Many living organisms generate and even detect static electricity in their natural environments. We must understand more to ensure we don’t disturb these delicate processes.
Coal is the dirtiest fuel source – eliminating it is a priority for tackling climate change.
Here are four ways the current electricity system favours existing, higher emitting technologies. These must be overcome to rapidly cut Australia’s emissions.
Electric vehicle sales are booming and coal power is dwindling, but structural obstacles to net zero remain.
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison returns from the Glasgow climate summit, he must start a proper national conversation on net-zero.
Labor is not due to announce its full climate plan until after international climate talks in Glasgow.
The Biden administration is proposing a big increase in offshore wind power. A former state official explains how regulators find the best sites and balance competing interests.
The goal of carbon neutrality changes everything. Canada can no longer limit itself to solutions that partially reduce emissions here and there. The chosen solution must be zero emissions.
The government is preparing to offer some kind of limited bailout to businesses that are struggling because of high electricity and gas prices.
Developments in the energy sector shouldn’t be reduced to technological sophistication. They should be guided by how they improve the livelihoods of the intended beneficiaries.
Problems with affordable, accessible energy could be mitigated by making more energy providers publicly owned.
Extreme weather is behind much of the crisis, but it will make the transition to new energy sources more complicated.
India and China are the cheapest places to install rooftop solar, while the US, Japan and the UK are the most expensive.
Four years after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, federal money to rebuild its electricity system is finally about to flow. But it may not deliver what islanders want.
A shift to heating our homes by heat pumps would put massive pressure on the electricity grid.
While the outcome of the 2021 federal election offered little in the way of change, it may have left Canada better positioned to make progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Takeover bids for Australia’s last listed energy network companies suggest these monopolies are charging way more than necessary.
Building even more power poles and transmission lines won’t avert outages when major disasters strike.
Electric cars are still more resilient to price shocks than vehicles running on fossil fuels.
Corruption and fraud make a few rich households richer. But the already poor and low-skilled lose their jobs and become poorer.