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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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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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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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Australia unveils emissions reduction target ahead of Paris talks

Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced cuts to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions that were immediately criticized by environmental groups and opposition politicians for lagging behind other advanced economies. The world’s largest exporter of coal and iron ore will cut emissions

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Obama using Alaska to add urgency to his climate change warnings

As stage sets go, Alaska is a spectacular one: craggy mountain ranges, picturesque coastlines and iconic glaciers. President Obama arrived here Monday to use that backdrop for his message that climate change is not just a thing of the future

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The success of Europe’s investment in renewable energy

Europe has spearheaded the drive to change from a system of power stations burning fossil fuels to one in which a significant proportion of electricy comes from non-polluting sources. Chart the spending on renewables in Europe and the bloc’s emissions,

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USA Election 2016 | How the next President could expand Obama’s climate policies or dismantle them

This month, President Obama basically ensured that climate change will be one of the major issues at stake in the 2016 election. Whether candidates choose to talk about it or not, whoever gets elected president next year will have enormous

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Four lessons Obama should learn from Merkel’s energy revolution

Germany’s “Energiewende” is managing the biggest transformation away from fossil fuels and nuclear power and toward renewables of any advanced economy. It hasn’t all gone smoothly. “The Energiewende has a lot of challenges attached, political as well as practical,” said

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Wind, solar cheer as coal vows battle on Obama’s Energy Plan

The wind and solar industries cheered while coal companies vowed to kill President Barack Obama’s new limits on climate-change pollution as details of the historic regulations emerged. The rules include tougher limits on planet-warming carbon emissions and more incentives for

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