Record renewables: World going green as Europe loses leadership rep
Paris-based REN21’s annual renewables global status report showed that a record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as costs fell.
And for the first time, emerging economies spent more than the rich on renewable power and fuels.
More than £107bn of the £196.5bn total spend (which doesn’t include large hydropower schemes or heating and cooling technologies) took place in developing countries such as China, India and Brazil.
Meanwhile Europe is losing its status as a global leader in clean energy, with investment in the region plummeting 21% last year.
China: Coal overcapacity, but going solar
China is building power plants it doesn’t need amid low coal prices and local efforts to create jobs. The new coal plants are adding to the overcapacity problem.
But the country is also still investing big in solar, with 15 gigawatts added in 2015 for a total of 43GW (compared to Germany’s total of 40GW or the US’s 27.4.
Climate change: Women will fix it, more of that GIF
Meaningful action on climate change is more likely to be taken by women, who are greener at home and in the workplace. Plus, women are more likely to believe that climate change will affect them personally.
Ed Hawkins has extended his climate spiral GIF an additional 84 years and it’s not pretty. (It is actually quite pretty, but what it represents isn’t.)
And scientists think they know why the Antarctic continues to grow while the Arctic melts.
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