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Governor Kate Brown Holds Ceremony to Sign SB98 for Renewable Natural Gas

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PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Governor Kate Brown gathered with NW Natural and other supporters to ceremoniously sign another landmark bill for the State of Oregon: Senate Bill 98 allows utilities to acquire renewable natural gas on behalf of customers and is the first of its kind in the nation. Renewable Read More

Trump to bar California from setting vehicle emission rules: sources

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will announce as early as Wednesday it is revoking California’s authority to set its own greenhouse gas and vehicle fuel efficiency standards and barring all states from setting such rules, two auto industry officials said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: Reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel (gasoil) cars sit in a Read More

China says faces ‘new challenges’ in ozone layer protection

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China faces “new challenges” when it comes to cracking down on the production of chemicals that deplete the ozone layer, the country’s environment minister said, adding Beijing has shown “zero tolerance” to violators. China was criticized earlier this year after a study by the journal Nature said it was responsible for around Read More

U.S. utilities file legal challenge to Trump power plant rule

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FILE PHOTO: Steam rises from the coal-fired Jim Bridger power plant outside Rock Springs, Wyoming, U.S. April 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (Reuters) – Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities mostly from Democratic-led states have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, which replaces a much Read More

UK police charge climate activist over Heathrow protest

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FILE PHOTO: Police vehicles are seen parked near Heathrow airport after climate activists said they planned to fly drones near the airport, in London, Britain, September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – British police said on Monday they had charged a climate-change activist who last week attempted to disrupt Europe’s biggest airport, London Heathrow. Read More

BRICS bank greenlights new projects in India, Russia & South Africa worth $1.4bn

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The New Development Bank (NDB) has approved four new infrastructure and development projects with loans totaling $1.4 billion. New investments bring the BRICS bank’s portfolio to 42 projects worth $11.6 billion. The decision to finance the projects in India, Russia, and South Africa was made at the 21st meeting of the board of directors in Read More

If marathons weren’t hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

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NAIROBI (Reuters) – This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon – with saplings strapped to their backs. Activist and treegrower Siyabulela Sokomani takes a selfies as he prepares for the start of the Cape Town marathon, in South Africa September Read More

Black is the new black: Scientists create darkest-ever material by accident (PHOTO)

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Scientists have stumbled across the blackest material ever seen, which absorbs 99.995 percent of light and makes the previously known blackest black pale in comparison. The ultra-black material is made from vertically aligned microscopic carbon strings called carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Researchers have no idea why it is so dark, but they are excited about its Read More

EU considers energy taxes to counter climate change

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – The European Union is considering new energy taxes, including on the aviation sector, to meet its climate targets, top officials said on Friday, with Germany calling for “drastic steps” to reduce carbon emissions. FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire delivers a speech at the MEDEF union summer forum renamed La Read More

Teenage activist Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to Trump

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who has shot to global fame for inspiring worldwide student strikes to promote action against climate change, took her mission to President Donald Trump’s doorstep on Friday with a protest outside the White House. Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and other environmental advocates join Washington DC-area students Read More