Even the cleanest coal plants add millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year.
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Nobody in business wants to touch new "clean" coal plants, which means taxpayers would be left to foot the billion-dollar bills.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels.
The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
Watt a good idea.
Many believe we can stabilise the power supply by asking customers to help - but there's a problem.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 3, 2016.
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Although Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by China, Chinese leaders believe cutting carbon emissions will generate economic and political payoffs at home and abroad.
South Africa’s new energy plan shows a greater reliance on gas, solar and especially wind power.
South Africa has a new energy plan. Renewable energy in the form of wind, gas and solar feature high on its agenda.
Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow.
Just when you thought wind farms were bad for house prices everywhere, a new piece of research from Scotland suggests otherwise.
Wind and solar power can be intermittent. Should our usage be too?
Australian wind energy has been under a cloud for much of its decades-long history.
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Skirmishes over funding for renewable energy research are just the latest battle in a saga that stretches back to the early 1980s – years before the public became widely aware of the climate threat.
Companies like Tesla, with batteries and electric cars, are disrupting traditional energy companies in Australia.
Energy companies shouldn't rely on government regulation to protect them from the growing disruption from renewables and increased consumer control.
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Plans to build the world's largest offshore windfarm show projects are getting bigger and bigger, and moving ever further from land.
The rays of hope are there, if you look for them.
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Amid the gloom, here are some hopeful signs that we can meet our climate obligations.
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These countries are well-positioned to lead the way from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy.
High impact usage. Lightning strikes Toronto.
A place for everyone, and everyone in their place. A guide for how you can help build a sustainable energy future.
Across Africa the potential is ripe for a clean energy revolution that upsets and leapfrogs the old fossil-fuel order.
Clean energy in Africa is certainly a possibility despite those in the fossil fuel industry believing this not to be true.
The U.S. could dramatically increase solar and wind power without expensive energy storage. The key is to overlay high-voltage direct current power lines on our system of regional grids.
A solar array goes up in New York. Is this the best place to locate solar, given the relatively clean New York state grid?
The wind and solar industries scored a huge win by getting extended tax credits, but research shows this isn't the best policy for lowering emissions through renewable energy.
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Innovative ideas about how to decarbonise shipping are helping to harness the original renewable power source once more.
California has realised that investing in renewables is smart economic policy.
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Ramping up investment in renewable energy would put Australia on a footing with competitors such as China, Germany and California, which are set to reap the economic benefits of this emerging sector.
Is the sun setting on Britain’s energy ambitions?
In the long run a shift from renewables to fossil fuels will make it harder to reach emissions targets and will harm the UK's international standing.
The research never mentions wind turbines, only low-frequency noise.
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The Australian newspaper’s campaign against wind farms continued this morning with a page one story from the paper’s environment editor Graham Lloyd.