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Student learns about solar power.

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.

Explainer: Why the sun is not responsible for recent climate change

With a total solar eclipse sweeping across North America, everyone is suddenly paying attention to the sun. One of the most common sceptical arguments... Read More

Global temperature | Aug 18. 2017.
HWR28E Caudrilla Exploration Site, Blackpool, UK. 4th April, 2017. Heavy Police presence in response to demonstrators that continue to picket the area around the fracking for shale gas approved site in Westby-by Plumpton, in Lancashire as work continues at the first horizontal fracking site in the UK for shale gas extraction. The government approved energy firm Cuadrilla's plans to frack at the Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton in October last year. Credit; MediaWorldImages/AlamyLiveNews

Q&A: The return of UK fracking and what it could mean for the climate

The UK could soon see its first use of hydraulic fracturing since 2011. ... Read More

Technology | Aug 16. 2017.
The 110 Harbour Freeway and Downtown Los Angeles skyline, California, United States of America, North America

Explainer: California's new 'cap-and-trade' scheme to cut emissions

Last month, California’s politicians agreed a new cap-and-trade bill to help curb the state's emissions. This week, governor Jerry Brown signed it... Read More

US Policy | Jul 28. 2017.
Krkonose National Park, Giant Mountains National Park, Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic, Europe

Explainer: How data adjustments affect global temperature records

Over the past two centuries, the times of day, locations and methods of measuring temperature have all changed dramatically. For example, where once... Read More

Global temperature | Jul 19. 2017.
AG36E7 Back yard operation to process used cooking oil for use as fuel in diesel vehicles at Burry Port Carmarthenshire West Wales UK

In-depth: The challenge of using biofuels to cut transport emissions

Liquid biofuels still have a significant role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change targets, a new report says. ... Read More

Technology | Jul 19. 2017.
Aberdeen, the oil capital of Scotland

Explainer: The challenge of defining fossil fuel subsidies

Just over a year ago, the G7 group of nations pledged to end all “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” by 2025. ... Read More

Explainers | Jun 12. 2017.

Explainer: Dealing with the 'loss and damage' caused by climate change

Scaling down our emissions and building resilience against climate change can only take us so far. Some negative impacts and damages are now... Read More

Explainers | May 9. 2017.
Mid-air view of et contrails in the sky

Explainer: The challenge of tackling aviation's non-CO2 emissions

Last October, the 191 member states of the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed to a new deal to cap international... Read More

Explainers | Mar 15. 2017.

Explainer: How much did climate change 'cost' in the 20th century?

From heatwaves to hurricanes, working out the dollar cost of climate change is a tough task. Often used by policymakers to weigh up the costs and... Read More

Explainers | Mar 1. 2017.
The BritNed cable on its reel, that forms the interconnector between the UK and the Netherlands

In-depth: The whole system costs of renewables

Dramatic cost reductions mean wind and solar can now compete on price with conventional sources of energy in many parts of the world, including the... Read More

Renewables | Feb 22. 2017.
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