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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia's governor issued an order on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for a cap-and-trade system to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, saying it would "fill the void" left by the Trump administration which has been rolling back federal climate rules.
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2017-05-16 15:46:54
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LONDON (Reuters) - Major mining companies, including some of the world's biggest suppliers of fossil fuel, are seeking to use more renewable energy themselves as they strive to drive down costs and curb emissions.
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2017-05-16 12:22:13
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Support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has helped put large-scale solar on a solid footing despite cuts to its own fundingAustralia’s large-scale solar industry now appears to be on solid ground, with all 12 plants recently awarded grant funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency reaching “financial close” this month
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2017-05-15 21:28:23
Sunday, May 14th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Furniture giant commits to reducing use of virgin raw materials but experts raise concerns about supply chain dominationAre companies ready to rethink the way they do business? – open thread
Ikea has bought forest in Romania and the Baltics, wind farms in Poland and now it is investing in a plastic recycling plant in the Netherlands
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2017-05-14 23:00:35
Sunday, May 14th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Once considered an eco-warrior’s pipe dream, renewable energy is rapidly gaining ground in the traditional mining state of Western AustraliaAlong the remote southern coastline of Western Australia, the locals have cottoned on to a new, surefire way to keep their beer cold.
The energy grid around Esperance and Ravensthorpe is unreliable at the best of times, but after a bushfire took out the poles and wires around these far-flung outback towns last year, the power company asked residents if they might be interested in trying out a more economically and environmentally sustainable way to keep the lights on and the bar fridge humming
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2017-05-14 18:19:10
Friday, May 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (Reuters) - As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.
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2017-05-12 16:23:08
Friday, May 12th, 2017      Leave a Comment
1,100-tonne Zeynel Bey monument relocated despite legal challenge to Tigris river construction projectAn enormous 15th-century tomb in south-eastern Turkey has been moved to make way for a hydroelectric dam on the Tigris river.
The 1,100-tonne Zeynel Bey monument was lifted whole on Friday and transported more than a mile on a wheeled platform, the state-run Anadolu news agency said
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2017-05-12 11:04:11
Thursday, May 11th, 2017      Leave a Comment
We will meet renewable energy targets largely with wind. But community attitudes and acceptance rely on a number of factors beyond mere aestheticsA known side-effect of wishing for things is that they tend to come true. Wishing, as most of us do, for the rapid decarbonisation of the machines we use to generate electricity results in physical changes that manifest in Australian communities
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2017-05-11 19:11:14
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Plummeting wholesale prices put the country on track to meet renewable energy targets set out in the Paris agreementWholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country.The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet – and by its own predictions, exceed – the renewable energy targets it set at the Paris climate accords in December 2015
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2017-05-10 07:29:29
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Onshore wind has higher public approval than nuclear and fracking, so why are Tories expanding unpopular industries with higher carbon footprints? Renewable power expanded exponentially under the Tory-Lib Dem coalition elected in 2010 and by 2015 the renewable industries had a turnover of £14.9bn and had reduced wholesale electricity prices
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2017-05-10 00:30:11
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Oilier plants, new processing technologies and multipurpose crops could put the biofuel industry back in the race for greener transport fuels Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, doing for the world’s planes, ships and automobiles what windfarms and solar panels are doing for its electricity grids
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2017-05-09 20:36:28
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017      Leave a Comment
MILAN (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he was confident that the United States would keep moving "in the right direction" on climate change, although the process might slow down under the current administration.
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2017-05-09 11:13:14
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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' new environment minister said it was possible to strike a balance between mining and protecting natural resources, but added that he needed time to assess mine closures ordered by his dismissed predecessor.
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2017-05-09 03:01:16
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Monday, May 8th, 2017      Leave a Comment
Gemini windpark off the coast of the Netherlands will eventually meet the energy needs of about 1.5 million people, according to its ownersDutch officials have opened what is being billed as one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning far out in the North Sea.
Over the next 15 years the Gemini windpark, which lies some 85km (53 miles) off the northern coast of the Netherlands, will meet the energy needs of about 1
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2017-05-08 20:14:08
Sunday, May 7th, 2017      Leave a Comment
With the UK government ending subsidies for onshore wind and the Trump administration pushing for a return to coal, you might think the wind power revolution had run out of puff. Far from it. The cost of energy from offshore wind in Britain has fallen by a third since 2012, and wind accounts for over 40% of new capacity in the US, representing an annual investment of $13bn
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2017-05-07 23:00:52