Climate change news for Sunday 18th of March 2018
"[In a paper published on Thursday in Nature] a team of researchers… applied techniques from the emerging field of synthetic biology to understand how ocean acidification from the absorption of CO2 is affecting… phytoplankton [which] are not only a key food source for global fisheries, they are also important to the removal of CO2."
"The company… said [its new] facility will have an annual capacity of 300,000 new energy cars, which include electric cars. The plan has been given the go-ahead by the company’s board and is pending approval from shareholders. [Sales of] new energy vehicles…in China… [are] up 200 percent in January and February"
"Agricultural losses from weather events in developing nations totaled $96 billion in a decade... according to the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization... “This has become the ‘new normal,’ and the impact of climate change will further exacerbate [this]” FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said in a statement."
"A decade ago, power from a large-scale solar farm was unthinkably expensive at close to $A200 per megawatt hour... almost five times the grid average at the time... Renewable energy prices have since plummeted"
"Sixteen Australian industrial sites have… had to buy millions of dollars in carbon credits… Labor and industry body the Carbon Market Institute both said [this] was evidence the country had a carbon market"