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Policy Support for Renewable Energy Continues to Grow and Evolve

Throughout much of the world, support policies for renewable energy technologies have increased dramatically over the last decade. Historically, policy design has evolved from supporting research and development in the 1970s and 1980s to today’s focus on technology deployment and market development. Starting in the mid-2000s, deployment-focused policies have been enacted at a rapid pace, growing … Continue reading Policy Support for Renewable Energy Continues to Grow and Evolve

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The Promises and Perils of Geoengineering

Geoengineering, by definition, is any deliberate large-scale manipulation of the planetary environment to counteract human-caused climate change. As the planet continues to warm, the potential solutions offered by geoengineering are tempting, and several serious projects are actively being pursued. In the latest edition of State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?

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New Worldwatch Study reveals Solar and Wind continue to dominate investment in new renewable capacity

Solar and wind continue to dominate investment in new renewable capacity. Global use of solar and wind energy grew significantly in 2012. Solar power consumption increased by 58 percent, to 93 terrawatt-hours (TWh), while wind power increased by 18.1 percent, to 521.3 TWh. Global investment in solar energy in 2012 was $140.4 billion, an 11 … Continue reading New Worldwatch Study reveals Solar and Wind continue to dominate investment in new renewable capacity

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World population reached 7.2 billion in mid-2013

On World Population Day, the Worldwatch Institute examines the UN’s latest demographic projections and their implications. World population reached 7.2 billion in mid-2013, according to United Nations demographers, with present and projected future growth propelled in part by unexpectedly high fertility in a number of developing countries. Based on current trends in global birth, death, … Continue reading World population reached 7.2 billion in mid-2013

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Are We Living Through a Fracking Bubble?

The shale gas industry promises a new era of cheap energy but more realistically it’ll only bring short-term profits (for some), and long-term environmental and health impacts. On May 24th, J. David Hughes and Deborah Rogers gave a briefing to summarize the findings of two new reports dismantling the myth of a “shale revolution”. We’ve … Continue reading Are We Living Through a Fracking Bubble?

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Electric Vehicle Development in China

According to a 2012 McKinsey report, China has been falling behind other major markets in “EV readiness” and ranked fifth in that year behind Japan, the United States, France, and Germany. In 2010 China ranked third (together with Germany) in financial support for electric vehicles (EV), just behind the United States and France. The government … Continue reading Electric Vehicle Development in China

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How to Achieve a Truly Sustainable Renewable Energy Transition

Last month, the Worldwatch Institute launched the 2013 edition of our annual flagship publication, State of the World. This year’s book asks the question, Is Sustainability Still Possible?  by examining a wide range of social and environmental challenges ranging from managing freshwater scarcity to assessing the viability of various alternative energy technologies to building political … Continue reading How to Achieve a Truly Sustainable Renewable Energy Transition

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