Almost daily, scientists release another study documenting the growing influence of human-caused global warming. Driven by ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, mostly from coal, oil and natural gas we burn for energy, the Earth’s average surface temperature has risen by almost 1ºC since the late 19thcentury, with much greater increases predicted ahead.
With this seemingly inexorable rise in the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, researchers have been exploring ways to meet our growing energy needs with clean renewable energy sources. In fact, nearly two-thirds of newly installed global power generation in 2018 came from renewable sources, with distributed installations of solar photovoltaic panels contributing to this energy transition.
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