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Shopping on Black Friday? Remember the stranded seafarers who make it possible | Nusrat Ghani and Guy Platten

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 23:23

With nearly 400,000 crew members trapped at sea by Covid restrictions, it’s time for retailers like Amazon to help press for key worker status

This weekend is one of the planet’s busiest shopping sprees, with an estimated £66bn to be spent in the UK alone over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, much of it online. Yet as shoppers click and wait to collect, there is a crisis at sea among the people whose work brings us these goods.

It is no exaggeration to say that without shipping the global marketplace would collapse. It is responsible for the movement of 90% of all global trade. Even in normal circumstances, more than a million seafarers labour daily on the vessels that make up the world cargo fleet, their work barely noticed by consumers. As Covid-19 has ravaged the world, they have helped keep the global economy functioning, unseen.

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International Climate Policy Coordinator, CAN Europe – Europe

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 23:09
Organization: CAN Europe Position: International Climate Policy Coordinator Duty Station: Europe Deadline for Application: 11 December 2020
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Netherlands sets rate for carbon tax on ETS-covered industry

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 22:13
The Netherlands has set the rate at which its carbon tax on EU ETS-covered heavy industries will apply next year, a government agency said Friday, using a measure slightly below current benchmark prices.
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CN Markets: Pilot market data for week ending Nov. 27, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 21:30
Closing prices, ranges and volumes for China's regional pilot carbon markets this week.
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Colombia aims for 51% emissions reduction by 2030 in upgraded NDC

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 21:04
Colombia has submitted an upgraded NDC of a 51% emissions reduction target by 2030, President Ivan Duque said late on Thursday, potentially representing a significant raising of ambition.
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AI 'doctor's assistant' among projects given £20m

BBC - Fri, 2020-11-27 21:03
The UK government awards £20m to 15 artificial intelligence research projects.
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Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children – study

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 21:00

Survey of 600 people finds some parents regret having offspring for same reason

People worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic study of the issue.

The researchers surveyed 600 people aged 27 to 45 who were already factoring climate concerns into their reproductive choices and found 96% were very or extremely concerned about the wellbeing of their potential future children in a climate-changed world. One 27-year-old woman said: “I feel like I can’t in good conscience bring a child into this world and force them to try and survive what may be apocalyptic conditions.”

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Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine 'dose error' explained

BBC - Fri, 2020-11-27 19:05
Some trial volunteers were given shots half the planned strength, so how does that affect the results?
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S. Korea president flags tougher 2030 target by end of term

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 18:57
South Korea will increase its 2030 climate target before the administration’s term ends in May 2022, President Moon Jae-in said Friday.
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Lost species day: celebrities to champion threatened wildlife

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 18:30

Amitav Ghosh, Margaret Atwood and Emma Thompson are among 20 activists and cultural figures to speak at Writers Rebel event

Writers and activists including Emma Thompson, Margaret Atwood and Amitav Ghosh are to speak about their favourite endangered animals as part of a remembrance day for lost species.

The snow leopard, pangolin and vaquita porpoise are among the endangered animals that will be championed by participants at the free online event, On the Brink, organised by Writers Rebel, which is part of Extinction Rebellion.

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The British Ecological Society photography competition – in pictures

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 17:00

The winning images of the 2020 British Ecological Society photography competition, taken by international ecologists and students, celebrate the diversity of the planet’s flora and fauna

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Report casts doubt on UK pledge to prevent low-quality food imports

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 17:00

Ministers have refused to sign safeguards, potentially spelling disaster for farmers after Brexit

Ministers’ pledges to preserve the UK’s food and farming standards after Brexit will not prevent the import of lower-standard products and could spell potential disaster for Britain’s farmers, a report has found.

The government has repeatedly promised that a ban on chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef would remain in place after Brexit, and has made changes to the way future trade bills will be scrutinised. But ministers have refused to sign safeguards on imported food into law, despite pressure from consumers and civil society groups.

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UK’s nuclear sites costing taxpayers ‘astronomical sums’, say MPs

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 17:00

Public accounts committee says ignorance, incompetence and weak oversight to blame

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has a perpetual lack of knowledge about the state and location of waste on the 17 sites it is responsible for making safe, a powerful committee of MPs has found.

This results from decades of poor record keeping and weak government oversight, the MPs said. Combined with a “sorry saga” of incompetence and failure, this has left taxpayers footing the bill for “astronomical sums”, they said.

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Rein in advertising to help tackle climate crisis, report urges

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 16:00

Industry promotes materialism and lifts sales of climate-harming products, study says

Advertising needs to be controlled and changed to reduce its impact on the climate, according to a report released as consumers prepare to spend billions on Black Friday.

The report by the New Weather Institute thinktank and the charity We are Possible examines how advertising indirectly contributes to climate change and the ecological emergency.

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Thailand: Rare whale skeleton discovered

BBC - Fri, 2020-11-27 15:51
Archaeologists believe the bones are as old as 5,000 years and remarkably well preserved.
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Tasmania declares itself 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 15:16

 Flickr/Wind DenmarkTasmania declares it now produces enough renewable electricity to meet 100 per cent of its needs, with wind turbines at Granville Harbour coming online.

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New AEMC chair – a head of innovation – to embrace rapid market transformation

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 14:30

electricity network transmission infrastructure AEMC - optimisedThe appointment of Anna Collyer as chair of the AEMC has been broadly welcomed, with the energy law expert to embrace a rapidly changing energy market.

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GE Solar Inverter and One Stop Warehouse announce a strategic partnership that will bring high value to the Australian solar PV market

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 14:17

GE signs an agreement with One Stop Warehouse, one of the biggest players in the Australian photovoltaic market. Customers will soon be able to purchase GE solar inverters from One Stop Warehouse.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: EV taxes, big batteries and green hydrogen

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 14:06

We talk to UQ’s EV specialist Jake Whitehead about the impact of the proposed electric vehicle road tax, and look at the contest of ideas between NSW and Canberra, and more big battery and green hydrogen announcements.

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Vestas lands turbine contracts for two major new wind projects in Victoria

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 13:48

Global Power Generation names Danish wind giant as turbine supplier, installer and OEM for two major wind power projects it is developing in Victoria.

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