Jan 19, 2016

Japan approved 85,550 MW of renewable energy projects since 2012

Japan has given the go-ahead to 85,550 megawatts of clean-energy projects since the introduction of an incentive program in July 2012, with solar comprising the vast bulk of the new capacity. Of the approvals, 23,650 megawatts, or about 28 percent, had gone online as ...

Dec 27, 2015

Dreaming of energy security, India pumps desert oil

The deserts of Rajasthan may be the showcase for India’s solar revolution, but the oil exploration company that struck gold there insists the country needs to pump out more fossil fuels to wean itself off imports. Ahead of this month’s climate negotiations in Paris, ...

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

Dec 14, 2015

With climate deal, world set to go on carbon diet

The world is about to go on a carbon diet. It won’t be easy — or cheap. Nearly 200 nations across the world on Saturday approved a first-of-its-kind universal agreement to wean Earth off fossil fuels and slow global warming, patting themselves on the ...

Dec 14, 2015

U.S., Japan, Germany among 18 nations to build carbon markets

Eighteen nations including the U.S., Japan and Germany will work together to develop international carbon markets to help speed the pace of emission reductions under the Paris climate deal struck Saturday, according to the New Zealand government. The nations will develop standards and guidelines ...

Dec 14, 2015

China's own pollution problems behind push for global climate deal

China’s push for a global climate pact was due in part to its own increasingly pressing need to solve serious environmental problems, observers say. China, the world’s biggest source of climate-changing gases, was blamed for obstructing the last high-level climate talks in Copenhagen in ...

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

Dec 14, 2015

For China, climate deal is imperfect but huge step forward

For China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, the global climate accord reached in Paris marked a huge step toward greener growth that safeguards its sovereignty while falling short on funding for cleaner energy. Xie Zhenhua, Beijing’s senior climate change envoy, said he welcomed ...