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Scientists warn of the social and environmental risks tied to the energy transition

(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) New international research by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that green energy projects can be as socially and environmentally conflictive as fossil fuel projects. While renewable energies are often portrayed as being environmentally sustainable, this new study cautions about the risks associated with the green energy transition, arguing for an integrated approach that redesigns energy systems in favor of social equity and environmental sustainability.

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City of London buys into new Dorset solar farm to help power Square Mile

Thousands of solar panels in the Dorset countryside will soon power Britain’s historic financial centre under a new renewable energy deal struck by the City of London Corporation. The City’s governing body expects to save £3m by buying over half…

Purdue-led team named quarterfinalist in DOE solar innovation contest

(Purdue University) A Purdue University innovator and his team are among the quarterfinalists in a national solar desalination innovation contest. They received the recognition for a technology to use solar power to purify high salinity water, such as treating desalination brine or produced water from oil and gas extraction.

New strategy to ‘buffer’ climate change: developing cheaper, eco-friendly solar cells

(Incheon National University) Solar power is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional, non-renewable sources of energy. However, current solar panels require the use of toxic materials as buffers, which is not sustainable. To this end, a team of scientists in Korea developed a new eco-friendly alternative, called the ZTO buffer, which can overcome this limitation. This new development to make solar panels even more sustainable is indeed a cherry on top.

A Biden Win May Curb Fracking, Prop Up Flailing Renewables

Biden’s victory could end up reshaping the U.S. energy sector in years to come, although the president-elect may have limited room to maneuver given that control of the Senate remains unclear. The president-elect has pledged to spend trillions of dollars…

Gone With The Wind: Power Shortages Are Becoming The New Normal

If it wasn’t miserable enough being told that I have to spend the next month at home, now I have ‘Pete’ from Octopus Energy emailing me and asking if I would mind terribly turning off a few appliances between 4.30…

U.S. Exits Paris Climate Accord After Trump Stalls Global Warming Action for Four Years – Scientific American

The U.S.’s exit from the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement takes effect today, capping four years of President Donald Trump aggressively rolling back the Obama administration’s climate-change-mitigation policies. The acceleration of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions on Trump’s watch has…