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New wind farm and Tesla Megapack projects may reduce Australian coal use

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An upcoming Tesla Megapack project and a new wind farm may help Australia reduce its use of coal power. Australia has long used coal as a power source, mainly because of its abundance. billion) wind power project and a $150 million (USD 97.4

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RWE and ArcelorMittal intend to build and operate offshore wind farms and hydrogen facilities for low-emissions steelmaking

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Energy company RWE and steel producer ArcelorMittal have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to develop, build and operate offshore wind farms and hydrogen facilities that will supply the renewable energy and green hydrogen required to produce low-emissions steel in Germany.

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Harvard team finds large-scale US wind power would cause warming that would take roughly a century to offset

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All large-scale energy systems have environmental impacts, and the ability to compare the impacts of renewable energy sources is an important step in planning a future without coal or gas power. Extracting energy from the wind causes climatic impacts that are small compared to current projections of 21 st century warming, but large compared to the effect of reducing US electricity emissions to zero with solar. Some of wind’s climate impacts may be beneficial.

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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to the new annual Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption. Coal-fired power generation fell by a record 18% year-on-year to its lowest level since 1975. Coal-driven decline. It also marks the end of a decade in which total US coal generation was cut in half.

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BloombergNEF: clean energy investment in developing nations slumps as financing in China slows; coal burn surges to record high

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New investment in wind, solar, and other clean energy projects in developing nations dropped sharply in 2018, largely due to a slowdown in China. Meanwhile, the volume of actual coal-fired power generated and consumed in developing countries jumped to 6.9

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Enviva and MOL to develop sail-powered bulk carrier to cut GHG emissions in biomass supply chain; Wind Challenger hard sail

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This will include the “Wind Challenger”, a cargo ship design with a hard sail, which would reduce emissions by harnessing wind energy. MOL has been jointly studying the wind technology with cross-industrial partners. The first Wind Challenger is scheduled to be released in 2022.

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IEA: global CO2 emissions rebounded to their highest level in history in 2021; largely driven by China

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billion tonnes, their highest ever level, as the world economy rebounded strongly from the COVID-19 crisis and relied heavily on coal to power that growth, according to new IEA analysis. The use of coal for electricity generation in 2021 was intensified by record high natural gas prices.

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Study finds climate impact of hydropower varies widely

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earlier post ), a new study by a team at Environmental Defense Fund finds that the climate impact of hydropower facilities varies widely throughout the world and over time, with some facilities emitting more greenhouse gases than those burning fossil fuels. It is commonly thought that the greenhouse gas emissions from hydropower plants are similar to those of wind-generated power facilities. Climate Change Emissions Lifecycle analysis Power Generation Water

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How to Hasten India’s Transition Away From Coal

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Greenhouse gas emissions will certainly grow too, because India’s energy generation is dominated by fossil fuels—coal-fired power plants for electricity, coal- and gas-fired furnaces for industrial heating, liquid petroleum gas for cooking, and gasoline and diesel for transportation.

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CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. In case you didn’t know, the City of Los Angeles still gets 40% of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, the dirtiest polluters and greenhouse gassers on the planet. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s Or build a cardboard solar panel and wind turbine to tow and show!

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EEA report: EVs are better for climate and air quality

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The EEA report ‘ Electric vehicles from life cycle and circular economy perspectives ’ reviews current evidence on electric cars’ impacts on climate change, air quality, noise and ecosystems, compared with conventional cars. BEVs charged with electricity generated from coal currently have higher life-cycle emissions than ICEVs, whereas the life-cycle emissions of a BEV could be almost 90% lower than an equivalent ICEV using electricity generated from wind power.

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IEEE’s Plan To Help Combat Climate Change

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The IEEE Board of Directors formed an ad hoc committee on climate change in February to coordinate its response to the global threat. Rahman: Its charter is to develop a cross-IEEE strategy to synchronize and guide the organization’s response to changes in the global climate.

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CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. In case you didn’t know, the City of Los Angeles still gets 40% of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, the dirtiest polluters and greenhouse gassers on the planet. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s Or build a cardboard solar panel and wind turbine to tow and show!

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Researchers Say Mix of Policies and Current or Near-Term Technologies Could Phase Out US CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2030

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CO 2 emissions from US coal-fired power plant could be phased out entirely by 2030 using existing technologies or ones that could be commercially competitive with coal within about a decade, according to a paper published online 30 April in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. This global climate change problem becomes manageable only if society deals quickly with emissions of carbon dioxide from burning coal in electric power plants, they state.

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PCAST suggests 6 key components for climate change strategy to President Obama; adaptation and mitigation

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The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter to President Obama describing six key components the advisory group believes should be central to the Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change. The first component aims to reduce the damage resulting from changes in climate (“adaptation”), while the last five aim to reduce the pace and magnitude of these changes (“mitigation”). Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Policy

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West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd: Coal Must Embrace The Future

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Writing in last Thursday’s West Virginia Metro News that “ the time has come to have an open and honest dialogue about coal’s future in West Virginia ”, US Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) issued a stinging rebuke of the coal industry’s recent political tactics, challenging the industry to transition away from mountaintop mining, currently practiced in three US states, and towards low-carbon coal production processes.

