Renewable Energy

‘Global Phase Shift’ as a New Systems Framework for Collective Intelligence

I've just submitted a new research paper to 'Foresight', a major peer-reviewed journal for the study of the future. The paper is a scientific synthesis of my theory of the 'global phase shift' - the key subject of this newsletter. Will welcome your thoughts!

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We’re Crossing a Global Tipping Point on Fossil Fuels and There’s No Going Back

The post-oil genie's out of the bottle. It ain't ever going back. Get ready for the new world that's emerging.

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From BRICS, to Africa, to COP28, we're scaling a geopolitical 'turning point' on climate

A global consensus is emerging – among both clean energy pioneers and even some of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers – that the age of oil is over, and that we must do all we can to accelerate the clean transformation of the global energy system in a way that is just.

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Debating the transition: will materials undo clean energy?

I got into a debate about whether we have enough materials for the clean energy transition with someone who I fundamentally disagree with - and we managed to talk it through to create a shared understanding about our emerging post-carbon future

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Bangladesh Can Leapfrog the West through Solar Abundance

As I travel to Bangladesh, the home of my ancestors, I reflect on how a country struggling to emerge from the ravages of colonisation faces the unprecedented opportunity to become a solar super power

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The Coming Dawn of a Global Solar Civilisation

We can build a new clean energy system based on distributed abundance and empathic intelligence that helps us solve some of our biggest challenges

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Why transformation of the global energy system is now unstoppable

We've passed a global energy transition tipping point making dominance of solar, wind and batteries inevitable and irreversible within decades. A whole new system is being born. But technology alone can't save us: we need a collective shift in mindset, values and governance.

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The Future of Human Civilisation is African

Africa is one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change. But the biggest untold story is that Africa represents the future of global civilisation, and the key to a new era of unimaginable abundance within planetary boundaries.

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The Fossil Fuel Energy Cliff and the Great Oversimplification

Recent claims that renewables represent an inevitable energy descent are derived from a new form of 'energy blindness' that ignores the best EROI systems science.

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Energy transformation won’t be derailed by lack of raw materials

A 1,000 page report influencing IMF, UN and EU policymakers claims we don't have enough materials to support a global shift to clean energy. But the report is deeply flawed, based on indefensible unscientific assumptions, and totally ignores key scientific findings.

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Ex-chief of BP-acquired solar giant foresees renewables revolution

A new paradigm of ‘planetary ecology’ might emerge after 2050

  • Nafeez M Ahmed
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Nafeez M Ahmed

100% renewables: ‘wishful thinking’ or an imperative goal?

  • David W. Schwartzman
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David W. Schwartzman

We’ll always have the Sun: solar energy and the future of humankind

  • Ugo Bardi
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Ugo Bardi

Uncertainty is the best tool to navigate toward our post-carbon future

Why confronting the limits to knowledge about complex systems can enhance our capacity to learn

  • Josh Floyd
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Josh Floyd

What’s really driving the global economic crisis is net energy decline

And there’s no going back. So let’s step into the future.

  • Jonathan Rutherford
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Jonathan Rutherford

Can economic growth continue without fossil fuels? The IPCC thinks so — here’s why its decarbonisation models are broken

  • Graham Palmer
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Graham Palmer

How clean is ‘clean energy’? Renewables cannot solve the global crisis

  • Saral Sarkar
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Saral Sarkar

How the renewable energy transition could usher in an economic revolution

  • Felix FitzRoy
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Felix FitzRoy

Why 100% renewable energy is feasible

  • Mark Diesendorf
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Mark Diesendorf

Why renewable energy matters: for your health, your job, and your safety

  • Sergio Gonzalez
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Sergio Gonzalez

Solar can already generate more energy than oil, says major scientific review

And is twice as powerful than previously thought

  • Nafeez M Ahmed
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Nafeez M Ahmed

EU energy targets will ‘increase greenhouse gas emissions’

New renewable energy plan undercuts itself by boosting dangerous wood-burning industries

  • Nafeez M Ahmed
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Nafeez M Ahmed