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Despite mining ban, Russia scours Antarctica for massive fossil fuel deposits

Friday - The Kremlin’s mineral explorer says it has found a stunning 500 billion barrels of oil and gas below the Southern Ocean’s climate-threatened waters. Tapping these mooted reserves would not only hamper global efforts to fight the climate crisis. Known for flouting major agreements, a defiant Russia in the Antarctic could destroy the decades-long protected status of Earth’s last unmined frontier.

Trees are dying much faster in northern Australia

Friday - The rate of trees dying in the old-growth tropical forests of northern Australia each year has doubled since the 1980s, and researchers say climate change is probably to blame.

This gas would have stayed in the ground if it wasn’t for bitcoin

Friday - In Pennsylvania, Big Dog Energy LLC has installed 30 gas-fired generators at one of its gas well pads in Beccaria Township, using the electricity they produce in an ingenious, profitable, and possibly environmentally-damaging pursuit—mining the cryptocurrency known as bitcoin.

For wetland plants, sea-level rise stamps out benefits of higher carbon dioxide

Friday - Wetlands across the globe are in danger of drowning from rising seas. But for decades, scientists held out hope that another aspect of climate change—rising carbon dioxide (CO2)—could trigger extra plant growth, enabling coastal wetlands to grow fast enough to outpace sea-level rise. That helpful side effect is disappearing, they discovered in a new study published May 18.

Is California giving its methane digesters too much credit?

Friday - Every year, California dairy farms emit hundreds of thousands of tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane, which gets released when livestock operations pool manure in open-air lagoons.

Suicides indicate wave of ‘doomerism’ over escalating climate crisis

Friday - It was a stunning, grisly act. A man, a climate activist and Buddhist, had set himself on fire on the steps of the US supreme court. He sat upright and didn’t immediately scream despite the agony. Police officers desperately plunged nearby orange traffic cones into the court’s marbled fountain and hurled water at him. It wasn’t enough to save him.

Air pollution "largest existential threat to human and planetary health"

Thursday - Since the turn of the century, global deaths attributable to air pollution have increased by more than half, a development that researchers say underscores the impact of pollution as the “largest existential threat to human and planetary health.”


Four key measures of climate change set records in 2021

Thursday - Four key measures of climate change hit record highs last year, the United Nations said yesterday.

The simple act of spreading rock dust on farms is an overlooked but tantalizing climate solution

Thursday - The simple act of sprinkling rock dust—an abundant byproduct of mining—on farmland could capture 45% percent of the carbon dioxide required to help the UK meet its 2050 net-zero targets.

After renewables frenzy, Vietnam’s solar energy goes to waste

Thursday - For up to 12 days every month, Tran Nhu Anh Kiet, a supermarket manager in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province, is forced to turn off his solar panels during the most lucrative peak sunshine hours.

Will swapping out electric car batteries catch on?

Thursday - Without even a touch of the steering wheel, the electric car reverses autonomously into the recharging station.

Studio MOM creates eco-friendly cycle helmet from mycelium and hemp

Thursday - Dutch design office polystyrene (https://www.dezeen.com/tag/studio-mom/">Studio MOM has developed a bicycle helmet from biomaterials that, unlike

German giant targets Australian green hydrogen market with new base in Perth

Wednesday - A German green hydrogen technology company behind 10GW of electrolyser capacity installed globally is setting up shop in Perth, to catch the wave of Australia’s emerging renewable hydrogen industry.

Survey reveals costs and benefits of climate-related disclosure for companies and investors

Wednesday - A new survey reveals what private sector US organisations are currently spending on measuring and managing key climate change data and disclosure activities

Report highlights risk of climate-induced statelessness and nationality loss in the Pacific

Wednesday - Kiribati-born Tiibea Baure moved to Australia in 2008 as a nursing student with a plan for her extended family's future.

EU climate emissions higher than before pandemic

Wednesday - The EU's greenhouse gas emissions in the last quarter of 2021 were higher than any quarter since late 2018, scrubbing out the apparent gains made during the pandemic.

MEPs raise ambition on EU carbon market reform

Wednesday - The European Parliament environment committee on Tuesday (17 May) agreed on reform of the European carbon market — including its expansion to buildings and transport.

UK carbon tax on imports could stop firms from outsourcing CO2 emissions as nations tackle climate crisis

Wednesday - The UK has moved a step closer to imposing a carbon tax on all imports to stop companies from outsourcing their CO2 emissions to foreign countries.

MARKET LATEST: NZUs $76.60

Tuesday - SPOT NZUs opened at $76.00 bid and $76.90 offered on CommTrade this morning, after last fixing at $76.60.


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