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China cautious on fresh commitments ahead of climate change summit

BEIJING, Sept 19 (Reuters) - China's top climate change official on Friday stopped short of signalling new commitments to fighting climate change ahead of next week's U.N. climate summit, saying China would explain "some positive actions" it will take after 2020.

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Germany to cut support for overseas coal plants

BERLIN, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Germany plans to limit the financial support that the KfW state development bank can give to coal projects abroad, the environment ministry said on Thursday, falling into line with wider international efforts to limit global warming.

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Global investors urge leaders to act on carbon pricing ahead of U.N. meeting

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - More than 340 institutional investors representing $24 trillion in assets on Thursday called on government leaders attending next week's United Nations climate summit to set carbon pricing policies that encourage the private sector to invest in cleaner technologies.

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White House proposes new energy efficiency rule in climate push

WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled its latest energy efficiency rule on Thursday, a standard for commercial air conditioning units that the White House believes could slash energy use in commercial and industrial buildings.

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Green aid test for UN climate summit as poor seek $15 bln

OSLO, Sept 18 (Reuters) - A U.N. summit on climate change next week will test rich nations' willingness to fill a near-empty fund to help the poor, but pledges are likely to be far short of developing nations' hopes for $15 billion in 2014.

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White House partners with industry to tackle greenhouse gas

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.

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U.S. extends comment period on power plant carbon rule to December

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the public until December to comment on its sweeping proposal to curb carbon pollution from the country's power plants after some industry groups and state officials pressed for more time.

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Slowing climate change makes economic sense; cities to lead- study

OSLO/LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday.

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China plans cut in wind-power subsidies -business newspaper

BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters) - China's top economic planning agency has proposed a 3-8 percent cut in subsidies to wind-power generators, but the plan faces opposition from the country's big state-owned power companies, newspaper China Business News (CBN) said on Monday.

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Development banks pledge to step up climate action

OSLO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - The world's six multilateral development banks promised on Thursday to do more to help emerging nations fight climate change as part of efforts to reinvigorate flagging work on a U.N. deal to limit temperature rises.

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Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

OSLO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

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S.Korea increases emissions cap in proposed carbon trading scheme

SEOUL, Sept 11 (Reuters) - A cap on carbon dioxide emissions that South Korea expects to introduce as part of a carbon trading scheme will be around 3 percent larger than previously touted over the next three years, the government said on Thursday.

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China carbon market to regulate up to 4 bln tonnes CO2 -govt official

BEIJING, Sept 11 (Reuters) - China's national carbon market is likely to regulate 3-4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020 and be worth up to 400 billion yuan ($65 billion), a government official said on Thursday, which would make it twice as big as the EU market, currently the world's biggest.

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Brazil confirms Amazon deforestation sped up in 2013

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The destruction of the world's largest rainforest accelerated last year with a 29 percent spike in deforestation, according to final figures released by the Brazilian government on Wednesday that confirmed a reversal in gains seen since 2009.

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New EU Commission gives key economic posts to France, Britain

BRUSSELS, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team on Wednesday that handed key economic responsibilities to French and British commissioners but overseen by others in a new-look hierarchy.

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