Performers for the Tokyo 2020 games during the Rio Olympic Games 2016 Closing Ceremony.
Japan's global influence has waned in recent years. Showing that renewables can decouple emissions from economic success could help the country find its niche and spark a race to power the Earth.
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A legacy in fossil fuels is likely to help even in the era of renewable energy.
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The vast desert could potentially produce more than seven times the electricity requirements of Europe, with almost no carbon emissions.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project.
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Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.
The world’s biggest thermosolar power complex is in Morocco.
Climate justice policies could potentially double as tools of colonialism that harm people outside the US.
Voters in Nevada voted to boost their state’s renewable energy target.
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But many new governors and members of Congress intend to take action on climate change.
Wind turbines used to generate electricity on a wind farm in South Africa.
South Africa's sunshine and coastlines are ideal for renewable energy generation but the country's struggling to take advantage of this.
Energy Secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry checks out a wind turbine.
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There are some good explanations for the mismatch between regional support for climate action and the areas where renewable energy is making the biggest inroads.
A road to nowhere?
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Solar roadways have been promoted as a way to fight climate change, put people to work and make driving safer. But on closer inspection the reality is less than impressive.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.
Access to water – not electricity – can have larger gains for health and well-being.
Providing people with clean drinking water and sanitation is less expensive than grid electrification and it could improve more lives.
This roof in Newcastle has become the first in Australia to be covered with specially printed solar cells.
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The first commercial-scale installation of rooftop solar cells, printed with specialised inks, is a step towards an energy future in which solar power can be stuck to any roof or structure.
The shrinking supply of Colorado River water is evident at the Hoover Dam on the border of Arizona and Nevada.
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Taking millions of gallons of water permanently out of the Colorado River amid a prolonged drought would surely start an interstate fight.
The number of coal mining jobs has gone up slightly, but many times less than solar-related ones.
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The Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy Plan would help the declining coal industry, but a study shows many coal workers could transition to a new industry – solar – and earn more money.
Analysts hope that South Africa’s new energy plan will have wind and solar plans.
South Africa's new energy plan is set to be announced.
Can Walmart go green while maintaining its commitment to low prices?
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Two business professors spent five years studying Walmart's ambition project to bring sustainability to its millions of budget-conscious customers – a plan that began with the birth of a granddaughter.
What if it were a lot easier to install solar power?
Silicon is cheap and a good semiconductor, but it's bulky and rigid. Using organic polymers as semiconductors could yield solar panels with the physical characteristics of plastics.
Energy experts are getting excited about a proposed solar farm in Kent and what it could mean for a clean energy future.
Understanding how certain proteins deal with light absorption can inspire modern solar technology.
Proteins guard their secrets closely, but once you get them to "sing", there's an enormous amount to learn.
As the name suggests, Windy Hill near Cairns gets its fair share of power-generating weather.
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There are calls from the backbench and elsewhere for the federal government to safeguard the future of coal. But do those calls make economic sense? A look at Queensland's energy landscape suggests not.