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The U.S. has thousands of lakes and reservoirs that could be paired for pumped hydro storage without the need for rivers. Ollo via Getty Images

Batteries get hyped, but pumped hydro provides the vast majority of long-term energy storage essential for renewable power – here’s how it works

A team of researchers found 35,000 pairs of existing reservoirs, lakes and old mines in the US that could be turned into long-term energy storage – and they don’t need dams on rivers.
Off-road vehicles are driven on a property that will be mined for lithium along the Salton Sea, in Niland, Calif., in July 2021. Lithium is critical to rechargeable batteries. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It’s not necessary to trash the environment to extract metals needed for renewable energy

Canada could become a global leader in the supply of materials needed for renewable energy systems if it finds ways to control the environmental footprints associated with their extraction.
Despite fossil fuel use driving a climate crisis, new fields are still in development. Pxhere

We should ban all new oil and gas fields

If we want to limit global warming to below 2°C, most of our untapped fossil fuel reserves need to be kept in the ground.
China has more solar power capacity than any other country and makes many of the world’s solar cells, but coal is still its top energy source. Yang Min/Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

In the fight against climate change, China is doing more than you think – but still not enough

China has a tendency to underpromise so it can overdeliver. The UN climate summit in Glasgow may have been the crossroad where it chose a more sustainable path.

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