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China faces nuclear energy choice

Pilgrim nuclear power plant

WASHINGTON — China is coming to a crossroads as it hurriedly increases nuclear energy production to cope with rising electricity demand and cut carbon emissions: Should it reprocess its nuclear waste or store it? Nonproliferation advocates warn that recycling waste would generate weapons-usable plutonium, posing a security risk and potentially stirring a nuclear rivalry in East Asia. A new Harvard University ...

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China to introduce tough emissions controls for ships

Shipping containers are seen on a ship docked at a port in Rizhao, Shandong province, China, December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

BEIJING/SINGAPORE– China will introduce tough controls on ship emissions at three key port areas from January to reduce sulfur dioxide which results in acid rain, causing respiratory difficulties and sometimes premature death, said the Ministry of Transport. If strictly implemented the move would force oil suppliers to increase the supply of cleaner marine fuel, industry experts said. The ministry gave ...

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Japan’s coal power plants face headwinds over CO2

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TOKYO — Power companies’ plans to construct coal power plants to secure low-cost electricity are facing headwinds in Japan, as the Environment Ministry has raised objections from the viewpoint of preventing global warming. On November 13, Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa said the ministry cannot approve a coal-fired power plant that Kansai Electric Power Co. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. plan to ...

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Texas solar panel company to pay $8.5M in fraud case

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas solar company must pay $8.5 million for importing unsafe panels from China and falsely labeling the items as U.S. made. The Texas Attorney General’s Office on Monday announced the penalties and permanent injunction against 1 SolTech Inc. of Richardson. The Dallas-area company filed for bankruptcy last year amid the 2013 lawsuit. The company and three ...

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Australia watchdog clears Shell’s $70B bid for BG Group

MELBOURNE – Royal Dutch Shell cleared a major hurdle to its $70 billion takeover of BG Group on Thursday, winning a green light from Australia’s competition watchdog, which said the deal would not change the dynamics of the domestic market. The acquisition will make Shell the world’s top liquefied natural gas (LNG) trader, although it still needs approval from China ...

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China slashes wholesale gas prices as it seeks to spur demand for cleaner fuel

BEIJING – China announced a near 25 percent cut in wholesale prices of natural gas from Friday, the second reduction this year, as it seeks to boost flagging growth in demand for the cleaner-burning fuel. China’s energy giants have been forced to resell or renegotiate long-term global supplies as a cooling economy has hit gas demand in the world’s third-largest ...

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India, not China, powering growth in fuel demand: Russell

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) LAUNCESTON, Australia – – China’s fuel usage tends to gather headlines as an indicator of the strength of global crude oil demand, and while this has been justified, the real growth action is happening over the Himalayas in India. India’s total demand for oil products is about ...

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IEA sees bear oil market as stocks balloon

LONDON – The world is awash with oil having built record stockpiles in recent months and slowing demand growth combined with resilient non-OPEC supply could worsen the glut well into next year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. “Stockpiles of oil at a record 3 billion barrels are providing world markets with a degree of comfort,” the IEA ...

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The unbearable lightness of Chinese emissions data

BEIJING – To get a sense of how hard it is to measure greenhouse gas emissions in China, it pays to visit the Deqingyuan poultry farm on the outskirts of Beijing, where streams of chicken manure are piped from wooden sheds to an industrial gas digester that rises above the ground like a tethered balloon. Turning waste into kilowatts qualifies ...

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