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Articles by John Mathews

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Why the future belongs to decentralised renewables

Why the future belongs to decentralised renewables

China and to some extent India are emerging as the principal practitioners of an alternative vision of energy growth.

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The moral case for fossil fuels? Let them eat solar panels

The moral case for fossil fuels? Let them eat solar panels

Rolling out renewable energy around the world should be the real legacy of the Paris climate agreement.

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This changes everything: The rise of renewables in industrial growth

This changes everything: The rise of renewables in industrial growth

Renewables can help countries expand manufacturing and create jobs, reduce local pollution, increase energy security and reduce import costs from fossil fuels.

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With a single sentence, Malcolm Turnbull can end Tony Abbott's war on renewable energy

With a single sentence, Malcolm Turnbull can end Tony Abbott’s war on renewable energy

The rhetorical war on renewables unleashed by Abbott and his colleagues over the past two years had the desired effect: investment in the industry dried up.

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50% renewable energy would put Australia in line with leading nations

50% renewable energy would put Australia in line with leading nations

Bill Shorten’s proposed policy for 50% of electricity to come from renewables by 2030 would bring Australia abreast with its international competitors.

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An emerging renewables superpower: China's climate pledge guns for green growth

An emerging renewables superpower: China’s climate pledge guns for green growth

It’s official. On Tuesday, China submitted its emissions-reduction goals to the UN, in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit in December this year.

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Desert farms could power flight with sunshine and seawater

Desert farms could power flight with sunshine and seawater

What if you could grow biofuels on land nobody wants, using just seawater and sunlight, and produce food at the same time?

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Why China is becoming a renewables super power, and the West is not

Why China is becoming a renewables super power, and the West is not

Unless Western countries intervene in their economies to build green energy and resource systems, they will continue to be defeated in this field by China.

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Tesla battery heralds beginning of the end for fossil fuels

Tesla battery heralds beginning of the end for fossil fuels

The launch of Tesla’s Powerwall puts fossil fuels on the defensive, fighting the new normal of cheaper renewable supplies and storage.

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Why cheap oil will NOT wreck the prospects for renewable energy

Why cheap oil will NOT wreck the prospects for renewable energy

When oil prices collapsed in the 1980s, most large renewable energy programs were dismantled. But that won’t happen this time.

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Chile's mines set hot pace on renewables - Australia should take note

Chile’s mines set hot pace on renewables – Australia should take note

Chile is now emerging as the southern hemisphere’s renewable energy giant, so what can we learn from our Pacific neighbours?