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E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan to save billions – N.R.D.C. report

The Natural Resources Defense Council finds that the power sector and its customers could save around $2 billion in 2020 as well as meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon reduction targets. According to N.R.D.C.’s analysis of E.P.A.’s Clean Power Plan (see related story), greater reliance on renewable sources of energy and energy efficiency would produce significant savings to the industry along with its millions of customers. “It’s clear that E.P.A. has ample room to significantly strengthen the Clean Power Plan,...

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Chile sets carbon tax on its vehicles

Chile has set a carbon tax on its vehicles, promoting vehicle and energy efficiency. Under the tax reform, which is the largest in the last three decades, carbon taxation of new cars purchased is based on nitrogen oxide and field electron emissions, according to the Fuel Economy labeling information. In addition, the reform also includes a “green tax” – a US$5 tax per ton of carbon dioxide emitted from thermal power plants. The tax reform was approved by...

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New Yorkers support renewables, opposes fracking – N.R.D.C. poll

A state-wide poll commissioned for the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that New Yorkers oppose fracking and support clean, renewable energy. Fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, is the process of creating cracks in the deep-rock formations so as to gain access to natural gas or petroleum. According to the poll that was commissioned by the independent firm Franklin, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates – FM3 for the N.R.D.C.,..

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U.N. Conference generates $1.9 billion in support of small island developing states

Governments, business, and civil society organizations have partnered during the United Nations conference to commit around $1.9 billion in support of small island developing states. In the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa, committed over $1.9 billion to boost the capacity of the group of islands to achieve a sustainable development. The partnership formed during the conference is comprised of 166...

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Hong Kong environment secretary calls for vehicle owners to reduce emissions

Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing appealed to petrol and liquefied petroleum gas vehicle owners to reduce their emissions and comply with upcoming policy. The environment secretary noted that these petrol and L.P.G. vehicle owners should properly maintain their vehicles to reduce emissions and ensure their compliance with the new emissions control requirement that is expected to come into force next month. Mr. Wong pointed out that improving air...

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Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Liaison Group gather for its third meeting

The Hong Kong/Guangdong Joint Liaison Group on Combating Climate Change held its third meeting, to discuss their work plan for the upcoming year. The meeting, which was held in Guangzhou last July 30, was co-chaired by the Secretary for the Environment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government Wong Kam-sing and the Director of the Guangdong Development and Reform Commission Li Chunhong. In the meeting, several details as part of the...

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U.N.E.A.’s first ever session gets underway in Nairobi

The first ever session of the United Nations Environment Assembly gets underway, gathering representatives from all 193 U.N. Member States in Nairobi to discuss various issues. Around 1,200 high level participants, which include Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. General Assembly President Josh Ashe, have gathered in this week’s meeting of the U.N.E.A. that is being held under the theme of “A Life of Dignity for All...

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N.R.D.C. fights back, counters discrediting advertisements through TV ads

New York-based environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council has created their own television advertisement to combat the discrediting advertisements that were aired on the radio. Earlier this month, the N.R.D.C. urged the Federal Communications Commission to look into various radio stations’ discrediting advertisements, which were sponsored by the National Mining Association, which targeted the newly proposed...

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Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is urging the Federal Communications Commission to investigate various radio stations’ discrediting advertisement regarding the newly proposed carbon pollution standards. Twenty-eight national and state organizations are urging the F.C.C. to investigate 23 radio stations in five states that are airing discrediting radio advertisements...

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$48 trillion in investment needed to meet energy needs to 2035 – I.E.A. report

The world needs more than $48 trillion in investment over the period to 2035 in order to meet the world’s growing demand for energy, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency. The report, which is part of the World Energy Outlook series, finds that the current annual investment in energy supply of $1.6 trillion needs to increase steadily over the next decades towards $2 tri...

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