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  • Tackling Climate Change

    Arvind Subramanian, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics says it is time for China and India to take the initiative to bring about a new international regime on climate change.

  • Every winter, a heavy haze of pollution envelops many Asian cities. Reduced visibility grounded planes in New Delhi in December, while toxic amounts of particulate matter kept Beijing residents indoors several days last month. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • The search for culprits behind the rancid haze enveloping China's capital has turned a spotlight on the country's two largest oil companies and their resistance to tougher fuel standards.

  • India has the worst air pollution in the entire world, beating China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to a study released during this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. The New York Times reports.

  • China Needs a 'Clean Revolution'

    Wu Changhua, Greater China Director, The Climate Group discusses China's pollution problem. She welcomes suggestions by China's new leaders to make environmental and energy conservation a top priority.

  • Dow Chemicals

    Dow Chemical reported a quarterly net loss on Thursday due to large restructuring charges and falling sales of specialty plastics and chlorine.

  • Severe Air Pollution Continuous In Beijing

    China's foulest fortnight for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by a multimillionaire with a streak of showmanship who is selling canned fresh air.

  • Smoke rises from a controlled burn May 19, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico.

    A U.S. judge accepted an agreement by BP to plead guilty for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

  • Cyclists and bikers stop at a traffic light, as buildings are faintly seen, rear, shrouded in a haze of smog in Beijing. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Beijing temporarily shut down 103 heavily polluting factories and took 30 percent of government vehicles off roads to combat dangerously high air pollution, state media reported on Tuesday, but the capital's air remained hazardous despite the measures.

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    Summer Palace, a restaurant tucked inside one of the capital's most expensive hotels, offers the standard selection of Chinese delicacies: abalone, braised sea cucumber and imperial bird's nest soup, which sells for about 700 renminbi, or more than $100, a serving. Noticeably absent, however, is a mainstay of Chinese cuisine — shark fin soup. The NYT reports.

  • Oil companies at the heart of the US shale oil boom are burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington combined in a practice causing growing concern about the waste of resources and damage to the environment.

  • Dame Ellen McCarthur

    Corporations are leaving billions on the table by failing to follow that old crunchy-granola practice: Recycling.

  • The U.S. energy complex including the growth of natural-gas drilling is "a game changer" that could contribute to global economic growth and promote jobs, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris told CNBC.

  • A Burmese python is held by Jeff Fobb as he speaks to the media at the registration event and press conference for the start of the 2013 Python Challenge on January 12, 2013 in Davie, Florida.

    State wildlife officials are so frustrated with the prolific and invasive Burmese pythons that on Jan. 12 they began a one-month hunt in South Florida. The NYT reports.

  • Air pollution

    President Obama is making climate change a key issue in his second term, but the cost of cutting the nation's carbon footprint is likely to place a heavy burden on average Americans—and the U.S. economy.

  • Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a Keystone XL oil pipeline will avoid the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.

  • Cyclists and bikers stop at a traffic light, as buildings are faintly seen, rear, shrouded in a haze of smog in Beijing. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Chinese leaders dazzled the world by clearing the skies as if by edict before the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. Fast forward to January 2013, and the government seems powerless against those same skies, tarnished by an opaque, toxic cloud that has smothered the city for nearly a week.

  • China's Pollution Problems

    Calvin Quek, Head, Sustainable Finance, Greenpeace East Asia expects China's government to take a long-term focus on cutting its reliance on coal. He discusses what else China can do to tackle pollution.

  • Breathing In China's Hazardous Air Quality

    Chinese media on Monday called on the government to improve air quality, days after the Beijing's pollution index went off the charts. CNBC's China correspondent Eunice Yoon reports from the Chinese capital.

  • Cyclists and bikers stop at a traffic light, as buildings are faintly seen, rear, shrouded in a haze of smog in Beijing. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

    Air quality in Beijing was the "worst on record" on Saturday and Sunday, according to environmentalists, as the city's pollution monitoring center warned residents to stay indoors with pollution 30-45 times above recommended safety levels.