More Americans now work in solar than coal, oil and gas combined.

More Americans now work in solar than coal, oil and gas combined.

Solar installers put up a set of solar panels in the US every 2.5 minutes. Today, solar panel sales are 30 times what they were nine years ago, and still growing. Solar employs 43% of the people who work in energy jobs, compared to a measly 22% who work in fossil fuels. Photo: Wayne National Forest/Alex Snyde.

New Orleans has become one of the US’s leading cities for cycling

New Orleans has become one of the US’s leading cities for cycling

About 1 in 30 people now cycle to work, double what it was ten years ago. The city has invested loads in cycle infrastructure, and their latest project is a connected, all-ages cycle lanes through an area where many people are already biking - the one of the US’s first well-connected low-stress biking networks. Photo: Flavio Grynszpan

If you like Dutch wind powered trains, you'll love Melbourne's sun powered trams.

If you like Dutch wind powered trains, you'll love Melbourne's sun powered trams.

As of 1st January this year, all electric trains in the Netherlands are 100% powered by wind. And if you like that, trams in Melbourne, Australia, are not far behind - next year they will be 100% powered by the sun. Photo: FotoSleuth

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Meet the renovated, retro, renewable train, crowdfunded by the people of Germany.

Meet the renovated, retro, renewable train, crowdfunded by the people of Germany.

Yep, they’re 100% powered by renewables. This is the world’s first crowdfunded train, which runs one journey per day between Berlin and Stuttgart. It takes a little longer than the regular train, but tickets are one fifth of the price. The founder is hoping it’ll lure people away from long, polluting car journeys. Photo: Locomore

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The island of Ta’u has gone 100% renewable!

The island of Ta’u has gone 100% renewable!

Thanks to 5000 solar panels and 60 Tesla batteries, Ta’u, American Samoa, has kicked the diesel habit completely. They used to import diesel, so bad weather meant no power. Now they’re totally self sufficient. The plan is to make the whole of American Samoa solar powered by 2040. Photo: American Samoa Power Authority

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Google is going to be powered by 100% renewables by 2017.

Google is going to be powered by 100% renewables by 2017.

Last year Google bought 44% of their power from wind and solar. This year they’re going the whole hog - all of their data centres and offices of 60,000 staff will be 100% powered by renewables. Tech companies now make up something like 2% of global carbon emissions, so Google really are leading the way. Photo: Google.

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In 2016, 98% of Costa Rica’s electricity was renewable

In 2016, 98% of Costa Rica’s electricity was renewable

Yep you read correctly, 98%. The power used all Costa Rica’s natural resources - rivers, wind, sunshine and underground heat. For 250 days in the year, they were powered totally by clean electricity. Photo: Everjean

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This building gets 90 inches of snow per year. They don’t need heating.

This building gets 90 inches of snow per year. They don’t need heating.

The Rocky Mountains hit -15C at night. Yet architects have designed this ultra-efficient building that doesn’t have a central heating system. There are plenty of solar panels, heat-trapping windows and under-floor motion censored heaters. Photo: Tim Griffiths

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Move into this tower block, and your energy bills will be £0.

Move into this tower block, and your energy bills will be £0.

The Hertfordshire tower block has been touted as the most sustainable development in the world. There are plenty of solar panels, heat pumps and super insulation - so hot water and heating are free. Photo: The Beacon.

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