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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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The cost of inaction. Recognising the value at risk from climate change

The findings in “The cost of inaction” – a 2015 report written by The Economist Intelligent Unit – indicate that climate change is likely to represent an obstacle for many asset owners and managers to fulfil their fiduciary duties. The

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The huge hidden costs of our fossil-fueled economy

Oil companies may be the most profitable companies on the planet. But that’s only because we let them destroy the planet for free. Extracting fossil fuels is a lucrative business. Last year, ExxonMobil made $32.5 billion in profits. But, arguably,

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Better growth, Better climate

“We live in a moment of great opportunity, and great risk”, this is the key message of the report “The New Climate Economy” produced by  The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate,  a major international initiative to analyse and communicate

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NOAA temperature record updates and the ‘hiatus’

In a new paper in Science Express, Karl et al. describe the impacts of two significant updates to the NOAA NCEI (née NCDC) global temperature series. The two updates are: 1) the adoption of ERSST v4 for the ocean temperatures

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Wind energy provides 8% of Europe’s electricity

EU’s grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to a JRC report, the impressive growth of the industry

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Global Estimates 2015: People displaced by disasters

Latest figures from IDMC estimate that more than 19.3 million people were forced to flee their homes by disasters in 100 countries in 2014. Hundreds of thousands more are still displaced following disasters in previous years. Since 2008, an average

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‘Renewables Are Cheapest Energy Option’ When Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are Removed, Says REN21

This expansion happened in a year when the global economy and energy use both grew, but without a matching rise in emissions of carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas targeted in efforts to restrain global warming. The report by REN21, a global renewable

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Rich countries sweep billions in public finance for coal under the rug as climate deadlines loom

Over the last eight years, while climate impacts accelerate, country governments have channelled more than US$ 73 billion of public money into coal projects. The finance, which amounts to US$9 billion a year, is causing as much pollution as the

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Renewable energy target quadrupled globally since 2005

Renewable energy targets are now a defining feature of the global energy landscape, according to a new report by IRENA. Renewable Energy Target Setting, launched on the side lines of IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, finds that 164 countries have adopted at least one type

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