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Artificial intelligence is the key to unlocking fusion reactions

Princeton - One barrier to developing nuclear fusion to generate energy is the complexity of predicting the major disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of future reactors. Physicists think artificial intellignece holds the answers.

China shivers as shift from coal to gas sputters

Baoding - With temperatures dipping below freezing in a northern Chinese village, a group of parka-clad women tried to stay warm as they played mahjong around a small gas stove in a grocery store.

Climate commitments at the 'One Planet Summit' in Paris

Paris - Moving away from using fossil fuels and leaning heavily on businesses to green up their act, the "One Planet Summit" in Paris on Tuesday set out a raft of wide-ranging commitments to turn the tables on climate change.

With fossil fuel subsidies, humanity investing in 'own doom': UN chief

Paris - By subsidising fossil fuels, humanity was "investing in its own doom", UN chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday at a Paris summit seeking to unlock funds for the global shift towards greener energy.

US void hard to miss at Paris climate summit

Paris - Two years ago to the day, US secretary of state John Kerry shared in the cheers and champagne in Paris as world powers sealed a landmark global climate accord.

World Bank to stop financing oil, gas projects from 2019

Paris - The World Bank will stop financing oil and gas exploration and extraction from 2019, it announced Tuesday at a climate summit seeking to boost the global economy's shift to clean energy.

US absence at Paris summit a 'disgrace': Kerry

Paris - Former US secretary of state John Kerry blasted the absence of the American government at a major climate change summit in Paris Tuesday as a "disgrace".

Macron calls for 'much stronger mobilisation' on climate

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for stronger action in the fight against climate change, as he hosted world leaders for talks two years to the day since the Paris agreement.

Investors turn back on fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Paris - Major investors vowed Tuesday to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom".

Low-power radio module for Internet of Things

Oslo - Ultra-low power radio can overcome the power drain from smart meters and IoT devices, according to Norwegian technologists. Meanwhile U.S. scientists have designed a zero-power stand-by sensor.

Climate summit: The greening of international finance

Paris - It is often said that the colour of money is green, but until recently the finance industry hasn't been well adapted to helping achieve policy objectives for the environment.

Macron's 'real world' climate summit to focus on finance

Paris - Two years to the day after 195 nations adopted the Paris Agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron will convene a follow-up climate summit Tuesday to jump-start the lagging transition to a greener global economy.

Russia launches giant Yamal gas project in the Arctic

S - Russia launches Friday its Yamal gas plant in Arctic Siberia, a gigantic project in one of the world's most remote areas, as the region becomes more accessible due to climate change.

International nuclear fusion project 50 percent completed

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), an international effort to prove that fusion power can be produced on a commercial scale and is also sustainable, has now reached the 50 percent completion milestone

To save climate, stop investing in fossil fuels: economists

Paris - The development of oil, gas and coal energy must stop in order to avoid the worst ravages of global warming, 80 top economists said Thursday, days ahead of a climate summit in Paris.

Nuclear fusion project faces delay over US budget cuts: director

Washington - The head of the multinational nuclear fusion project known as ITER, in Washington for talks with President Donald Trump's administration, has warned US budget cuts could delay completion of the experimental reactor.

Med nations sign MoU to build major gas pipeline

Nicosia - Mediterranean countries Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe.

Next generation of power electronics proposed

What will the next generation of power electronics be like and what are the key features required? One feature of interest is with reducing power loss. Aalto University researchers have a solution.

OPEC committee recommends oil deal extension

Vienna - A joint committee of oil producers inside and outside OPEC has recommended that a deal curbing output be extended, Russia's energy minister said ahead of a key meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

Three transformative energy applications for Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution requires new technologies and a robust infrastructure. These also need powering. There is an array of energy related innovations coming through; we look at three of these.

Battery stores solar energy for heating later

Boston - Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a remarkable battery that can capture solar energy and then store the energy to be used as heat at a later point in time. The energy is released on exposure to light.

UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

Bonn - Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump's rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels.

US official to defend Trump stance at UN climate talks

Bonn - An American official will address the UN climate meeting in Bonn on Thursday, where envoys have battled to make progress in the shadow of President Donald Trump's rejection of a global action plan.

Oil prices extend losses in Asia after demand warning

Singapore - Oil prices tumbled more than one percent on Wednesday in Asia, extending the previous day's sharp falls after the International Energy Agency warned of weakening demand.

Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA

Paris - Solar energy is to lead the race to new power generation over the coming decades, thanks in large part to China and India, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

IEA cuts oil demand forecast

Paris - The International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its forecast for oil demand growth on Tuesday, saying recovering oil prices and a mild early winter were weighing on crude purchases.

Environmentalists take Norway to court over Arctic drilling

Oslo - Representatives for Norway, western Europe's biggest oil producer, appeared in an Oslo court on Tuesday after environmental groups including Greenpeace brought a case over drilling in the Arctic.

Peruvian farmer scores small win in court over German energy giant

Hamm - A Peruvian farmer won a small but significant legal victory Monday when a German court said his appeal against energy giant RWE, which he accuses of contributing to climate change that is threatening his Andean home, had merit.

US to defend fossil fuels at UN climate meeting

Bonn - The White House will host an event defending fossil fuel use Monday at UN climate talks in Germany, in a move blasted by green energy campaigners and conference president Fiji.

German court hears Peruvian farmer's climate change appeal

Hamm - A German court began hearing an appeal Monday by a Peruvian farmer who accuses energy giant RWE of contributing to climate change that is threatening his home and livelihood in the Andes.
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