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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Is deep-sea mining in the Arctic a good idea?

Anita Parlow, World Ocean Initiative Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

A guest blog by Anita Parlow, expert on Arctic shipping, energy and infrastructure.

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Deep-Sea Mining Not Necessary for Renewable Energy Transition, Experts Argue

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Energy Solutions

Do we really need to put ocean ecosystems at risk in order to transition to a renewable-energy economy?

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Creating zero-emission aviation with hydrogen and electric power

Timothy Reuter & David Hyde, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Tourism

The path to zero emissions for the aviation sector by 2050 requires a combination of solutions where new propulsion and fuel technologies will play a major role.

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Offshore wind turbines could number 30,000 by 2030 – new ideas in ocean engineering are needed to install them

Susan Gourvenec & Rebecca Sykes, The Conversation Energy Solutions

Green energy developers hope to exploit the faster winds that blow offshore and allow larger turbines to generate more electricity than their onshore equivalents.

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‘I can see the industry disappearing’: US fishermen sound alarm at plans for offshore wind

Maddie Stone, The Guardian Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture

Fishermen say their concerns, from safety issues to how offshore wind will alter the ocean environment, aren’t being meaningfully considered by regulators

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Net zero goals need revival of 'forgotten giant' hydropower, IEA says

Nora Buli, Reuters Energy Solutions

Low-carbon hydropower capacity is vital for a faster integration of wind and solar power, but its growth is set to slow by 23% this decade without a sweeping policy and investment push, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

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Biden clean energy plan key to restoring industry job losses, says U.S. official

Nichola Groom on Reuters Energy Solutions

The U.S. energy sector lost 10% of its workforce last year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report unveiled on Monday by U.S. government officials, who said President Joe Biden's clean energy plan was critical to reviving the industry.

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US fossil fuel consumption is at its lowest in 30 years. Here’s why

Victoria Masterson, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

While fossil fuel use falls, renewables are continuing to rise to new records.

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California is planning floating wind farms offshore to boost its power supply – here’s how they work

Matthew Lackner, The Conversation Energy Solutions

Northern California has some of the strongest offshore winds in the U.S., with immense potential to produce clean energy.

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Clean jet fuel needs to be more like a microwave oven

Bill Gates Energy Solutions Tourism

Introducing a new way to invest in clean energy innovation.

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How technology can bridge the gap between climate talk and action

Luiz Avelar, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

After setting climate targets, countries and companies will need to quantify, reduce and monitor their emissions.

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4 reasons why electric cars haven’t taken off yet

Douglas Broom, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions

If electric cars are the future, why does that future seem to be such a long time coming?

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Global wind and solar power capacity grew at record rate in 2020

Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian Energy Solutions

The world’s wind and solar energy capacity grew at a record rate last year while the oil industry recorded its steepest slump in demand since the second world war, according to BP.

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Boost to clean energy investment could drive 10 million new green jobs

Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation News Energy Solutions

If funded, about 13,000 renewable energy projects proposed in nearly 50 countries could slash emissions and create work, researchers find.

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The Ocean as a Climate Solution

UNEP FI Energy Solutions

The ocean is not just a victim of climate change, it is also a source of solutions. 

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Travel Norway’s Fjords on a Quiet Electric Ferry

Gabriel Leigh, Bloomberg Green Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

Hop on a ferry in Norway and it’s increasingly likely that the rumble of a diesel engine will have been replaced by the quiet hum of an electric motor.

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The future of flying is closer than ever. Sustainable fuel is the key

Lauren Uppink, World Economic Forum Energy Solutions Tourism

The World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative created a new certificate system to enable customers to take ownership of their emissions reduction goals.

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Anglo American tests out sustainable biofuel in shipping operations

Daniel Gleeson, International Mining Energy Solutions Shipping & Ports

Anglo American says it has successfully trialled the use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa.

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Building new renewables is cheaper than burning fossil fuels

Bloomberg Newswire Energy Solutions

It’s now cheaper to build and operate new large-scale wind or solar plants in nearly half the world than it would be to run an existing coal or gas-fired power plant.

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Why CO2 removal is not equal and opposite to reducing emissions

Kristen Zickfeld, Carbon Brief Energy Solutions

In recent years, countries, companies and institutions around the world have set “net-zero” emissions targets as part of efforts to tackle climate change.

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