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NRG plans to slash CO2 emissions 90 per cent by 2050

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Landmark commitment by one of the largest US fossil fuel generators could spur investment in clean energy and carbon capture and storage

21 Nov 2014

Senate effort to approve Keystone XL falls one vote short

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Bill just fails to secure the 60 votes it needed to pass, but second Senate push could be made in the New Year

19 Nov 2014

We are now getting close to creating wealth worth having

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James Cameron argues the US-China climate deal will help usher in new economic opportunities as the world shifts to a low carbon energy system

19 Nov 2014

IKEA bolsters US wind portfolio with largest clean energy deal yet

Swedish furniture company agrees to purchase 165MW wind farm in Texas to continue 100 per cent clean energy push

18 Nov 2014

President Obama prepares fresh wave of domestic climate action

Vice President Biden to meet with governors, mayors, and tribal leaders to discuss building more climate resilient communities

18 Nov 2014

Threat of Obama veto hangs over Keystone XL pipeline

Controversial bill supporting project will be debated in the Senate after winning House approval, but President is expected to veto it

17 Nov 2014

US 'banks profit' from clean tech loans criticised by Republicans

Department of Energy report forecasts $5bn return from Federal programme Republicans tried to end after collapse of Solyndra

17 Nov 2014

Obama's multi-billion climate change pledge raises hopes for G20

USA set to make biggest commitment to date to Green Climate Fund during G20 summit in Brisbane

14 Nov 2014

Seven key lessons from the US-China Climate Pact

Historic US-China climate change agreement promises to deliver huge boost to the global green economy

12 Nov 2014

US and China agree to act on climate change: the reaction

BusinessGreen runs down the responses from key figures in the political, business and NGO sectors

12 Nov 2014

USA and China climate change agreement - in full

US President Barack Obama and China's Xi Jingping have today unveiled a new deal to slash carbon emissions over the coming decades

12 Nov 2014

Ford to debut wind and solar powered dealers

Innovative new US partnership with Wind Energy Corporation aims to slash emissions of auto dealers

12 Nov 2014

Inside Paul Hawken’s audacious plan to 'drawdown' climate change

Joel Makower talks to Paul Hawken about his bold proposals for reducing, not just stabilising, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases

07 Nov 2014

Texas oil town makes history as residents say no to fracking

Oil and gas industry asks court for immediate injunction

06 Nov 2014

10 lessons for the green economy from the US Midterms

A Republican-controlled Congress spells bad news for the green economy and UN climate change talks, but will it prove as disastrous as some environmentalists fear

05 Nov 2014

Kia and Hyundai agree $100m fine for US Clean Air Act violation

Car makers agree sum to resolve legal claim from EPA that they understated emissions data for some 2012 and 2013 models

04 Nov 2014

Shell seeks to extend Arctic drilling licences beyond 2017

Letter obtained by Oceana shows Shell is seeking five more years for controversial exploration programme

29 Oct 2014

Fresh reports reveal how solar and wind are closing in on grid parity

Rooftop solar set to be as cheap as grid energy in all 50 US states by 2016, while forecasts for huge wind energy growth raise prospects of falling costs

28 Oct 2014

WTO environmental goods liberalization - not just green, but also good

It may not have commanded the same attention as the controversial TTIP talks, but as Tatjana Sachse explains efforts to agree a green trade deal could have huge implications for the low carbon economy

23 Oct 2014

US wind power breezes past 2013 installation mark by September

First nine months of 2014 saw 1,254MW of capacity built, compared to 1,088MW during the whole of 2013

22 Oct 2014

Solar panels powering classrooms for 2.7 million US students

New research reveals solar installations at US schools have expanded more than 1,000-fold over the past decade, slashing carbon emissions and energy costs in the process

21 Oct 2014

Renewables not shale biggest driver in US emissions cuts, study finds

Analysis by Greenpeace's Energydesk says clean energy accounted for 40 per cent of emissions decline since 2007, compared to 30 per cent from shale

20 Oct 2014

Gas boom from unrestrained fracking linked to emissions rise

New analysis shows abundant gas would cut energy prices but squeeze out renewable energy, and would likely increase overall carbon emissions

16 Oct 2014

Pentagon: Climate change is threat to US security

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel unveils latest climate change adaptation roadmap, as European studies reveal more governments are focusing on boosting climate resilience

14 Oct 2014

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