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EV tax will smash electric vehicle sales and lift emissions, UQ study finds

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 13:03

University of Queensland research into effect of taxing electric vehicles finds without introducing buying incentives will slash sales by 25% and increase emissions by 40%.

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UNSW researchers honoured for work in renewables, water management, chemical engineering

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 12:56

Three UNSW researchers elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, including Renate Egan for her pioneering work

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Wind giant Vestas throws weight behind cleantech start-ups

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 12:17

Vesta mcarthur wind farm turbine - optimisedVestas Ventures to fund early-stage start-ups in energy storage, grid flexibility, green transport and industry, and advanced materials. 

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Murray cod are breeding in the Baaka!

Department of the Environment - Fri, 2020-11-27 12:01
Recent surveys of the lower Darling/Baaka River have revealed the good news we’ve been waiting for – Murray cod are breeding.
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Canavan leads “caravan” for coal, urging Nationals to bury future in fossil fuels

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

Canavan and Joyce lead the Nationals two day "caravan for coal" in the Hunter Valley, calling for new coal generators and saying bad things about wind and solar.

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Market reforms will pave the way to a flexible, decarbonised, decentralised grid

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 11:00

The Energy Security Board's post-2025 NEM redesign could laydown the path to an effective decarbonisation of Australia's main electricity grid.

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CEFC chips in to help fund transmission links for Snowy 2.0

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 10:19

CEFC strikes $125m deal with TransGrid to deliver new network infrastructure, helping to fund Snowy 2.0's connection to the main grid.

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CP Daily: Thursday November 26, 2020

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 09:10
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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COMMENT: How the credibility of sustainable development impact claims can strengthen – or compromise – the voluntary carbon market

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 08:02
The success of sustainable development taking root in the voluntary carbon market has presented both tremendous opportunity and an important risk: SDG washing, writes Owen Hewlett of Gold Standard.
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Stanford scientists invent ultrafast perovskite solar module manufacturing process

RenewEconomy - Fri, 2020-11-27 07:56

Stanford researchers develop ultrafast perovskite manufacturing process which is cheaper and four times faster than traditional manufacturing.

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How will sharks respond to climate change? It might depend on where they grew up

The Conversation - Fri, 2020-11-27 05:01
Even within a species, animals will suffer climate change differently. For sharks, it pays to live in warmer waters. Culum Brown, Professor, Macquarie University Connor Gervais, Connor Gervais Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Climate crisis making autumn leaves fall earlier, study finds

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 05:00

Report suggests tree growth will not store nearly as much carbon as scientists hoped

Global heating appears to be making trees drop their leaves earlier, according to new research, confounding the idea that warmer temperatures delay the onset of autumn.

The finding is important because trees draw huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and therefore play a key role in managing the climate.

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EU Market: EUAs hit new 2-mth high on auction, energy as traders eye looming supply drought

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 04:41
EU carbon prices climbed to a new two-month high Thursday, boosted by a strong auction and as the wider energy complex lifted due to several bullish factors, while several traders said the market was still not accurately pricing in a looming supply drought.
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EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 04:13

Regulation will help prevent deaths of 1m waterbirds by lead poisoning every year

Lead shot is to be banned from all wetlands in the European Union, in a decision that is expected to pave the way for phasing out all toxic ammunition.

The European parliament voted against objections lodged by far-right parties, allowing the European commission to introduce the new regulations by the end of the year.

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Japan, South Korea oppose move to bring global shipping to EU carbon market

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 03:30
Japan and South Korea has voiced concerns over EU plans to extend the scope of its ETS to include emissions from all voyages using the 27-nation bloc’s ports, which the European Commission is considering as part of its carbon market reform.
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NA Markets: Cali. allowances decline after Q4 sale as RGGI finds support ahead of auction

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 03:10
California Carbon Allowance (CCA) prices cascaded this week after the release of the Q4 WCI auction results, as RGGI Allowances (RGA) found continued support on the secondary market ahead of the Northeast US cap-and-trade programme's own quarterly auction.
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Portugal adopts passenger carbon tax in 2021 state budget

Carbon Pulse - Fri, 2020-11-27 01:19
A proposal to introduce a passenger tax in Portugal’s budget for next year was adopted in the national Parliament on Wednesday.
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More than 3 billion people affected by water shortages, data shows

The Guardian - Fri, 2020-11-27 00:18

UN warns about consequences of not conserving water and tackling climate crisis

Water shortages are now affecting more than 3 billion people around the world, as the amount of fresh water available for each person has plunged by a fifth over two decades, data has shown.

About 1.5 billion people are suffering severe water scarcity or even drought, as a combination of climate breakdown, rising demand and poor management has made agriculture increasingly difficult across swathes of the globe.

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Big wind and solar additions mean no supply shortfall this summer, but risks remain

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-11-26 23:02

Market operator sees no breach of the reliability standard this summer thanks to the more than five gigawatt of wind and solar additions in last 12 months.

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Renewables and batteries, not gas, the best solution to Liddell closure, new report says

RenewEconomy - Thu, 2020-11-26 23:01

Liddell Power Station Hunter Valley NSW Australia - optimisedNew modelling suggests battery storage, rather than a new gas generator, would be a lower cost replacement for Liddell power station.

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