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Do we need CCS to keep using coal? Part 3

This is the final part of a three-part essay by Dr Stephan Singer. Catch up by reading part 1 and part 2. Part 3: The economic cost of CCS Despite 15 years of advocacy by the fossil fuel industry incumbents, 10 years after a lengthy Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) […]

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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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WWF launches web-calculator to analyze benefits of investing in renewable energy

By Lars Erik Mangset and Stefano Esposito What will be the associated climate benefits if $100 billion were invested directly into renewable energy infrastructure? WWF has just published a report and a web-calculator that enables everyone to find out how much renewable energy capacity can be installed given a certain amount of money, as well […]

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Will a global climate agreement be the deathblow for the ailing coal industry?

By Jan Vandermosten A quote from Goldman Sachs perfectly summarizes the structural decline in which the global coal market finds itself today: ‘just as a worker celebrating their 65th anniversary can settle into a more sedate lifestyle while they look back on past achievements, we argue that thermal coal has reached its retirement age’. Our […]

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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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