Aligning policies for a low-carbon economy

Outside of countries’ core climate policies, many of the regulatory features of today’s economies have been built around the availability of fossil fuels and without any regard for the greenhouse gas emissions stemming from human activities. The OECD report “Aligning

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OECD report: Aligning policies for a low-carbon economy

The OECD report 2015 “Aligning policies for a low-carbon economy” presents the first broad diagnosis of misalignments with climate goals in areas essential to the transition to a low-carbon economy. It points to a number of misalignments in policy domains,

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Are we ready for climate change?

Climate change is causing a variety of impacts to our health, ecosystems and economy. These impacts are likely to become more serious in the coming decades. If not addressed, these impacts could prove very costly, in terms of ill health,

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Are solar panels right for you? Google’s new mapping tool can help you decide

Solar panels are all the rage these days. But it’s a complicated process to figure out whether a rooftop system makes financial sense for your particular home. What kind of roof do you have? How much sun does it get?

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Fossil fuels losing cost advantage over solar, wind, IEA says

The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency. “The

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The role of technology innovation in the transition to a low-carbon energy

As climate negotiators work towards a deal that would limit the increase in global temperatures, interest is growing in the essential role technology innovation can and must play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Indeed, recent success

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Canadians pull the plug on renewable energy scheme

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, on the country’s Atlantic seaboard, has ended a programme which gave citizens an incentive to produce renewable energy. The decision, which will initially mean lower prices for energy users, is at odds with widespread

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Coal giant exploited Ebola crisis for corporate gain, say health experts

Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic attempt to exploit the disease for corporate gain by the world’s largest privately-held coal company. As part of

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The international energy efficiency scorecard

The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks the world’s largest economies on their energy efficiency policies and programs. The rankings include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States,

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Australia unveils emissions reduction target ahead of Paris talks

Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions that were immediately criticized by environmental groups and opposition politicians for lagging behind other advanced economies. The world’s largest exporter of coal and iron ore will cut emissions

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