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environmentalresearchweb finds a new home May 17, 2018

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environmentalresearchweb finds a new home

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Warming climate increases Sahara's spread

Desert grown by at least 10% over last century

Rising sea levels come at steeper cost

Four studies detail latest on rates, impact, boulder-shifting and more

Snowpack declines in western US

More than 90% of sites in study show decrease

Talking Point

New development and application needs for Earth system modeling of fire–climate–ecosystem interactions Feb 7, 2018

Future fire trends under climate change are an urgent issue, says Yongqiang Liu

Planet Blog

Comment and analysis from our editorial staff and professionals in the field.

Renewables in France – good targets, slow progress

France has some quite ambitious renewable energy targets - 32% of all energy by 2030 - coupled with a partial, initially 25% by 2025, nuclear phase-out policy. But progress has been a little patchy, with the nuclear closures slowed, in part due to the problems the country is having with its new EPR nuclear plant at Flamanville.

Renewables in the EU and UK – the state of play

The EU ought to reach its target of getting 20% of its energy from renewables by 2020, and is now looking to targets for 2030 - with pressures to go well beyond the 27% currently agreed. The UK will (or may!) be out of the EU by then and it is certainly having problems getting to its 15% by 2020 national target. It has done well on power (28% or more) but not so well on heat and transport. But a heat network programme has been launched, along with an energy saving programme.

Jacobson’s new 100% renewables model aims to rebut critics

Mark Jacobson and his team from Stanford University, US, reckon that 100% of all global energy can come from renewable sources (with biomass excluded) by 2050. Jacobson’s new 100% renewables model contains a new set of scenarios, which the researchers say confirms their view that it can be done - and with full grid balancing.

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All the key issues and latest research on Geoengineering

The science behind the negotiations via our COP15 Focus

The latest research and opinion on REDD

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environmentalresearchweb is now part of Physics World, a website that provides award-winning news and information to the global scientific community. You'll be able to find the same exclusive, in-depth coverage you have enjoyed on environmentalresearchweb on the new environment and energy section of Physics World.

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