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China's Guangdong sells 680,000 carbon permits at 60 yuan each

BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) - China's Guangdong province on Thursday sold 680,000 carbon permits to participants in its emissions trading scheme at 60 yuan ($9.65) each, the official minimum price, the China Emissions Exchange said.

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China's Chongqing to launch carbon market in May

BEIJING, April 17 (Reuters) - China's Chongqing will launch its carbon market next month, the last of seven planned pilot emissions trading schemes to go live as the world's biggest-emitting nation tries to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.

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Australia's greenhouse gas emissions fall 0.8 pct in 2013

April 16 (Reuters) - Australia's greenhouse gas emissions fell 0.8 percent in 2013, according to government data, driven by lower electricity demand and a bigger share of renewables in the energy mix.

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Japan meets Kyoto gas emission targets with offsets

TOKYO, April 15 (Reuters) - Japan's purchases of carbon credits and planting of trees helped it meet its obligations under the U.N. Kyoto Protocol to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the five years to March 2013 despite actual emissions rising.

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UPDATE 1-China's Tianjin bans new steel, cement plants - report

BEIJING, April 15 (Reuters) - The government of the industrial city of Tianjin in northern China said it would not approve any new steel, cement or non-ferrous metals plants in a bid to fight pollution, state media reported on Tuesday.

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China set to elevate environment over development in new law

BEIJING, April 15 (Reuters) - Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation said.

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Japan, Cambodia sign carbon market deal

April 14 (Reuters) - Japan and Cambodia have signed a deal for Japanese companies to earn carbon credits by paying for greenhouse gas emission cuts in Cambodia, in Japan's eleventh two-way programme of this type.

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Chinese firms turn to courts in CER rows with European buyers

BEIJING/LONDON, Apr 11 (Reuters) - Chinese owners of clean energy projects say European firms have since 2011 defaulted on potentially hundreds of contracts to buy millions of United Nations carbon credits for fixed prices of up to $10 or $20 per unit.

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NZ carbon sturdy as all eyes on permit surrender date

April 11 (Reuters) - Spot permits in New Zealand's emissions trading scheme barely budged this week, closing Friday at NZ$3.05 ($2.64) as traders remained fixed on May 31, when they must hand over permits to the government to cover for their 2013 emissions.

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New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.2 pct in 2012

April 11 (Reuters) - New Zealand's gross greenhouse gas emissions rose 2.2 percent in 2012 as a bad year for hydropower meant electricity generation relied more on fossil fuels, the government said Friday.

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China finds nearly 2,000 firms in breach of anti-pollution rules

BEIJING, April 10 (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 Chinese enterprises were found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign covering 25,000 industrial firms, the environment ministry said on Thursday.

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Ukraine races to spend carbon cash after Japan sets deadline

April 8 (Reuters) - Ukraine, battling political crisis, is having to find ways to finish spending $800 million it earned through Kyoto Protocol emissions rights sales, after Japanese officials warned Kiev it had a year before Tokyo would demand its money back.

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Dutch utility pays over market for CO2 credits from Nepal project

LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - Dutch utility Eneco has agreed to pay above market rates for hundreds of thousands of carbon credits to back an environmental project in Nepal under the U.N. scheme to fund emission reduction projects in poor countries.

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China to close nearly two thousand small coal mines

BEIJING, April 4 (Reuters) - China will close 1,725 small-scale mines with a total capacity of 117.48 million tonnes in 2014 as part of its programme to phase out low-quality coal production, its energy administration said on Friday.

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Australia carbon credit issuance slumps

April 4 (Reuters) - The number of carbon credits issued under Australia's carbon offset programme fell 72 percent in the first quarter of 2014 from the previous three months, data showed on Friday.

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