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Solar Drives Record Year for Renewables

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Renewable energy accounted for nearly two thirds of net new power capacity around the world last year, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Almost 165 GW of new renewable capacity came online in 2016 — a record — with a huge rise in Solar PV in China leading the way.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Solar, China

China New Heart of Green Finance

Posted on Sep 27, 2017 1:27:12 PM

China has established itself as a strong market presence in energy finance, and emphasis is increasingly being put on socially responsible investment.

As countries in Asia, particularly China, set ever more ambitious climate change and pollution reduction targets, the financial sector is starting to readjust for a new reality, where the environmental impact of investments is now a key factor.

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Topics: Investment, Carbon Trading, China, Social Responsibility

Children´s Legal Battle Against Climate Change

Posted on Sep 26, 2017 1:21:00 PM

Six children from the fire-struck Portuguese region of Leira are taking the battle against climate change into the courtrooms of Europe.

The children, aged between 5 and 14, saw their home region burn as Portugal's worst every forest fires swept across tinder-dry land, killing more than 60 people.

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Topics: Climate Change, Europe, Portugal, European Court of Human Rights

Making Landfill Waste a Sustainable Asset

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 3:03:00 PM

A Dutch designer is pioneering a way of turning landfill waste into a useful and sustainable material.

Inge Sluijs's technique – which involves blasting junk with super-heated plasma — if taken up more widely could offer a solution to a host of environmental problems associated with buried rubbish.

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Topics: Eco-design, Waste, Innovation, Landfill

Global Giants Take Steps to Reduce Emissions

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 11:28:45 AM

More than 300 of the biggest brands in the world have committed themselves to set emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative.

This year alone, more than 90 companies have signed up to the programme, with global names including Adobe, NIKE, Merck and Telefónica joining in the initiative ahead of Climate Week in New York.

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Topics: Carbon Emissions, Greenhouse Gas, Business, Sustainability

Carbon Dioxide Converted to Fuel

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 12:34:00 PM

Scientists are taking a lead from nature as they explore ways to eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere.

Labs around the world are searching for a method to use photosynthesis to produce fuels using little more than sunlight and the CO2.

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Topics: Ethanol, Carbon Dioxide, Lawrence Berkeley, Research

Mars Pledged $1bn To Tackle Climate Change

Posted on Sep 13, 2017 1:35:30 PM

Confectionary giant Mars Inc. has pledged to spend US$1 billion on a new initiative aiming to tackle climate change and poverty, and improve well-being of staff and local communities within in its supply chain.

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Topics: Climate Change, Carbon Footprint, Paris Agreement, Mars

France To Ban Fossil Fuel Exploitation

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 11:36:00 AM

France is continuing to take a lead in combatting climate change by introducing legislation to ban the exploration for, and exploitation of, oil and gas within its territory, both at home and overseas.

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Topics: Climate Change, Paris Agreement, Macron, France

Offshore Wind Reaches Price Tipping Point

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 1:50:00 PM

Three UK offshore windfarm projects have won subsidy auctions to secure a guaranteed price as low as £57.50 MWh, leading to calls for a rethink on the government's nuclear policy

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Topics: UK, Offshore Wind, Nuclear, Government Subsidies

Europe Remains on Target for Renewables

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 11:14:22 AM

The European Union nations were amongst the first in the world to embrace binding targets for the take-up of renewable energy, and the EU as a whole is on course to have a 20% renewables mix by 2020.

The share of renewable energy in Europe continues to grow to such an extent that the sector accounted for 86% of all new generating capacity installed in 2016.

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Topics: Renewable Energy, Europe, Wind, Solar, EU

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