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Guest post: Ten charts show how the world is progressing on clean energy

Dr Iain Staffell is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy. He leads the Electric Insights project reporting interactive real-time and quarterly summary information on the UK’s electricity mix — Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more …

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‘Brutal news’: global carbon emissions jump to all-time high in 2018

Rapid cuts needed to protect billions of people from rising emissions due to increase in use of cars and coal — Global carbon emissions will jump to a record high in 2018, according to a report, dashing hopes a plateau of recent years would be maintained. It means emissions are heading in the opposite direction …

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UNEP: Limiting warming to 1.5°C requires ‘fivefold’ increase in climate commitments

The world is far from being on track to meet its climate targets unless emission-reduction commitments are dramatically expanded, according to the latest UN Environment Programme (UNEP) emissions gap report — The report suggests that existing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are not sufficient. It adds that emission reductions from climate pledges …

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World off Course to Meet Emissions Reduction Goals

A new energy report shows a disconnect between scientific research targets and what is happening in the energy markets — Despite energy efficiency and solar energy and other renewables playing an ever-larger role in the global energy mix, carbon emissions are increasing, and the world is not on course to meeting emissions reduction goals set …

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‘Despair’ as global carbon emissions to hit new record in 2018

International Energy Agency chief says chance of meeting targets of the Paris Agreement are getting ‘weaker and weaker’ — Global carbon emissions will rise to a new record level in 2018, making the chances of reaching a target to keep temperature increases to 1.5 or 2°C “weaker and weaker every year, every month”, the head …

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Modern bioenergy is critical to meeting global climate change goals

It is controversial and often overlooked, but bioenergy is the only renewable energy today that can supply all sectors, say Kimmo Tiilikainen and Fatih Birol — The electricity sector has been undergoing a remarkable transformation in recent years thanks to the growth in solar PV and wind, the new stars in the renewables world. But …

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Reality check: is the 1.5°C warming target even possible

Scientists have warned that warming more than half a degree above now is dangerous, but can we stop it — Think “not impossible”, rather than “possible”. “If you would like to stabilise global warming at 1.5°C, the key message is that net CO2 emissions at the global scale must reach zero by 2050,“ Valérie Masson-Delmotte, …

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IEA: Bioenergy to lead growth in renewables over next five years

“Modern” bioenergy will lead the global expansion of renewable energy up to 2023, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its latest forecast — The report, which the IEA releases each year, looks at the current status of renewable energy, projecting its growth for the next five years. It finds that the global consumption of …

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Energy sector’s carbon emissions to grow for second year running

IEA head says growth in renewables needs to be paired with coal plant closures — Carbon emissions from the energy sector are on track to grow for the second year running, in a major blow to hopes the world might have turned the corner on tackling climate change. Preliminary analysis by the world’s energy watchdog …

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IEA: Renewables investment in India topped fossil fuels for first time in 2017

Investment in renewable power in India topped fossil fuels for the first time in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) — This is one of the most striking insights contained within the IEA’s annual update of global energy investment, which was published today. It gives an overview of the global, regional and sectoral …

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