Combining solar power production and agriculture can help increase the efficient use of land
TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT New solar panel technologies means larger units that follow the sun's movement can be used to free up space for large farming machinery
LAND ARGUMENT At a time of energy and food security issues, combining agriculture with energy production solves the battle over land use
KEY QUOTE It’s a bid to solve the conflict around the [use of] open land, which we would all like to use for different purposes ...
Farming in the desert might seem a bit optimistic. An Australian greenhouse uses concentrated solar power to produce energy and become independent of fresh water supplies. The result is 17,000 tons of tomatoes a year.
Pollution is causing seagrass growing on our ocean floors to retreat. Scientists believe the habitat could be an important carbon sink and are working to restore it
Technology start-ups in Africa are making use of the roll-out of mobile phone networks to bring digital innovation to remote areas through pay-as-you-go models for services that can increase prosperity. For the first time, smallholders can afford solar panels for electricity while others can sign on to thriving energy-as-a-service business models that do not require an initial capital outlay
Achieving negative emissions could bridge the gap for meeting global warming targets, but could also be a dangerous distraction
Ensuring land use planning and transport policies are on the same page is vital if Auckland, New Zealand is to reduce emissions and meet its low carbon goals
While EU energy experts unsurprisingly agreed the leading role renewables and energy efficiency will play in the move to a clean energy economy, speakers at a European Commission conference had widely differing views on what else should be prioritised.