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Iraq marshlands named Unesco World Heritage Site

BBC - Mon, 2016-07-18 22:20
The United Nations cultural agency Unesco names Iraq's southern marshes - once decimated by Saddam Hussein - a World Heritage Site.
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Ban diesel cars in London, thinktank urges

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 22:19

IPPR analysis says capital will eventually need to phase out diesel cars and buses in order to meet EU air pollution targets

Diesel vehicles must be banned from London if the UK is to meet its air pollution targets, a thinktank warned on Monday.

Cars, vans and buses using diesel fuel are the leading cause of air pollution in the capital, and although steps are being taken to discourage their use, through the congestion charge and clean air zones, this will not be enough to clear the air, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) found in a new report.

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New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands - in pictures

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 21:30

From parrots in the snow and penguins waddling through the forest to dinosaur-like reptiles, a new three-part part series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit, narrated by actor Sam Neill, showcases the island chain’s rich and intriguing wildlife that has resulted from 80 million years of isolation.

• Episode one airs on Tuesday 19 July at 9pm on BBC Two.

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DNA sequencer sent to space station

BBC - Mon, 2016-07-18 21:24
Nasa has sent a DNA sequencer to the International Space Station in an effort to help astronauts monitor their own health.
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Iraqi marshlands named as Unesco world heritage site

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 20:31

Area made up of four archaeological sites and three wetland marshes in southern Iraq was once ravaged by Saddam Hussein

Unesco has named Iraqi marshlands once ravaged by dictator Saddam Hussein as a world heritage site, a bright spot for a country where jihadists have repeatedly sought to wipe out history.

The area named “is made up of seven sites: three archaeological sites and four wetland marsh areas in southern Iraq,” Unesco said.

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Déjà vu: as with tobacco, the climate wars are going to court | Dana Nuccitelli

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 20:00

The fossil fuel industry copied Big Tobacco’s racketeering playbook. They’re following the same path to court, where tobacco lost

Investigative journalism has uncovered a “web of denial” in which polluting industries pay “independent” groups to disseminate misinformation to the public and policymakers. The same groups and tactics were employed first by the tobacco industry, then fossil fuel companies. Big Tobacco has been to court and lost; now it’s Big Oil’s turn. Political leaders are choosing sides in this war.

Research by Inside Climate News revealed that Exxon did top notch climate science research in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which revealed the dangers its products posed via climate change. Soon thereafter, Exxon launched misinformation campaigns by funding “think tanks” and front groups to manufacture doubt about climate science and the expert consensus on human-caused global warming.

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Amazon could face intense wildfire season this year, Nasa warns

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 19:19

The Amazon is the driest it has been at the start of the dry season since 2002 — and that probably means the rainforest is in for a particularly nasty wildfire season, reports Mongabay

Conditions created by the strong El Niño event that warmed up Pacific waters in 2015 and early 2016 altered rainfall patterns around the world. In the Amazon basin, that meant reduced rainfall during the wet season, plunging some parts of the region into severe drought.

According to NASA, the Amazon is the driest it’s been at the start of the dry season since 2002 — and that probably means the rainforest is in for a particularly nasty wildfire season, according to Doug Morton, an Earth scientist with the U.S. agency and a co-creator of the Amazon fire forecast, which uses climate observations and active fire detections by NASA satellites to predict fire season severity.

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Moonlit launch for SpaceX rocket carrying ISS supplies

BBC - Mon, 2016-07-18 18:02
A SpaceX cargo rocket is bound for the International Space Station after a successful launch from Florida.
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Hunt goes in energy-environment merger, climate denier to head resources

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 15:48
Turnbull names pro-nuclear Josh Frydenberg to head combined energy-environment portfolio, climate denier Matt Canavan to head resources.
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UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 15:01

Climate change envoy singles out both countries for subsidising the fossil fuel industry and says the UK has lost its position as a climate leader

Ban Ki-moon’s climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.

Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and UN special envoy on climate change and El Niño, said she had to speak out after Germany promised compensation for coal power and the UK provided tax breaks for oil and gas.

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Keeping track of the gannets of the Bass Rock

The Guardian - Mon, 2016-07-18 14:30

The Bass Rock, East Lothian As more offshore wind farms are built, the scientists want to know how high the birds fly before diving down to fish

Just over a mile off the coast of Scotland, within sight of the Forth Railway Bridge, is a truly wild place. The Bass Rock, 100m at its highest point, is white with guano and ringed with a halo of constantly honking seabirds. This is the largest colony of gannets on a single island on Earth, with up to 250,000 crowding into its three hectares in summer.

Scientists from Leeds University are studying their foraging habits. Crucially, as more offshore wind farms are built, they want to know how high the birds fly before diving down to fish.

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Know your NEM: Flat volumes, high prices, signs of easing by end of week

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 14:24
The weekly round up of the electricity market. Plus: What if both Hazelwood and Portland closed down?
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How wind and solar removed major price spikes in South Australia

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 14:09
The price spikes that hit South Australia were once common place in Australia, but have now all but disappeared since the build out of wind and solar. But the conservatives don't want to know.
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LG Chem unveils new battery storage, adding more choice for solar households

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 14:06
South Korean company with biggest share of Australian grid-connected battery storage market has released new range, from stackable 3.3kWh lithium-ion to 9.8kWh.
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Branson says every car on road will be an EV within 15 years

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 14:05
Richard Branson says all cars on roads in 15 years will be electric vehicles.
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UK energy industry veterans put money on battery storage

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 14:03
UK residential battery storage upstart Moixa has recently attracted the interest – and funds – of three former leaders of Britain's old energy order.
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From mallee to jet fuel - eucalypt oil

ABC Environment - Mon, 2016-07-18 13:06
PHD student David Kainer believes the energy density of oils drawn from biomass and foliage of species like Mallee is not only fit for aircraft fuel, it could be grown and harvested sustainably.
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Germany may reach its 2020 target for renewable power this year

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 10:04
Preliminary data from Fraunhofer’s Energy Charts project indicates that Germany will probably surpass its 2020 target for renewable electricity this year.
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New PM Theresa May axes UK climate change department

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 09:47
Greg Clark was appointed head of the new department during a dramatic cabinet reshuffle after the new prime minister axed the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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Some charts on SA electricity markets and price

RenewEconomy - Mon, 2016-07-18 09:43
Given the recent media attention, here are some charts on the relationship between clean energy installations and your electricity bills..
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