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French group develops mass electric car charging stations

PARIS - A consortium of French companies led by construction firm Bouygues has developed an electric car charging system based on old batteries that helps smooth out power demand when dozens of cars simultaneously recharge.

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Hold government, businesses to climate promises: activists

16 Sep 2014

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders, businesses and others due to announce fresh efforts to tackle climate change at a U.N. climate summit in New York next week must be held to their promises, panelists told an online debate hosted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation this week.


BP to cut 275 jobs in Alaska after oil field disposals

16 Sep 2014

LONDON - BP will cut around 275 staff and contractor jobs in its Alaska operations in early 2015 following the sale of its interests in four oil fields in the North Slope area, it said on Tuesday.

Slowing climate change makes economic sense; cities to lead-study

16 Sep 2014

OSLO/LONDON - Investments to help fight climate change can also spur economic growth, rather than slow it as widely feared, but time is running short for a trillion-dollar shift to transform cities and energy use, an international report said on Tuesday.


Senior BNP Paribas energy traders quit; bank denies downsizing

15 Sep 2014

- Two senior BNP Paribas energy traders in New York have left, but the Paris-based bank said on Monday it was not downsizing its U.S. commodity and energy businesses.

Leaky equipment, not fracking, behind tainted U.S. water : study

15 Sep 2014

BOSTON - The contamination of water supplies near U.S. shale gas fields appears to be the result of leaky cement wells and casings and not the controversial production technique of hydraulic fracturing, according to a study released on Monday.

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