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Major firms urge Japan to bolster 2030 renewables goal

Apo - Major firms including Sony, Panasonic and Nissan on Monday urged the Japanese government to make its 2030 renewable energy target twice as ambitious.

Dozens of nations miss deadline to boost climate ambition

Paris - More than half the world's nations failed to submit upgraded commitments by year's end to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, straggling behind the schedule of accelerated climate ambitions set out in the Paris Agreement.

Japan unveils green growth plan for 2050 carbon neutral goal

Apo - Japan on Friday unveiled plans to boost renewable energy, phase out gasoline-powered cars and reduce battery costs as part of a bid to reach an ambitious 2050 carbon-neutral goal.

Millions facing winter power shortages in China as coal supply squeezed

Bejing - Tens of millions across China are facing power shortages in below-freezing winter temperatures, as three provinces impose curbs on electricity use due to surging demand and a squeezed coal supply.

Poland eyes hard split with coal

Warsaw - Coal-dependent EU member Poland aims to shut its last mine by the bloc's 2050 target, but experts warn the move to go green comes late and faces many hurdles.

Q&A: Smart city lab shapes the future of energy infrastructure Special

Australian energy utility Western Power is preparing through a collaboration with Itron to build a Smart City Lab inside its head office that opens up a multitude of smart opportunities for its customers and communities.

Work resumes on controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline: statement

Berlin - Construction work resumed Friday on the disputed Nord Stream 2 pipeline which is to bring Russian gas to Germany, the project's managers said, despite protests from the United States.

Five years on, summit aims to breathe life into Paris deal

Paris - Five years ago, countries agreed a plan to chart humanity's path away from climate catastrophe, with the landmark Paris deal paving the way to a greener, healthier future.

Work set to resume on NordStream 2 pipeline despite US protest

Berlin - Work looks set to resume on the controversial NordStream 2 pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Germany despite a fresh protest from the United States on Saturday.

UK insists can achieve 68 percent emissions cut by 2030

London - Britain insisted Friday it can meet a new commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than two-thirds this decade compared to 1990 levels, the fastest reduction target of any major economy.

Romania's mining heartland faces up to post-coal future

- In the large, dark locker room of southern Romania's Lonea coal mine, 20-year-old Liviu dons his uniform and helmet before embarking on a six-hour shift in a vanishing industry.

Climate groups take on Shell in landmark Dutch case

Den Haag - Environmental groups faced off against Shell before a Dutch court Tuesday in a landmark bid to force the oil giant to meet emissions targets in the Paris climate accord.

Turkish ship leaves disputed waters in east Med

Ankara - A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over potential gas riches in the eastern Mediterranean has returned to port, Turkey's energy ministry said Monday.

UK's sole hydrogen car maker bets on green revolution

Abergavenny - Hydrogen-powered car manufacturer Riversimple is hoping to steal a march on competitors ahead of Britain's promised "green revolution" that would see petrol-powered cars banned within 10 years.

Q&A: Hydrogen’s new path to cleaner energy Special

On November 12, 2020, the US Department of Energy released its “Hydrogen Program Plan,” in which it notes a global need for “Lower-cost and more-efficient technologies for producing hydrogen from water.” A leading expert looks into the issue.

Tsunami-hit Japanese nuclear reactor gets restart approval

Apo - A nuclear reactor in northern Japan on Wednesday became the first among those damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to get final restart approval, with support from regional authorities.

G20 backslides on fossil fuel subsidies: report

Paris - Rich nations are still providing more than half a trillion dollars annually to fossil fuel projects despite committing to slash greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris climate deal, research showed Tuesday.

All-seeing French frigate flies flag in tense east Mediterranean

Deep in the bowels of a French frigate cruising the tense eastern Mediterranean waters, a dozen men and women scan radar screens through the dark.

South Korea to seek carbon neutrality by 2050: Moon

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday pledged his country will try to become carbon neutral by 2050, although he stopped short of promising to achieve the ambitious goal, seen as crucial to the fight against climate change.

US, Germany demand Turkey end 'provocation' against Greece

Washington - Turkey's two key Western allies, the United States and Germany, on Tuesday urged it to pull back a ship it has returned to waters contested with Greece, with Washington denouncing the "calculated provocation.

US demands Turkey end 'calculated provocation' of ship

Washington - The United States on Tuesday demanded that Turkey pull back an energy research ship that it has sent back to waters contested with Greece, calling the move a "calculated provocation.

Virus crisis an opportunity to reshape climate response: IEA

Paris - Only massive investment in clean energy can help overcome the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic while setting the world on a path to meeting its objectives to slow climate change, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

Turkey restarts hunt for Mediterranean gas, reigniting Greek row

Ankara - Turkey will redeploy the research ship at the centre of an energy row with Greece to the eastern Mediterranean on Monday, a decision slammed by Athens as a "direct threat to peace".

After US boost, Greece looks for EU backing on Turkey talks

Athens - Greece looks for EU support this week in tough upcoming talks with Turkey after securing a diplomatic boost from the visiting US secretary of state.

Biogas made from biosolids produces sustainable hydrogen

Research continues into alternative and sustainable environmental technologies. Emerging processes include generating hydrogen from biogases; the development of methods to convert carbon dioxide into fuel; and molecular photoswitches.

OPEC turns 60 at 'critical moment' for virus-hit oil

London - OPEC faces a critical moment in its 60-year history with the coronavirus crushing crude demand and prices, discord among its members, and threats from a world seeking cleaner fuels.

Crowds in face masks pack out China auto show after virus delay

Bejing - Crowds packed a mega motor show in Beijing on Saturday -- the only major international auto event this year -- as manufacturers hope to boost the world's biggest car market despite the coronavirus battering demand.

Lake Trump? Disputed reservoir could be named after US president

Pristina - In addition to his own golf clubs and hotels, Donald Trump may soon have a lake named after him following proposals to christen a contested Balkan reservoir in his honour.

Big promises, but can China be carbon neutral by 2060?

Bejing - Xi Jinping's shock promise to lead the world into a safer climate future was thin on details, leaving many questions unanswered on how the world's worst polluter will meet a 2060 carbon neutral target.

Oil majors not in sync with global climate goals: report

Paris - Oil and gas giants are far from aligning with the global climate change goals they purport to uphold, and only a government-managed decline of the sector can prevent climate catastrophe, according to an analysis released Wednesday.
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