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Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA

Solar is now ‘cheapest electricity in history’, confirms IEA

Social Channels13 October 2020 8:3710.13.2013.10.2020 | 8:37amThe world’s best solar power schemes now offer the “cheapest…electricity in history” with the technology cheaper than coal and gas in most major countries.That is according to the International Energy Agency’s . The 464-page outlook, published today by the IEA, also outlines the “extraordinarily turbulent” impact of coronavirus and the “highly uncertain” future of global energy use over the next two decades.Reflecting this uncertainty, this year’s version of the highly influential annual outlook offers four “pathways” to 2040,...

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Guest post: How climate change misinformation spreads online

Guest post: How climate change misinformation spreads online

Social Channels26 June 2020 8:0006.26.2026.06.2020 | 8:00amThis guest post is by:, PhD candidate in the computer science department at the, associate professor in data science at the University of Exeter, associate professor in geography at the University of ExeterThe rapid rise of social media over the past two decades has brought with it a surge in misinformation. Online debates on topics such as , (pdf) and the are often as vociferous as they are laced with misleading information. Perhaps more than any other topic, climate change has been subject to the organised spread of spurious...

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South pole warmed ‘three times faster’ than global average over past 30 years

South pole warmed ‘three times faster’ than global average over past 30 years

Social Channels29 June 2020 16:0006.29.2029.06.2020 | 4:00pmThe world’s southernmost weather station has seen record-high temperatures over the past three decades, a new study says.The Amundsen-Scott station, located at Antarctica’s south pole, recorded warming that was three times higher than the global average from 1989 to 2018, according to the research.However, this rate of warming was not consistent across Antarctica. The results find the rate of warming at the south pole was seven times higher than across the continent as a whole.The record heat was driven largely by natural swings in...

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Warm spring worsened Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought, study says | Carbon Brief

Warm spring worsened Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought, study says | Carbon Brief

Social Channels10 June 2020 19:0006.10.2010.06.2020 | 7:00pmEurope’s extreme 2018 summer drought was worsened by an unusually warm and sunny spring in the same year, a new study finds.Sunny weather in the months preceding the heatwave caused plant growth to accelerate across the continent, which, in turn, led to the fast drying out of soil, the research says.The dry soil, in combination with record-breaking summer heat, created the conditions for – which caused millions of pounds of crop damage and fanned wildfires from Greece to the UK.The findings come as the UK emerges from its on...

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Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA

Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA

Social ChannelsToday's climate and energy headlinesDaily BriefingPlunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENAPlunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENAThe declining cost of renewables marks a “turning point” in a global transition to low-carbon energy, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) covered by Reuters. According to the newswire, IRENA says the “attractive prices” of renewables relative to fossil fuel power generation could push governments towards green economic recoveries...

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Four more years of Donald Trump could 'delay global emissions cuts by 10 years’

Four more years of Donald Trump could 'delay global emissions cuts by 10 years’

Social Channels27 May 2020 14:5405.27.2027.05.2020 | 2:54pmDonald Trump’s decision to step back from international climate action pushes any prospect of hitting global emissions targets to “near zero”, according to new analysis.Modelling suggests there are only very limited circumstances where the ’s warming limit of 2C is met – and a US departure from the landmark 2015 deal restricts those options further for every term Trump is in office.While the immediate effects will be felt at home, ultimately, the knock-on impacts of “the Trump effect” will be “even more detrimental” for...

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World population facing water stress could ‘double’ by 2050 as climate warms

World population facing water stress could ‘double’ by 2050 as climate warms

Social Channels2 June 2020 16:0106.02.2002.06.2020 | 4:01pmThe number of people exposed to water stress could double by 2050 if efforts are not made to keep global warming below 2C above and future population growth is high, a study finds.This means an additional 380 million people could face water stress by mid-century, when compared to the number in 2010.Even if the world does meet the ’s temperature target of limiting warming to below 2C and population growth is low, the number of people exposed to water stress could still rise by 50% by 2050, when compared to 2010, the research...

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US states and cities could meet Paris climate goals without Trump

US states and cities could meet Paris climate goals without Trump

Social Channels15 June 2017 14:0006.15.1715.06.2017 | 2:00pmNearly 40% of US CO2 emissions are in the hands of states that have either committed to meeting their share of the US’s Paris Agreement target or who have established their own ambitious long-term emission reduction goals, a Carbon Brief analysis has found. These states account for 30% of US power sector emissions, 47% of its transportation sector emissions and 38% of emissions from buildings and factories.With the by the Trump administration to withdraw the US from the on climate change and reverse many of the prior...

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