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World’s largest ocean cleanup operation one step closer to launch

A crowdfunded 100km-long boom to clean up a vast expanse of plastic rubbish in the Pacific is one step closer to reality after successful tests of a scaled-down prototype in the Netherlands. Further trials off the Dutch and Japanese coasts

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Technological solutions and behavioural change needed to decarbonise transport

A new report by the European Environment Agency (Eea) analyses key environmental trends with a view to identifying what has improved and what has hampered the past performance of the transport sector. The transport sector affects the environment in different

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A solar-powered soccer pitch in Lagos also uses players’ footfall to keep the lights on

Africa is already waking up to the possibilities that renewable energy provides, the African Union has pledged a $20 billion investment over the next decade. In East Africa, pay-as-you-go solar energy services are already proving a mainstream success. In West

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Climate change could cause power blackouts worldwide

The record heat waves and devastating droughts that accompany climate change could also hurt the world’s electricity production, according to a new study. As temperatures warm and drought periods grow longer and more severe over the next 50 years, the

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How do solar panels work?

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how

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World’s largest floating wind farm in Scotland

The world’s largest floating offshore wind development will be installed off the coast of Peterhead after the application has been granted a marine licence by the Scottish Government. Statoil propose developing a pilot park of five floating 6 MW turbines

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Who will be the AirBnB of energy?

In the 30 years since I was born, a number of technologies have transformed our lives. The Granddaddy revolution of them all was the Internet. This changed everything. It brought us Google, Facebook, eBay, Wikipedia, YouTube and AirBnB, among others

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Fossil fuels losing cost advantage over solar, wind, IEA says

The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors, according to the International Energy Agency. “The

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The role of technology innovation in the transition to a low-carbon energy

As climate negotiators work towards a deal that would limit the increase in global temperatures, interest is growing in the essential role technology innovation can and must play in enabling the transition to a low-carbon energy system. Indeed, recent success

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