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Australian Solar Technology Used to Help China Reach Clean Energy Target

Australian Solar Technology Used to Help China Reach Clean Energy Target
Photo: CSIRO

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: Australia & China
Author: CSIRO
Australia's solar heliostat technology will be used for concentrating solar thermal (CST) electricity generation in China. Thermal Focus, a Chinese Company, will now produce and sell CSIRO's patented low cost heliostats, field control software and design software in China with a shared revenue returning to Australia for further research.

Shell ties in bonuses to reinforced emissions strategy

Shell ties in bonuses to reinforced emissions strategy
Photo: Benoit Tessier

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: UK
Author: Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps
Royal Dutch Shell plans to link part of its executive bonuses to greenhouse gas emissions and conduct more active screening of future investments to further efforts to reduce the energy group's carbon footprint, its CEO told Reuters.

Spike in Yellowstone grizzly deaths tied to conflicts with humans

Spike in Yellowstone grizzly deaths tied to conflicts with humans
Photo: Jim Urquhart/File Photo

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: USA
Author: Laura Zuckerman
U.S. wildlife managers at Yellowstone National Park are reporting an unusually high number of grizzly bear deaths, 55, linked to humans this year in a trend believed tied to a growing number of the bruins harming livestock or challenging hunters over freshly killed game.

From smog to fog: December arrives in Delhi

From smog to fog: December arrives in Delhi
Photo: Cathal McNaughton

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: INDIA
Author: Douglas Busvine
New Delhi has just got over the worst bout of smog in years but, after an interlude of clear weather, thick fog has now descended on the Indian capital and nearby regions, hitting road, rail and air travel.

China hikes tax on 'super cars' amid luxury crackdown

China hikes tax on 'super cars' amid luxury crackdown
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: CHINA
Author: Adam Jourdan in SHANGHAI and Norihiko Shirouzu in BEIJING
China will impose an extra 10 percent tax on super cars and other luxury models costing 1.3 million yuan ($188,852) and above, in a bid to rein in lavish spending and to reduce emissions, the ministry of finance has said.

Carnival Princess to pay record $40 million for pollution cover-up

Carnival Princess to pay record $40 million for pollution cover-up
Photo: Toby Melville

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: USA
Author: Susan Heavey
Carnival Corp's Princess Cruise Lines will plead guilty to seven felony charges for polluting the seas and deliberate acts to cover it up, and pay a record $40 million criminal penalty, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

Rural Cambodia uses guppy fish to fight dengue

Date: 02-Dec-16
Country: CAMBODIA
Author: Astrid Zweynert
In the backyards of rural Cambodia, a tiny weapon is being deployed to fight dengue fever, the world's fastest spreading tropical disease that causes debilitating flu-like symptoms and can develop into a deadly hemorrhagic fever.

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Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: Australia
Author: Marty Middlebrook - Planet Ark
This is an important message from Planet Ark - providers of the World Environment News. We will be changing to a weekly newsletter titled "Positive Environment News" in 2017.

Germany's Merkel says will work with Trump on climate policy

Germany's Merkel says will work with Trump on climate policy
Photo: Hannibal Hanschke

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: GERMANY
Author: Paul Carrel
Germany's Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would try to work on climate policy with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, who has said he may pull out of a landmark international accord to fight global warming.

Obama moves to lock in vehicle greenhouse gas rules

Obama moves to lock in vehicle greenhouse gas rules
Photo: Yuri Gripas

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: USA
Author: David Shepardson
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said it will push to lock in fuel efficiency standards central to outgoing President Barack Obama's climate policy before the Trump administration takes over in January.

Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017

Dutch government proposes 33 percent increase in renewables spending for 2017
Photo: Michael Kooren

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: NETHERLANS
Author: Toby Sterling
The Dutch government on Wednesday proposed a 33 percent increase in its budget for renewable energy projects in 2017, as it attempts to catch up after lagging on its 2020 emission reduction targets.323

EU plan for CO2 limit to power reserve schemes hasty: Poland

EU plan for CO2 limit to power reserve schemes hasty: Poland
Photo: Yves Herman

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: POLAND
Author: Agnieszka Barteczko
The European Commission's proposal to attach emissions limits to subsidies paid to utilities that set aside capacity to avert blackouts would be hasty and bad for the environment, Poland's energy ministry said.

Shell studies green energy deals to prepare for future after oil

Shell studies green energy deals to prepare for future after oil
Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: UK
Author: Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso
Royal Dutch Shell, the world's second-biggest publicly listed oil company, is studying acquisitions in the green energy sector, its CEO told Reuters, as it bows to shareholder demands for a strategy beyond fossil fuels.

Swedish government commission proposes airline climate tax

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: SWEDEN
Author: Johan Ahlander
A government-appointed commission recommended on Wednesday that airlines operating in Sweden should pay a tax of between 80 and 430 Swedish crowns ($9-47) per passenger and flight to compensate for climate pollution.

Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change

Date: 01-Dec-16
Country: UK
Author: Umberto Bacchi
The largest all-female expedition to Antarctica, comprising 76 scientists, is due to set sail from Argentina on Friday in a quest to promote women in science and highlight the impact of climate change on the planet.

