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We are professional fire watchers, and we're astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now

The Conversation - 16 hours 8 min ago
Fires in arid Australia are extensive, largely unmanaged, often destructive and significantly under-reported. Rohan Fisher, Information Technology for Development Researcher, Charles Darwin University Neil Burrows, Adjunct professor, The University of Western Australia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Nasa unveils new class of astronaut candidates

BBC - 16 hours 26 min ago
The six men and four women could fly to the space station and on future missions to the Moon.
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Research Director, Clean Prosperity – Remote (Canada)

Carbon Pulse - 16 hours 47 min ago
This role is a unique opportunity to investigate some of the most important questions around decarbonizing Canada’s economy. As our Research Director, you will lead our policy research on a variety of topics including overseeing energy-economy modelling of net-zero pathways, pursuing questions around the cost impacts of carbon pricing, and assessing specific global climate policies to determine their suitability for Canada. All the research you lead will contribute to our ambitious public policy agenda.
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Member states have handed out more than half of 2021 free EUA allocation to industrials –EU

Carbon Pulse - 18 hours 35 min ago
EU member states have handed out more than half the total number of free EUAs for 2021 to industrial installations, nine months later than the normal issuance timeframe, with just three weeks to go before the end of the year.
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All coral reefs in western Indian Ocean ‘at high risk of collapse in next 50 years’

The Guardian - 19 hours 14 min ago

Reefs from Seychelles to South Africa may become functionally extinct due to global heating and overfishing, study finds

All coral reefs in the western Indian Ocean are at high risk of collapse in the next 50 years due to global heating and overfishing, according to a new assessment.

From Seychelles to the Delagoa region off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa, the reef systems are at risk of becoming functionally extinct by the 2070s, with a huge loss of biodiversity, and threatening the livelihoods and food sources for hundreds of thousands of people.

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Japan to explore ‘proper’ offset use for upcoming carbon market

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-12-06 23:37
Japan’s economy ministry has set up a study group to deliver recommendations on the use of offsets in the voluntary carbon market it is planning to launch next April.
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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-12-06 23:18
EUAs straddled the €80 mark on Monday morning, recovering the previous session's losses and shrugging off weaker energy markets as the weight of call option positions acted as a magnet.
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Head of Secretariat, Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, IISD – Switzerland

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-12-06 23:08
Support BOGA members in developing and implementing a strategy to expand and strengthen the alliance based on analysis of the future global landscape for oil and gas production in a Paris-aligned world. Another important task is the establishment of a community of practice, helping members to share experience, discuss thematic issues, and access technical advice.
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Old UK oilwells could be turned into CO2 burial test sites

The Guardian - Mon, 2021-12-06 22:00

Exclusive: Consortium of energy firms and universities says underground storage of hydrogen can also be investigated

Exhausted oil and gas wells would be turned into the UK’s first deep test sites for burying carbon dioxide next year, under plans from a consortium of universities and energy companies.

There are hundreds of active onshore oil and gas wells in the UK. But as they come to the end of their lives, some need to be redeployed for trials of pumping CO2 underground and monitoring it to ensure it does not escape, the group says. The test wells could also be used to assess how hydrogen can be stored underground.

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ANALYSIS: How big oil seeks short-cuts in climate target ‘arms race’

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-12-06 20:57
Oil majors’ climate targets are littered with loopholes but still fall short of Paris Agreement goals, according to assessors struggling to make sense of the piecemeal efforts of one of the most significant sectors for the low-carbon transition.
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China plans to add aluminium, cement to ETS next year -exchange

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-12-06 19:26
China plans to add production of electrolytric aluminium and cement to its national emissions trading scheme next year, according the chairman of the Shanghai Environment and Energy Exchange, a move that will add nearly 2 billion tonnes of CO2 to the market.
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Group to sell first online art payable in carbon credits

Carbon Pulse - Mon, 2021-12-06 19:21
A crypto venture will on Dec. 9 sell off 100 pieces of artwork as so-called non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the first such event where buyers much pay with carbon credits.
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Free tree for every Welsh household in climate initiative

The Guardian - Mon, 2021-12-06 16:00

Tree-planting project aims to directly involve people in the fight against the climate crisis

Some will plant a modest fruit tree in their small back garden while those with more space might plump for a sapling that will, hopefully, grow into a mighty oak.

Over the next year or so every household in Wales is to be offered a free tree to plant as part of a Welsh government call to arms in the fight against the climate emergency.

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ACT launches interest-free loans for electric cars to boost uptake

The Guardian - Mon, 2021-12-06 15:30

Territory minister says policy sends ‘strong signal’ to global automakers to make more EVs available

Drivers in the Australian Capital Territory can now apply for zero-interest loans designed to boost the uptake of electric vehicles, as industry groups call for similar programs to be adopted across the country.

The loans will be available under the ACT government’s sustainable household scheme, which offers interest-free loans for solar panels, battery storage technology and other sustainable equipment. Electric vehicles were added to the program on Monday.

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Bowen says Labor ready to take climate election fight to Morrison and Taylor

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2021-12-06 14:31

Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen addresses the National Press Club in Canberra, (AAP Image/Lukas Coch).Chris Bowen says Labor ready to fight Coalition on climate at next election, and issued a debate challenge to Angus Taylor.

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Towers for Australia’s biggest wind turbines arrive in north Queensland port

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2021-12-06 14:22

First deliveries of parts of the massive Vestas turbines that will make up the 157MW Kaban wind farm in north Queensland arrive in port.

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Wilson and Sharma celebrate subsidised solar for Double Bay sailing club

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2021-12-06 14:07

Tim Wilson kicks off pre-election campaigning with visit to Double Bay Sailing Club, whose solar was funded through the Morrison government’s Powering Communities Program.

The post Wilson and Sharma celebrate subsidised solar for Double Bay sailing club appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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'Budgie mayhem': desert in central Australia turned green and gold by budgerigar murmuration – video

The Guardian - Mon, 2021-12-06 13:50

After a bumper wet season, huge flocks of budgerigars are on the move in the desert.  A massive murmuration – the phenomenon of thousands of birds flocking together – has swarmed the Northern Territory. Photographer Steve Pearce has captured the natural phenomenon, saying 'The photos are always only pointing in one direction. There could have been 100,000 of them.'

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Explainer: Labor plans 85 “solar banks” to open up solar to renters. What are they?

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2021-12-06 13:32

Labor's 'solar banks' policy could break down the barriers to solar ownership for the millions of households who can't install rooftop solar.

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Sarah Gilbert: Next pandemic could be more lethal than Covid

BBC - Mon, 2021-12-06 12:35
More funding is needed to prepare for pandemics and prevent gains from being lost, Dame Sarah Gilbert says.
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