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China singling out Australian coal is a sign of their influence on global energy markets | Alex Turnbull

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 5:41pm

When China has shortages or surpluses of gas, coal or electricity they spread rapidly across the world

Energy markets are a hot topic now with gas prices going vertical in Europe and coal prices breaking all-time highs. There have been numerous hypotheses lodged online blaming some very plausible causes including reduced gas storage and nuclear and some where the causal link appears to be missing, like renewables. Renewables are variable, but without them Europe would undoubtedly need more gas and be in more strife.

Over the last year I’ve been working on a project with Australian National University on China’s coal markets and logistics and how domestic drivers lead to massive changes in imports. This focus has perhaps given me a different lens to look through recent energy market developments.

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Indigenous activists march in Washington to demand action on climate crisis – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 4:41pm

The dichotomy of themes this holiday is surely summed up by this headline from Chicago: “69th Annual Columbus Day Parade Kicks Off Downtown; Indigenous Peoples Day Rally In Rogers Park”.

Dueling events today.

The 69th annual Columbus Day parade will march down State Street Monday afternoon.

There, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans will talk about status of the holiday, and Columbus statues that have been removed from around Chicago.

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California justice department to investigate enormous oil spill

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 4:22pm

Attorney general will seek to determine cause of spill and how it could have been prevented

California’s justice department is investigating the spill off the coast of Huntington Beach earlier this month, which sent thousands of gallons of oil into the ocean, the state’s attorney general, Rob Bonta, announced on Monday.

The spill, from an undersea pipeline, polluted the waters near Los Angeles last weekend, blackening beaches and endangering wildlife.

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Cop26: world poised for big leap forward on climate crisis, says John Kerry

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 4:03pm

Exclusive: upbeat US climate envoy anticipates big announcements from key players at Glasgow talks

The world is poised to make a big leap forward at the UN Cop26 climate summit, with world leaders “sharpening their pencils” to make fresh commitments that could put the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement within reach, John Kerry has said.

Kerry, special envoy for climate to Joe Biden, gave an upbeat assessment of the prospects for Cop26, which begins in Glasgow at the end of this month, saying he anticipated “surprising announcements” from key countries.

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An invasive plant is taking over the Kansas prairie. It may be too late to stop it

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 2:03pm

In the land of the open prairie, an invasive plant is threatening to transform Kansas' grassland ecosystems into biodiversity wastelands. Researchers are running out of time to find ways to stop it.

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Raising the price of fossil fuels to reflect the true social cost

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 2:03pm

Researchers at the International Monetary Fund say trillions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies are making greenhouse-gas-producing fuels cheaper than they should be and making climate change worse.

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Prince Charles reveals his car runs on cheese and wine byproducts

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 10:26am

Charles’s ‘quaint’ solution to decarbonise his Aston Martin using high blend of bioethanol is not scalable, experts say

Burnishing his green credentials before the Cop26 summit, it was with pride that Prince Charles revealed that he runs his Aston Martin on “surplus English white wine and whey from the cheese process”.

“I hope he drives caerphilly,” was one response on social media.

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DUP boycott of meetings with Irish government ministers unlawful, court rules – as it happened

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 8:56am

This live blog is now closed. You can see some of our top stories today below:

Eric Mamer, the European Commission’s chief spokesperson, has said at his regular briefing that there is nothing new about the EU’s continuing to insist that the European court of justice should continue to have a role in oversight of the Northern Ireland protocol, as the text of the protocol sets out. This is from the Irish Times’ Naomi O’Leary.

The EU is close to the end of the road with the UK over the Northern Ireland protocol, accusing David Frost, the Brexit minister, of trying to undermine serious attempts to solve the problem, Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister, has said. My colleague Lisa O’Carroll has the story here.

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Outcry after federal agents kill eight wolf cubs adopted by Idaho school

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 8:50am

US Department of Agriculture defends its agents’ killing of the pups, part of a pack adopted by a high school in 2003

Conservationists in Idaho are speaking out against the “inhumane” killings of eight wolf pups that were part of a pack adopted by a high school since 2003.

The killings were discovered after biologists who tracked the pack noticed its den was empty this spring. Obtaining a “mortality list” from the state department of fish and game, conservationists realized that agents from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had killed the pups.

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Rotting Red Sea oil tanker could leave 8m people without water

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 8:16am

FSO Safer has been abandoned since 2017 and loss of its 1.1m barrels would destroy Yemen’s fishing stocks

The impact of an oil spill in the Red Sea from a tanker that is rotting in the water could be far wider than anticipated, with 8 million people losing access to running water and Yemen’s Red Sea fishing stock destroyed within three weeks.

Negotiations are under way to offload the estimated 1.1m barrels of crude oil that remains onboard the FSO Safer, which has been deteriorating by the month since it was abandoned in 2017. The vessel contains four times the amount of oil released by the Exxon Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska in 1989, and a spill is considered increasingly probable.

