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Beijing plans to cut coal use by 30 per cent to fight air pollution

Beijing will intensify its battle against choking air pollution this year and aims to cut coal use by 30 percent, state news agency Xinhua cited the mayor, Cai Qi, as ...

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Clean Tech Competition 2017

The Challenge

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China connected more than 34GW of solar in 2016

New data from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has revealed that an additional 34.24GW of solar was connected to the country’s grid in 2016.

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Apple’s new solar-powered spaceship office nearly complete

One of the world’s most anticipated buildings is nearly complete.

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Google's data centers, offices will use 100% renewable energy in 2017

Google will power 100 percent of its sprawling data centers and offices with renewable energy starting next year.

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Bill Gates leads US$1 billion investment in clean energy

A consortium of investors led by tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates is backing a new US$1 billion fund for clean energy technology. Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led fund, will finance ...

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Toxic Air Causes Death of Almost 600,000 Children Each Year

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a warning about the harmful consequences caused by air pollution. In Asia, about 1.22 billion children inhale an alarming amount of toxicants.

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Power Development Plan in Mekong Delta: Green or Grey Energy?

(The Saigon Times Online) – On October 22nd, Dr. Le Anh Tuan, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Climate Change at Can Tho University had a talk about the concerns of Vietnam’s fossil fuel power plants, particularly, in Mekong Delta and alternative solutions. His opinions were summarized and published by The Saigon Times Online.

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China increases limits on construction of coal-fired power plants

BEIJING, Oct 20 (Reuters) - China will further limit construction of coal-fired power plants by cancelling some projects that were already approved this year, its national energy bureau said on Thursday, as Beijing ramps up a years-long effort to shift to cleaner fuels.

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China confirms ban on new coal-fired power plant construction until 2018

The Chinese government has confirmed that the construction of new coal-fired power plant and new coal-based chemical installations would be banned until 2018, as announced in March 2016. The ban on projects should cut coal's share of the overall mix to 58% from 64% currently. 

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