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Australia's states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it's a risky strategy

The Conversation - Tue, 2020-12-01 05:08
The states have been forced to act alone on renewable energy after the federal government effectively vacated the policy space. But if not managed carefully, the strategy may backfire. Dylan McConnell, Research Fellow at the Australian German Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Director for Climate and Energy, Rud Pedersen Public Affairs – Brussels

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 05:06
With a significant and increasing presence in the Energy and Industrials sectors, we have identified the need to introduce an experienced director-level consultant to manage existing client accounts, and to lead and develop a highly talented and motivated team.
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UPDATE – EU set to overachieve its 2020 emissions reduction target

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 05:03
The EU is on track to overachieve its 2020 objective to cut emissions 20% below 1990 levels, though progress at national level differs among the 27 states, a European Environmental Agency (EEA) report released on Monday found.
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EU carbon market must include methane emissions from 2030 -NGO report

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 03:35
The EU should bring methane emissions from coal mines into the EU ETS from 2030 to curb its negative climate impact, comparable to those of the largest installations covered by bloc's the cap-and-trade system, a report released on Monday said.
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New Brunswick seeks retroactive start for large emitter programme

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 02:47
New Brunswick is aiming to backdate compliance obligations under its provincial output-based pricing system (OBPS) once it is removed from the Canadian federal government’s ‘backstop’ mechanism, according to regulations posted last week.
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Talks to finalise EU Climate Law expected to drag into next year -sources

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 02:06
EU decision-makers will begin late on Monday the first round of negotiations of the European Climate Law, sources told Carbon Pulse, with talks expected to conclude in the first quarter of next year.
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The UK's farmers face upheaval, but a reform to subsidies is needed | Simon Jenkins

The Guardian - Tue, 2020-12-01 02:00

British agriculture will be transformed utterly by bold new proposals

This is a good week to start a revolution. With Brexit now on the brink of deal or no deal, Britain could yet retreat behind a wall of tariffs and protectionism. But if a free-trade deal is done and borders stay open, the way is clear for British agriculture to be transformed utterly. Today a seven-year transition plan has been announced by the environment secretary, George Eustice. It switches the money, currently £2.4bn a year, pumped into farm support from merely subsidising an industry to safeguarding the countryside and supporting good food and animal welfare. As the plan goes out to consultation, it will face a hundred reservations, but freed from the EU’s longstanding, anti-conservation agricultural policy it is emphatically in the right direction.

Within a decade, taxpayers will stop paying farmers on the size of their farms, now roughly £233 per hectare and comprising a third of farm incomes. This has been a massive distortion in favour of rich landowners. By 2028 farms are expected, says Eustice, to be “sustainable businesses that do not need to rely on public subsidy”. But lest that leads to arable degradation and the erosion of nature, and further exacerbates the climate crisis, the present subsidy is to be redirected to what the plan rightly called “public goods”.

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One of biology's biggest mysteries 'largely solved' by AI

BBC - Tue, 2020-12-01 01:35
The advance is expected to accelerate research into a host of human diseases, including Covid-19.
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New speculator registers in RGGI carbon market as prices remain at four-year highs

Carbon Pulse - Tue, 2020-12-01 01:08
A Northeast US trading firm opened a RGGI CO2 Allowance Tracking System (COATS) account this week as speculators continue to flock to the power sector cap-and-trade scheme with allowance prices at four-year highs.
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Air pollution where girl died in London 'should have been treated as emergency'

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

Inquest into Ella Kissi-Debrah’s asthma death hears Lewisham council was slow to tackle issue

Illegal levels of air pollution in the area where a nine-year-old girl lived and died should have been treated as a public health emergency, an inquest heard.

Instead the London borough of Lewisham moved at a “glacial pace” to take steps to address toxic air from traffic where Ella Kissi-Debrah lived and went to primary school, the inquest in south London was told on Monday.

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UN considers stopgap CDM deal to stave off Paris-era freeze out

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2020-11-30 23:54
UN officials are considering ways of temporarily maintaining the CDM into 2021, aiming to avert killing off the offset mechanism before countries decide whether it can transition into the Paris Agreement era.
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Western Australia lets emitters off hook, backs carbon farming

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2020-11-30 19:22
Major emitters in Western Australia won’t face mandatory offsetting or other GHG requirements under the state’s long-awaited climate policy package released Monday, but the government did announce a modest carbon farming and land restoration programme.
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Scottish homes to be first in world to use 100% green hydrogen

The Guardian - Mon, 2020-11-30 19:00

Some 300 homes in Fife to be fitted with free boilers, heaters and cooking appliances

Hundreds of homes in Scotland will soon become the first in the world to use 100% green hydrogen to heat their properties and cook their meals as part of a new trial which could help households across the country replace fossil fuel gas.

Some 300 homes in Fife will be fitted with free hydrogen boilers, heaters and cooking appliances to be used for more than four years in the largest test of whether zero carbon hydrogen, made using renewable energy and water, could help meet Britain’s climate goals.

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European states ordered to respond to youth activists' climate lawsuit

The Guardian - Mon, 2020-11-30 18:54

European court of human rights case could result in countries being bound to take greater action

The European court of human rights has ordered 33 European governments to respond to a landmark climate lawsuit lodged by six youth campaigners, the Guardian has learned.

The plaintiffs’ British barrister says it could be the most important case ever tried by the Strasbourg-based judges.

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Nemonte Nenquimo: The indigenous leader named 'environmental hero'

BBC - Mon, 2020-11-30 18:34
Nemonte Nenquimo is one of the six environmental leaders to be awarded this year's Goldman Prize.
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The Goldman environmental prize winners 2020 – in pictures

The Guardian - Mon, 2020-11-30 18:30

The Goldman environmental prize honours the achievements of grassroots activists in six continents, recognising their efforts to protect natural habitats and push for political change, often at great personal risk

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Landmark inquest to rule if air pollution killed London pupil

The Guardian - Mon, 2020-11-30 17:00

New hearing into 2013 death of Ella Kissi-Debrah follows mother’s seven-year fight

An inquest is to consider evidence that illegal levels of air pollution caused the death of a nine-year-old girl, in a landmark legal case.

A coroner will be asked to rule that toxic levels of nitrogen dioxide, from the South Circular road in south London, led to the acute asthma attack that killed the primary school pupil, Ella Kissi-Debrah. Her mother, Rosamund, a former teacher, has fought for years for an inquiry into the role of air pollution from traffic in Ella’s death.

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Could Cornwall see a Lithium-ion battery revolution?

BBC - Mon, 2020-11-30 16:13
British Lithium is prospecting in the county to find economically viable seams of the element.
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Fatal shark attacks are at a record high. 'Deterrent' devices can help, but some may be nothing but snake oil

The Conversation - Mon, 2020-11-30 15:09
You're more likely to drown at a beach than be killed by a shark. But there are things people can do to reduce the already low risk even further. Daryl McPhee, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Bond University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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AEMO asks regulator to declare reliability gap for Liddell closure, of just 154MW

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2020-11-30 14:38

LiddellRegulator seeks input on whether it should declare a 154MW reliability shortfall in NSW, much less than the 1,000MW that Scott Morrison has claimed is needed.

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