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

The Guardian - 2 hours 1 min ago

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 - 2 hours 58 min ago
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 - 4 hours 45 min ago

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 - 4 hours 45 min ago

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 - 5 hours 6 min ago

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 - 5 hours 41 min ago
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 - 7 hours 38 min ago

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.

The post Rooftop solar claims its biggest victim yet – Australia’s newest coal generator appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Western Australia offers royalty deal to lithium producers facing low prices

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 48 min ago

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

The post Western Australia offers royalty deal to lithium producers facing low prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australia Market Roundup: ACCU issuance drops, UN credits dominate voluntary demand

Carbon Pulse - 8 hours 13 min ago
The issuance of new carbon credits in Australia over the past week fell to near zero, while generator EnergyAustralia demonstrated the bulk of voluntary demand remains for international units despite the string growth in the domestic offset market.
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Climate emergency or not, New Zealand needs to start doing its fair share of climate action

The Conversation - 8 hours 24 min ago
New Zealand is one of few countries to enshrine a zero-carbon goal in law, but current climate policies don't keep up with that ambition. Robert McLachlan, Professor in Applied Mathematics, Massey University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Feeling pressured to buy Christmas presents? Read this (and think twice before buying candles)

The Conversation - 8 hours 35 min ago
Novelty items, candles, pamper products and pyjamas top the list of unwanted Christmas gifts. So why not choose a better, greener option? Gary Mortimer, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Queensland University of Technology Jana Bowden, Associate Professor of Marketing and Consumer Behaviour, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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GE unveils 6MW onshore wind turbine – its most powerful yet

RenewEconomy - 8 hours 41 min ago

Global engineering giant unveils its most powerful onshore wind turbine yet, a 6MW version of its Cypress line of turbines, surpassing the 5.3MW model.

The post GE unveils 6MW onshore wind turbine – its most powerful yet appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Victoria petrol and diesel cars to get ICE-y reception in EV parking spots

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 2 min ago

kona ev only parkCombustion engine and non-pluggable hybrid vehicles will be fined if found parking in electric car parking spots.

The post Victoria petrol and diesel cars to get ICE-y reception in EV parking spots appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Stanwell partners with Japan’s Iwatani to develop Gladstone green hydrogen export hub

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 21 min ago

hydrogen fuel cell vehicle flickr Dave Pinter - optimisedQueensland's Stanwell Corp partners with Japanese hydrogen giant Iwatani to kick start work towards Gladstone green hydrogen export terminal.

The post Stanwell partners with Japan’s Iwatani to develop Gladstone green hydrogen export hub appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Australian scientists map millions of galaxies with new telescope

BBC - 9 hours 43 min ago
A powerful telescope in Australia gives a glimpse of three million galaxies in record time.
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Transparency lost as Taylor seizes control of now “secret” energy minister forums

RenewEconomy - 9 hours 44 min ago

Angus reforms Taylor COAG Energy Council reliability - optimisdKey energy market players renew calls for Angus Taylor to increase transparency and consultation with experts in meetings of energy ministers.

The post Transparency lost as Taylor seizes control of now “secret” energy minister forums appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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CP Daily: Monday November 30, 2020

Carbon Pulse - 10 hours 32 min ago
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals 'within reach'

BBC - 10 hours 35 min ago
Moves by China, along with the election of Joe Biden, make temperature targets more achievable.
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Australia’s states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it’s a risky strategy

RenewEconomy - 11 hours 21 min ago

Several Australian states are going it alone on the the energy transition, forced to act on renewables after the federal government effectively vacated the policy space.

The post Australia’s states have been forced to go it alone on renewable energy, but it’s a risky strategy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Amazon deforestation surges to 12-year high under Bolsonaro

The Guardian - 12 hours 1 min ago

An area seven times larger than Greater London has been lost in what one activist called a ‘humiliating and shameful’ destruction

A vast expanse of Amazon rainforest seven times larger than Greater London was destroyed over the last year as deforestation surged to a 12-year high under Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

Figures released by the Brazilian space institute, Inpe, on Monday showed at least 11,088 sq km of rainforest was razed between August 2019 and July this year – the highest figure since 2008.

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