Mexico border where the cats had reappeared

By the 1960s, the North American jaguar had vanished from the southern US borderland after being hunted to extinction.

Yet in the mid-1990s, there was a remarkable discovery: the jaguar had reappeared in the Sky Islands of Arizona, a region of rugged linked mountain ranges spanning the US and Mexico border that boasts the highest biodiversity in inland North America. Since then, the large cats have been seen over a dozen times in the region, reviving hopes of a full return of the elusive predators to the US.

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Australia’s Santos brings forward net zero goal, eyes share of carbon neutral LNG market

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 18:46
Gas producer Santos on Tuesday moved forward its net zero emissions target by 10 years to 2040, eyeing the emerging demand for carbon neutral LNG in Asian markets with plans for CCS and offsetting.
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Owls of delight! How online birdwatching became my lockdown treat | Emma Beddington

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 17:00

I have become obsessed with bird matters, especially the antics of Rocky, Barry and co in New York City

Birdwatching has been a Covid success story: sales of feeders have soared and birdwatchers broke a world record for the most birds observed during Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s “Global Big Day” in May.

I like watching Small Brown Bird One and Small Brown Bird Two argue over mealworms in my yard until Large Grey Rat appears to settle the squabble, but I am too lazy to make a real hobby of it: it is cold out there. Instead, I watch birdwatchers on Twitter, which brings its own satisfaction. There is a photographer who waits patiently, hand full of seed outstretched, capturing birds when they alight, and I love following my local bird-rescue lady transforming her charges from bedraggled, gloomy clumps of feather to heart-gladdening swooshes of wildness. She also keeps me informed about the shameful, often-unpunished incidents of raptor poisoning and trapping that blight the UK’s lucrative grouse moors.

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Wildlife photographer of the year 2020: people's choice – in pictures

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 17:00

Now in its 56th year, the wildlife photographer of the year showcases the world’s best nature photography. The competition is run by the Natural History Museum in London and the exhibition there runs until 4 July 2021.

This year’s competition attracted more than 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across the world. Voting for the Lumix people’s choice award is open until 2pm on Tuesday 2 February

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Liberal MP Warren Entsch urges Coalition to adopt net zero emissions target by 2050

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 16:39

Great Barrier Reef envoy tells party room the government should be seen as leaders on climate action, not ‘reluctant followers’

The Morrison government’s special envoy for the Great Barrier Reef, Warren Entsch, has called for the Coalition to adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050, and endorsed the prime minister’s recent signal that Australia could meet the 2030 target without needing to use carryover credits.

During Tuesday’s Coalition party room meeting – the second-last parliamentary gathering for 2020 – Entsch said the government should adopt the net zero target during a contribution where he called for targeted intervention to ensure people in north Queensland were able to access affordable insurance for cyclone events.

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UK climate targets too low, economists say

BBC - Tue, 2020-12-01 16:04
The prime minister's recent climate plan won’t do enough to curb UK emissions, an analysis says.
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Rooftop solar claims its biggest victim yet – Australia’s newest coal generator

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2020-12-01 14:07

rooftop solarOne of the owners of the newest coal generator in the country has written off its entire investment, and the growth in rooftop solar is largely the cause.

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Western Australia offers royalty deal to lithium producers facing low prices

RenewEconomy - Tue, 2020-12-01 13:56

Western Australia seeks to support state's lithium producers, offering a temporary royalty rebate while global prices remain low.

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