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The quest for sustainable energy

We need energy for practically everything we do - for cooking, heating and lighting our homes and offices, for travelling, and for powering telecommunications and industry. But how can we meet this burgeoning energy demand without threatening our natural world?

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> Listen to Nadine McCormick
> Watch IUCN Director General talk about the need to look for more sustainable and renewable energy sources.
Nadine McCormick, IUCN’s Energy Network Coordinator

Stop oil and gas exploration now, says IUCN

Louisiana oil spill

Following the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, IUCN calls for a global moratorium on oil and gas exploitation in ecologically sensitive areas.

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> Opinion article by Dr. William Jackson, IUCN Deputy Director General.

The future of sustainable energy

Wind power operated by FEA provides Fiji with between 5-10 megawats of electricity.

How can we meet the increasing energy demand without increasing the impact on natural ecosystems? Andrea Athanas, Senior Programme Officer for IUCN's Business and Biodiversity Programme explains.

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Harvesting energy from the sea

Gregoire Walkiers - interview

Oceans offer great potential energy sources and different ways of harvesting power from the sea. Grégoire Walckiers, from IUCN's Global Marine Programme, explains.

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The dilemma

Windturbine in colza field

Clean energy does not always mean green energy and when biodiversity is threatened by renewable energy projects, environmentalists face a difficult dilemma.

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Feeling the heat - energy pressure in the Horn of Africa

Shagarab Refugee Camp, North Eastern Sudan

In the Horn of Africa, IUCN, together with its partners, is working to supply gas for cooking and fuel-efficient stoves to help ease the pressure on forests.

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Powering the Pacific - launch of Tuvalu solar project

Solar panels shown here of the 40kw grid-connected solar pv system installed at the Motofuoua Secondary School, Vaitupu, Tuvalu

The Vaitupu community are celebrating the recent handover of the Tuvalu Photo Voltaic Electricity Network Integration Project by IUCN to the Tuvalu government.

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Photo gallery

Rapeseed (a biofuel crop)  
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Sustainable energy

Artesian windmill, Boulia, Western Queensland, WA, Australia Find out how much you know about sustainable energy.
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UNFCCC meeting

Polar bear Bonn, 31 May - 11 June 2010 Climate change negotiations resume.
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IUCN opens one of Europe's greenest office buildings

IUCN Conservation Centre IUCN inaugurates its new Conservation Centre.
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Wetland aliens cause bird extinction

Aloa Grebe BirdLife International announces the extinction of Alaotra Grebe.
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The nature of energy

IUCN World Conservation Magazine special issue on energy.
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Guidelines on biofuels and invasive species

How to minimise risks of biological invasions along the biofuels supply chain.
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Photo credits © Expert report: Nadine McCormick /IUCN; Stop oil: Jesse Kavanaugh; The future of sustainable energy: Andrea Athanas/IUCN; Harvesting energy: IUCN; The Dilemma: Energy LI; Feeling the heat: Caterina Wolfangel; Powering the Pacific: Anare Matakiviti; Photo gallery: Andrea Athanas / IUCN; UNFCCC: Flickr; IUCN Conservation Centre: Holcim Foundation; Wetland aliens: Chris Rose.