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Articles by Simon Evans

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Rapid rise of UK electric vehicles sees National Grid double its 2040 forecast

Rapid rise of UK electric vehicles sees National Grid double its 2040 forecast

National Grid says rapid rise of EVs will help the UK shift towards more renewable and low-carbon electricity generation.

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New UK renewables ‘could be cheaper than existing gas plants by 2030’

New UK renewables ‘could be cheaper than existing gas plants by 2030’

Radical new scenarios from UK’s Committee on Climate Change include much more wind and solar.

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Global solar capacity grew faster than fossil fuels in 2017, says report

Global solar capacity grew faster than fossil fuels in 2017, says report

For the first time in 2017, global solar capacity grew faster than all fossil fuels combined, including coal, oil and gas-fired power stations.

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In-depth: Is Shell’s new climate scenario as ‘radical’ as it says?

In-depth: Is Shell’s new climate scenario as ‘radical’ as it says?

Last week, Shell published a “radical” new climate change scenario, showing how the world could meet the “well-below 2C” goal of the Paris Agreement.

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Solar, wind and nuclear have 'amazingly low' carbon footprints, study finds

Solar, wind and nuclear have ‘amazingly low’ carbon footprints, study finds

Critics have argued renewable energies could come with high hidden greenhouse gas emissions that would negate their benefits to the climate. A new study shows the opposite is true.

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Renewables will give more people access to electricity than coal, says IEA

Renewables will give more people access to electricity than coal, says IEA

IEA says coal will be used to provide access to electricity to just 16% of those without electricity now, while renewables will account for at least 60%.

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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.