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Articles by Simon Evans

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Analysis: UK auction reveals offshore wind cheaper than new gas

Analysis: UK auction reveals offshore wind cheaper than new gas

Offshore wind auction results means that these projects are close to being subsidy-free, helping shift the conversation from renewables being expensive, towards how cheap, variable zero-carbon power can be integrated into the UK grid.

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Misleading headlines about electric car charging while boiling the kettle

Misleading headlines about electric car charging while boiling the kettle

Since UK announced plans to ban petrol and diesel sales from 2040, the shift to electric cars has attracted a lot of negative media coverage.

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The Swiss company hoping to capture 1% of global CO2 emissions by 2025

The Swiss company hoping to capture 1% of global CO2 emissions by 2025

On the roof of a waste incinerator outside Zurich, the Swiss firm Climeworks has built world’s first commercial plant to suck CO2 directly from the air.

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Factcheck: Whale strandings and offshore windfarms

Factcheck: Whale strandings and offshore windfarms

Offshore wind farms have been blamed by conservative media in the UK for the deaths of three whales – despite not a shred of evidence.

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Halving of coal demand pushes UK carbon emissions down 6%

Halving of coal demand pushes UK carbon emissions down 6%

UK CO2 emissions fell by 5.8% in 2016, a drop that, according to new analysis, comes from a record 52% drop in coal use.

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EU coal plants ‘should all close by 2030’ to meet Paris target

EU coal plants ‘should all close by 2030’ to meet Paris target

EU countries should close all of their coal plants by around 2030 if they wants to stick to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Only three years to save 1.5°C climate target, says UNEP

Only three years to save 1.5°C climate target, says UNEP

UNEP says door will close on 1.5°C warming limit unless countries raise their ambition before 2020.

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UK solar produces more than coal over half a year

UK solar produces more than coal over half a year

The UK’s solar panels generated more electricity than coal across the past six months combined.

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Seven charts show new renewables outpacing rising demand for first time

Seven charts show new renewables outpacing rising demand for first time

For the first time ever, investment in new renewables was more than enough to cover rising global electricity demand in 2015.

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Solar output in UK two-thirds higher than coal in July

Solar output in UK two-thirds higher than coal in July

The estimated 1,273 GWh of power generated by solar during July was two-thirds higher than the 778 GWh output from coal in May 2016, highlighting the major changes going on in the UK electricity system.

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UK's National Grid sees major boost for solar, electric vehicles and batteries

UK’s National Grid sees major boost for solar, electric vehicles and batteries

The UK could adopt solar, electric vehicles and batteries much faster than expected just a year ago, according to the National Grid.