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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says humanity will have to at least treble its output of clean energy by 2050, to have a decent chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change. Low-carbon energy sources currently account for about 30% of the world’s electricity, mostly hydroelectric and nuclear power. With the [...]

Cheaper Solar Power Is Driving Global Renewable Energy Growth

by John Johnston April 8, 2014
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According to a report released by the UN Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the share of overall world electricity generated by renewable energy is rising. This is largely because solar panel systems are becoming cheaper and cheaper. Overall, solar, wind and other renewable sources of electricity, not counting hydropower, accounted for 8.5% of [...]

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Elon Musk Explains Why Lithium-Ion Battery Packs Are Sustainable

by John Johnston March 30, 2014
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In this video from December 2013, which Lenz Blog unearthed from YouTube, SolarCity Chair and Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk explains why he thinks the large-scale manufacturing of lithium-ion battery packs is going to be sustainable. Lithium-ion batteries are currently used in many products, including in electric cars and for solar power storage. [...]

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Exxon Mobil To Reveal How Much Of Its Carbon Assets Could Become Worthless

by John Johnston March 25, 2014
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After sustained pressure from shareholder groups, Exxon Mobil has indicated it will reveal just how much of its oil, coal, and gas reserves could become worthless if governments around the world finally agree to restrict carbon emissions, NewScientist has reported. We’ve previously discussed the fact that the world will have to leave the majority of [...]

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Hillary Clinton Urges ‘Mass Movement’ For Climate Change Action

by John Johnston March 23, 2014
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Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking at a (Bill) Clinton Global Initiative panel at Arizona State University, has said that she hopes there will be a mass movement that demands political action on climate change. Clinton stated that climate change is not “just some ancillary issue” and will determine the quality of life for [...]

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Solar Will Turn Into The ‘Incumbent’ Electricity Source In Australia

by John Johnston March 20, 2014
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Australian Clean Energy Council CEO David Green has asserted that solar PV (panels) will transition from being a disruptive technology to being the “incumbent” technology in Australia, displacing coal and radically changing the way electricity is provided, RenewEconomy has reported. Green said in a presentation for the Davos Connection conference that, with the growth of [...]

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Norway To Invest More Of Its $920B Sovereign Wealth Fund In Renewables

by John Johnston March 18, 2014
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At a staggering $920 billion, Norway has the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, and Norwegian Prime Minister Erona Solberg has flagged that the country is planning to invest more of that national wealth in renewable energy, RenewEconomy has reported. Norway’s immense sovereign wealth fund has largely been accrued from its fossil fuel industry. [...]

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100% Renewables Viable And Affordable For US, Finds Stanford Research

by John Johnston March 9, 2014
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Contrary to the claims of many naysayers, a Stanford University research team led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson has developed a thorough plan for the development of 100% renewable electricity in every state in the US, using currently available technology. The research concluded that powering the United States with 100% renewable energy by 2050 is [...]

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Two-Thirds Of People In EU Say Climate Action Will Boost Economy: Poll

by John Johnston March 3, 2014
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A new European Commission poll has found that the ongoing economic crisis across Europe has not dissuaded people from supporting action on climate change in the region. The poll found that at least two-thirds of people in EU member states said that transforming the economy by reducing carbon emissions and developing clean technologies would lift [...]

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Int. Energy Agency Concludes Ramping Up Renewables Won’t Be Expensive

by John Johnston February 27, 2014
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The often conservative International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that integrating large percentages of renewable energy, especially wind and solar, can be achieved by any country at a small increase in overall electricity system costs, compared to present fossil-fuel led electricity generation, RenewEconomy has reported. Futhermore, in its calculations the IEA used current costs of [...]

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