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IEA: policy uncertainty to impact on pace of renewable investment

The amount of money invested in renewables could decrease in the years ahead because of policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned in a new report. Through to 2020, the IEA estimates that investment in new renewable power capacity will average around $230 billion (£138bn) annually, lower...


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IEA: renewable power capacity grew at fastest pace in 2013

Last year global capacity for renewable power grew at its fastest pace to date, with almost 22% of power generation coming from clean sources, data in a report from the International energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. In 2013 global renewable electricity generation rose by an estimated 240 terawatt hours...


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UBS: solar set to transform energy system within 20 years

According to a paper from UBS, the world’s largest private bank, the solar industry is set to transform energy systems over the next two decades and place an emphasis on locally sourced power. The paper states, “Solar panels and batteries will be disruptive technologies. Solar is at the edge...


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Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus

A new poll has highlighted the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Just one in nine people are aware of the strengthening consensus on man-made climate change, it revealed. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which commissioned the survey, said the findings carry...


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Tackling climate change could address economic and social challenges, says report

Addressing climate change could deliver better living standards and shared prosperity, according to a report from thinktank IPPR. Whilst tackling climate change is an important goal in its own right, the report argues it could solve some of the economic and social challenges the UK faces. The report notes...


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Researchers unveil tattoo biobatteries that generate energy from sweat

In the future biobatteries could be used to generate energy from sweat. Researchers have reported that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can produce power from perspiration. Scientists presented the approach at the National Meeting & Exposition of the America Chemical Society....


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Rapid melting of world’s glaciers proven to be man-made

A study has found that more than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the Earth’s glaciers can be attributed to human activity. In a new study, scientists have analysed glaciers’ melting activities since 1851, but did not find any evidence of man-made effects up until the middle of...


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Summer weather extremes on the rise because of climate change

Climate change could be affecting circulation patterns in the atmosphere leading to more extreme weather events during summer, including heatwaves, according to new research from a team of scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research (PIK). “The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has...


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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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Scientists to investigate Arctic sea ice melt with sensors and aquatic robots

An international team of scientists have attached sensors to Arctic sea ice to measure this year’s summer melt in a massive, unprecedented experiment. The study will focus on the so-called ‘marginal ice zone’ north of Alaska and Canada, the region that lies between the solid Arctic ice and the...


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‘Financial innovation’ critical to renewable energy’s success – ex-minister Greg Barker

The government’s former energy and climate change minister has called for a “relentless and remorseless” push to drive down the costs of renewable energy technologies – in what proved to be one of his final public engagements in office. Speaking in London last Thursday at a breakfast meeting organised...


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Climate change scientists face ‘credibility challenge’

Climate change scientists face a unique challenge regarding their research and how they live their own lives, especially as their projects face ever increasing pollicisation and criticism, according to a report. The report, co-authored by Chris Foulds, of Anglia Ruskin University, and academics from the Tyndall Centre for climate...


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The end of sustainability

We need to reexamine and move past the concept of sustainability, argues Melinda Harm Benson, associate professor at the University of New Mexico, and Robin Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah. This article originally appeared on Ensia. The time has come for us to collectively...


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Scientist offers $30,000 for proof that climate change is not manmade

A climate change expert has offered $30,000 (£17,500) of his own money to anyone who can disprove that mankind is causing global warming, in an effort to demonstrate that climate sceptics cannot support their position. Physics professor Christopher Keating has given deniers until the end of July to prove...


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Meet EcoPlanet Bamboo: the Apple computer of timber

US entrepreneur Troy Wiseman tells Alex Blackburne about his mission to make bamboo the natural world’s next disruptive technology – while making money, providing deforestation-free solutions and helping eradicate poverty.  How does a boy from the US deep south end up being a pioneer in the global sustainable forestry...


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