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Tag: "renewable energy"

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China shows there’s more to renewable energy than fighting climate change

China shows there’s more to renewable energy than fighting climate change

China’s large investments in renewables are as much about energy security as a means of reducing carbon emissions.

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Fact Check: Does Australia have too much electricity?

Fact Check: Does Australia have too much electricity?

Australia has the capacity to produce more electricity than it needs – but that’s not a reason to scale back the Renewable Energy Target.

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Post-Fukushima Japan turns to offshore wind and solar

Post-Fukushima Japan turns to offshore wind and solar

As the government attempts to get at least some nuclear plants online by the end of 2015, an energy swell has been building off Japan’s coast.

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China may be ready to kick coal habit

China may be ready to kick coal habit

Signs are hopeful that China, No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, will be less reliant on polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

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NSW, SA to suffer most from cuts to Renewable Energy Target

NSW, SA to suffer most from cuts to Renewable Energy Target

Reducing the RET is a step back from a clean energy economy that rewards coal and gas power companies at the expense of households and small business.

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Abbott's environment agenda is even harsher than he promised

Abbott’s environment agenda is even harsher than he promised

Environmental protection is being given a lower priority than it has by any federal government since first environmental legislation was introduced 40 years ago.

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Could an independent Scotland deliver a low carbon future?

Could an independent Scotland deliver a low carbon future?

As Scottish voters decide whether their country should remain part of the UK, what difference will the vote make to the energy future of these isles?

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Rooftop solar: Grid parity coming in more than half of US states

Rooftop solar: Grid parity coming in more than half of US states

For more than 120 years, homes and businesses have been buying electricity. Now rooftop solar is changing the way hundreds of thousands of homeowners get energy.

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Scientists are using your smoking habit to make renewable energy

Scientists are using your smoking habit to make renewable energy

To help break the world’s addiction to fossil fuels, scientists are channeling another harmful addiction: smoking cigarettes.

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Barcelona: Spain’s city of the sun

Barcelona: Spain’s city of the sun

Barcelona is famous for Gaudí’s architecture and a world-class Picasso museum, but it should also be known for its commitment to sustainability, and solar.

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Sowing confusion about renewable energy

Sowing confusion about renewable energy

Readers of The Economist may have been surprised for good reason to read that solar and wind are “the most expen­sive way of reducing green­house-gas emissions.