Brett Simpson

The World
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War in Ukraine speeding up Germany's transition to renewables

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year upended energy markets throughout Europe. No country was hit harder than Germany. At the time, more than half of Germany’s gas came from Russia.  In the short term, the country had to double down on fossil fuels: keeping coal-fired power plants open longer and building new liquefied natural gas terminals.  But in the long term, the war pushed a government falling behind on renewable energy goals to enact some ambitious new policies.

War in Ukraine speeding up Germany's transition to renewables
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Green-conscious Norway will dig a new copper mine in the Arctic

Green-conscious Norway will dig a new copper mine in the Arctic
People ride their bicycles at the marina port in Oslo, Norway

Norway has one of the world's most ambitious climate change targets. But it's also a major oil producer and exporter.

Norway has one of the world's most ambitious climate change targets. But it's also a major oil producer and exporter.
Sea ice breaks apart as the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica traverses the Northwest Passage through the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in a Friday, July 21, 2017, file photo.

Sea ice plays a crucial role in cooling the planet. It’s melting at record-breaking rates.

Sea ice plays a crucial role in cooling the planet. It’s melting at record-breaking rates.