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the north of england produced 48% of the uk’s renewable electricity

28,000 jobs at risk in north of England over low-carbon economy

Thinktank says transition to low-carbon economy could result in ‘local deprivation’ — As many as 28,000 jobs will be lost in the north of England in the next 12 years under the government’s drive towards a low-carbon economy, a thinktank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said in its report that the …

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The Carbon Brief Profile: South Africa

In the fourth article in a series on how key emitters are responding to climate change, Carbon Brief looks at South Africa’s heavy dependence on coal and expanding effort to develop renewables — South Africa is the world’s 14th largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Its CO2 emissions are principally due to a heavy reliance …

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modern bioenergy will lead the growth in renewable energy consumption for the next five years

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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UK’s housing stock ‘needs massive retrofit to meet climate targets’

Hundreds of millions of pounds must be spent to achieve 80% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, report shows — Hundreds of millions of pounds must be spent on the UK’s draughty housing stock to meet the government’s climate change targets, with progress so far too slow to make the difference needed. Repairing existing …

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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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Abandoning nuclear power plans ‘would push up carbon emissions’

Report due to be published on Thursday warns of ‘folly of technological tribalism’ — Abandoning the UK’s ambitions for a number of new nuclear power stations would cause carbon emissions to spike and push up energy costs, according to lobbyists led by a former Conservative MP. The New Nuclear Watch Institute warned against what it …

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Coalition won’t replace renewables target after it winds down in 2020

‘We will reach the 26% emission reduction target without additional intervention,’ minister says — The energy minister, Angus Taylor, says the Morrison government will not be replacing the renewable energy target “with anything” after it winds down in 2020. Taylor confirmed there would be no policy to reduce emissions in the electricity sector during an …

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EU climate law could cause ‘catastrophic’ deforestation

World’s carbon sinks are at risk because the law will count energy from burning trees as carbon neutral, say climate scientists — Senior climate scientists say that the world’s carbon sinks could be facing a grave threat from a wholly unexpected source: the EU’s renewable energy directive. The climate law could suck in as much …

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California’s response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy

California’s Democratic leaders are determined to fight the climate change that’s ravaging their state   — In America today, it’s rare to see political leaders respond to a threat with an appropriate evidence-based policy solution. At the national level, more often we see actions that aggravate existing problems or create new ones. California – the …

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Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says

Trade minister fails to name mechanism for emissions reduction as energy policy looms as key issue in Wentworth by election — The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has claimed Australia will honour its Paris climate agreement commitments but failed to name a mechanism for emissions reduction in government policy. In the wake of the Coalition government …

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