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China Pledges Green Energy Cooperation with Africa

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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China says it wants to share its clean energy technology with Africa to help the continent tap into its renewable energy resources. Speaking Monday at a U.N. Environment Program forum in Nairobi, Environment Minister Zhou Shengxian said China is eager to promote green energy to the developing world through means such as technology transfer, capacity […]

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Study Finds China Leads World in Clean Energy Investment

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says China has become the world’s biggest investor in renewable energy projects. The report, prepared with United Nations participation, also said developing countries outspent developed countries on green energy projects for the first time last year. Worldwide spending on renewable energy projects in 2010 reached $211 billion, almost one-third more than in […]

Japan Restricts Energy Usage

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s government began restricting electricity consumption Friday in the Tokyo and Tohoku regions, more than three months after an earthquake and tsunami sent nuclear reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Large companies, universities and department stores that violate the restrictions to cut energy usage by 15 percent will face fines of up to […]

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Russia Seeking to Boost Natural Gas Exports to Asia

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s state-controlled natural gas giant Gazprom says it is looking to boost exports to Asia as it reduces its dependence on revenues from European nations. The company’s chief executive, Alexei Miller, said Thursday that it is holding “intense negotiations” with officials in India, China and South Korea to expand those markets. Gazprom, the world’s biggest […]

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ADB Urges Asian Nations to Boost Clean Energy Investments

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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The head of the Asian Development Bank is calling for governments in the region to take “radical steps” to increase energy efficiency and invest in renewable energy. ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday that a failure to address the need for energy security could cost Asia its hard-won progress in reducing poverty. Speaking in Manila, […]

Japan Wants Office Workers to be “Super Cool”

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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The Japanese government hopes to ease anticipated power shortages with “Super Cool Biz” — a revamped version of its annual program to encourage office workers to dress casually during the hot weather months. Beginning Wednesday, office workers are urged to abandon conventional suits and ties in favor of t-shirts, polo shirts and brightly colored Hawaiian […]

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