#energy News

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China accounted for 95 per cent of the world’s new coal power construction activity in 2023, according to the latest annual report from Global Energy Monitor (GEM).
Power sector companies contributed 8.5 per cent of the total US$1.98 billion donated to India's key political parties by corporates and individuals over the last five years. Image: Vikramdeep Sidhu, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Flickr
Analysis of political funding from power firms shows that fossil fuels and renewables companies are donating to influence policy, obtain project approvals and ensure that regulatory bottlenecks are ironed out, experts say.
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Researchers emphasise the critical importance of water governance for the future of one billion people in South Asia, highlighting that climate change exacerbates pressures on water resources and poses a risk of destabilisation, thereby advocating for integrated river basin management approaches.
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Wood pellets burnt to generate energy drive deforestation in Southeast Asia, emit more CO2 per unit of energy than fossil fuels and support the Ukraine conflict, environmentalists said in an open letter to Korea's trade ministry.
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#energy Opinion

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India’s Indigenous Prototype Fast Breeder Nuclear Reactor (PFBR) and abundant thorium reserves hold key to India’s future energy security.
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Governments in the region must fix their opaque regulatory frameworks and make use of innovative financing models, says analyst Shantanu Srivastava.
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China’s decision to ramp up spending could accelerate a shift and help achieve long-term climate goals by bringing forward the peak in fossil-fuel use and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
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Long a source of tension with its neighbours, China’s transboundary rivers are opening opportunities for regional cooperation.
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#energy Videos

Jovie Montajes, founder of Light of Hope PH
After 20 years without electricity, more than 50 households in Cebu's poorest district have been provided with solar energy, financed by carbon offsets.
Dr Sylvia Earle
Exclusive In this exclusive interview to mark Earth Day, Eco-Business speaks to Dr Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and founder of Mission Blue, who draws the link between our climate crisis and the health of our oceans.
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Improving energy efficiency could meet a quarter of Southeast Asia’s emissions reduction targets. Here is how efficiency could drive Southeast Asia's energy transition.
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Southeast Asian nations are racing to bring clean, affordable power to their people, but one country is outrunning them all. How can states make their renewable energy transition a success?
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#energy Podcasts

"We are already at 1.1°C of warming – a matter of life and death for the Global South", says Professor Winston Chow, the recently appointed co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's working group on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
The Singapore scientist, recently elected to the UN's top climate body, tells the Eco-Business Podcast about the precarious state of climate adaptation in developing Asia. The region is not well-prepared to manage the cascading risks of extreme climate events, he says.
Dr Sylvia Earle podcast
Exclusive Oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle speaks to Eco-Business in this exclusive podcast about the irreversible damage deep sea mining will cause, the link between the oceans and our global climate, and the role that we can all play in 'being at peace' with nature.
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A US$22 billion project involving 12,000 hectares of solar panels and 3,800km of cabling running from Darwin to Singapore might be the most ambitious renewable energy project ever. How will it work? Eco-Business talked to Fraser Thompson of project developer Sun Cable.
The Eco-Business Podcast
Eco-Business talks to Peter Kiernan, lead energy analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, to unpack a new landmark report from the International Energy Agency, which proposes an immediate ban on fossil fuels extraction to curb global warming.
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