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How keeping cool is making us hot

Cold temperatures are essential to modern life. The cold is central to how we eat, breathe and use medicine. But cooling causes four times more emissions than all of the aviation on Earth. As the planet warms with climate change,

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UK wind generation sets new records

Official data from National Grid shows that generation from renewable energy in the UK has continued to grow and could overtake levels of nuclear generation in 2016. While electricity generation from conventional and nuclear power plants still dominate in the

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Obama goes big on climate change

President Obama delivers his last State of the Union Address to Congress and the nation on Tuesday 12 Jan. He’s brought up climate change in each of his State of the Union addresses, but on Tuesday President Obama went bigger

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Why China’s new coal mine moratorium matters

Right at the end of 2015, the head of China’s National Energy Agency made a hugely significant announcement: China will not approve any new coal mine projects for the next three years and will close down a thousand small mines.

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This €1 billion power plant may never be switched on

Germany’s unprecedented energy shift is turning newly built power plants into white elephants that will never produce any electricity. Once the backbone that underpinned growth in Europe’s biggest economy, coal and gas plants are being marginalized in a new world

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This climate policy could save the planet

International climate-change negotiators are focused on keeping global warming at or below 2°C above historical levels – the limit beyond which the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the consequences of global warming will become catastrophic. But even though

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Is solar killing coal in India?

In the run up to this fortnight’s Paris climate summit, India upped its solar power targets – from 20GW to 100GW by 2022, with an additional 75GW of wind to boot. Energy consultants agree that this target will be difficult

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How renewable energy could make climate treaties moot

By Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program, at Stanford University The world is counting on an international climate agreement in Paris to stop the rising fossil fuel and biofuel emissions that

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Cuts in greenhouse gases from investments in energy efficiency

The new book Energy Efficiency Market Report 2015 reveals that energy efficiency improvements since 1990 in Iea member countries avoided 870 million tonnes of Co2 emissions in 2014 – and a cumulative 10 billion tonnes over the last 25 years,

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Fossil fuel follies

If the world is to avoid climate catastrophe, it will have to forego burning almost 90 per cent of proven coal reserves, plus one-third of oil and half of natural-gas reserves. But instead of implementing policies aimed at realizing that

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