How do we remain on track between Paris and Marrakech?

It is clear that the Paris Agreement was a large political milestone that has the potential to refocus global efforts around one of the most difficult problems humanity has ever faced. 195 countries agreeing to address climate change, with 175

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Creative accounting, creative coal

The Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has proudly announced a milestone on the path towards saving Poland’s mining industry: on May 1, a company called ‘The Polish Mining Group’ (Pgg) was established. It will take over 11 coal mines and

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The real cost of energy: why renewables make more sense

Energy-related greenhouse gas emissions have plateaued for the second year running – an extraordinary fact considering the global economy grew by more than 3% in the same period. But stabilizing energy-related emissions is not enough to fulfill the ambition of

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Climate change puts 1.3bn people and $158tn at risk

The global community is badly prepared for a rapid increase in climate change-related natural disasters that by 2050 will put 1.3 billion people at risk, according to the World Bank. Urging better planning of cities before it was too late,

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation divests entire holding in BP

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sold off its entire holding in oil giant BP, in a move welcomed by fossil fuel divestment campaigners. Bill Gates has called the selling off of coal, oil and gas stocks a “false

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Oil imports to the U.S. have shifted dramatically over 15 years

While green energy is making inroads particularly at the electrical grid, the majority of energy in the United States is still consumed by the industrial and transportation sectors. Today, it’s still true that about 90% of all energy used for

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Usual suspects

Before the Industrial Revolution, Earth’s climate changed due to natural events such as volcanic activity and solar energy variations. These natural events still contribute to climate change today, but their impact is very small compared to the growing levels of

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The real drivers of a low carbon future: China and India

Even the normally cautious Guardian enthused about the signal of global seriousness about climate change evidenced by a record 170 nations signing the Paris accord on a single day and emerging hopes that enough nations might ratify by the end

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Europe’s problem with diesel cars

New UK government tests confirm that diesel cars produce a lot more air pollution in real-world driving when compared with the legal tests. Those sold since 2009 emitted six times more nitrogen oxides, on average. Compared with the stricter standards

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Climate change might not be as bad as first thought

A changing climate may not necessarily lead to more floods and droughts according to Swedish researchers who have reconstructed weather patterns over the past 1,200 years. Scientists used data collected from tree rings, marine sediments, ice cores and mineral deposits

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