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China needs to address its growing environmental pressure – U.N. Report

China is currently at the top of the list when it comes to material consumption, thereby straining the country's environment and natural resources, according to a new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme. Based on the report, titled “Resource Efficiency: Economics and Outlook for China,” the country has become the largest consumer of primary materials, such as constriction minerals,...

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China to boost renewable energy development, curb air pollution

China is taking serious moves towards becoming a low-carbon economy, making several plans to boost its renewable energy development in 2013 up until 2015, while taking stringent measures to reduce the country’s air pollution. In line with combating climate change, China will be spending 1.8 trillion yuan, or $294 billion, on developing renewable energy through 2015. In addition to investing heavily in renewable...

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China Sunergy providing modules for ground-mounted installation in Malaysia

China Sunergy Co., Ltd is continuing their push into the Malaysian solar market with a shipment of modules for a ground-mounted solar system from Pekat Solar Sdn Bhd. This is the second solar module deal that China Sunergy has with Pekat which is a photovoltaic service and engineering solutions provider certified by Malaysia’s Ministry of Energy, Green Energy and Water. The first was for rooftop solar installations...

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India loses $80 billion annually due to environmental degradation

The annual cost of environmental degradation to India is around $80 billion, equivalent to 5.7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to a new report by the international financing institution the World Bank. The World Bank’s report, titled “Diagnostic Assessment of Select Environmental Challenges in India,” is the first-ever national level economic assessment of environmental degradation in the...

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China’s Xiangjiaba hydropower plant now half operational with 3,200 MW

China’s Xiangjiaba underground hydropower plant has begun commercial operation producing 3,200 megawatts with four of the eight hydroelectric generating units from Alstom installed. Each of the four hydroelectric generating units, which are now installed and operational, can produce 800 MW. Designed and manufactured in Alstom’s factory in Tianjin, China, each unit will be able to supply the electric consumption of...

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Philippines to see 81 MW of wind power connected to grid next year

Philippine-based conglomerate Ayala Corporation will be connecting a wind power project to the grid by 2014. In a statement, Ayala Corporation announced that their wholly owned subsidiary AC Energy Holdings, Inc. has signed an investment framework agreement and shareholders’ agreement with UPC Philippines Wind Holdco I B.V. and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure Fund (PINAI) to form...

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Greenpeace calls for accountability among R.S.P.O. members for Sumatra fires, Singapore haze

Greenpeace International has called for accountability among the members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for the recent fires in Sumatra which caused the haze in Singapore. Greenpeace disapproves of the R.S.P.O.’s move to investigate only five companies who had been named in media reports. The environmental organization pointed out that the five companies being investigated were not the ones...

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Thin-film manufacturing facility to rise in Suqian, China

Thin-film photovoltaic manufacturer Ascent Solar is forming a joint venture with the government of the Municipal City of Suqian in Jiangsu Province, China to produce their modules in the Asian country. The agreement between the company and the municipal government covers a multi-faceted, three-phase project over the next six years. The first phase of this would include the establishment of a...

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Culprits behind Singapore’s haze identified

The scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre have identified the parties responsible for the haze that has covered Singapore recently – and it’s not necessarily who everyone thinks. For decades, small and large scale farmers in Sumatra – and their annual habit of clearing their plots using fire – have been blamed for the haze that has affected parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. This issue made...

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India’s renewable energy on the rise, seeking more investments from U.S.

India has reached approximately 28 gigawatts of cumulative deployed renewable energy systems and is now looking to the United States for more investments in the power sector. For the period of 2013-2014, India has set a goal of installing an additional 4,325 megawatts of renewable power. Currently they only have around 303.10 MW of newly deployed capacity for the 2013-2014 period. Of this, 264.10 MW comes from wind,...

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