26 Mar '12, 12am

Can fossil fuels ever be replaced by renewables?

Renewable energy sources will struggle to replace coal and gas-fired power stations as long as energy consumption continues to rise and fossil fuel subsidies remain in place, a new study has found. Based on a study of electricity used in around 130 countries over the past 50 years, University of Oregon sociologist Richard York found that rising demand means it can require between four and 10 units of electricity produced from nuclear, hydropower, geothermal, wind, biomass or solar to displace a single unit of fossil fuel-generated electricity. FURTHER READING Davey voices fears of looming "climate war" risk OECD demands immediate green action to avoid 'grim' future York's paper, published in the journal Nature Climate Change , recognises that many of these new technologies are yet to become fully established and have the potential to be more viable alternatives once they h...

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