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Rogue US can’t derail Bonn agenda as leaders keep the faith

Screenshot 2017-11-21 17.03.00 The US was a marginal presence at a COP23 summit that kept the wind in the sails of global climate action, writes Jeremy Leggett in Recharge Magazine. Busy executives in companies producing and using renewable energy may be wondering what to make of the increasingly detailed negotiations at the latest… Read-more
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Explaining Solarcentury’s move this week, and a presentation on solar civilisation and the emerging threats to democracy

Screenshot 2017-11-04 11.17.35 Photo: Solarcentury CEO Frans van den Heuvel Solarcentury entered a long-term strategic partnership with Germany’s number one solar park builder, Capital Stage, this week. Together we intend to capitalise and execute 1.1 GW of a 2.5 GW Solarcentury project pipeline, in 5 countries, an undertaking requiring capital of £0.8 billion… Read-more
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The conundrum deepens – big solar deployment rises yet faster, small solar falls still further: chapter 4 of The Test

Screenshot 2017-10-31 15.22.29 Paramount Pictures, West London, 16th August 2017 A private screening of Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Sequel. We are ten years on from the release of his original blockbuster, An Inconvenient Truth. The new film tells the story of that decade, and the race against time that it represents for… Read-more
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Tracking the demise of the fossil fuel industries: 21 September 2017

demise-fossil-fuels Presentation to the Springtij sustainability festival, Netherlands Comments on Twitter: Christiana Figueres: Thanks @JeremyLeggett for excellent picture book of demise of fossil fuels. And accelerating! Jonathon Rowson: A fabulous pictorial representation of the key moments, facts and decisions in our necessary energy transition …this visual and data rich narrative represents… Read-more
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A view under the bonnet: chapter 3 of The Test.

Cambridge, UK, 31st July 2017 I land at Heathrow, take a train into London and then another to Cambridge. I have occasional sessional teaching duties at the University, with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). CISL is widely known for running HRH The Prince of Wales’s Business & Sustainability… Read-more
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Appropriate Civilization versus New Despotism – my paper for international business schools, in Chinese

Screenshot 2017-09-08 18.48.05 You can read more here..… Read-more
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Corruption, subsidies, the mad math of kerosene, and the ups and downs on SolarAid’s front lines in Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia: Chapter 2 of The Test

jl-africa Picture: Team Malawi, Lilongwe, 22nd July Johannesburg, 18th July 2017 Mandela Day. South Africans are celebrating the life of the father of their unified nation, four years after his death. Foreigners too. In Capetown, Richard Branson leads a parade with The Elders, a group of former world leaders and other… Read-more
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My latest serialised free-download book ‘The Test': Chapter 1

kerosene Two extracts from the first chapter of my new book set out its premise. Like the previous book, it will be a live serialised linear narrative, telling a vital story of our times as it unfolds. The two scenes in the first chapter are in the Albert Hall, London, and… Read-more
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Trump’s attempt to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement: a personal reaction from Solaraid  

solar-aid-update-hp I was barely listening as he delivered his speech. I had heard most of his mantras already. I also knew that he would be unable to complete a US pullout, legally, until his second term. And he surely can’t aspire to one of those now, with all the skeletons… Read-more
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FT and BBC articles agreed on something very important yesterday

Screenshot 2017-05-22 13.12.07 Coverage in the FT and BBC yesterday recounted how the SM100 solar light – developed by my team at SolarAid with Chinese solar giant Yingli, and designed by cool UK design company Inventid – is a big new opportunity to fight poverty in Africa and elsewhere. With this light, SolarAid… Read-more
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Appropriate civilization includes environmental balance, sustainable capitalism, empathic societies, racial and religious harmony, poverty alleviation at home and abroad, common security, and use of tech for social good.

New despotism includes environmental sabotage, reckless capitalism, isolationist nationalism, incitement to racial and religious hatred, retreat from aid, war mongering, and the use of tech for social harm.

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