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Germany needs coal to balance dependency on Russian gas -watchdog

BERLIN, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Germany will continue to need coal-fired power plants, its energy regulator said, warning that Europe's biggest economy should not rely solely on renewables or risk increasing exposure to Russian gas as it shuts down nuclear plants.

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Small island states, facing rising seas, seek economic overhaul

OSLO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies at a U.N. summit next week.

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China to control price in air pollution market -State Council

BEIJING, Aug 25 (Reuters) - China will control prices when it rolls out a broader market to trade air pollution permits, the State Council said on Monday, the latest plan by one of the world's most polluted countries to combat its deepening environmental crisis.

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Beijing expands carbon trading scheme

BEIJING, Aug 21 (Reuters) - The Beijing municipal government will add 120 companies to its emissions trading scheme from 2014, bringing in sectors like public transport in a bid to strengthen control over the city's rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions.

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EU regulators seek to close car emissions testing loopholes

BRUSSELS, Aug 20 (Reuters) - EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require vehicle fuel use to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, looking to close loopholes that allow car makers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

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Oregon denies construction permit for coal export terminal

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Oregon on Monday denied Ambre Energy’s request for a permit to build a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the project was not in the best interests of the state’s water resources.

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Guangdong adds 20 mln permits to China's biggest carbon market

BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Guangdong, the biggest of China's seven pilot carbon trading markets, will this year hand out around 6 percent more emission permits to companies than in 2013, potentially aggravating oversupply that sent prices tumbling earlier this year.

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UK govt, green bank to invest in 74 mln stg Scottish renewables plan

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Britain's government and the Green Investment Bank plan to invest in a new renewable energy plant in Scotland, which will help power a well-known whisky distillery.

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Brazil makes progress on saving forests, Indonesia risks setbacks -report

OSLO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a report commissioned by top forest aid donor Norway said on Monday.

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China's carbon plans: Secrecy and oversupply darken outlook

BEIJING, Aug 18 (Reuters) - As China lays down plans for a national carbon trading scheme, the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon trading in Europe by flooding its pilot markets with free permits.

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China's carbon intensity records biggest fall in 4 yrs

BEIJING, Aug 14 (Reuters) - China's carbon intensity - the amount of CO2 it produces per unit of growth - fell by 5 percent in the first half of 2014, helped by the decreasing share of heavy industry in the country's economy, state media said on Thursday.

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South Korea carbon market to go ahead as planned -MOE spokeswoman

Aug 14 (Reuters) - South Korea decided on Thursday that its carbon trading market will go ahead as planned on Jan. 1 of next year, despite the finance minister's calls last month for it to be delayed.

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UPDATE 2-EU regulators say Germany, others, in breach of energy law

BRUSSELS, Aug 13 (Reuters) - EU regulators have begun legal proceedings against 24 member states, including Germany, for failing to enforce a law on energy efficiency, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

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Japan power firms gas use up 5 pct y/y to record high in July

TOKYO, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Gas use by Japan's 10 regional power monopolies rose to a record high in July, an industry official said, as the utilities continue to rely on the fossil fuel to offset a complete shutdown of the nation's nuclear industry.

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Beijing cuts coal use by 7 pct in H1 in anti-smog push

BEIJING, Aug 12 (Reuters) - China's capital Beijing cut total coal consumption by 7 percent in the first half of 2014 as part of its efforts to tackle smog, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing data from its environmental protection bureau.

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