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Germany is considering ditching its long-cherished balanced budget policy to help finance a costly climate protection program with new debt, a senior government official said.

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British wind power output hits record

Power generation from Britain's wind farms hit a record 14.2 gigawatts on March 17, the National Grid said on Monday.

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India most vulnerable country to climate change - HSBC report

India is the most vulnerable country to climate change, followed by Pakistan, the Philippines and Bangladesh, a ranking by HSBC showed on Monday.

UK government resists 'latte levy' in bitter blow for campaigners

Britain has resisted a call by campaigners and lawmakers to impose a so-called "latte levy" on single-use coffee cups, opting instead to reduce the use of the cups through voluntary measures.
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Lawmakers question biggest UK pensions over climate change risks

Britain's biggest pension funds have been asked by lawmakers to explain how they are managing the impact of climate change risks on their investments.
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As its wealth fund goes green, Norway's firms struggle to keep up

Many Norwegian companies lag high standards for reporting their impact on the environment that the Nordic nation's $1 trillion wealth fund is championing abroad in 2018.

Who sucks? EU mocks Gove 'green Brexit' talk on plastic straws

A top European Union official scoffed at Britain's environment minister, the Brexit campaigner Michael Gove, for suggesting leaving the EU will make it easier for London to pass green legislation like banning plastic drinking straws.
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British air pollution plans are inadequate: High Court

Britain's plans to curb air pollution are inadequate and must be improved, the High Court ruled on Wednesday following a legal complaint from environmental lawyers, Client Earth.
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African nations urged to avoid hydropower reliance

African nations need to diversify energy supply, particularly countries reliant on hydropower, industry experts said at an energy conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
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Congo approves logging near carbon-rich peatlands

Congo's environment ministry said on Tuesday it had reinstated thousands of square kilometers of logging concessions in its equatorial forests, a move environmentalists fear could cause huge volumes of greenhouse gases to be released.
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Appeal court rules Nigerians cannot pursue Shell spill claim in England

The Court of Appeal in London has ruled that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria's Delta region.

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India's $230 million plan to stop crop burning that pollutes Delhi falls short of estimates

The Indian government's plan to spend $230 million over two years to prevent crop residue burning is below the spending estimates of its policy advisors for the task and may do little to cut the air pollution that envelops the capital region of Delhi.
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Shell settles state, US clean air violations at Louisiana plant

Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Shell Chemical LP will install a $10 million pollution monitoring and control system at its Norco, Louisiana, chemical plant as part of a settlement over allegations it violated the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.
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China supersizes pig farms to cut costs in world's top pork market

Surrounded by mountains in a remote part of southwestern China, Xinguangan's first large-scale, modern pig farm is getting ready to produce its first offspring.
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Britain proposes unlimited fines for car emissions cheaters

Carmakers that try to cheat vehicle emissions tests could face unlimited fines and criminal charges under proposals set out on Thursday by the British government.
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