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Nature

The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dear. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. In 2010, the world thought it had 30 years to halve global emissions of greenhouse gases. Today, we know that this must happen in ten years to minimize the effects of climate change. Incremental shifts that might once have been sufficient are no longer enough.


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Despite all our efforts to move towards renewable energy, we’re still way behind our emissions targets. Here, a group of researchers discusses what needs to be done in Nature.

Nikkei

JAKARTA/MANILA — Without much fanfare, Indonesia and the Philippines appear to be moving to revive dormant nuclear energy plans through recently-proposed regulatory changes.


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Energy News Network

After years of fighting their own policy battles, ethanol and electric vehicle advocates are tentatively banding together against a shared enemy: fossil fuels.


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National University of Singapore

Technological breakthrough enables silicon systems to flexibly adapt to varying performance requirements and power availability, conserving battery life during normal use and scale up performance on demand surpassing industry-standard voltage scaling


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Bloomberg

Australia’s sunny skies and windswept coasts, which have drawn billions of dollars to the nation’s renewables sector, are starting to become a hard sell.


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Reuters

Pungent, spiky durian – a fruit banned in many public places in Asia due to its foul smell – has been used by scientists to store electricity, and could one day help power electric vehicles and mobile phones across the region.


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Digital Journal

To reach 100 percent global decarbonization goals, utility companies need to take the first step and work together using open source to speed up this process and developing the green infrastructure required. Dr. Shuli Goodman explains how.


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Irish News

Three years since it was established, the RHI inquiry will today deliver its findings on the green energy scandal that brought down Stormont. Brendan Hughes looks back on the controversy and the key issues.


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Clean Technica

If you blinked, you missed it. March 13 was Solar Appreciation Day, and even with all the coronavirus goings-on the Energy Department remembered to blast out an email reminding everyone (well, everyone on their email list) to appreciate solar power. As if we need reminding! Nevertheless, let’s dig into that email because it offers up an interesting counterpoint to a major new energy report from The Atlantic Council.


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Nikkei

NAMIE, Japan — Amid the vacant houses and barren fields here stands a shining new symbol of the community’s slow journey back from disaster to everyday Japanese life: a convenience store.


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The economic impact of green energy can also bring hope for places that have suffered. Here Nikkei reports from Namie, north of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, about its plans for renewal.

Electrek

Coal developers risk wasting nearly $640 billion because it’s already cheaper to generate electricity from green energy than from new coal plants in all major markets, Carbon Tracker Initiative reported yesterday.


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EU Observer

As the EU plans its budget for 2021-2027 and pushes for the European Green Deal to become a reality, Romania’s decision-makers are failing again to set higher ambitions and the parameters for an effective, successful energy transition.


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Reuters

BOSTON/LONDON — Climate change commitments by banks, pension funds and asset managers face their first major test as markets reel from the twin shocks of coronavirus and a sliding oil price.


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The Grist

Chances are you’ve heard the song “Despacito,” by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Its distinction as the most-watched YouTube video of all-time suggests it was unavoidable when the song was released in 2017.


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The Guardian

How the EU’s ambitious bid to lead the world on climate action will work and whether it will really make a difference.


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Washington Examiner

The coronavirus hasn’t just upended oil markets. The virus is also casting a shadow over renewable energy markets as solar and wind developers face an uncertain global supply chain.


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Reuters

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector fell by 2% last year, the biggest fall since at least 1990, owing to reduced coal usage in Europe and the United States, a study showed on Monday.


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Press Association

Coal power developers risk wasting hundreds of billions of pounds as new renewables are now cheaper than new coal plants around the world, a report warns.


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Forbes

Reliance on fossil fuels has left countries more exposed to the economic shock of global crises like coronavirus, and governments should look to renewable energy to help reduce such risks, a leading financial economist has said.


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We’ve all read about the negative impact of the coronavirus on the economy. Here, David Vetter, discusses how this pandemic could actually help us in adopting green energy.

Bloomberg

Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Peter Thiel beware. There could be a shakeup on the horizon among the billionaire-backed companies trying to replicate the energy source of the sun and stars.


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Clean Technica

Weren’t we just saying that oil and gas stakeholders probably should not count on plastic as a hedge against falling demand for fossil fuels? We were, and now here comes another country heard from: the bioplastic material FLAM. That’s FLAM as in Fungus-Like Adhesive Material.


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The Conversation

We are a group of experts in physics, geology, science education, coral reefs and climate system science. We believe the lack of progress by governments in reducing global emissions means bold solutions are now urgently needed.


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Economic Times (Times of India)

Kolkata: Excess power generated from renewable sources that are seasonal in nature, stored in the form of hydrogen, derived from breaking water, has the potential to become cost-effective long-term electricity storage system.


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Innovation Origins

Software Hotmaps Toolbox helps to find sustainable alternatives for heating and cooling homes and buildings. After all, about half of the energy consumption in Europe is attributable to heating and cooling systems houses and buildings.


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News24 South Africa

The coal industry remains at the centre of the South African energy mix, with a strong push still being made to add nuclear energy into the equation. Who are the groups and individuals behind these lobby groups, and what do they want?


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