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Tepco 10-year reform plan submitted, Home rate hike, reactor restarts part of bid to remain solvent(Japan Times)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and a state-backed bailout fund handed the government Friday a 10-year restructuring plan to stave off insolvency amid the massive costs it faces stemming from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis. … Read entire article »

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Q-Cells goes back into production(Renewables International)

Q-Cells goes back into production(Renewables International)

The German photovoltaics manufacturer recently declared bankruptcy but has now relaunched production. The liquidator says a number of parties are interested in investing. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon

Duke, Sumitomo secure $350m for Kansas wind farms(NewNet)

Duke, Sumitomo secure $350m for Kansas wind farms(NewNet)

The renewable division of US utility Duke Energy and Japan’s Sumitomo have secured $353m to support the construction of two wind projects the companies jointly own. … Read entire article »

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World needs to stabilise population and cut consumption, says Royal Society(Guardian)

World needs to stabilise population and cut consumption, says Royal Society(Guardian)

World population needs to be stabilised quickly and high consumption in rich countries rapidly reduced to avoid “a downward spiral of economic and environmental ills”, warns a major report from the Royal Society. Contraception must be offered to all women who want it and consumption cut to reduce inequality, says the study published on Thursday, which was chaired by Nobel prize-winning biologist Sir John Sulston. The assessment of humanity’s prospects in the next 100 years, which  has … Read entire article »

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Ukraine marks 26th anniversary of Chernobyl(USA Today)

Ukraine marks 26th anniversary of Chernobyl(USA Today)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s president vowed Thursday that his country is committed to building a new, safer shelter over the damaged Chernobyl reactor as Ukrainians, Belarusians and Russians marked the 26th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. … Read entire article »

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Rainforest Action Network Sets Record Straight on Cargill and Tripa Forest Controversy(RAN)

SAN FRANCISCO (4.24.2012)—Yesterday, agribusiness giant Cargill responded  with misleading statements to a report recently released by Rainforest Action  Network (RAN).  RAN’s report, Truth and  Consequences: Palm Oil Plantations Push Unique Orangutan Population to Brink of  Extinction, points out that Cargill has no safeguards on its global palm oil  supply chain, and that without such safeguards Cargill cannot ensure it is not  contributing to egregious violations like the one underway in Tripa peat forest  of Indonesia. … Read entire article »

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