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Renewable energy

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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  • Whose renewable future?

    Whose renewable future?

    Is big business poised to capture the renewables revolution? Danny Chivers draws up the battle lines.

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  • Desertec: the renewable energy grab?

    Desertec: the renewable energy grab?

    Desert solar plants planned for North Africa are just another exploitative resource grab, argues Hamza Hamouchene.

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  • Renewable energy - the facts

    Renewable energy - the facts

    How much energy, how it's used and what we really need.

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  • Take action on renewables

    Take action on renewables

    Some ideas and starting points on how you can help build a cleaner, fairer energy future.

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  • If you care about climate change, should you have children?

    If you care about climate change, should you have children?

    Professor Anne Hendrixson and journalist Erica Gies go head to head.

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  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership: let's not work together

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership: let's not work together

    Obama has chosen the wrong issue on which to embrace collaboration, says Mark Engler.

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  • Race science rears its ugly head

    Race science rears its ugly head

    Racism disguised as academic research must be robustly challenged, argues Gavin Evans.

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  • Worldbeater... Narendra Modi

    Worldbeater... Narendra Modi

    The self-aggrandizing Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

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  • Why the war on wind?

    Surveys tell us that the public love wind power, so why do certain countries see such fierce campaigns against it? Helle Abelvik-Lawson investigates.

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  • Power to the people?

    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.

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  • Too great a toll

    Migration offers an escape from poverty - but the reality for many Indonesians is very different. Michael Malay reports from West Java.

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  • Mixed Media: Music

    War is a Wound, Peace is a Scar by Hanoi Masters; Convoque seu Buda by Criolo.

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  • Abortion wars on brand new shores

    Kate Smurthwaite's call to arms against anti-abortion moves in Britain.

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  • Letters

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  • Country Profile

    Romania under the spotlight. By Cristiana Moisescu

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    Basel Yazouri captures a moment of joy in Gaza.

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  • Introducing Beji Caid Essebsi

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  • NGOs under fire in Kenya

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  • Ethiopian men tackle gender inequality

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  • And Finally

    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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