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Scottish National Party Member of Parliament Ian Blackford joins celebrations marking five years since Scotland's independence referendum.

Scotland Could Leave the United Kingdom Over Brexit—and Green Energy

The debate over how to best marshal the country's alternative energy sources may affect a new independence referendum.

Strong winds blow sand at a wind farm in the Coachella Valley on May 6, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.

The Limits of Clean Energy

If the world isn’t careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.

A view of an 800-hectare solar farm in Pirapora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on Nov. 9, 2017. (Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil Was a Global Leader on Climate Change. Now It’s a Threat.

Jair Bolsonaro’s government could roll back decades of progress on clean energy and reducing deforestation.

The reflectors at the PS10 solar tower plant sit at Sanlucar la Mayor outside Seville on April 24, 2007 in Seville, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Can’t Stop the Shining

Solar power is the world’s most promising clean energy solution, but governments must abandon outdated policies for it to succeed.

Surrounded by miners from Rosebud Mining, US President Donald Trump (C) applauds after signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017.
President Donald Trump claimed an end to the "war on coal" Tuesday, as he moved to roll back climate protections enacted by predecessor Barack Obama. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Paris Climate Agreement Dead?

Trump’s new enviro-rollback seeks to undermine the landmark accord, but an America First energy plan might not mean pulling out entirely.

PINGTANG, CHINA - MAY 07: (CHINA OUT) Aerial view of the construction site of a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) on May 7, 2016 in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province of China. The dish-like telescope, as large as 30 football fields, will be completed in September 2016.

Innovations: Can China’s Super-Sensitive New Telescope Talk to E.T.?

Plus, a sub that stays dry, a B2-inspired battery, and a DNA scanner that catches poachers red-handed.

The Pollution Pain Of Rare Earth Village

Rare-Earth Market

By monopolizing the mining of rare-earth metals, China could dictate the future of high-tech.

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Innovations: Why the Future of War Might Look Like Vegas

A naval laser light show, a cactus-inspired hydrogen car, and a new way to keep space clean.

India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and western Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi (2nd L) interacts with India's Madhya Pradesh state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (2nd R) after offficiating the solar energy plant at Bhagwanpura, Diken district Neemuch, some 480 kms from Madhya Pradesh' state capital Bhopal, on February 26, 2014. Modi inaugurated the solar energy plant which is spread over 1,000 acres of land. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Is India Ready to Be a Solar Power Leader?

Modi dreams of a renewable revolution. But with his government’s reliance on foreign investment, shoddy infrastructure, and crippling red tape, that dream could be over before it begins.

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