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China is both the best and worst hope for clean energy

In Katowice, Poland, delegates from around the world have gathered to discuss how to curb emissions of greenhouse gases. The intent is to meet the goals that emerged from the 2015 Paris United Nations Climate Summit. But this year there’s

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“Sun in a box” could help renewables deliver energy on demand

Widespread use of renewable energy is crucial to the carbon-free future we must achieve to curb climate change. Over the last four decades, it has become much cheaper but there are still small issues stopping it from becoming the exclusive

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New ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency

Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals. Parliament on Tuesday confirmed the provisional agreement reached with the Council in

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Ten ways to accelerate progress against climate change

Climate scientists told us that the United States is already experiencing severe and costly impacts of a changing climate. In a separate United Nations report released in October, scientists reported that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require

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Texas is too windy and sunny for old energy companies to make money

As attractive a renewable-energy concept as wind power is, it’s plagued by a fundamental flaw. It blows the most in the dead of night, precisely when there’s the least demand for electricity. That’s true for just about every wind-blown spot

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Wind and solar costs keep falling, squeezing nuke, coal plants

Wind and solar have become the cheapest sources of power, and natural gas-fired plants are the best option to back them up, according to Lazard Ltd. The levelized cost of energy from large solar installations has fallen to as low

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Renewables surpassed fossil fuels capacity in Germany last year

In their annual monitoring report, Germany’s Federal Network Agency and the Federal Cartel Office have analyzed the figures for 2017. At the end of last year, renewables accounted for around 112.5 GW of operational capacity, while conventional sources totalled 105.1

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UK renewable energy capacity surpasses fossil fuels for first time

The capacity of renewable energy has overtaken that of fossil fuels in the UK for the first time, in a milestone that experts said would have been unthinkable a few years ago. In the past five years, the amount of

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Scottish Power switches to 100% wind power

Scottish Power has become the first integrated energy company in the UK to make the shift from coal and gas generation to wind power. This announcement follows the completion of the sale of its traditional generation business to Drax for

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With green mosques and schools, Amman pushes for zero emissions

Poking above the bright pink bougainvillea that spills into the street, the lone minaret of the Ta’la Al-Ali mosque towers over the Khalda neighbourhood of Amman. Aside from its colourful stain-glassed windows and ornate calligraphy, this mosque stands out for

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