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China's energy giants tiptoe into renewables

China's state energy producers outlined initiatives to develop hydrogen and wind power after their earnings slumped along with the oil price in the first half but their renewables projects could take years to materialise.
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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. 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.
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U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change in draft communique, diplomats say

The United States is against mentioning climate change in the communique of the world's financial leaders, G20 diplomats said, after a new draft of the joint statement showed the G20 are considering including it as a risk factor to growth.

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Kazakhstan cuts oil exports to China after contamination detected - trade

Kazakhstan reduced oil supplies via the Atasu-Alashankou pipeline to China on Tuesday after tests carried at the end of the last week showed a high content of organic chloride.

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Island states, threatened by disasters, demand urgent action at U.N. climate talks

Island nations at risk of being erased from the map by rising seas accused rich countries of losing sight of the urgency of the climate crisis on Thursday as a marathon U.N. summit in Madrid entered its final stretch.

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U.S. ingenuity can tackle climate threat, fossil energy chief says

The United States can tackle threats to the climate through technological advances as fossil fuels will remain a priority for the U.S. government and business, the assistant secretary for fossil energy said on Tuesday.

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U.N. modernizes guidance for greenhouse emission estimates

A United Nations climate change panel updated on Monday guidelines for governments to estimate greenhouse gas emissions so the most up-to-date scientific research is included.

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Arctic nations to meet amid tensions over environment, resources

Top diplomats from the United States, Russia and other nations which border the Arctic meet in Finland on Monday to discuss policies governing the polar region, as tensions grow over how to deal with global warming and access to mineral wealth.

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U.S. farmers face devastation following Midwest floods

Record floods have devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and several other states. Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone.

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China could lift life expectancy by nearly three years if it meets WHO smog standards

China could raise average life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air quality to levels recommended by the World Health Organization, according a new study from a U.S. research group.

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China to launch non-subsidized pilot solar, wind power projects

China plans to launch pilot solar and wind projects that do not accept subsidies from the government, the top state planner said on Wednesday.

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China hails improved water quality, but some rivers more polluted

China's surface water quality improved in 2018, with more samples taken from river and lakes reaching standards fit for human use, the country's environment ministry said on Monday.

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Ministers work around the clock to strengthen global climate deal

Ministers are working around the clock to complete and strengthen the rules for making a landmark agreement to combat climate change operational.

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Carbon emissions from rich nations set to rise in 2018: IEA

Carbon dioxide emissions from the world's advanced economies are set to rise slightly in 2018, breaking a five-year decline, mainly due to higher oil and natural gas use, the International Energy Agency says.

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