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Trestle Energy and Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol and coal power

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Trestle and Larksen’s integrated approach furthers ethanol producers’ ability to scale up production of low carbon biofuels and allows existing power plants to generate electricity with the cost and reliability of coal and with carbon emissions similar to wind.

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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. Preparing the US for the impacts of climate change. Preparing the US for the impacts of climate change. billion in FY 2014 budget); Assessing climate-change impacts in the United States; Launching a climate data initiative; and.

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Perspective: The Role of Offsets in Climate Change Legislation

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This article shows that including offsets in climate change legislation would likely make an emissions program more cost-effective by: (a) providing an incentive for non-regulated sources to generate emission reductions; and (b) expanding emission compliance opportunities for regulated entities. coal-fired power plants) would either be required by the emissions cap. Methane (CH 4 ) emissions from landfills, livestock operations, or coal mines (GWP = 25).

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EIA: world energy consumption to grow 56% 2010-2040, CO2 up 46%; use of liquid fuels in transportation up 38%

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million barrels per day from 2010 to 2040, including the production of both petroleum (crude oil and lease condensate, natural gas plant [NGPL], bitumen, extra-heavy oil, and refinery gains), and other liquid fuels (coal-to-liquids [CTL], gas-to-liquids [GTL], biofuels, and kerogen). Coal grows faster than petroleum consumption until after 2030, mostly due to increases in China’s consumption of coal, and slow growth in oil demand in OECD member countries.

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IEA: global carbon dioxide emissions have rebounded strongly

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This year is pivotal for international climate action—and it began with high hopes—but these latest numbers are a sharp reminder of the immense challenge we face in rapidly transforming the global energy system. Climate Change COVID-19 Emissions Market Background

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From coal miner to wind-farm worker: Wyoming retraining program

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President Donald Trump has announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Pact, but private companies and other entities are taking on the challenge of clean energy themselves. Goldwind Americas, a subsidiary of a leading Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer, continues to expand in the United States and it has eyed Wyoming. jobs renewable energy wind energy fossil fuels

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EIA: US energy-related CO2 fell by 2.8% in 2019, slightly below 2017 levels

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CO 2 emissions from coal fell by 14.6%, the largest annual percentage drop in any fuel’s CO 2 emissions in EIA’s annual CO 2 data series dating back to 1973. The United States now emits less CO 2 from coal than from motor gasoline. US energy-related CO 2 emissions declined by 2.8%

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EIA: CO2 emissions from US power sector have declined 28% since 2005

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The power sector has become less carbon-intensive as natural gas-fired generation displaced coal-fired and petroleum-fired generation and as the noncarbon sources of electricity generation—especially renewables such as wind and solar—have grown. In 2016, natural gas generation surpassed coal as the largest source of electricity generation. Climate Change Emissions Power Generation

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Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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The ninth annual California Green Innovation Index —released by the nonpartisan nonprofit group Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics—finds that the state’s ambitious climate policies have allowed for considerable economic growth, with California outpacing the growth of other states during the recovery period following the Great Recession. Therefore, it is critical that the next generation of climate policies be designed to deliver steeper reductions.

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Solar jobs have grown 20 percent a year since 2012; coal, not so much

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coal industry? jobs than fossil fuels: analysis Coal mining was a mainstay of. global warming jobs climate change renewable energy solar wind energy Donald TrumpHere's a little quiz on a topic much discussed over the past couple of years: jobs. How many people work in the U.S. Not just miners, but office staff, too. And, how many people work for solar-energy companies in the U.S.? DON'T MISS: Clean energy provides far more U.S.

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Separate MIT, IEA reports both outline major expansion in role of natural gas; caution on climate benefits

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The new report, part of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2011 series, examines the key factors that could result in a more prominent role for natural gas in the global energy mix, and the implications for other fuels, energy security and climate change. Speaking at the launch of the IEA report in London, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said that “ An expansion of gas use alone is no panacea for climate change. Climate Change Emissions Natural Gas

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MIT Report Finds Natural Gas Has Significant Potential to Displace Coal, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Role in Transportation More Limited

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Natural gas will play a leading role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades, largely by replacing older, inefficient coal plants with highly efficient combined-cycle gas generation, according to a major new interim report out from MIT. The first two reports dealt with nuclear power (2003) and coal (2007). The interim report just published is intended to contribute to the energy, security and climate debate.

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Global Carbon Project: Global carbon emissions growth slows, but hits record high

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The findings are outlined in three new papers published in Earth System Science Data , Environmental Research Letters , and Nature Climate Change. Although still a major factor in global emissions, coal has taken a hit, with global usage down 0.9% Climate Change Emissions

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Mad Power thoughts

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Wind farms stand idle for days on end, a fire interrupts a vital cable from France, a combination of post-Covid economic recovery and Russia tightening supply means the gas price has shot through the roof – and so the market price of both home heating and electricity is rocketing.

