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Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data

BBC - Thu, 2021-12-02 02:03
Scientists say they have made a major step forward in storing information in molecules of DNA.
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‘Deluge of plastic waste’: US is world’s biggest plastic polluter

The Guardian - Thu, 2021-12-02 02:00

At 42m metric tons of plastic waste a year, the US generates more waste than all EU countries combined

The US is the world’s biggest culprit in generating plastic waste and the country urgently needs a new strategy to curb the vast amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans, a new report submitted to the federal government has found.

The advent of cheap, versatile plastics has created “a global scale deluge of plastic waste seemingly everywhere we look”, the report states, with the US a leading contributor of disposable plastics that ends up entangling and choking marine life, harming ecosystems and bringing harmful pollution up through the food chain.

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Euro Markets: Midday Update

Carbon Pulse - Thu, 2021-12-02 00:13
EUAs shot to a new record for the tenth time in 13 days as traders said financial participants continued to drive the market to loftier levels, triggering another high-level call for intervention, while energy prices advanced more modestly.
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Simply Energy expands VPP network to new states, moves beyond Tesla

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2021-12-01 23:04

 supplied).Simply Energy will expand its VPP offering into NSW, QLD and Victoria while expanding eligibility to more batteries and inverters.

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Why Mars-bound astronauts may go to Iceland first

BBC - Wed, 2021-12-01 20:59
With a similar landscape to other worlds, it could aid research into extra-terrestrial missions.
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When wild animals escape: could the exotic pet trade be our downfall? – video

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 20:50

Exotic pet ownership in the UK has grown 60% since 2000, according to the wildlife charity Born Free. But escaped wild animals are also a growing concern for their potential to spread disease, and the impact an invasive species might have on nature. The Guardian visits BeastWatch, an organisation of volunteers that specialises in the safe retrieval of exotic pets, and Bristol Zoo to see how wild animals are kept in captivity and ask if new laws can address some of the issues 

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Essex mega-prisons pose threat to rare wildlife, warn environmentalists

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 20:41

Government accused of reneging on environmental pledges with plan to build on old airfield near Braintree

Campaigners have criticised plans to develop two mega-prisons on the site of a rare bird and amphibian habitat in England.

The government has been accused of reneging on commitments in the Environment Act to stop the decline of wildlife by proposing the development on the old Wethersfield airfield, which has become an important space for nature near Braintree, Essex.

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Steel can go green by 2050 with $278 bln spend, report says

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2021-12-01 19:16
Steel can be produced with almost no carbon emissions by 2050 if $278 billion in investment to decarbonise the industry is made over the next three decades, a report released on Wednesday claimed.
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South Korea to open ETS to financials this month

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2021-12-01 17:46
South Korea will open its emissions trading market up to participation from about 20 financial institutions later this month, according to the environment ministry.
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2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year – People’s Choice Award

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 17:00

The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is inviting fans of wildlife photography from around the world to vote for the winner of the People’s Choice Award. This year’s 25 unforgettable scenes were shortlisted by the Natural History Museum from more than 50,000 image entries from 95 countries

  • The images are currently on display at the Natural History Museum in London, until the voting ends on 2 February 2022. The winner will then be showcased until the exhibition closes on 5 June 2022
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Swifts and house martins join UK red list of endangered birds

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 17:00

RSPB warns wildlife is in freefall with 70 of Britain’s 245 bird species now seriously at risk

The red list of Britain’s most endangered birds has increased to 70 species with the swift, house martin, greenfinch and Bewick’s swan added to the latest assessment.

The red list now accounts for more than a quarter of Britain’s 245 bird species, almost double the 36 species given the status of “highest conservation concern” in the first review 25 years ago.

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Malaysia eyes late 2022 start for domestic carbon market

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2021-12-01 16:35
Malaysia plans to launch a domestic emissions trading market late next year, beginning with voluntary offset trade before rolling out an ETS at a later date, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday.
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UK green homes scheme was ‘slam dunk fail’ says public accounts committee

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 16:00

Dame Meg Hillier says scheme cost £50m and delivered only a fraction of objectives

The government’s green homes grant scheme underperformed badly and risks damaging future efforts to deliver net zero, the public accounts committee (PAC) said.

Hailed by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, as a key plank in his green industrial revolution, the grants only upgraded about 47,500 homes out of the 600,000 originally planned. They also delivered a small fraction of the expected jobs.

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Farmers fear Defra will not deliver on post-Brexit support, says CLA head

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 16:00

Mark Tufnell says many farmers are reluctant to trust government as changes to subsidy payments loom

Farmers are anxiously awaiting further detail from the government on imminent changes to their subsidy payments, with many reluctant to trust the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to manage the transition, the leader of one of the UK’s biggest farming organisations has said.

“Quite a few have said to me: ‘Well, we’re not at all clear what Defra is doing,’” Mark Tufnell, the recently installed president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), told the Guardian. “[They say:] ‘We don’t think that Defra know what they’re doing,’ and ask me: ‘What do you know?’”

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Gene-edited livestock: robust rules needed before approval, say ethicists

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 16:00

Techniques could help make farm animals resistant to disease but there are fears welfare standards could drop

Robust regulations must be put in place to protect the welfare of farmed animals before genome-editing procedures are approved for commercial livestock, ethicists have warned.

Powerful gene-editing techniques have the potential to improve modern farming by making animals resistant to heat and disease, reducing methane emissions and increasing productivity, but the same approaches could also exacerbate animal welfare problems, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says.

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Renewable energy has ‘another record year of growth’ says IEA

The Guardian - Wed, 2021-12-01 16:00

Renewables will account for about 95% of growth in global power-generation capacity up to the end of 2026, finds energy agency

It has been another record year for renewable energy, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and rising costs for raw materials around the world, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, has been installed around the world this year, beating the previous record last year. On current trends, renewable energy generating capacity will exceed that of fossil fuels and nuclear energy combined by 2026.

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Inpex inks four more “carbon neutral” gas deals

Carbon Pulse - Wed, 2021-12-01 14:22
Inpex, Japan’s largest oil and gas operator, has signed four separate carbon neutral gas agreements with local Japanese gas and power companies, the company has announced.
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Great Solar Business Podcast: Consumer law and the solar industry

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2021-12-01 12:33

We explore the issues and challenges of protecting consumers and regulating solar retailers in Australia with Gerard Brody, the CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre in Melbourne.

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Project Symphony: First big trial to “orchestrate” rooftop solar and battery storage

RenewEconomy - Wed, 2021-12-01 12:15

An alternative to solar switch-off? WA virtual power plant trial will orchestrate solar and battery resources of 500 homes and businesses.

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3 reasons the announcement to dump radioactive waste in South Australia is extremely premature

The Conversation - Wed, 2021-12-01 12:00
Radioactive waste from nuclear medicine facilities will be trucked to and buried near the South Australian town of Kimba. But this decision still faces a range of hurdles. Ian Lowe, Emeritus Professor, School of Science, Griffith University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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