Renewables have the potential to be much more democratic and decentralized than fossil fuels, but in our urgency to tackle climate change, we may throw our support behind any and every renewable energy project without being discerning enough about the possible negative consequences. Yet, says Danny Chivers, if we avoid these traps and do renewables properly, they really could break the power of the current energy monopolies and change everything for the better - which is why the battle for their control is so fierce, and so important.
March 2015, Issue 480
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Is big business poised to capture the renewables revolution? Danny Chivers draws up the battle lines.
Desert solar plants planned for North Africa are just another exploitative resource grab, argues Hamza Hamouchene.
How much energy, how it's used and what we really need.
Some ideas and starting points on how you can help build a cleaner, fairer energy future.
Professor Anne Hendrixson and journalist Erica Gies go head to head.
Obama has chosen the wrong issue on which to embrace collaboration, says Mark Engler.
Racism disguised as academic research must be robustly challenged, argues Gavin Evans.
The self-aggrandizing Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
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Inspiring examples of democratic, renewable energy - and also how not to do it.
Surveys tell us that the public love wind power, so why do certain countries see such fierce campaigns against it? Helle Abelvik-Lawson investigates.
Community micro-grids, government-controlled energy, or both? Aldo Orellana López, Dr Lawrence Jones and Pujarini Sen thrash out the options for getting clean energy to the people who need it.
Migration offers an escape from poverty - but the reality for many Indonesians is very different. Michael Malay reports from West Java.
War is a Wound, Peace is a Scar by Hanoi Masters; Convoque seu Buda by Criolo.
Dreamcatcher and Love is All, directed by Kim Longinotto; Still Alice, directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
Signs Preceding The End of the World by Yuri Herrera; The Radical Imagination by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish; Sex in China by Elaine Jeffreys with Haiqing Yu; Dear Leader by Jang Jin-sung.
Kate Smurthwaite's call to arms against anti-abortion moves in Britain.
Deaf people denied; oil spells trouble; and our devastating lust for gold.
The charming city is coming back to life, but only for some, says Ruby Diamonde.
Romania under the spotlight. By Cristiana Moisescu
Basel Yazouri captures a moment of joy in Gaza.
Algerian author Mohammed Moulessehoul tells Graeme Green why he writes under his wife's name of Yasmina Khadra and why he ran for president.
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