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Hong Kong holds first meeting to develop its recycling industry

Hong Kong has created a committee to tackle the development of the recycling industry within the region, holding its very first meeting to discuss its current situation. The committee established, called “Steering Committee to Promote the Sustainable Development of the Recycling Industry” and chaired by Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam, is to review Hong Kong's recycling operation, discuss...

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Canada no GHG mitigation plan amidst Keystone XL pipeline– N.R.D.C.

Canada has not proposed any credible mitigation plan that would address greenhouse gas emissions despite the country’s growing tar sands industry and the continuous push for the Keystone XL pipeline, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The N.R.D.C. last month said that the Keystone XL pipeline fails President Obama’s approval condition (see related story). Due to the controversy surrounding the project, Canada has...

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Rio 2016 Summer Olympics sets new sustainability measures

Sustainability measures to support the greening of the Rio Summer Games 2016 have been set and agreed upon by the United Nations Environment Program and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee. Under the “Sustainability Management Plan: Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” the games will achieve a reduced environmental footprint by carefully taking into consideration four...

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World's demands exceed planet's capacity – W.W.F.

The World Wide Fund for Nature calls for action to reverse overconsumption of natural resources. This August 20 marked Earth Overshoot Day – the date when humanity has used up nature's budget for the year. According to W.W.F.'s partner Global Footprint Network, the non-profit organization who launched the initiative, Earth Overshoot Day in 1993 fell on October, while in 2003 it fell on...

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China's State Council publishes new measures for green industries

China's State Council has published new measures to further boost green industries – the newest push among the country's many efforts towards a green economy. The recently published measures from the State Council aim to help the country move towards a green economy while at the same time increasing its domestic demand and updating its economic structure. Among the measures that are listed on the document published...

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U.N. bodies, Chinese foundation to tackle desertification and green opportunities

Two United Nations bodies have partnered with the Beijing-based Elion Foundation to tackle the issue of desertification, and to harness the economic potential of drylands through renewable energy, desert tourism, and other sustainable projects. The United Nations Environment Program, U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, and the non-profit organization Elion Foundation have signed a Memoranda of...

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E.U.-funded web tool to help assess climate change impacts

A European Union funded project will soon allow the public to assess climate change impacts and vulnerabilities for various sectors. The project, called “Climate change integrated assessment methodology for cross-sectoral adaptation and vulnerability in Europe,” known simply as CLIMSAVE, aims to help in the assessment of the impacts of climate change over a range of environmental and economic areas in different...

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UPDATED: Proposed Keystone XL pipeline fails Obama’s climate test – N.R.D.C. analysis

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will contribute billions of metric tons of carbon pollution, failing President Obama’s approval condition, found an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, which will run 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas, will carry what the environmental organization Friends of the Earth International considers to be...

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China’s air pollution measures get green light

China’s Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian revealed that stringent air pollution measures will be enforced to help curb the country’s pollution problem. China has been discussing the air pollution measures for some time now (see related story) and Environment Minister Shengxian has finally announced that the strict measures will be enforced by the end of this July, reported China Daily. Under the air pollution...

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Proposed Keystone XL pipeline fails Obama’s climate test – N.R.D.C. analysis

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will contribute billions of metric tons of carbon pollution, failing President Obama’s approval condition, found an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, which will run 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas, will carry what the environmental organization Friends of the Earth International considers to be one of the...

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