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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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Only five years left before 1.5°C carbon budget is blown

In its most recent synthesis report, published in early 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) laid out estimates of how much CO2 we can emit and still keep global average temperature rise to no more than 1.5C, 2C

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How do we remain on track between Paris and Marrakech?

It is clear that the Paris Agreement was a large political milestone that has the potential to refocus global efforts around one of the most difficult problems humanity has ever faced. 195 countries agreeing to address climate change, with 175

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Oil imports to the U.S. have shifted dramatically over 15 years

While green energy is making inroads particularly at the electrical grid, the majority of energy in the United States is still consumed by the industrial and transportation sectors. Today, it’s still true that about 90% of all energy used for

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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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The energy and mineral riches of the Arctic

The Arctic has been the fascination of many people for centuries. Hundreds of years ago, the Europeans saw the Arctic’s frigid waters as a potential gateway to the Pacific. The region has also been home to many unique native cultures

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