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Deutsche Welle

The plummeting cost of turning sunlight into electricity is beating forecasts by decades, speeding the transition toward a clean energy system.


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Bloomberg Law

In the wake of the historic global economic shutdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, governments are unleashing trillions of dollars in a bid to create jobs and spur economic recovery.


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Australian Financial Review

Australian Mark Dooley, investment banker turned eco-evangelist, runs the global unit that is turning Macquarie green from the inside out.


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News.com.au

A new government report has shown how Australia meets its energy needs, showing the new technologies we’re increasingly relying on and the ones we will in the future.


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Reuters

Launceston — One of the themes emerging as the world looks to recover from the coronavirus pandemic is that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reboot the global energy system and embrace a future of renewables.


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The Guardian

Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU continued their fall in 2018, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available, according to a new report from Europe’s environment watchdog.


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Times of India

As part of the stimulus package to revive the economy, the Union government has announced a slew of measures to boost production and reduce imports of coal. It has liberalised the sector, curtailed the monopoly of Coal India Limited (CIL), and has announced an investment of Rs 50,000 crore for coal transportation infrastructure. All this has been done to double coal production in the next four years – from 730 million tonnes in 2019-20 to 1.5 billion tonnes in 2023-24. The question is: Can India afford such a massive increase in coal consumption?


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One of the major factors of fossil fuels versus renewables is cost. Here Chandra Bhusan questions whether it makes sense for the government to invest in coal.

The Guardian

There is no easy route to a greener global economy. But since coronavirus hit, politics and business are thinking again.


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The Conversation

Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated recent headlines, climate change hasn’t gone away. Many experts are calling for a “green” economic recovery that directs investments into low-carbon energy sources and technologies.


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AFP

PARIS – The energy industry is set to suffer a record drop in investment due to the coronavirus fallout, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday, and while renewables are likely to fare better than oil, any swift economic recovery could create a global fuel crunch.


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Fortune

With increasing investor confidence in solar and wind, their integration with various storage technologies will further accelerate the energy transition.


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Times of Malta

EU climate policy has gained more traction in recent years, particularly since the 2016 Paris COP21 Agreement, which is an international contract that outlines ambitious commitments for signatories to meet targets that address the climate crisis.


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Atlantic Council

In discussions about COVID-19 economic recovery policies, any measures focused on the oil and gas industry are often portrayed as being at odds with a green stimulus.


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GreenBiz

Emerging carbon capture utilization (CCU) technologies potentially allow chemical companies and other manufacturers such as steel companies to convert waste carbon from industrial emissions — in the form of carbon monoxide (CO) and/or carbon dioxide (CO2) — into sustainable, value-added biofuels and chemicals.


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Earth Institute – Columbia University

Last week, super cyclone Amphan (alluding to the Thai word for “sky”) developed in the Bay of Bengal as the strongest cyclone ever to be recorded in the region, comparable to a Category 5 hurricane.


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One part of climate is climate disaster. Here Avantika Goswami links in renewable energy to the conversation and discusses things like energy infrastructure for the Earth Institute.

iPolitics

Across the world, we are all trying to survive an unprecedented health, social and economic crisis. We could be forgiven for overlooking — amid the despair over lost lives and livelihoods, the sheer strangeness of enforced isolation, and the upsetting chaos of ever-changing rules — that the pandemic has also opened a door.


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Financial Times

Having arrived in France as a political refugee from Lebanon aged 12, Naïm Abou-Jaoudé had to fight hard to establish a name for himself in Paris’s cliquey investment world.


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Business Times (Singapore)

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in tragic human cost and catalysed a global response from governments, public and private institutions – the scale and impact of which are unprecedented in peace-time. The engineered shut-down of large parts of the economy, while necessary to constrain the spread of the virus, has resulted in a demand shock that has dealt a blow to many businesses.


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Forbes

On any given day over the last four years, there have been around 20 oil drilling rigs somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, tearing through submarine rock in search of oil.


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The Diplomat

The pandemic is an opportunity to drastically rethink development. China is best positioned to take up the challenge.


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Business Times (Singapore)

Getting people to care about the environment is an uphill battle that advocates around the world have been fighting for a long time.


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Smart Cities Dive

COVID-19 presented cities with fresh observations of climate trends, marking a crucial time for leaders to weave climate change mitigation into recovery efforts.


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Speaking of infrastructure, it is part of national programs but also on the level of cities. Chris Teale looks at ideas such as retrofitting for Smart Cities Dive.

The Hill

The scale of government spending to tackle COVID-19, paired with public support, needs to extend to an even deadlier crisis colliding with this pandemic — the climate crisis.


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Informed Comment

We are living with two life-threatening crises: Covid-19 and the climate crisis. They pose a common stark fate for us – the risk of illness in the case of Covid, and injury and destruction of our environment in the case of climate; both are harbingers of death for many. But it is their equally stark differences and our response as a world that matter most for survival.


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Daily Maverick

How well do SA’s two developmental finance institutions, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of South Africa, measure up to best-practice international standards? Not well at all, according to their published documents.


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