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Romania aims to exempt heavy industry from green energy costs

BUCHAREST, April 17 (Reuters) - Romania plans to exempt large industrial energy users from paying up to 85 percent of their renewable energy costs for 10 years, the economy ministry said on Thursday, hoping to avoid the threat of job cuts in an election year.

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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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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 10 pct since 2005 - EPA

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway toward the United States' 2020 target pledged at United Nations climate talks, according to the latest national emissions inventory.

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Brazil looks to swap World Cup publicity for carbon credits

SAO PAULO, April 15 (Reuters) - Brazil, looking to offset the carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup, said on Tuesday it wants holders of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games.

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U.S. EPA studies whether to regulate methane from oil and gas

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday took a step toward a wider strategy to address climate change, releasing five technical papers that will help it decide whether or not to regulate methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

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U.S. appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year.

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Germany renews calls for EU carbon market reform

BERLIN, April 15 (Reuters) - Germany's economy and energy minister on Tuesday renewed calls for reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), saying the oversupplied market needs be overhauled from the next decade.

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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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California lawmaker scraps plan to replace carbon market with tax on fuels

SACRAMENTO, April 14 (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker in California on Monday backed off an unpopular plan to tax gasoline and diesel fuels and instead proposed a less controversial plan to spend up to $5 billion a year from the state's fledgling carbon program on affordable housing and mass transit.

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City growth by almost 2 Manhattans a day said key to climate- UN

OSLO, April 14 (Reuters) - The world's urban areas are set to grow by almost twice the size of Manhattan a day until 2030 and the design of future cities in Asia and Africa will be crucial to slow global warming, a U.N. study showed on Monday.

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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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Step up action to curb global warming, or risks rise - UN

BERLIN, April 13 (Reuters) - A United Nations report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.

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Nuclear industry says weak carbon price justifies state funding

BRUSSELS, April 10 (Reuters) - FORATOM, which represents Europe's nuclear industry, said new atomic power generation will need financial support as long as carbon prices are low and hit back at EU regulators' criticism of funding for a plant to be built by EDF.

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