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Hey Exxon! Hey Chevron! My Friends At the EPA Are Declaring What You Do Dangerous & You Will Pay. Pack Up Losers, It’s Time For You to Go!

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One of the other big business groups the WSJ is talking about is the motley group of US Senators and US Congress members who got their money directly from the oil, gas and coal industry. For those of you who aren’t boarding the ClueTrain on this issue, just connect the dots between this strategic move on the part of the Obama administration and the opening of the Copenhagen Climate Talks. How do you like me now South Bay spewers of greenhouse gases?

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BP Energy Outlook 2030 sees emerging economies leading energy growth to 2030; global CO2 emissions from energy well above IEA 450 scenario

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Between 2010 to 2030 the contribution to energy growth of renewables (solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels) is seen to increase from 5% to 18%. Natural gas is projected to be the fastest growing fossil fuel, and coal and oil are likely to lose market share as all fossil fuels experience lower growth rates. Toward the end of the period, coal demand in China will no longer be rising and China is projected to become the world’s largest oil consumer. Coal will increase by 1.2%

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Technical brief: transportation overtaking electricity generation as the largest source of US CO2 emissions

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per year over 2007-2015 due to the displacement of coal by natural gas, wind and solar for power production as well as energy efficiency gains. Additional measures, including ways to offset the CO 2 emitted by liquid fuel use, will be needed to address the transportation-climate challenge. Climate Change Emissions Power Generation

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RAND study concludes use of alternative fuels by US military would convey no direct military benefit; recommends energy efficiency instead

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If the US military increases its use of alternative jet and naval fuels that can be produced from coal or various renewable resources, including seed oils, waste oils and algae, there will be no direct benefit to the nation’s armed forces, according to a new RAND Corporation study. For coal-derived FT fuels , carbon dioxide emissions at the FT fuel production facility must be captured and sequestered.

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Stanford study finds current carbon capture technology inefficient & increases air pollution

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Even if you have 100 percent capture from the capture equipment, it is still worse, from a social cost perspective, than replacing a coal or gas plant with a wind farm because carbon capture never reduces air pollution and always has a capture equipment cost. Wind replacing fossil fuels always reduces air pollution and never has a capture equipment cost. Even without accounting for upstream emissions, the equipment associated with the coal plant was only 55.4%

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. As the percentage of electricity supply from wind and solar increases, grid operators will need to employ strategies and technologies, including energy storage, to balance supply with demand given the intermittency of the renewable supply. Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid Solar Wind

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The EV Transition Explained: Policy Roadblocks

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economy away from dependence on fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and natural gas to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035. Permitting issues also bedevil wind power projects. For example, Iowa is one of the best states for wind power farms.

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Wärtsilä report finds accelerated adoption of renewables can reduce electricity production costs by up to 50%

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The technology group Wärtsilä has issued a report ahead of COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference to be held in Glasgow this autumn, describing the environmental and economic opportunities for states that decarbonize rapidly.

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U-M study: When, where, how electric delivery vehicles are charged has big impact on GHGs

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A vehicle charged from solar or wind energy and a vehicle charged from a coal- or natural gas-fired power plant will have very different environmental impacts. Climate Change Controls and controllers Electric (Battery) Emissions FleetsThough EVs represent a small fraction of delivery vehicles today, the number is growing. In 2019, Amazon announced plans to obtain 100,000 electric delivery vehicles. UPS has ordered 10,000 of them and FedEx plans to be fully electric by 2040.

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EIA: US energy-related CO2 dropped 2.7% in 2015; of end-use sectors, only transportation increased

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Specific circumstances, such as the very warm fourth quarter of 2015 and relatively low natural gas prices, put downward pressure on emissions as natural gas was substituted for coal in electricity generation. The trend of declining coal-fired electricity generation in the power sector and increasing non-fossil and natural gas-fired generation continued in 2015. Coal’s share of total electricity generation in the power sector fell from 54% in 1990 to 34% in 2015.

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Electric Popemobile, Musk vs Trump, coal to wind, plug-in sales: Today's Car News

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plug-in electric car sales data for May, look at a program to help coal miners get wind-farm jobs, explain Musk's view of Trump's Paris pullout, and highlight the unlikely place the newest Popemobile is actually made. out of the hard-won Paris climate treaty. Today, we update U.S.

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US and China jointly announce GHG reduction targets; US to cut net GHG 26-28% by 2025, China to peak CO2 by ~2030

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The Administration said the United States will submit its 2025 target to the Framework Convention on Climate Change as an “Intended Nationally Determined Contribution” no later than the first quarter of 2015. To further support the achievement of the goals announced today, the United States and China pledged to strengthen cooperation on climate and clean energy. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) China Climate Change Policy Power Generation

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