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India's top court rejects power companies' bid to extend emissions deadline

India's Supreme Court rejected a request by power producers to extend a deadline to install equipment to cut emissions by two years to 2024.

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As Delhi chokes, ministry says coal-fired plants need extra time to meet emission norms

The utilities have cited costs and technical difficulties for missing earlier deadlines, at the end of 2017 and then the end of 2019.

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Coal-fired plants around New Delhi running despite missing emissions deadline

Coal-fired utilities around New Delhi were still operating on Wednesday despite threats from the Indian authorities to close them down if they had not installed equipment to cut emissions of sulfur oxides by the end of the year.

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Exclusive: Indian PM Modi's office proposes waiving carbon tax on coal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office has proposed waiving a tax on coal to help finance pollution-curbing equipment, according to documents, but the move would also make coal more competitive in price with solar and wind energy.

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Major states snub calls for climate action as U.N. summit wraps up

A handful of major states resisted pressure on Sunday to ramp up efforts to combat global warming as a U.N. climate summit ground to a close, angering smaller countries and a growing protest movement that is pushing for emergency action.

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India pollution regulator threatens to shut coal-fired utilities around New Delhi

India's federal pollution regulator has warned coal-fired power plants around New Delhi that they could be shut down for failing to comply with deadlines to meet emissions standards, according to sources.

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Desperate Mongolians send children into countryside to escape choking winter smog

Mongolia has extended school winter holidays in the world's coldest capital and many families have sent children to live with relatives in the vast, windswept grasslands to escape choking smog and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia.

China vows no leeway for underperformers in war on pollution

China will order detailed punishment measures for officials in regions that miss air quality targets this winter, refusing to accept unfavorable weather or mounting economic pressure as excuses, an environment ministry official says.

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Political divisions cloud Poland climate talks

Divisions within Europe and tension between the United States and China pose major challenges to the next round of United Nations talks on climate change.

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Climate-related financial disclosure becoming more mainstream: G20 task force

The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures was set up by the G20's Financial Stability Board at the end of 2015 to develop a voluntary framework for companies to disclose the financial impact of climate-related risks and opportunities.

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China's Tangshan orders stricter emissions targets for heavy industry, power firms

China's top steelmaking city Tangshan ordered companies in the steel, coke and coal-fired power sectors to meet ultra-low emissions targets, the latest effort to curb air pollution.
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Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatons last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency said.

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China plans tougher goals, beefed-up inspections in war on smog

China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, as Beijing prepares to beef up a nationwide crackdown on polluters in its years-long campaign to clear its notoriously toxic skies.
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China plans tougher goals, beefed-up inspections in war on smog

China will set more stringent targets for improving the nation's air quality under a new three-year plan, as Beijing prepares to beef up a nationwide crackdown on polluters in its years-long campaign to clear its notoriously toxic skies.
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China puts finishing touches to three-year smog crackdown plan

China is drawing up plans for tougher curbs on smog during the three years to 2020, an environment ministry official said on Wednesday, after a five-year crackdown on pollution helped it attain air quality targets last month.
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