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Reuters
LONDON — Hydrogen has long been touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Now, as major economies prepare green investments to kickstart growth, advocates spy a golden chance to drag the niche energy into the mainstream of a post-pandemic world.

Editor’s Note: Hydrogen has been promoted as a green fuel for a long period of time. The ongoing global crisis might just be an opportune time to transition to this greener fuel, Nina Chestney and Kate Abnett report.

Bloomberg
Generating power without harmful carbon emissions has never been more urgent, yet one of the biggest sources of clean power is struggling to turn a profit.

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The Conversation
Political divisions are a growing fixture in the United States today, whether the topic is marriage across party lines, responding to climate change or concern about coronavirus exposure.

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The Guardian
Last month the Dutch government announced a bold set of climate policies designed to reduce annual carbon emissions by nearly 10 megatons, comparable to the yearly output of Latvia.

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Clean Technica
Support for coal continues to wane around the world. It’s not happening as broadly or as rigorously as is needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, but the pace of coal’s decline across a whole series of countries, although variable, has been remarkable.

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The Washington Post
Swinerton Renewable Energy had everything it needed to build a promising new wind farm in Texas. It lined up more than 2,000 acres for the $109 million project estimated to generate 400 jobs while under construction.

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Fair Warning
Over the last decade, consumer complaints against U.S.-based solar companies have multiplied.

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The Hill
We appreciate the benefit of creating economic incentives for actions that address climate change and, in particular, for preserving forests. However, we are “skeptical” of the Orwellian notion that promoting the burning of trees results in more forests, as the authors of an op-ed previously published in The Hill suggested.

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The Conversation
More than 100 billion tonnes of materials entered the global economy in 2017 to generate power, build infrastructure and homes, produce food, and provide consumer goods such as clothes and phones. There are now more phones than people on the planet, and the amount of clothes purchased is forecast to reach more than 92 million tonnes by 2030.

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The Hindu Business Line
A one-man mission invokes Gandhian principles to make renewable power a household agenda.

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BBC
The Covid-19 lockdown has cut climate change emissions – for now. But some governments want to go further by harnessing their economic recovery plans to boost low-carbon industries. Their slogan is “Build Back Better”, but can they succeed?

Editor’s Note: We have two choices after the current crisis ends. We could either pursue a green recovery and rebuild our planet, or we could continue with our current emission levels. Roger Harrabin weighs both options in this piece that also appeared in our Digest on COVID and the environment.

Nikkei Asian Review
While the economic slowdown inflicted by the novel coronavirus has sharply reduced greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft and industry, the crisis has also disrupted clean energy supply chains, dampened electricity demand and crashed oil prices.

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Coin Desk
IBM has created a blockchain consortium with three of Europe’s electricity grid operators to help smooth the transition to renewable sources of energy.

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Times of India
Covid-19 is pushing many sectors into uncharted waters. As the chorus for social distancing rose across the globe, many governments imposed stringent containment measures — India too imposed a nationwide lockdown, with the results soon visible.

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Sifted
Covid-19 threatens to derail the sustainability movement. A new alliance of greentech companies hopes to keep it on track.

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Financial Times ($)
Two experts debate whether shift to low carbon can push forward amid economic stress.

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IT Pro Portal
Smart cities offer a number of solutions aimed at optimising the use of energy resources.

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The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s oil patch is not dead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday, as political pressure mounted on the government not to provide any further bailouts to the struggling sector.

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Economic Times (Times of India)
One of the few positive spin-offs of the ongoing nationwide lockdown to combat Covid-19 has been a dramatic reduction in air pollution. Recent Nasa data reveals that air pollution in north India has dropped to a 20-year low.

Editor’s Note: Could India transition to a green energy future in the medium term? Jayant Sinha and Samir Sara argue, based on links between air pollution and COVID, that this is a necessity rather than a choice.

Bangkok Post
Each year, around 27.8 million tonnes of solid waste is generated in Thailand. This is equivalent to 1.13 kilogrammes of rubbish per capita per day, of which 12-13% is plastic waste. In Bangkok, plastic waste accounts for approximately 20% of the 10,500 tonnes of trash collected each day — roughly about 2,000 tonnes.

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Indian Express
We are witnessing clean air, water and liveable cities that we have demanded for so long precisely because we have been shut away.

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Slate
Pedestrians have taken over city streets, people have almost entirely stopped flying, skies are blue (even in Los Angeles!) for the first time in decades, and global CO2 emissions are on track to drop by … about 5.5 percent.

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Daily Maverick
As African governments get busier implementing response plans to fight against the biggest health crisis of our time, they must not repeat the mistakes of the past.

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Telangana Today
Hyderabad: Telangana, one of the few States in India that provides free, round-the-clock quality power to the agriculture sector without resorting to power holidays to industries and domestic consumers, has decided to oppose the Draft Electricity Amendment Bill 2020, proposed by the Union Ministry of Power to amend the Electricity Act of 2003.

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Grist
In some parts of the country, the undeniable tragedy of COVID-19 has spurred discussions of reinvesting in our communities — funds, relief efforts, and creative endeavors have emerged all over the world to support frontline workers, keep people connected, and build a path forward.

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