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Landscape can halve wind farm power output

Siting near sharp-edged escarpments could be problematic

Wetlands not culprit behind rising methane concentrations

Sudden renewed growth in atmospheric methane levels since 2007 still a mystery

Sowing Indian wheat earlier could boost yields

Changing management could counteract some yield drops due to warming

Lizards help to explain climate impacts

Team classifies ecological niches for 134 species of lizard

Talking Point

Has regional forest loss been underestimated? Dec 14, 2017

The uncertainties observed in estimates of forest carbon stocks demonstrate the urgent need for improved Earth observation tools to support climate change policy development', say Isabella Bovolo and Daniel Donoghue

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Transitional green power issues- sectorial conflicts

If we use renewable electricity for EV transport, and also for heating, there may not be enough available for other uses, including for power and for grid balancing- at least initially. Other renewable sources can help power vehicles and provide heating to some degree, but that may not avoid end-use sector conflicts.

Industrial strategy: greening industry

Greening industry won't be easy, but it can be done, even in the hardest sectors, with some interesting proposals for 'green' steel and aluminum production emerging. Moving things on, the UK government's new Industrial strategy offers some sensible starting points. Although it also has its limits - and it's all still about never-ending growth. Sustainable production may be a non sequitur on a finite planet; we also need sustainable consumption.

Green energy levy freeze

The Budget introduced a control plan to halt all new green energy levies until 2025, so renewables growth will begin to flatline - just at the point when costss are falling and they could lift off rapidly, heading for 100% by 2050. High-cost nuclear, however, seems to be allowed to continue unconstrained.

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