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Korean Exp-Imp Bank $500m Green Bond: way-oversubscribed, 95bps over UST. (Climate Bonds Initiative)

Korean Exp-Imp Bank $500m Green Bond: way-oversubscribed, 95bps over UST. (Climate Bonds Initiative)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) has issued its first “green” or climate friendly bond – $500m in size, 5 year tenor, coupon 1.75%. This is the first benchmark-sized bond marketed as a green bond outside the multi-lateral development banks. A big step forward and a big contribution from Korea, the standard-bearer of Green Growth Government. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 4. Asset management & Pension, 5.Climate Change & Carbon, 7.China & Asia

Taiwan looks at halting construction of 4th nuclear plant (Kyodo)

Taiwan looks at halting construction of 4th nuclear plant (Kyodo)

Taiwan Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday the administration is willing to accept the outcome of a referendum on stopping construction of the island’s fourth nuclear power plant. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident, unclassified

Hotter, wetter climate slashes labor capacity by 10 pct – U.S. study (AlertNet)

Hotter, wetter climate slashes labor capacity by 10 pct – U.S. study (AlertNet)

By Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko:   WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Earth’s increasingly hot, wet climate has cut the amount of work people can do in the worst heat by about 10 percent in the past six decades, and that loss in labor capacity could double by mid-century, U.S. government scientists reported on Sunday. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon

Step forward for shale gas imports / Japan-U.S. summit fuels hope for U.S. to grant permission this spring(Yomiuri)

Step forward for shale gas imports / Japan-U.S. summit fuels hope for U.S. to grant permission this spring(Yomiuri)

The U.S. government is increasingly expected to approve exports of U.S.-produced shale gas to Japan this spring, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked U.S. President Barack Obama at their recent summit meeting to permit exports soon. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9.Energy

Gold gifts still mystify tsunami-wracked city (Japan Today)

Gold gifts still mystify tsunami-wracked city (Japan Today)

ISHINOMAKI  —A city devastated by the 2011 tsunami disaster remains mystified more than two weeks after receiving anonymous gifts of gold bars worth over 20 million yen. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Admission fee for Mount Fuji in works: Yamanashi, Shizuoka governors(Japan Times)

Admission fee for Mount Fuji in works: Yamanashi, Shizuoka governors(Japan Times)

The governors of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures have warned they might start charging an admission fee to visit Mount Fuji in a bid to finance environmental efforts on the iconic mountain. … Read entire article »

Filed under: unclassified