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Nuclear vs renewable energy and the critical importance of independent research

This is an adapted version of a Nature.com blog by Prof Benjamin K. Sovacool and Prof Andy Stirling, to accompany the publication of their paper “Differences in carbon emissions reduction between countries pursuing renewable electricity versus nuclear power” in Nature

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Financing Innovation in Renewable Energy

Global new investment in green energy technologies hit $329 billion in 2015 say Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s a good thing right? Well, not necessarily. Knowledge is always partial, and despite impressive breadth of data gathering, some fundamentals remain unclear. That’s where Mariana Mazzucato and

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Posted in Conferences and events, renewables

Paris warms up for climate event of the decade – Our Common Future under Climate Change

People on stage at the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference

Last week, more than 2000 climate change researchers gathered in Paris for the ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’ conference, an enormous and prestigious event as part of the preparations for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year.

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Posted in All Posts, Fossil fuels, policy, renewables

Innovation supporting intermediaries needed in advancing low energy building and housing

Photograph of paula kivimaa

The emergence of new innovations and their diffusion is extremely important in the field of low energy building and housing. As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential

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Posted in All Posts, CIED

Response to Paterson’s unremarkable and nonsensical speech

Owen Paterson, the UK’s former Secretary of State for the Environment – and now scourge of environmentalists – made the most extraordinary speech a few days ago on climate change and energy policy[1].  The speech was a rare combination of

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