The price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal in coming decades, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable, both economically and environmentally.
Amid the gloom, here are some hopeful signs that we can meet our climate obligations.
Photovoltaics and wind energy now have such a large head start that no other low-emission generation technology has a reasonable prospect of catching them.
South Africa his rich in minerals that, combined with the development of nanotechnology, can be used to help it develop new energy technologies.
Electric utilities want to quash distributed solar because they don't want the competition, right? Perhaps, but if you rely at all on the grid, you have a stake in this fight, too.