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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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China looks to 35 GW of solar by 2015

By installing 10 gigawatts of new solar capacity annually, China intends to increase their solar power generation capacity fivefold by 2015. According to the Shanghai Daily, the State Council has posted a statement announcing China’s intent to bring their total solar energy capacity to more than 35 GW by the end of 2015. This new target is higher than the 21 GW target that was previously announced by the National Energy...

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Hong Kong’s landfills extension proposal shot down

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council shot down funding proposal for landfill extensions that the Government was pushing to curb the impending waste problem – a move that was met with disappointment by different members of the government. Environment Secretary KS Wong was disappointed with the Legislative Council’s adjournment this July 12 of the discussion regarding the Government’s funding proposal for the Tuen Mun...

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U.N. replaces Commission on Sustainable Development with new forum

The United Nations General Assembly replaces its Commission on Sustainable Development with a High-level Forum to further address global economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through a consensus, the High-level Forum on Sustainable Development was adopted to address the need for an improved and more effective institutional framework for sustainable development, while at the same time...

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Hong Kong needs to extend their landfills

The Hong Kong government reiterates the need for landfills extension despite growing concerns of their environmental damage. Amidst a pending funding application for a two-year study of the North East New Territories and West New Territories Landfills expansion from the Legislative Council, Hong Kong’s government emphasizes the need to extend their existing landfills. Despite the region’s efforts to cut...

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Hong Kong, Guangdong meet for Combating Climate Change

Hong Kong and Guangdong held their second meeting of the Joint Liaison Group on Combating Climate Change, creating a roadmap on how the two should tackle climate issues. In the meeting that was held in Hong Kong, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong and Guangdong Development and Reform Commission Deputy Director Lu Xiulu agreed on a work plan for 2013 to 2014. They discussed the inclusion of organizing a...

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Japan, Maldives sign J.C.M. agreement

Japan and the Republic of Maldives have signed an agreement regarding the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a partnership which aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Under the agreement, Japan will help Maldives reduce its G.H.G. emissions thereby contributing to international efforts of preventing global warming. Both countries will establish a joint committee which will facilitate the J.C.M. Specifically, the two countries will work together to promote investment...

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E.U. to require ship’s to report on carbon dioxide emissions starting 2018

Europe has taken the first in a series of steps to cut the greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. The European Commission has proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships that use ports located in European Union member states to monitor and report their ships’ annual carbon dioxide emissions. “We recognize that shipping must contribute to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,...

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