New heat networks will provide green heat to households.

New heat networks will provide green heat to households.

To help lower carbon emissions the government are building heat networks across the UK using everything from factory machinery to geothermal to transport systems to heat our homes. That includes the nightmare-ish heat of the London underground too! Photo: tseyin CC2.0

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The world's biggest wind farm is going to be built off Grimsby

  The world's biggest wind farm is going to be built off Grimsby

Imagine an area the size of Hull - now times that by five and add 300 turbines the size of the Gherkin skyscraper in London! That's the wind farm coming soon to the UK! And not only will this mega wind farm produce enough clean energy for 1.8 million homes, it’ll also create thousands of green jobs. Photo: Vattenfall

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The solar plane just flew around the world on sunshine alone!

The solar plane just flew around the world on sunshine alone!

In July the Solar Impulse 2 plane flew into the record books as the first plane to circle the globe on solar power alone. As well as completing the 42,000 km trip the plane broke a whopping 19 official flight records. But perhaps its biggest achievement is showing the world a future where we could all be flying on sunshine! Photo: Solar Impulse

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Liss school loved their solar panels so much they got some for their partner school too.

Liss school loved their solar panels so much they got some for their partner school too.

Liss juniors, Hampshire, raised money for solar panels last year with our Solar Schools project. This year, the pupils have been fundraising for their partner school, Kafuro primary in Uganda, to buy solar panels too! It’s the first time the village of Kafuro has had electricity. Photo: Kafuro primary school.

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China is hitting its climate targets YEARS ahead of schedule

China is hitting its climate targets YEARS ahead of schedule

China’s 2020 carbon emissions targets looked pretty ambitious a few years ago. But things have been progressing at breakneck speed. They’re now on course to hit their renewables target two years early, and their coal reduction targets in 2016-7- four years in advance! Photo: SF Brit

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In 2015, we hit a million electric cars worldwide

In 2015, we hit a million electric cars worldwide

Electric cars have become more and more popular recently - since 2013 their numbers have tripled to 1.26 million. The IEA reckons we'll need 150m electric cars by 2030 and 1 billion by 2050 to help avoid the worst effects of climate change. These are ambitious targets, but right now we’re on track to meet them. Photo: Bjorn Nyland

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Flat-packed solar panels!

Flat-packed solar panels!

A German start-up have created a solar plant that packs into a shipping container. Solar panels and batteries are squeezed in, sent off and can be set up and producing power within two hours. It’s especially useful for off-grid communities - it's already working wonders in west Mali. Photo: World Bank Photo Collection

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For four days in May, Portugal was 100% powered by renewables

For four days in May, Portugal was 100% powered by renewables

Between Saturday 7 May and the following Wednesday, Portugal’s electricity consumption was completely covered by wind, solar and hydro. Portugal regularly gets about 70% of its power from renewables, but this 107 hour stretch is a record. And on Sunday, Germany was almost totally powered by renewables too! Photo: Pedro Ribeiro Simões

 

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Solar is on the rise in Brazil’s favelas

 Solar is on the rise in Brazil’s favelas

Brazil hasn’t had much solar historically, but new regulations are set to change that. For the first time, the government has set clear rules for community solar, and it is organisations from the cities’ favelas that are already taking advantage. Photo: Chris Jones.

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In May, UK solar produced 50% more electricity than coal

In May, UK solar produced 50% more electricity than coal

The longer summer days and declining use of coal meant solar produced 50% more electricity than coal across May. This was a UK first for solar and comes after a slew of record breaking achievements by renewables across Europe in recent months. Photo: Chris Bull.

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Stockholm and Berlin are selling their shares in fossil fuels!

Stockholm and Berlin are selling their shares in fossil fuels!

After an 18 month citizen-led campaign, Stockholm announced they will withdraw $3.5m of investments from coal, oil and gas companies. Then a few days later Berlin’s parliament announced they were divesting their €750m pension fund because it wasn’t consistent with their goal of going carbon neutral by 2050. Photo: Mariusz Kluzniak.

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