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E.U. aims to bring emissions down by 40 percent, renewables up by 27 percent

The European Union will reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below the 1990 level by 2030. The European Commission has set out their 20130 framework on climate and energy change with ambitious goals for both greenhouse gas emissions as well as renewable energy use. “In spite of all those arguing that nothing ambitious would come out of the Commission, we did it. A 40...

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Hong Kong’s environment secretary reiterates need for landfill extension

Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment KS Wong reiterated the call for a landfill extension in the region, saying that the need is urgent. The environment secretary noted that the Hong Kong government will be resubmitting its extension proposal to the Legislative Council in the first quarter of this year. Back in July 2013, the Hong Kong government pushed for a funding proposal for...

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Beijing banning construction, expansion of high-polluting industrial projects

The local legislature of Beijing is banning the construction of high-polluting projects such as oil refining, cement, steel and thermal power plants in a drastic attempt to address city’s worsening air pollution problem. Through an approved policy document, the city of Beijing will ban the construction of new projects in these high-polluting industries. They are also banning the expansion of any of existing...

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Hong Kong increases glass bottle recycling with new collection points

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department has expanded its glass bottle recycling network by increasing the number of glass bottle collection points throughout the region. The increase in the number of glass bottle collection points was done last November 2013 to encourage public participation in green living as well as to turn waste glass bottles into a useful resource. In total, in the...

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U.S. wind farm program extended, threatens eagles

A new rule from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has raised concerns for the safety of bald and golden eagles that live in wind farm areas. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, includes a provision for a permitting program that will be applicable to developers of renewable energy projects and other activities that may “take”- injure, kill or disturb” bald and golden eagles. Though this, the F.W.S. au...

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U.S. senators introduce Renewable Electricity Standard bill

Two United States senators introduced a bill that will reduce pollution, save consumers’ money, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Senators Tom Udall and Mark Udall introduced a bill to establish a national Renewable Electricity Standard that would not only expand the generation of renewable energy, but would also create jobs. The bill introduced mandates utilities to generate 25 percent...

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Americans oppose E.P.A. shutdown – N.R.D.C. survey

Amidst the United States government shutdown, a new survey from the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that majority of Americans oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s closing. Based on the findings of the survey commissioned by the N.R.D.C., almost two-thirds of Americans opposed the near shutdown of the agency, wanting the E.P.A. back on the job. “Americans count on the E.P.A. to pro...

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World Mayors Summit tackles climate change, supports new G.E.F.-initiative

Mayors all over the world support the Global Environment Facility’s new proposed sustainable cities initiative amidst the rising effects of climate change. During a forum at the World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, G.E.F. Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson Naoko Ishii presented the proposed Sustainable Cities program, soliciting feedback from city leaders and specialist from around the...

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Asia-Pacific countries call for climate change mitigation

Asia-Pacific countries called for an urgent global approach to mitigating climate change, voicing their concern with the lack of progress and the looming threat of extinction from rising sea levels. “Climate change is no longer an environmental or political issue. It is a borderless human security issue. Everybody must act to urgently reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions and provide adaptation,” said...

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Several of China’s regions to reduce coal consumption

Several regions of China plan to reduce their combined coal consumption by millions of metric tons to further reduce air pollution. Under the new plan, the regions – which include Hebei and Shandong provinces and the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin – will reduce their combined coal consumption by 83 million metric tons by the end of 2017, according to China Daily. The Environmental Protection Mi...

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