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February 13 and 14: Divest from fossil fuels

Video to promote the “Global Divestment Day” on February 13 and 14. Source: Go Fossil Free Date: Jenuary 2015 Go to the website

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Badly located renewable power plants cost Europe $100 billion: Davos report

Europe could have saved itself $100 billion by installing solar power panels in sunnier countries and wind turbines in windier places, the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Electricity” platform said in a report released on Tuesday. The report, written with

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Renewable Power Costs Plummet: Many Sources Now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels Worldwide

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed in a new report

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Seize the day

Most of the time, economic policymaking is about tinkering at the edges. Politicians argue furiously about modest changes to taxes or spending. Once in a while, however, momentous shifts are possible. From Deng Xiaoping’s market opening in 1978 to Poland’s

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Low-cost oil is an opportunity to rethink corporate strategies and energy policy, RES4MED’s Vigotti says

Roberto Vigotti speaks exclusively with Behind Energy to explains why the plunge in commodity prices should force a rethink in global energy polices and in already pushing utilities overhaul their business propositions. When we talk about subsidies for different energy sources, the

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Graph of the Day: Myth of cheap shale gas and cheap energy

The conservative press – the Murdoch media in particular – has hallelujahed the fall in gas prices as a great gift to the people, in the form of cheaper electricity. Except, this hasn’t happened. As this graph from Deutsche Banks

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Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research by University College London (UCL) is the first to identify which reserves must not be burned if we are to keep the rise in global temperature under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all

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Germany: environmentally harmful subsidies amount to over 52 billion euros

Even as Germany  focuses much effort and funding on climate protection measures, it continues to subsidise environmentally harmful policies and technology, according to a study by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). The report, which looked at environmentally harmful subsidies in

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The cost of nuclear electricity: France after Fukushima

The Fukushima disaster has lead the French government to release novel cost information relative to its nuclear electricity program allowing us to compute a levelized cost. We identify a modest escalation of capital cost and a larger than expected operational

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Commodity dependency. A risky state

Between 2000 and 2011 broad indices of commodity prices tripled, easily outpacing global growth. Since then prices have changed course. Some commodities have endured ferocious price falls: oil peaked at $115 a barrel in June, and by early December was

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