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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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Hong Kong to phase out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles

Hong Kong seeks to phase out pre-Euro IV diesel commercial vehicles to improve the regions roadside air quality and better protect the public’s health. According to a paper tabled to the Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affairs, an incentive-cum-regulatory approach is being proposed. While at the same time, the Environmental Protection Department is also seeking to limit the service...

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U.S. E.P.A. proposes standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants

The United States Environment Protection Agency has proposed Clean Air Act standards that will cut carbon pollution from new power plants, while at the same time reaching out to others to establish carbon pollution standards for existing ones. Under the proposal, new large natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, while new small natural gas...

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Six regions in China sign agreement to prevent and control air pollution

Governments of six regions in China, along with the Ministry of Environmental Protection, have signed an agreement to control and prevent air pollution. The six regions that have signed the agreement are all located in the northern part of China, namely Beijing, municipality of Tianjin, provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, and Shandong, as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region – regions that are...

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