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How renewable energy could make climate treaties moot

By Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program, at Stanford University The world is counting on an international climate agreement in Paris to stop the rising fossil fuel and biofuel emissions that

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People worldwide support a global emissions agreement

As world leaders gather in Paris to fashion a global climate change accord, their citizens are sending them two different but not necessarily contradictory messages. People in both rich and poor nations broadly favor their government signing an international agreement

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Cuts in greenhouse gases from investments in energy efficiency

The new book Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015 reveals that energy efficiency improvements since 1990 in Iea member countries avoided 870 million tonnes of Co2 emissions in 2014 – and a cumulative 10 billion tonnes over the last 25 years,

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Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions fall to record low

Greenhouse gas emissions in Europe have plunged to the lowest level ever recorded after the EU’s member states reported an estimated 23% drop in emissions between 1990 and 2014. The bloc has now overshot its target for 2020 of cutting

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26% of the world will run on renewables by 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday 2nd October released a report, Medium-term renewable energy market report 2015, which found that by 2020, 26 percent of the world’s energy will be generated by renewable sources. The agency notes this is

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Coal investment is the most urgent climate threat

Secretary-general of the Oecd, Angel Gurría, last July says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives. The future of coal has come under scrutiny from a perhaps unlikely source – the head

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How the world can get to 100% renewable energy

The person who most accurately predicted the renewable energy boom says the world can phase out all fossil fuels by the middle of the century. The scenario outlined in the latest Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution report would mean the world would

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Emissions are putting species in lethal danger

Global warming is going to be very bad for the boreal forests of Siberia and Canada, calamitous for the coral reefs of the tropics and the cold deep waters – and lethal for the lizards of North America. New research

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Climate change: a risk assessment

We know that climate change is a problem, but how big a problem is it? We have to answer this question before we can make a good decision about how much effort to put into dealing with it. A new

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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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