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China has become a green energy superpower. These 5 charts show how

Investment in green energy is on the rise, and a world powered entirely by renewables is no longer a distant dream, with a handful of countries hitting 100% renewable electricity production. But while Portugal ran on renewable energy alone for

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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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The status of renewable energy policies, technologies and investment trends across the world

Access to the latest data and statistics in the renewables sector is crucial to the decision making processes of policy makers and investors. With this in mind, REN21 has created the Renewables Interactive Map, to facilitate the accessibility of renewable

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5 years of advancing the renewable energy solution

On 4 April 2016, Irena celebrates its 5th year of operations. The past five years have witnessed a dramatic shift in the global energy sector. The below dashboard provides a 5-year snapshot of this global energy transition, and looks ahead

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International energy security risk index

The International Energy Security Risk Index, a first-of-its-kind energy risk indicator, uses quantifiable data, historical trend information, and government projections to identify the policies and other factors that contribute positively or negatively to international energy security. The map may be

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Planetary boundaries

By 2015, we reached or crossed the boundary between safe operating levels and dangerous conditions in five planetary trends: biodiversità, phosphorus cicle, nitrogen cycle, climate change and land use.   Source: New climate for peace Date: April 2016 Watch the

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Climate change is a great challenge to development

Climate change poses an enormous challenge to development.  By 2050, the world will have to feed 9 billion people, extend housing and services to 2 billion new urban residents, and provide universal access to affordable energy, and do so while

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The carbon cycle

Carbon is the backbone of life on Earth. We are made of carbon, we eat carbon, and our civilizations – our economies, our homes, our means of transport – are built on carbon. We need carbon, but that need is

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Cleaner air for all

Every year, more than 400.000 people in the EU die prematurely due to the consequences of air pollution: this is more than 10 times the toll of road traffic accidents. Another 6.5 million people fall sick as air pollution causes

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Global investment in renewable energy reached record levels in 2015

More surprisingly, perhaps, a new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that the $286bn poured into green energy was more than double the spending on coal- and gas-fired power. It also shows,

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