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Down to Earth: The path to radically lower emissions tucked away inside the devastating IPCC report via The Guardian

It feels impossible. The world has to slash carbon emissions by almost half in the next seven years to remain on track for just 1.5C of global heating and avoid the worst of climate impacts. Yet emissions are rising. However, tucked … Continue reading

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More U.S. jobs in solar than coal and nuclear combined via pv magazine

A new report from a think tank headed by former Energy Secretary Moniz reveals an additional 100,000 jobs with a part-time solar component, and hints at the political powerhouse that solar is becoming. In the 1990s, the phrase, “it’s the … Continue reading

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Japan’s renewable energy puzzle: solar push threatens environment via The Guardian

[…] In the post-Fukushima era, local authorities around Japan are courting private investment in renewables as part of a push to dramatically increase their share of the national energy mix. The project, along with dozens of other large-scale solar farms, is also … Continue reading

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Power company kills nuclear plant, plans $6 billion in solar, battery investment via Ars technica

On Tuesday, power provider Duke Energy Florida announced a settlement with the state’s public service commission (PSC) to cease plans to build a nuclear plant in western Florida. The utility instead intends to invest $6 billion in solar panels, grid-tied batteries, grid … Continue reading

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In Fukushima, a Determination to Move Past Nuclear Power via Nuclear News

IITATE, Japan—Many residents of Fukushima prefecture are still angry about the nuclear disaster five years ago that contaminated towns, farm fields and forests. But as the cleanup continues, local governments and some business owners here are channeling their frustration into … Continue reading

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How Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Still Haunts South Korea’s Biggest City via Huffington Post

NEW YORK ― In 2010, South Korea seemed to be all-in on nuclear power. The country had won a landmark bid a year earlier to build nuclear reactors across the Middle East, including a $20.4 billion deal to build four … Continue reading

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Is solar power in nuclear disaster exclusion zones advisable? via Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

By Arnold Gundersen A July 2016 article in The Guardian said that the country of Ukraine has been soliciting funds for a proposed project to turn extensive swathes of ground adjacent to Chernobyl into a gigantic solar collector full of … Continue reading

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Sun no longer shines on Japan’s solar boom as subsidies wane via The Japan Times

JUL 14, 2016 Japan’s solar boom is beginning to falter. Until recently, the resource-poor nation has been one of the leading markets for photovoltaic (PV) units, helping to prop up an industry hurt by falling prices for the technology and … Continue reading

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USA uses TPP-like trade-court to kill massive Indian solar project via boingboing

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission was on track to deliver deploy 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 (“more than the current solar capacity of the world’s top five solar-producing countries combined”) but because India specified that … Continue reading

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New French solar farm, Europe’s biggest, cheaper than new nuclear via Reuters

French energy group Neoen on Tuesday inaugurated a 300 megawatt (MW) solar farm, Europe’s biggest, which will produce power at a price below that of new nuclear plants. Built on a 250-hectare site south of Bordeaux, the plant will provide … Continue reading

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