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Solar panels on a Walmart roof, Mountain View, California. Walmart/Flickr

Getting more energy from the sun: how to make better solar cells

Solar power has enormous potential, but provides only about one percent of world electricity today. An engineer explains the many steps it takes to make solar panels that are efficient, clean and cheap.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to the Paris climate summit lacked real focus, but he still has time to grab the issue with both hands before the election. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

Ideas for Australia: A six-point plan for getting climate policy back on track

Australia has been mired in climate confusion for years - as reflected by its underwhelming performance at last year's Paris climate summit. Here's how to get things back on an even keel.
Demonstrators gather on the opening day of the public inquiry into Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse permission for fracking at two sites. Reuters Staff

Should fracking decisions be made locally?

There's a bunfight about whether local or national government should call the shots when it comes to fracking.
Oil’s continuing slide so far isn’t leading to lower U.S. production, but concerns are growing that it’ll drive some out of business. Reuters

Why do oil prices keep going down?

Producers keep pumping more oil, even as prices are falling to fresh 12-year lows every day. What's driving this?
Christmas can be a drag for the planet, let’s lighten the load. from www.shutterstock.com

Five ways to reduce your eco-footprint this Christmas

Many of us are concerned about just want to get through it. But the consumer madness of late December is the perfect time to ponder the consequences of our habits and excesses.

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