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Report: Asia-Pacific Can Be Major Force in Environmental Sustainability

Posted February 16th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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A new report says the Asia-Pacific region can be a world leader in “green” or environmentally sustainable growth, but only by adopting a new development strategy. The Asian Development Bank says the region has been the world’s largest resource user since the 1990s. The report warns that the area’s carbon emissions are on a pace […]

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Vietnamese Official Urges Reforms to Spur Green Growth

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese official says the government must remove harmful subsidies and policy barriers if its wants to join in a worldwide shift toward a more environmentally sensitive economy. Nguyen Van Tai, an official with the Natural Resources Ministry, told a policy forum Tuesday that Vietnam’s economy is overly dependent on the exploitation of natural resources […]

‘Green’ Technology Generating US Jobs, Pay

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A new look at the impact of so-called “green” technology shows it is starting to pay off for at least some U.S. workers. The report released Wednesday by the Washington-based Brookings Institution says industries that provide some benefit for the environment now employ 2.7 million Americans. It says these “green” jobs – part of what […]

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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 […]

Nuclear-Tainted Tea Found at Five Japanese Plants

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in the Japanese prefecture of Shizuoka have asked five tea manufacturing plants to stop shipping green tea leaves after they were found to contain excessive levels of a radioactive material. The tea leaves contained 580 to 650 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, above the legal limit of 500 becquerels. The product was tested […]


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