Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

Nov 30, 2016

Sun setting on Japan's solar energy boom

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The sun is setting on Japan’s clean-energy boom, despite projects like a massive floating solar farm near Tokyo, as the government cuts subsidies and bets on nuclear and coal-fired power, critics say. Workers at the floating power station, one of the world’s biggest, have ...

Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

Nov 30, 2016

Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult. Internal documents ...

Companies bet on sea change to tidal power in Indonesia

Nov 25, 2016

Companies bet on sea change to tidal power in Indonesia

A well-connected Indonesian marine renewable energy company and OpenHydro, a unit of French state-owned naval defense company DCNS, aim to be the first to plug into the vast untapped tidal energy potential of the world’s biggest archipelago. Renewables have so far played little part ...

China likely to maintain climate goals

Nov 22, 2016

China likely to maintain climate goals

Beijing’s air quality fell short of national standards on 179 days last year. That’s one reason why the world’s biggest coal consumer is likely to stick with its plan to clean up its energy supply — regardless of what President-elect Donald Trump does in ...

U.S. 'pragmatism' urged at U.N. climate talks

Nov 19, 2016

U.S. 'pragmatism' urged at U.N. climate talks

The leader of Fiji, whose nation is being re-sculpted by rising seas, pleaded Friday for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to join the fight against global warming. Invoking World War II, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama urged the United States to play its part in rescuing ...

Could Trump unravel Paris climate change deal?

Nov 6, 2016

Could Trump unravel Paris climate change deal?

Diplomats gather this week for a fresh round of U.N. climate talks in Morocco, but all eyes will be on the U.S. where presidential elections may determine the planet’s future. Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has described global warming as a “hoax,” said in ...

Oct 15, 2016

Cost of pulling plug on reactors

The government is thinking about ways to protect major electricity suppliers from the massive costs they face to decommission their nuclear reactors.