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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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Coal burning costs UK between £2.5bn and £7bn from premature deaths

Deaths related to emissions from coal cost the UK economy between £2.47bn and £7.15bn in 2013, according to a comprehensive overview of coal production in Europe. The figure, which includes mortality costs from coal-related respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, such as

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Hawaii’s governor dumps oil and gas in favor of 100 percent renewables

At the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii, Governor David Ige dropped a bombshell. His administration will not use natural gas to replace the state’s petroleum-fueled electricity plants, but will make a full-court press toward 100 percent

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Why are americans switching to renewable energy? Because it’s actually cheaper

Deborah Lawrence had been watching a once-empty parking lot near Midland-Odessa, Texas, fill up with idled drilling rigs usually at work plumbing for oil in the nearby Permian Basin. In January she noticed 10 rigs, then 17 a few weeks

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Coal’s Devastation

Scholars may never understand the energy source’s full economic cost, but that doesn’t make its damage any less knowable. In Anthony Doerr’s “All the Light We Cannot See”, a radio broadcaster marvels at the wonder of coal: Consider a single

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Are we ready for climate change?

Climate change is causing a variety of impacts to our health, ecosystems and economy. These impacts are likely to become more serious in the coming decades. If not addressed, these impacts could prove very costly, in terms of ill health,

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Fossil fuels losing cost advantage over solar, wind, IEA says

The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency. “The

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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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Canadians pull the plug on renewable energy scheme

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, on the country’s Atlantic seaboard, has ended a programme which gave citizens an incentive to produce renewable energy. The decision, which will initially mean lower prices for energy users, is at odds with widespread

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Climate change and human health

Climate change in Europe is already affecting public health, and will continue to do so in the future. How does it affect Europeans today? What does the future look like? European Environment Agency asked these questions to Bettina Menne from

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