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Burned gas separated from methane hydrate gas is seen on the deep-sea drilling vessel "Chikyu" in the Pacific, off Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in this handout photo taken and released by Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) March 12, 2013. JOGMEC said on Tuesday it extracted gas from offshore methane hydrate deposits for the first time in the world, as part of an attempt to achieve commercial production within six years. Since 2001, Japan, which imports nearly all of its energy needs, has invested several hundred million dollars in developing technology to tap methane hydrate reserves off its coast that are estimated to be equal to about 11 years of gas consumption. Mandatory Credit.Credit: REUTERS

3 Jul 2015

Japan power group aims for 35 percent CO2 emissions cut by 2030: Nikkei

By Osamu Tsukimori | 03 July 2015 Japan’s major power firms are seeking to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than a third by 2030 compared with 2013 levels by […]

A hard hat from an oil worker lies in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Celano

3 Jul 2015

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill

By Terry Wade And Kristen Hays | 03 July 2015 BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly […]

A worker sprays water on grass inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, July 2, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

3 Jul 2015

India’s $100 billion solar push draws foreign firms as locals take backseat

By Tommy Wilkes And Aman Shah | 02 July 2015 India’s $100 billion push into solar energy over the next decade will be driven by foreign players as uncompetitive local […]

An Australian commercial aircraft prepares to land in the haze at Sydney's International Airport July 15, 2014.   REUTERS/Jason Reed

3 Jul 2015

Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

By Megan Rowling | 02 July 2015 BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut […]

A road leads to the coal power plant of German utility RWE Power near the western town of Niederaussem April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

2 Jul 2015

Germany to shut down coal-fired plants, extend power grid: sources

By Michael Nienaber and Markus Wacket | 02 July 2015 The German government decided on Thursday to order the shutdown of several coal-fired plants in order to reach its ambitious […]

A farmer plants rice saplings in a paddy field in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, June 13, 2013. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

2 Jul 2015

India to spend $8 bln to boost irrigation, reduce dependence on monsoon

By C. K. Nayak and Rajendra Jadhav | 02 July 2015 NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, July 2 (Reuters) – India has approved spending of 500 billion rupees ($7.9 billion) over five years […]

A special nozzle and valve for fueling hydro-cell vehicles are seen at an alternative energy facility that converts solar and wind energy into hydrogen in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

2 Jul 2015

Discovery brightens solar’s future, energy costs to be cut

By Chris Arsenault | 01 July 2015 ROME, July 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Scientists in Switzerland announced a clean-energy breakthrough on Wednesday; a cheaper, solar technology that splits water […]

The Siemens logo is seen during the IFA Electronics show in Berlin September 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

2 Jul 2015

Siemens to open plant to turn electricity from wind into hydrogen

By Vera Eckert | 01 July 2015 Siemens will on Thursday start an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural […]

Jean-Louis Chaussade (L), Chief Executive Officer of French waste and water company Suez Environnement, shakes hands with Li Zuwei (R), Chairman of Chongqing Water Asset Management, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2ndL) looks on during an agreement signing ceremony at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, France, June 30, 2015. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in France for a three-day official visit.  Picture taken June 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominique Faget/Pool - RTX1IJT4

1 Jul 2015

Suez eyes China waste, Asia expansion with Chonqqing deal

By Geert De Clercq | 01 July 2015 French environmental services company Suez said on Wednesday it aims to enlarge its Chinese water and waste business and is looking for […]

Oliver Lanyon, Senior Ranger in the Great Barrier Reef region for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, takes photographs and notes during an inspection of the reef's condition in an area called the 'Coral Gardens' located at Lady Elliot Island and 80 km northeast of the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray

1 Jul 2015

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef outlook poor but not “in danger” – UNESCO

By Alister Doyle | 01 June 2015 The heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency said on Wednesday that the outlook for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was poor due to […]

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