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In-depth: UK can go low-carbon ‘at no extra cost’, say infrastructure advisors

The UK can have low-carbon electricity, heat and transport in 2050 at the same cost as today’s high-carbon energy system. ... Read More

UK policy | Jul 10. 2018.
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Explainer: How scientists estimate ‘climate sensitivity’

The sensitivity of the Earth’s climate to increases in atmospheric CO2 concentration is a question that sits at the heart of climate science. ... Read More

Climate sensitivity | Jun 19. 2018.
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Explainer: Six ideas to limit global warming with solar geoengineering

Scientists agree that cutting global greenhouse emissions as soon as possible will be key to tackling global warming. But, with global emissions still... Read More

Geoengineering | May 9. 2018.
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Video: All you need to know about the shipping sector’s new climate deal

Last week countries agreed to a new emissions reduction target for the shipping sector, as part of a wider climate deal. ... Read More

Explainers | Apr 17. 2018.
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Explainer: These six metals are key to a low-carbon future

The deployment of renewables and electric vehicles is expected to skyrocket as the world strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ... Read More

Technology | Apr 12. 2018.
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In-depth: Will countries finally agree a climate deal for shipping?

Update 13/4/2018 – Countries today agreed to a climate deal on international shipping. The "initial strategy" aims to peak and decline shipping... Read More

International policy | Apr 6. 2018.
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Q&A: What does ‘subsidy-free’ renewables actually mean?

Recent announcements in the UK and across the rest of Europe seem to be ushering in a new era of “subsidy-free” renewables, which can be deployed... Read More

Renewables | Mar 27. 2018.

The Carbon Brief Profile: Brazil

In the first of a new series explaining how key emitters are positioned to tackle climate change, Carbon Brief sets out Brazil’s key policy... Read More

Country profiles | Mar 7. 2018.
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Analysis: Why scientists think 100% of global warming is due to humans

The extent of the human contribution to modern global warming is a hotly debated topic in political circles, particularly in the US. ... Read More

Global temperature | Dec 13. 2017.

COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn

The latest round of international climate negotiations concluded last week in Bonn, Germany. ... Read More

COP23 Bonn | Nov 21. 2017.
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In-depth: IEA predicts rise of cheap renewables and China’s move away from coal

The global energy system is in a state of flux. Renewables are experiencing rapid deployment and steep pricefalls. A growing portion of global energy... Read More

Renewables | Nov 15. 2017.
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