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New leader may not mean new climate policies, despite Australian solar success

*Close eye on any shift from Turnbull at Paris summit. SYDNEY, Nov 25- Soaring electricity prices, high solar panel uptake and plenty of sunshine are pushing Australia to the forefront of a solar battery storage revolution driven by Silicon Valley firms like Tesla Motors Inc and Enphase. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will face intense scrutiny at the upcoming...
Source: Reuters | By: Matt Siegel and Byron Kaye
APNewsBreak: Straub to buy Revel power plant, end litigation

CAMDEN, N.J.— Developer Glenn Straub, utilities and a bank reached a deal Tuesday that removes a major obstacle to the reopening of Atlantic City's former Revel casino. A federal judge helped the parties hammer out an agreement behind closed doors in which Straub's Polo North Country Club, ACR Energy Partners and Bank of New York Mellon resolved their...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press
Swatch signs pact with Visa on payment watch: Report

Swatch Group signed a contract with Visa in connection with the Swiss firm's new watch that enables wearers to make payments.
Source: Reuters
Swatch signs pact with Visa on payment watch - report

ZURICH, Nov 24- Swatch Group Chief Executive Nick Hayek has signed a contract with credit card company Visa Inc. in connection with the Swiss firm's new watch that enables wearers to make payments, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Swatch has already introduced the watch in China and aims to introduce a similar device in 2016 in Switzerland and the United States,...
Source: Reuters
German financial giant Allianz slashes coal investments

He said Allianz decided to make the move ahead of next week's United Nations climate change conference in France with "an eye on the two-degree goal of the Paris climate negotiations as well as the economic risks involved." As of last year, Allianz managed about 1.8 trillion euros in assets, with a focus on the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Britain and the Asia-Pacific...
Source: The Associated Press
US government agencies to slash greenhouse gas

President Barack Obama ordered agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2025.
Source: Reuters
U.S. government agencies to slash greenhouse gas emissions 41.8 pct

WASHINGTON, Nov 23- U.S. federal agencies will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their operations to 41.8 percent below 2008 levels by 2025, the White House announced on Monday. The announcement comes one week before nearly 200 countries meet in Paris to negotiate a United Nations climate change pact and eight months after President Barack Obama ordered...
Source: Reuters
ANALYSIS-Britain needs to start doing favours to win EU friends

But since 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron's government has largely neglected the practice to avoid upsetting sceptics in his ruling Conservative party who resent Britain's loss of sovereignty to the EU. Partly as a result, London's influence in the corridors of Brussels has diminished. "All along, Cameron has not understood that solidarity matters," said...
Source: Reuters | By: Paul Taylor
UAW leaders ratify new GM labor agreement

Leaders of the United Auto Workers union ratified an agreement with General Motors that calls for raises for all workers.
Source: Reuters
U.S. says China to take tougher stance against trade secret theft

The U.S., led by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Trade Secretary Michael Froman, however, said after a weekend of talks that China clarified its intent to do more to help firms facing the theft of trade secrets. "This is where China clarified its intent to make preliminary injunctions and meaningful remedies and other judicial protections more easily...
Source: Reuters | By: James Pomfret