EU Parliament votes in favor of 2030 binding renewable energy target of 35%

The European Parliament has approved the proposal submitted by its Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), to set an EU 2030 renewable energy target of 35%. Europe’s Climate Action and Energy Commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete has welcomed the vote

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Global solar investments topped US$160.8 billion in 2017

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has reported that global solar investments topped US$160.8 billion in 2017, an 18% increase over the previous year and importantly, despite capital costs declining around 25%. Not surprisingly, China led to the investment, accounting for

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Trump’s first major trade fight with China could be over solar panels

With President Trump vowing to get tougher on trade, troubled American makers of everything from steel tubing and aluminum foil to washing machines have lined up to ask Washington for protection from foreign rivals. But Mr. Trump’s first big international

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Is Syria really a ‘climate war’?

The Syrian civil war has raged for more than six years now. You’ve probably heard the following story linking it to climate change: an intense drought, made more likely thanks to global warming, caused “mass migration” within the country from

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East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on 14th Jan, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the 32 sailors were recovered. The

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Most expensive year on record for US natural disasters

The US experienced a record year of losses from fires, hurricanes and other weather related disasters in 2017, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). Total losses amounted to $306bn the agency said, over $90bn more than the

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Emissions change starts at the top

Some of the largest companies in America are also those leading the charge toward a more sustainable future. The infographic from Fortune’s Nicolas Rapp uses data to visualize the CO2 emissions saved by 56 of the Fortune top 100 firms.

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Why there are twice as many solar jobs as coal jobs

The past decade has seen a revolution in residential solar systems. Cheap panels and creative financing options have led to a massive increase in solar installations– and that increase is driving an employment boom. At the same time, the coal

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94,000 new solar jobs in Europe by 2021

After years of uncertainty, a new EY report confirms that the European solar industry is back on track. The report shows that with the right policies for solar in Europe, we could see exponential growth in terms of jobs and

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China building second enormous floating solar farm on top of defunct coal mine

An old coal mine is being reborn as an enormous renewable energy plant. The state-run energy company China Three Gorges New Energy Co. is building a 150-megawatt floating solar farm that sits on top of a lake that formed from

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