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Emissions trading: European Commission and China hold first policy dialogue

European Commission - Climate Action - Thu, 04/26/2018 - 05:00

The European Commission and China's newly-created Ministry of Ecology and Environment held their first policy dialogue on emissions trading in Beijing today (26 April), following the recent launch of China's nationwide carbon trading system.

Workers climbing wind turbines to the middle class

Climate Solutions - Climate Action - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 20:47

Clean energy investment is good for business; clean energy jobs are good for communities; the economic benefits of carbon pricing and more in the latest ClimateCast.

First polar bear born in the tropics dies at 27 in Singapore zoo

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 19:43
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore on Wednesday mourned the death of the first polar bear born and bred in the tropical island city, put down by wildlife authorities after a five-year battle with health difficulties stemming from old age.

Porsche appeals against seizure of files in emissions raid

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 18:01
BERLIN (Reuters) - Porsche has appealed against the seizure of files by prosecutors during a raid last week on the sports car brand's premises related to inquiries into emissions manipulations, prosecutors said.

Egypt's rice farmers see rough times downstream of new Nile mega-dam

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 17:46
KAFR ZIADA, Egypt/DUBAI (Reuters) - Rice farmers in Kafr Ziada village in the Nile River Delta have ignored planting restrictions aimed at conserving water for years, continuing to grow a medium-grain variety of the crop that is prized around the Arab world.

Japan to see warmer weather during May-July

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 16:26
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will see warmer weather between May and July, the official forecaster said on Wednesday.

China's Guangdong province plans special emission curbs on steel, petchem

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 16:24
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's southeastern manufacturing hub of Guangdong is planning to impose tougher emission curbs on its steel, petrochemical and cement firms starting from June as it bids to meet state air quality standards, the local environment bureau said.

U.S. environment agency proposes limits to science used in rulemaking

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 08:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule on Tuesday that would limit the kinds of scientific research it can use in crafting regulations, an apparent concession to big business that has long requested such restrictions.

Monsanto develops product to deactivate controversial farm chemical

Reuters - Environment - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 03:45
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co is launching the first product that deactivates a controversial weed killer inside spraying equipment after it is used, the company said on Tuesday, its latest attempt to prevent unintended crop damage associated with the herbicide.

General Electric to trial world’s largest wind turbine in Britain

Reuters - Environment - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 19:56
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday.

Quake in southeast Turkey injures 39: state news agency

Reuters - Environment - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 15:09
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An earthquake struck Turkey's southeastern province of Adiyaman early on Tuesday, injuring 39 people and damaging buildings, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

California risks severe 'whiplash' from drought to flood: scientists

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:07
OSLO (Reuters) - California will suffer more volatile weather this century with a "whiplash" from drought to rain and mounting risks a repeat of the devastating "Great Flood" of 1862, scientists said on Monday.

Emergency alerts loom as drought takes hold in war-torn Afghanistan

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 19:30
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan faces the threat of serious drought this year after recording the lowest snowfall and rain in years over the winter, officials said on Monday, with at least 20 of 34 provinces already suffering badly.

Exclusive: After crackdown, Philippines plans fresh mining curbs

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 13:26
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is planning to limit the amount of land that miners can develop at any one time to boost environmental rehabilitation, a move that miners say may cut output of nickel ore in last year's top supplier to China.

Hong Kong fish feeding on plastic pose possible toxic risk: Greenpeace

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:27
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Sixty percent of Hong Kong’s commonly eaten grey mullet fish contain large quantities of microplastic, with some ingesting 80 pieces, a report by environmental activist organization Greenpeace said on Monday.

No fuel efficiency improvements in new cars sold in Europe in 2017

European Commission - Climate Action - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 05:00

New cars sold in the EU in 2017 emitted slightly more carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre than those sold in 2016, provisional data show. This is the first increase in average CO2 emissions of the new EU car fleet since monitoring began in 2010.

Michael Bloomberg to write $4.5 million check for Paris climate pact

Reuters - Environment - Mon, 04/23/2018 - 00:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday he will write a $4.5 million check to cover this year's U.S. financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.

Shipper Hapag-Lloyd plans 20 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2020

Reuters - Environment - Sun, 04/22/2018 - 17:49
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd plans a 20 percent reduction in its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2020, compared with 2016, to help support a drive to halve emissions in the global shipping industry.

Fashion and the environment, an uncomfortable fit for McCartney

Reuters - Environment - Sat, 04/21/2018 - 02:53
LONDON (Reuters) - The booming fashion industry is medieval in its approach to manufacturing and needs to modernize in order to radically cut the damage it is doing to the environment, British designer Stella McCartney has said.

German prosecutors may widen Bosch emissions probe

Reuters - Environment - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 23:06
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors may widen an investigation into auto supplier Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL] over its suspected involvement in emissions test cheating to include dealings with Fiat , Ford , General Motors and Hyundai , according to the Stuttgart public prosecutor's office.

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