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Could nuclear fusion solve the climate crisis?

Jan 10, 2022
A small British company says it is on track to decarbonize the economy with an abundant, safe and cheap source of energy — eventually.
Tokamak's latest nuclear fusion reactor, the ST40, which emulates the way stars generate energy, CEO Chris Kelsall says.
Photo courtesy Tokamak Energy

Oil execs ponder a future without oil as they gather in Houston

Dec 7, 2021
We won't stop using fossil fuels right away, but the transition to renewable energy could be tricky.
A poster of an offshore drilling station at the World Petroleum Congress, where the oil industry is discussing its role in the future of energy.
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Renewable energy generating capacity hit a record this year. But that's half the story.

Dec 1, 2021
Because no form of electrical generation operates at full capacity all the time.
Onshore windmills generally produce energy about one-third of the time, an expert said. Above a wind farm near Palm Springs, California.
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The U.K. aspires to become the "Qatar of hydrogen"

Nov 30, 2021
British prime minister Boris Johnson pledges to turn the U.K. into a leading producer of carbon-free hydrogen to cash in on a global boom.
Building an electrolyzer, the machine splits hydrogen from oxygen creating what some regard as the "dream, green fuel."
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U.S., other countries cut funding for international fossil fuel projects

Nov 4, 2021
Instead, they'll put about $18 billion a year into renewable energy projects.
On Thursday, more than 20 countries pledged to redirect investments from fossil fuels to clean energy. Above, signage inside the COP26 United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Cutting emissions means costs and opportunities for China's businesses

Nov 3, 2021
The country is criticized for doing too little, too slowly, but efforts are already having an impact.
The rapid construction in Luoyang city and other urban centers across China is partly the reason the country is the world's biggest carbon emitter.
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In the transition to renewables, energy storage is a hot topic

Oct 21, 2021
When the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, how can we store power to use when they aren't?
"The way that we're defining this...is not just about those water volumes, it's also about water quality, and also about access to water for the poor," Pacific Institute President Jason Morrison said about the Water Resilience Coalition.
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Can Germany – Europe’s biggest carbon polluter – clean up its act?

Sep 15, 2021
Germany has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Is that achievable?
Steam and exhaust rise from the chemical company and coking plant in Oberhausen, Germany in January 2017.
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Investment in solar power key to Biden's green energy goals

Sep 9, 2021
A Department of Energy study out today shows that the U.S. has the potential to power 40% of its electricity needs with solar power.
The 100-megawatt MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array is launched on June 28, 2021 in Dry Lake Valley, Nevada.
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A gust of wind energy blows through the U.S.

Aug 25, 2021
Last year was a record year for installation of wind energy equipment, partially benefiting from five years straight of federal tax credits for producers.
A windfarm is seen near Palm Springs, California, in December 2006. Wind energy is the country's largest renewable energy source, but on-again, off-again tax credits have hindered turbine manufacturing.
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