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What is Cop26 and why does it matter? The complete guide

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 4:30am

Everything you need to know about the Glasgow conference seeking to forge a global response to the climate emergency

For almost three decades, world governments have met nearly every year to forge a global response to the climate emergency. Under the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), every country on Earth is treaty-bound to “avoid dangerous climate change”, and find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally in an equitable way.

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The impact of the California oil spill could have been worse for wildlife

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 2:08am

Wildlife is threatened after a pipeline leaked oil off the Southern California coast. NPR's A Martínez talks to Michael Ziccardi of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network at UC Davis, about rescue efforts.

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Drought conditions force California wineries to change how they grow grapes

NPR News - Environment - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 2:08am

A severe drought in California has meant lost crops for many wine country grape growers. But some are finding ways to adapt to the hot, dry conditions.

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Cop26 must not overshadow Kunming: we need joint climate and biodiversity goals | Ma Jun

Guardian Environment News - Mon, 2021/10/11 - 12:00am

Ecosystem collapse is as much a threat as the climate crisis, but valuing nature will help us meet both these challenges

Read more: Halt destruction of nature or risk ‘dead planet’, leading businesses warn

All eyes are on Cop26 in Glasgow since the climate crisis aroused worldwide attention and compelled more than 120 countries to join the unprecedented global Race to Zero carbon-emissions campaign. But the UN biodiversity conference in Kunming, or Cop15, should not be overshadowed, as biodiversity loss is an equally grave threat to humanity.

Cop15, delayed repeatedly by the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place in two parts, online from 11 October, with more detailed discussions left for April’s meeting in Kunming, China. The conference will convene governments from around the world to agree new goals for nature for the next decade, as global biodiversity losses pose a threat to human wellbeing, affecting food, health and security, and increasing the likelihood of pandemics.

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California surfer’s ‘measly punch’ fends off great white shark attack

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/10 - 11:00pm

‘It was like a clamp around my leg,’ says Eric Steinley, who was helped by others at Sonoma county beach

Surfers at a beach in Sonoma county, California, used a surfboard strap as a tourniquet to save a man whose right leg was bitten by a great white shark.

Eric Steinley was attacked as he surfed about 50 yards from shore at Salmon Creek beach last Sunday, but managed to alert others in the water.

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Johnson’s backing for the Cambo oilfield is unscientific and potentially disastrous | Peter Capaldi

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/10 - 11:00pm

The government should be supporting green jobs for fossil fuel workers, not deepening our dependency on oil and gas

In three weeks’ time world leaders will gather in my hometown of Glasgow to talk about the biggest threat to our future: the climate crisis. We’ve seen an unrecognisable summer of flooding and extreme heat, and as a result people have lost their lives in Europe and around the world. The crisis is very much upon us.

And yet, incredibly, our prime minister, Boris Johnson, is preparing to sign off on a new drilling permit at Cambo oilfield, west of Shetland. If approved, Cambo would produce 170m barrels of oil and would deepen the climate crisis for decades to come. It would be a staggeringly backward move, going against the science and denying us all the green recovery we’ve been promised.

Peter Capaldi is an actor and campaigner

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Halt destruction of nature or risk ‘dead planet’, leading businesses warn

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/10 - 10:00pm

Exclusive: executives demand meaningful action to protect ecosystems as UN biodiversity summit opens

World leaders must do more to prevent the destruction of nature, business leaders have warned before a summit in China that aims to draw up a draft UN agreement for biodiversity.

In an open letter, the chief executives of Unilever, H&M and nine other companies have called on governments to take meaningful action on mass extinctions of wildlife and the collapse of ecosystems or risk “a dead planet”.

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Mesmerised brown crabs ‘attracted to’ undersea cables

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/10 - 4:21pm

Research in Scotland shows animals freeze near the electromagnetic field with implications for metabolism and migration

Underwater power cables mesmerise brown crabs and cause biological changes that could affect their migration habits, scientists have discovered.

The cables for offshore renewable energy emit an electromagnetic field that attracts the crabs and causes them to stay where they are.

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Kwasi Kwarteng accused of misleading claims over power cable project

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/10 - 10:52am

Letter from 2019 reveals business secretary supported £1.2bn project linked to Conservative donor

A cabinet minister has been accused of making misleading claims about a £1.2bn cable project linked to a Conservative donor.

Almost one in 10 Conservative MPs had taken money from firms linked to Viktor Fedotov, revealed in the Pandora papers to have secretly co-owned a company once accused of participating in a massive corruption scheme. One of those firms included Aquind.

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‘Square the ledger’: farmers push Nationals for dedicated income stream in emissions reduction policy

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2021/10/10 - 9:30am

The National Farmers’ Federation is demanding Nationals MPs drive a hard bargain for agriculture in any deal ahead of Cop26 climate talks

Australia’s peak farming lobby will demand Nationals MPs ensure the Scott Morrison government gives farmers a dedicated income stream from sequestered carbon in the event the Coalition lands a new mid-century emissions reduction policy ahead of the Cop26 in Glasgow.

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) will meet Nationals MPs virtually on Monday as the Morrison government attempts to land an internal agreement on what new emissions reduction policies Australia will flag before the international climate conference in November.

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