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April 01, 2014
Japan could try to rescue its Antarctic whaling program by sharply reducing catch quotas after the highest UN court ordered a halt, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the catch was for scientific purposes and not mainly for human consumption, reports Reuters.
April 01, 2014
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a USD350 million financing package supporting the construction of the 320-MW Sarulla Geothermal Power Development Project in North Sumatra, Indonesia, an investment expected to unlock clean energy investments across the country, which holds 40 percent of the world’s geothermal resources.
March 31, 2014
US-based industrial giant General Electric (GE) will take a majority stake in what will be Japan’s largest solar power plant at 230-MW, more than  double Softbank’s 111-MW farm under construction on the island of Hokkaido.
March 31, 2014
Japan’s ruling parties failed on Friday to reach an agreement with the government on the content of an energy policy now being written, insisting that clean energy make up “significantly” more than 20 percent of the nation’s power by 2030.
March 28, 2014
Japan has moved to address the serious imbalance that has developed in renewable energy investment by cutting the feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar power by 11 percent from 1 April while introducing a new FiT for wind to encourage development of the strategically important offshore wind sector.
March 28, 2014
One of the 70 authors of a draft UN report on climate change said he had pulled out of the writing team because it was "alarmist" about the threat.
March 28, 2014
Residents along Cambodia’s coastline may want to relocate to higher ground in the wake of a climate-change assessment that predicts much of the Kingdom’s coast could be submerged by rising sea levels, according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post.
March 28, 2014
Sales of smog insurance in China have been halted after a watchdog said they were "publicity stunts" in violation of regulations.
March 27, 2014
Beijing’s air pollution problem is all too well known but Delhi’s is generally considered to be more lethal, and caused primarily by vehicle emissions rather than industrial activities as in the case in China’s capital.
March 27, 2014
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has given approval for two wind farm projects to supply carbon emission offsets to the country’s fledgling carbon markets. The two projects are expected collectively to generate around 1 million Chinese Certified Emissions Reductions (CCERs) offsets annually.
March 27, 2014
A UK-based conservation watchdog, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), has released a report that claims about 22.8 million cubic meters of wood, with an estimated total value of USD8 billion, was exported from Myanmar over the past 13 years.
March 26, 2014
Along with the enormous risks global warming poses for humanity are opportunities to improve public health and build a better world, scientists gathered in Yokohama for a climate change conference said Tuesday.
March 26, 2014
China's central government will relocate 20 state-owned enterprises headquartered in Beijing to other localities, which is expected to result in 500,000 residents leaving the capital, the Shenzhen-based Securities Times reported, citing an unnamed official.
March 26, 2014
Despite intense efforts by the government to get a grip on China’s stifling pollution problem, the Ministry of Environment said on Tuesday that the country’s high-polluting industries continued their fast-track growth last year.
March 25, 2014
Japan’s NEC Corp said Monday it had succeeded in a second attempt to acquire a unit of A123 Systems LLC, an American provider of green-energy technologies that was funded by the Obama administration before filing for bankruptcy protection in 2012.
March 25, 2014
General Electric has signed a joint venture with Malaysian biotech firm, Green and Smart, to develop a waste-to-energy biogas plant from palm oil emissions.
March 24, 2014
In a bid to motivate consumers to be less wasteful, Singapore will soon start supplying households with information on average household water consumption in their neighborhood.
March 24, 2014
The Philippines' Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Export-Import Bank have signed a memorandum of understanding for USD1 billion worth of financing options to further develop the country's liquefied natural gas and renewable energy sectors.
March 24, 2014
It appears China’s chronic pollution problems are a great leveler, removing rancor and hubris from diplomatic exchanges with South Korea and Japan. It is by no means all peace and harmony but working-level officials from the three countries put discord aside in Beijing last week during their first policy dialogue session on the pressing pollution problem.
March 24, 2014
A pair of academics at the University of Colorado recently co-authored a paper in Nature Climate Change, showing that the methane produced by a typical palm oil wastewater lagoon has the same annual climate impact as driving 22,000 passenger cars.