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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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Chinese official hails 'incomparable' improvement in air quality as virus hits industry

China's air quality saw "incomparable" improvements in the first quarter of this year as a coronavirus outbreak led to rapid declines in industrial activity and transportation, an environment ministry official said on Friday.
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World's worst air adds to Serbian capital's coronavirus woes

Belgrade's residents on Friday isolated themselves not only from coronavirus but also from acrid smoke, which defied strong winds to transform the Serbian capital into the city with the world's most polluted air.
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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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Global coal demand to remain stable up to 2024

Global coal demand is expected to remain stable until 2024 as growth in Asia offsets weaker demand from Europe and the United States.

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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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South African carbon tax finally becomes law

South Africa's long-delayed carbon tax has been enshrined in law, the treasury said on Sunday, as one of the continent's worst polluters transitions to lower emissions in its efforts to meet agreements on global climate change.

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Asia's coal addiction puts chokehold on its air-polluted cities

"Cities with the worst air pollution are all in Asia and a lot of it is to do with coal."

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China's 2018 renewable power capacity up 12 percent on year

China's renewable power capacity rose 12 percent in 2018 compared to a year earlier, official data showed on Monday, with the country still rolling out new projects despite transmission capacity concerns and a growing subsidy payment backlog.

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EU's climate chief calls for net-zero emissions by 2050

The European Union's climate chief called for the bloc to take the lead and aim for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in its climate strategy published on Wednesday, ahead of key U.N. talks on curbing global warming.

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Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain due

The death toll from the worst floods in nearly a century in the Indian tourist state of Kerala rose to 43 on Wednesday as rising water stranded tens of thousands of people and forced the closure of one of its main airports.
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Worst flood in a century kills 43 in India's Kerala, more rain due

The death toll from the worst floods in nearly a century in the Indian tourist state of Kerala rose to 43 on Wednesday as rising water stranded tens of thousands of people and forced the closure of one of its main airports.
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China's coal hub Shanxi plans voluntary winter smog curbs to 2020

China's major coal mining hub, Shanxi province, plans to curb industrial manufacturing output voluntarily during the next three winters as part of its 2018-2020 anti-pollution crackdown.
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China's coal hub Shanxi plans voluntary winter smog curbs to 2020

China's major coal mining hub, Shanxi province, plans to curb industrial manufacturing output voluntarily during the next three winters as part of its 2018-2020 anti-pollution crackdown.

China bans new polluting projects in three cities: Ministry

China has ordered three northern cities to stop approving new projects that would add to air pollution after they failed to meet air quality targets this past winter.
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