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Indonesia gets U.N. funds to fight climate change, deforestation

Indonesia has received an injection of cash from the United Nation's Green Climate Fund to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle forest fires at a time when the country has had to scale back spending in the area due to coronavirus budget pressures.
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Justice

Japan's climate change efforts hindered by biased business lobby: study

Japan's powerful business lobby Keidanren pushes national policies that favor coal and hinders attempts to combat climate change.

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Justice

Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect the poor from rising heat

From spray parks in water-short Cape Town to heat-reflecting pavements in Tokyo, cities around the world that face worsening heatwaves as the planet warms are rapidly adopting innovations to try to beat increasingly deadly heat.

Climate

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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Climate

Japan ministry warns electricity industry it will miss CO2 cut target

Japan's environment ministry warned that the electricity industry, which accounts for 40% of its carbon emissions, will miss its target for cutting carbon dioxide by 2030, calling for it to take further measures.

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Energy

Does it pay to protect nature? A new study weighs in

With Earth's wildlife now facing an extinction crisis, a group of economists and scientists is hoping to persuade governments that it pays to protect nature. Specifically, expanding areas under conservation could yield a return of at least $5 for every $1 spent just by giving nature more room to thrive.

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Does it pay to protect nature? A new study weighs in

With Earth's wildlife now facing an extinction crisis, a group of economists and scientists is hoping to persuade governments that it pays to protect nature.
Climate

Climate fund targets $2.5 billion in clean energy investment for SE Asia

A new climate fund backed by philanthropic donors is aiming to trigger $2.5 billion of clean energy investment in Southeast Asia and aid the region's green recovery after the coronavirus.

Climate

Small islands may not disappear under rising seas, researchers find

In recent years, the leaders and inhabitants of many small-island nations like Kiribati and Tuvalu have warned that climate change is an existential threat to their homelands, fearing they could disappear under rising seas as the planet warms.

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U.N. delays crucial climate summit for a year, cites pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the United Nations to delay until late 2021 a crucial climate summit that had been scheduled for Britain this year, officials said on Thursday.
Toxics

Armed with good data, engineers wage quiet battle for cleaner air

As countries try to slash air pollution and step up action on climate change, many are looking at a key culprit: tailpipes.

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Japan submits updated emissions plan, leaving carbon target unchanged

Japan has maintained its carbon emissions reduction target in its updated emissions plan submitted to the United Nations as part of an international process to address climate change.
Climate

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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Global CO2 emissions from power sector fell 2% last year: Study

Global carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector fell by 2% last year, the biggest fall since at least 1990, owing to reduced coal usage in Europe and the United States, a study showed on Monday.

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British hedge fund billionaire Hohn launches campaign to starve coal plants of finance

British hedge fund billionaire Chris Hohn has launched a campaign to persuade central banks to starve hundreds of planned coal-fired power plants around the world of finance, aiming to block the projects before they can pose a threat to the climate.

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Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

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Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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