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Obama pledges $3B to help poor nations on climate

By Sun, Nov 16, 2014 12:02PM UTC A boy walks past a brick factory on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010. After two decades of unbridled development, India is now the world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitter, with rivers the World Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted. India's environment Minister Jairam Ramesh suggested this week that India might commit to cutting emissions, saying all developing countries should consider doing so. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging $3 billion from the U.S. for a global fund to help poorer nations deal with climate change.

US, China unveil new climate change goals

By Wed, Nov 12, 2014 12:04PM UTC Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — President Barack Obama is setting a goal to move much faster in cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

China censors pollution data as smog hits APEC summit

By Tue, Nov 11, 2014 5:46PM UTC A woman wearing a mask disembarks from a bus at the Central Business District in Beijing, China Tuesday. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — All the sky-clearing measures plus cooperation from the weather kept Beijing relatively free of air pollution for most of a seven-day Asia-Pacific conference. Then, toward the end as top leaders met, the smog crept back.

Study: China’s reliance on coal costs over 600,000 lives in 1 year

By Sun, Nov 09, 2014 3:42PM UTC China coal plant. Pic; FlickrCC.

Coal has proved to be a boon for humans: to this day, it is still used to produce an enormous quantity of energy across the world, which can be used to power anything, from a light bulb to a hospital. Unfortunately, exploiting its potential also kills people, as a recent study by Tsinghua University and the Ministry of Environmental Protection shows.

Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China state visit

By Thu, Nov 06, 2014 3:32PM UTC Elephant ivory. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — An environmental watchdog says Chinese officials used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania.

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