Efficient cooling seen as key to keeping climate change in check

After enduring the hottest decade on record, India aims to keep its homes and workplaces cool without raising energy consumption with one simple change: raising the temperature settings on air conditioners.

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Electric vehicle push struggles to accelerate in Pakistan

As Pakistan's first-ever electric three-wheeled rickshaws start to roll off the assembly line, the country is struggling to build momentum for its shift to electric vehicles in efforts to cut air pollution and curb climate change.

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Climate

PG&E is the country's first climate bankruptcy but experts say it won't be the last

PG&E is the country’s first “climate bankruptcy.” Experts say it won’t be the last.
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Malaysia threatens WTO challenge to EU's move to drop palm biofuel

Malaysia on Saturday threatened to bring a World Trade Organization challenge if the European Union goes ahead with recommendations to phase out palm oil from transport fuel used in the bloc.

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Climate

EU singles out palm oil for removal from transport fuel

The European Commission has concluded that palm oil cultivation results in excessive deforestation and its use in transport fuel should be phased out, setting the bloc on a collision course with major palm oil producers Malaysia and Indonesia.

Energy

China to crack down on diesel trucks, raise fuel standards

China will take action against highly-polluting diesel trucks by imposing tougher fuel and engine standards, raising rail freight volumes and strengthening its monitoring capabilities, new guidelines published by the environment ministry said.

Climate

U.S. utility solar contracts 'exploded' in 2018 despite tariffs: report

The report prompted a prominent research group to boost its five-year installation forecast despite the Trump administration's steep tariffs on imported panels.

Climate

Inside Tesla's troubled New York solar factory

Tesla Inc's production of solar roof tiles has been delayed by assembly-line problems at its new publicly subsidized factory and difficulties producing a product that satisfies CEO Elon Musk.

China says to end 'one size fits all' environmental policies

China plans to end its "one size fits all" approach to fighting pollution, the environment ministry said on Monday, as it tries to devise more nuanced policies that match local conditions and minimize economic disruption.
Toxics

Lockheed says 'flow' battery will boost use of renewable power

Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new "flow" battery made of inexpensive, nontoxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy, company officials said on Monday.
Originals

Pete Myers: The existential trap of solar geoengineering

We need to be very wary before we deploy any effort to create a man-made chemical sunshade to deflect a harmful rise in global temperatures.

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Climate

Developing nations to study ways to dim sunshine, slow warming

Scientists in developing nations plan to step up research into dimming sunshine to curb climate change, hoping to judge if a man-made chemical sunshade would be less risky than a harmful rise in global temperatures.
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Climate

Tesla says solar roof production has started in Buffalo

Tesla Inc said on Tuesday it began manufacturing its premium solar roof tiles at the company's Buffalo, New York factory last month and has started surveying the homes of customers who made a deposit of $1,000 to reserve the product last year.
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Climate

U.S. trade panel set to recommend solar trade tariffs

Federal trade officials on Tuesday will recommend measures to safeguard struggling domestic solar panel manufacturers against cheap imports in a closely watched case that could have a major impact on the price of U.S. solar power.
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