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Solar, the “sleeping lion” in Africa

By Manisha Gulati and Louise Scholtz With the vast majority of its population still energy poor, Africa is uniquely placed to leapfrog fossil fuel dependence and exploit its abundant natural resources in the form of sunlight, hydropower and wind. A REN21 status report on the SADC region, released at the recent South African International Renewable […]

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Beyond coal: Turkey’s clean energy alternatives

Turkey’s energy future is not yet cast in coal. That is according to Turkey’s Changing Power Markets, an analysis conducted by research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), funded by the European Climate Foundation and commissioned by WWF-Turkey. The study was commissioned after the Turkish government revealed that its energy strategy up to 2030 would […]

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The strength of fossil fuel divestment: let’s set things straight

By Andrea Marandino Since its launch three years ago, the divestment movement has surpassed the $50 billion mark, with over 800 global investors committing to divest their holdings in fossil fuels over the next five years. Signatories encompass a broad diversity of sectors and regions, from cities and universities to health care organisations and large […]

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The true cost of China’s coal dependence

By Gao Hui China is at the forefront of the global energy movement. It is the world’s largest investor in renewable energy, and it has one of the most ambitious renewable energy targets, but it is still dependent on coal. Coal forms the backbone of development in China and it is also the chief culprit […]

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With 9.2 million employed by renewable energy, is the jobs myth finally bust?

By Dr Stephan Singer “Renewables will do close to nothing to contribute to overcoming unemployment.” “Renewables will create massive job losses in other industries.” “The present energy supply saves millions of jobs everywhere”. Sounds familiar, right? Many of us have heard these lines a zillion times in the past – and I am sure we […]

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