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Renewable Electricity Futures Study

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures) is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. This study explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels—from 30% up to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all U.S. electricity generation—in 2050. ... Read more about Renewable Electricity Futures Study

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Scientific consensus: Earth's climate is warming

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Temperature data from four international science institutions. All show rapid warming in the past few decades and that the last decade has been the warmest on record.
Temperature data from four international science institutions. All show rapid warming in the past few decades and that the last decade has been the warmest on record.

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Earth to warm 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, studies say

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(CNN)By the end of the century, the global temperature is likely to rise more than 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
This rise in temperature is the ominous conclusion reached by two different studies using entirely different methods published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday.
 
One study used statistical analysis to show that there is a 95% chance that Earth will warm more than 2 degrees at century's end, and a 1% chance that it's below 1.5 C.
"The likely range of global temperature increase is 2.0-4.9 [degree

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The Global Peace Index - data visualisation – Vision of Humanity

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Following last week’s launch of the Global Peace Index report, the media have been busy producing visualisations based on the Global Peace Index data. The following are a selection of innovative presentations from the World Economic Forum, Statista, EPLO and the Indy100.

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Could wind power ever meet the world’s energy needs?

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Brad Plumer
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At the moment, wind power supplies about 4.1 percent of electric power in the United States. Still a bit player. Yet there's a whole lot of untapped wind left in the world. Wind whipping through the Great Plains. Wind gusting off the shores. Wind circulating high up in the sky. So what would happen if we tried to harvest all of that wind?

 

Horns Rev 2, the world's largest wind farm, 30 km (19 miles) off the west coast of Denmark (Reuters). ... Read more about Could wind power ever meet the world’s energy needs?

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7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste in the Food System

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March 22, 2013 is the 20th anniversary of World Water Day. In honor of this important anniversary, this week we are highlighting 7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste. Please visit the Food Tank website each day over the next week for posts focused on innovations around water. 
 
Although the earth has 1.4 billion cubic kilometers of water, only 0.001 percent of that is accessible for human consumption and use. And 70 percent of water is used for agricultural purposes.

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Deforestation in the Amazon on the rise again

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São Paulo, 30 November 2016 - Amazon deforestation increased 29 percent from the numbers released for last year, according to data released by the Brazilian government yesterday. Brazil is losing control over the destruction of its forests because of poor policy decisions and may now have difficulty reaching its climate agreement targets. ... Read more about Deforestation in the Amazon on the rise again

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World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

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Rachel Kyte
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It is the development conundrum of our era. Extremely poor people cannot lift themselves out of poverty without access to reliable energy. More than a billion people live without power today, denying them opportunities as wide-ranging as running a business, providing light for their children to study, or even cooking meals with ease.

Ending poverty requires confronting climate change, which affects every nation and every person. The populations least able to adapt '€“ those that are the most poor and vulnerable '€“ will be hardest hit, rolling back decades of development work. ... Read more about World Bank: clean energy is the solution to poverty, not coal

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World Bank to inject $5 billion into Power Africa Initiative

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HARRY MISIKO
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The Word Bank has announced a $5 billion (Sh435 billion) support package for the US-led Power Africa Initiative in six countries, including Kenya.

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim on Tuesday told US-Africa Business Forum of the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit that the support would be in the form of direct financing, investment guarantees and advisory services for project preparation. ... Read more about World Bank to inject $5 billion into Power Africa Initiative

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