Thursday, September 29, 2016
  1. Who Has Space for Renewables?

    Adair Turner

    Who Has Space for Renewables?

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     highlights the difficulties of building low-carbon energy systems in densely populated countries.

    Newsart for Who Has Space for Renewables? Bruce Gifford/Getty Images

    Estimated space requirements for solar energy sufficient to power the entire world are reassuringly trivial, at 0.5-1% of global land area. For individual countries however, the challenges vary greatly, reflecting dramatic differences in population density. READ MORE

  2. The Climate’s Low-Hanging Fruit

    Patricia Espinosa, ET AL

    The Climate’s Low-Hanging Fruit

    &  say cutting hydrofluorocarbons would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and add to energy efficiency.

    Solar panels in mountains David McNew/Getty Images

    An amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydrofluorocarbons – potent greenhouse-gas substances used in air conditioners and refrigeration systems worldwide – could be a boon for climate-change mitigation. But any accord must address worries in the world's hottest countries, which depend heavily on current technologies. READ MORE

  3. Air Pollution’s True Costs

    Simon Upton

    Air Pollution’s True Costs

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     calls on policymakers to start considering the human costs – quantifiable and not – of inaction.

    Newsart for Air Pollution’s True Costs Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

    The effects of air pollution are usually discussed in economic terms. But, daunting as they are, the figures only scratch the surface of the costs of air pollution, which causes millions of premature deaths – and untold suffering – every year. READ MORE

  4. Microfinancing Climate Resilience

    Mark Malloch Brown

    Microfinancing Climate Resilience

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     argues that lending to small businesses in poor areas can mitigate the impact of global warming.

    Newsart for Microfinancing Climate Resilience Sk Hasan Ali/Corbis/Getty Images

    Too many small businesses in the areas most vulnerable to the effects of climate change lack access to credit, preventing them from taking steps to build resilience through renewable energy, sustainable production, and other measures. Microfinance has its critics, but it has a crucial role to play in closing this credit gap. READ MORE

  5. Doubling Down on European Energy Efficiency

    Paul Hofheinz

    Doubling Down on European Energy Efficiency

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     says Europe can improve energy efficiency by 70% with technologies that are already available.

    Newsart for Doubling Down on European Energy Efficiency Monty Rakusen/Getty Images

    The European Commission is nearing a moment of truth as it sets energy-efficiency benchmarks to comply with the COP21 climate agreement: Will it set ambitious but attainable targets that force people and industry to make real changes; or will it set meaningless targets that would have been reached anyway with no additional effort? READ MORE

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