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100% renewable electricity by 2050 possible in France

A somewhat “hidden” report was recently released that said France could be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050 (note that this is for electricity, not all energy). If the report is accurate, obviously it is a huge wakeup call about the potential of

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UNEP’s 9th annual ‘Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015’ report released

Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17% increase to $270 Billion in 2014 after two years of declines and brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices. That’s according to UNEP’s 9th

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Limiting climate change could have huge economic benefits, study finds

Major economies would boost their prosperity, employment levels and health prospects if they took actions that limited global warming to 2c, according to the first analysis of emissions pledges made before the UN climate summit in Paris later this year.

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Study: You’re Really Paying More Than $6 Per Gallon for That Gas

Although they’re starting to creep back up, Americans continue to enjoy relatively low gasoline prices, with the current national average of $2.50 per gallon down by about $1 over the same time last year. That’s the good news. The bad

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How Europe’s biggest polluters became their own regulators, says Greenpeace

A Greenpeace investigation has revealed the whole process has been captured by the coal industry, with the result that the emission limits the EU is about to agree could be extremely lax. Not only would most of the existing plants be allowed

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Special edition: Libya

Until the 1950s, Libya was one of the poorest countries in the world, above all as a result of the infertility of its land. But in 1959 its economy was transformed with the discovery of its first hydrocarbon reserves, thus

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Divestment outperforms conventional portfolios for the past 5 years

The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in The New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. The Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed calling fossil fuel divestment a “Feel-Good Folly.” Let’s

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Pentagon sees climate change as immediate security risk

The Department of Defense released its 2014 Climate Change Adaption Roadmap on Monday, outlining how the U.S. military plans to adapt to the impacts of climate change. For the first time, the Pentagon discusses climate change as an immediate risk–a factor that

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Lower Oil Price Will Not Stop the Dazzling Rise of Solar Photovoltaic

China will continue to build coal plants, but at a slower pace than in the past, and is further ramping up investment in renewables. Boost for natural gas usage in power generation due to low oil prices Shale gas market

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Financial systems must consider extreme weather, or risk condemning millions to die

It’s extraordinary how the financial markets that pride themselves on their data analysis and forecasting have such a blind spot when it comes to the impacts of climate change. I was reminded of this by a new report released today from

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