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Oct 22, 2015

U.S. moves ahead with carbon rule as 25 states prepare to sue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency will formally issue carbon regulations for power plants
on Friday, opening the door to a wave of lawsuits from states
and industry groups.

The EPA will publish its Clean Power Plan in the Federal
Register, a formal step that will start the clock on legal
challenges from opponents of the rule.

Oct 22, 2015

Apple to build more solar projects in China, green its suppliers

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple announced Wednesday it will build 200 megawatts of solar energy projects in China and work with local suppliers to source more renewable energy, its latest moves to green its Chinese supply chain amid criticism that its local partners are heavy polluters.

In addition to bringing on an additional 200 MW in northern, eastern and southern China, the tech giant said it will launch an initiative to “drive its manufacturing partners to become more energy efficient and to use clean energy for their manufacturing operations.”

Oct 19, 2015

World, business leaders call for global carbon pricing policies

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – A half dozen heads of state
joined forces with leaders of states, cities and corporations on
Monday to call for wider adoption of carbon pricing policies
ahead of a United Nations climate change summit in Paris in
December.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Philippines President
Benigno Aquino III and French President Francois Hollande were
among the world leaders who issued a joint statement through the
World Bank urging governments and businesses to set up carbon
markets and tax carbon emissions.

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. doles out $15 mln to bolster coal state economic transition

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Thursday awarded nearly $15 million in grants to projects across
12 coal-reliant states and tribal territories to help them
diversify their local economies as the domestic coal industry
wanes.

The competitive grants are part of the administration’s
multi-agency Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and
Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative to invest in
communities affected by changes in the coal mining industry and
power sector.

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. announces new moves to limit super greenhouse gases

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – New administrative measures
and private sector pledges to phase down the use of
hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases used in
refrigeration and air conditioning, will reduce its consumption
by the equivalent of 1 billion metric tons of CO2 through 2025,
the White House said Thursday.

The Obama administration announced a set of executive
actions and commitments by over a dozen companies to curb the
use of super greenhouse gases known as HFCs, which have a global
warming potential 10,000 times greater than carbon dioxide.

Oct 7, 2015

Progress made in fundraising for poor to fight climate change

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The world’s richest countries
mobilized $61.8 billion in public and private funds in 2014 to
help poor countries combat and adapt to climate change, almost
two-thirds of a goal to raise $100 billion a year starting in
2020, according to a report released on Wednesday.

The study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development and the Climate Policy Initiative aimed to provide
the first clear snapshot of how far rich countries are from
achieving the 2020 target, a key ingredient for a new global
climate change deal later this year.

Oct 7, 2015

Rich countries two-thirds of way to $100 bln climate finance goal: report

WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – The world’s richest countries
spurred $61.8 billion in public and private funds in 2014 to
help poor countries combat and adapt to climate change, nearly
two-thirds of a key international goal to raise $100 billion a
year starting in 2020, according to a report released on
Wednesday.

The study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development and the Climate Policy Initiative aimed to provide
the first clear snapshot of how far rich countries are from
achieving the 2020 target, a key ingredient for a new global
climate change deal later this year.

Sep 30, 2015

China ‘highly polluting project’ decision to spur coal subsidy talks

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, Sept 30 (Reuters) – China’s promise to
curb public funding of “highly polluting projects” has isolated
Japan and increased the pressure to close a deal to phase-out
coal export subsidies after months of wrangling.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development has been hosting talks on the issue since last year.

Sep 26, 2015

China climate announcements turn tables on Congress foes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump was succinct last week when asked how the United States should respond to climate change.

“It’s not a big problem at all,” the leader in opinion polls for the Republican presidential nomination told a radio talk show host. “If you look at China, they’re doing nothing about it.”

Sep 25, 2015

Obama, Xi lay out joint vision for global climate agreement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined their common vision for a global climate change agreement on Friday, and outlined new steps they will take to deliver on pledges made last year to slash their greenhouse gas emissions.

Those included confirmation by Xi that China will launch a national carbon cap-and-trade system in 2017 to help contain the country’s emissions, which will build on seven regional pilot markets already operation in China. Such systems put limits on carbon emissions and open up markets for companies to buy and sell the right to produce emissions.