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Renewable energy: solution to energy poverty, climate change and ecosystem impacts

By Gaurav Dahal and Gabriella Roscher Clean, affordable and reliable energy access is one of the most important requisites for decent livelihoods, next to water and food. Unfortunately, our current energy system excludes a major portion of world’s population from this fundamental right. Ecosystem health is closely linked to social systems, as people directly and […]

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Let’s make climate history on April 22

By Samantha Smith Remember this number: 1.5 degrees. That’s the upper limit for global warming that our governments will try to stay under, as agreed at the global climate negotiations in Paris last year. Everything all of us do from this point on will be measured against it. Getting this agreement was a big achievement […]

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(Natural) power to Morocco

By Zineb ALAOUI MDAGHRI  Morocco is setting the pace in Africa with its ambition and the speed of implementation of its renewable energy programme. It is the most ambitious country in the entire Middle East and North African region (MENA) and, with South Africa, is it leading renewable energy development on the continent. Morocco imports […]

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Do we need CCS to keep using coal? Part 1

An essay in three parts by Dr Stephan Singer. Part 2 is here. Part 1: The plight of coal Coal powered plants are the largest individual source of climate pollution. They’re globally responsible for almost 40 per cent of electricity generation, but they also generate more than 70 per cent of CO2 emission in that […]

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COP21: Africa is powering the way to a better world

By Olive Thiong’o Aviah Kyalo, a 40-year-old mother of seven children, has been using Solvatten to heat and treat her family’s water supply since 2011. Before acquiring the solar-powered device, she and her husband, who reside in Kitui, Kenya, struggled to provide their family with safe water. “It was sickness after sickness. We used to […]

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