This climate policy could save the planet

International climate-change negotiators are focused on keeping global warming at or below 2°C above historical levels – the limit beyond which the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the consequences of global warming will become catastrophic. But even though

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Climate change will create more violent extremism, if we let it

The protests and violent conflict in Syria that began in 2011 originally took U.S. security analysts by surprise. Early in the Arab Spring, the State Department had ranked Syria near the bottom of a list of Middle East and North

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Renewable energy in the EU. Which European nations are due to reach their renewable energy targets

Many European nations are far from reaching their current targets on renewable energy consumption, according to figures published by Eurostat. Based on the growth between 2010 and 2013, 11 out of 29 European countries will miss their 2020 targets –

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Five things you need to know about the Paris climate deal

The UN climate talks in Paris have ended with an agreement between 195 countries to tackle global warming. The climate deal is at once both historic, important – and inadequate. From whether it is enough to avoid dangerous climate change

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100% renewable energy

It is amazing that no country has performed a study on the benefits and costs of going to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Fortunately, Stanford University scientists have done the analyses. They show that switching to an entirely renewable energy

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Fossil fuel subsidies: G20 spends billions to push us closer to climate disaster

The new report 2015 “Empty promises G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production” by Oil Change International reveals that the G20 spent an average of $452 billion each year in 2013 and 2014 to support fossil fuel production, despite

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Empty promises: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production

G20 country governments are providing $452 billion a year in subsidies for the production of fossil fuels. Their continued support for fossil fuel production marries bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for the climate. In effect, governments are propping up

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Is solar killing coal in India?

In the run up to this fortnight’s Paris climate summit, India upped its solar power targets – from 20GW to 100GW by 2022, with an additional 75GW of wind to boot. Energy consultants agree that this target will be difficult

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Paris climate summit closes with agreement seen as ‘indirectly’ boosting renewable energy

By our correspondent in Paris Eric J. Lyman (@EricJLyman) PARIS – Representatives from almost 200 countries — working a day longer than scheduled — on Saturday agreed to what will be the world’s first-ever global agreement on climate change. The

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Cop21 is winding down with the most difficult issues unresolved. Clean energy remains the key

By our special correspondent Eric J. Lyman (@EricJLyman) PARIS – With a day – or probably more – to go, negotiators at the Cop21 climate summit in Paris are reporting slow, steady progress. But the biggest issues remain unresolved. The

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