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9.8 million people now have renewable energy jobs

More than 9.8 million people were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017, released at Irena’s 13th Council meeting,

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Fears grow that climate conflicts could lead to war

Among the 21st-century threats posed by climate change – rising seas, melting permafrost and superstorms – European leaders are warning of a last-century risk they know all too well: war. Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming

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This startup combines solar, lighting, WiFi, energy storage, and EV charging into a single unit

Would the transition to renewables happen faster if the installations looked better, and were more integrated into the public space, rather than relegated to a roof or back lot? Perhaps we’d see more smart renewable infrastructure installations if some of

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Creating the post-coal economy in Appalachia

In the heart of Appalachia, in places like West Virginia and eastern Kentucky, life has long been built around coal, figuratively and literally. In the early 20th century, coal companies founded towns in the rugged and steep interiors of West

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Which countries are causing global warming and which are most vulnerable to the effects

The effects of climate change are pretty hard to miss no matter where you live, but some countries are going to feel the brunt of the impact more than others. The following infographic was created by George Washington University‘s grad

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The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town

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Overshoot Day 2016: the responsibility of our generation

by Fabio Feldmann Since the 1950’s, humanity has reached unprecedented consumption patterns, providing undeniable material progress. It is hard to imagine that at the time of our parents and grandparents, cities coexisted with trams and trains and cars were relatively

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Philippines investigates Shell and Exxon over climate change

Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change? It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer. Last month, lawyers for the petitioners met with the Commission on Human

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Pressures and shocks are expected to increase in the future

Today, 50 percent of the world’s population lives in cities. Urban spaces will require an additional 100 to 200 million hectares of land within the next 40 years. Developing countries will need to invest US$ 209 billion by 2050 to

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How many people can our planet really support?

Overpopulation. It is a word that makes politicians wince, and is often described as the “elephant in the room” in discussions about the future of the planet. You often hear people citing overpopulation as the single biggest threat to the

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