Exxon Louisiana refinery poorly maintained, environmentalists say

Exxon Louisiana refinery poorly maintained, environmentalists say
Photo: Lee Celano

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: USA
Author: Erwin Seba
A Louisiana environmental group said on Tuesday that ExxonMobil Corp's Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refinery, where four workers were burned in a November 22 fire, has been poorly maintained for years.

China vows to cap water consumption, crack down on polluters

China vows to cap water consumption, crack down on polluters
Photo: Kim Kyung-Hoon

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: CHINA
Author: David Stanway
China will keep national annual water consumption below 670 billion cubic meters (bcm) through to 2020, the state planning agency said on Wednesday, part of efforts to ease chronic regional shortages by cutting waste and boosting efficiency.

Labor abuses found at Indonesian palm plantations supplying global companies: Amnesty

Labor abuses found at Indonesian palm plantations supplying global companies: Amnesty
Photo: Roni Bintang/File Photo

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: INDONESIA
Author: Eveline Danubrata and Bernadette Christina Munthe in JAKARTA
Global consumer companies, including Unilever, Nestle, Kellogg and Procter & Gamble, have sourced palm oil from Indonesian plantations where labor abuses were uncovered, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Bill for Japan's Fukushima cleanup to double to $201 billion: source

Bill for Japan's Fukushima cleanup to double to $201 billion: source
Photo: Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/File photo

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: JAPAN
Author: Takaya Yamaguchi
Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 is likely to cost 22.6 trillion yen ($201 billion), slightly more than double a previous estimate, according to a source involved in government discussions on the issue.

Giant arch slides over Chernobyl site to block radiation for a century

Giant arch slides over Chernobyl site to block radiation for a century
Photo: Gleb Garanich

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: Ukraine
Author: Pavel Polityuk
In the middle of a vast exclusion zone in northern Ukraine, the world's largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the stricken reactor for the next 100 years.

Lack of fuel, guns hits Brazil's Amazon guardians

Lack of fuel, guns hits Brazil's Amazon guardians
Photo: UESLEI MARCELINO

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: BRAZIL
Author: Stephen Eisenhammer
The rainforest shook with the sound of exploding tires and groaning steel as flames tore through a truck carrying giant tree trunks illegally sawn from the Amazon.

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Photo: David Gray/File Photo

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: AUSTRALIA
Author: Tom Westbrook
Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday.

China 'green' sector seen growing to 3 percent of GDP by 2020: official

China 'green' sector seen growing to 3 percent of GDP by 2020: official
Photo: REUTERS

Date: 30-Nov-16
Country: CHINA
Author: John Ruwitch and David Stanway
China expects the output value of its energy saving and environmental protection industry to rise from 4.5 trillion yuan ($653 billion) last year to more than 10 trillion by 2020, lifting its share of gross domestic product from 2.1 percent to 3 percent.

Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact

Pope urges world leaders not to hobble climate change pact
Photo: Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

Date: 29-Nov-16
Country: VATICAN CITY
Author: Philip Pullella
Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a message that looked to be squarely aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Canada to allow Saskatchewan to keep burning coal for power

Canada to allow Saskatchewan to keep burning coal for power
Photo: Chris Wattie

Date: 29-Nov-16
Country: CANADA
Author: Rod Nickel
Ottawa has struck a deal with Saskatchewan, a fierce critic of its environmental strategy, allowing it to continue running coal-fired electricity plants past 2030 if it makes equivalent cuts elsewhere to greenhouse gas emissions, the governments said on Monday.

Climate change 'threatens Thai fight against illegal fishing'

Climate change 'threatens Thai fight against illegal fishing'
Photo: Jorge Silva

Date: 29-Nov-16
Country: THAILAND
Author: Cod Satrusayang
Climate change threatens to undermine Thailand's efforts to combat illegal fishing and avoid a potential European Union ban on exports by the multi-billion dollar seafood industry, environmental groups say.

U.S. says biofuels program not expected to meet targeted emissions cuts

Date: 29-Nov-16
Country: USA
Author: Chris Prentice
The U.S. biofuels program, designed to boost demand for renewables in gasoline and diesel, is unlikely to meet its targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the government said in two reports on Monday.

France turned to fossil fuels in October to offset nuclear shortfall

Date: 29-Nov-16
Country: FRANCE
Author: Bate Felix
The use of coal, oil and gas to generate power in France jumped nearly 40 percent last month to compensate for a slide in nuclear and hydropower production, network operator RTE said in its monthly report on Monday.

Illinois Quad Cities, Clinton nuclear plants could save $3 billion in power costs: study

Date: 29-Nov-16
Country: USA
Author: Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru
Preserving Quad Cities and Clinton nuclear plants will save businesses and consumers in Illinois more than $3 billion in power costs in the next 10 years, a study conducted by global consulting firm The Brattle Group showed on Monday.

Washington zoo's panda cub recovering after emergency surgery

Washington zoo's panda cub recovering after emergency surgery
Photo: Gary Cameron

Date: 28-Nov-16
Country: USA
Author: Gina Cherelus
Bei Bei, a giant panda cub who is a star attraction at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was in stable condition on Friday after emergency surgery to remove a "lemon-sized mass of bamboo" lodged in his digestive tract, officials said.

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