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The Telegraph (UK)

Reduced emissions have been the pandemic’s great silver lining but they risk being squandered without permanent changes.


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Reuters

World-leading renewables companies are lining up to invest in South Africa’s energy sector and help remedy a chronic generation shortfall that pushed the continent’s most advanced economy into recession even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.


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FairWarning

Even in the gray fog of a pandemic, news about the future of the U.S. power sector has been dominated by a sunny outlook on renewable energy.


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In recent years, numerous utility companies have committed to transitioning to green energy. However, there has been little progress in real terms as these firms continue to invest in natural gas, Alexandra Tempus reports.

Financial Times

Ignore polluting industries’ siren calls for legislators to drop environmental targets.


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The Guardian

Government spending on clean energy would deliver 100,000 new jobs, EY assessment finds.


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Seattle Times

As industrial polluters try to erase their greenhouse gas emissions, they plan to spend billions of dollars in the coming years on preserving and restoring forests to cancel out pollution they can’t directly eliminate with electric vehicles, energy efficiency improvements and wind and solar power projects.


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Bloomberg

Germany’s 130 billion euro ($145 billion) recovery budget puts the focus on climate-friendly industries and technologies, underscoring Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pledge to reboot the economy and wean it off fossil power and cars that laid the foundation of the country’s export prowess.


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Germany has taken the lead when it comes to a shift towards green energy. Laura Millan Lombrana and Akshat Rathi report about the country’s COVID recovery fund and its emphasis on renewables.

Schroders

A lot has changed for clean technologies since the global crisis in 2008. As investors in climate change, this is hugely encouraging.


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Jagran Josh

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are preparing to reboot their economies. It is being said that the power sector can play an important role in setting the Indian economy in motion. Green Energy (Solar Power Sector) can make India Atmanirbhar but how?


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CleanTechnica

The oil and gas industry has been in a recession, effectively since the global financial crisis 11 years ago. Each year, production volumes have increased by more than global demand, meaning that the market has been in decline, with lower prices for crude oil and natural gas the natural result.


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Bloomberg

The sustainable revolution hasn’t reached the highest ranges of the most important U.S. and European banks.


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Stuff NZ

OPINION: In the Swiss village of Hinwil, near Zurich, there’s a trash incineration plant with a row of what look like oversized air conditioning units on top of it.


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Times of India

MANGALURU: India ranks 168th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) according to researchers at Yale and Columbia universities who produce this biennial scorecard of national results on a range of sustainability issues.


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Nature

Coronavirus has delayed climate talks by a year. But the planet doesn’t have extra time, so action on global warming cannot be postponed.


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Houston Chronicle

The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has allowed Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to expand his executive authority and focus it on further eroding the reforms aimed at opening energy markets to competition and foreign investment.


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Countries were in the middle of all sorts of energy moves before the pandemic and have had to choose how to respond to it. Here Emily Pickrell, based in Mexico City, covers private versus public energy under Obrador.

The Guardian

The latest greenhouse gas emissions data released on Friday were a mixture of some good news combined with the sorrow of how far we have to go and how much time we have wasted.


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The Daily Signal

While many Virginia residents are still reeling from the effects of COVID-19, their elected officials from Gov. Ralph Northam on down are increasing their financial burdens with radical Green New Deal-style programs, energy policy analysts say.


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Atlantic Council

The recently released report, Restoring America’s Competitive Nuclear Energy Advantage, commissioned by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Fuel Working Group, is an important step forward for US national security, the battle against climate change, and the health of the US economy. It represents an important turning point for the United States.


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Reuters

The coronavirus pandemic may have delayed the 2020 U.N. climate summit by a year, but for Jamaica, COVID-19 was no reason to stall delivering a stronger climate action plan, just completed as the Atlantic hurricane season starts.


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Euractiv

The EU’s Just Transition Fund must reward climate ambition and prioritise Europe’s coal communities where the cliff-edge is fast approaching, writes Niklas Nienaß.


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New Indian Express

There has been growing concern over the prospects of an increase in poverty and inequality due to the economic implications of Covid-19. Migrant labourers find themselves out of jobs and people have also faced loss of employment in the service industry. It is evident that there will be an impact on the most vulnerable sections of the population.


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Independent (UK)

Hidden behind the giant fortress walls of the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street lies one of the most powerful unused levers of power that could enable Britain to become a global leader in the urgent race to create a zero-carbon economy. Yet the shocking truth is that, despite the laudable rhetoric of its previous governor Mark Carney lecturing the banks that they needed to take action on the climate-crisis, it has been acting as lender of last resort to the UK high street banks – who are among the worst global funders for the climatically destructive fossil fuel corporations.


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The Courier

Predicting the future is hard – especially in these difficult times – but that hasn’t stopped Michael Alexander trying to find out what the world might look like in 10 or 20 years time.


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Technology Networks

In science, being green can be challenging and recycling not always possible, or at least not made possible. Large quantities of disposable plasticware for example may head for clinical waste incineration or decontamination and landfill rather than entering the recycling process.


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Bloomberg

A mystery buyer spent $48.8 million on a 10,800-square-foot beachfront mansion two years ago, a southwest Florida record. Then tore it down.


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