“Look,” Obama appears to be saying, “the invisible hand of the market is guiding us toward a low-carbon future.” (Photograph by Brendan Smialowski | Getty)

Obama argues that the world’s move toward renewables is “irreversible”

“Look,” Obama appears to be saying, “the invisible hand of the market is guiding us toward a low-carbon future.” (Photograph by Brendan Smialowski | Getty)

The president-elect—who has made no secret of the fact that he wants to increase U.S. oil production—may find Obama’s play hard to counter. (Photograph by David Ryder | Getty)

Obama’s drilling ban is just one of many forces pushing the U.S. toward renewables

The president-elect—who has made no secret of the fact that he wants to increase U.S. oil production—may find Obama’s play hard to counter. (Photograph by David Ryder | Getty)

The solution to our energy problem might be underneath our feet. (Photograph by Joel Saget | Getty)

The world’s hottest borehole promises to unleash masses of energy from the Earth

The solution to our energy problem might be underneath our feet. (Photograph by Joel Saget | Getty)

Over the next 20 years, the fund will back projects that promise the biggest possible benefit to the planet’s future climate. (Photograph by Alex Wong | Getty)

Bill Gates’s new $1 billion fund will back radical clean energy ideas

Over the next 20 years, the fund will back projects that promise the biggest possible benefit to the planet’s future climate. (Photograph by Alex Wong | Getty)

The mayor of Paris said the policy showed that the cities “no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes.” (Photograph by Fred Dufour | Getty)

Paris, Athens, Madrid, and Mexico City are all banning diesel cars

The mayor of Paris said the policy showed that the cities “no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes.” (Photograph by Fred Dufour | Getty)

More than a dozen firms offering these systems are now operating throughout the content. (Photograph by Tony Karumba | Getty)

Off the grid solar is increasingly solving power problems in parts of rural Africa

More than a dozen firms offering these systems are now operating throughout the content. (Photograph by Tony Karumba | Getty)

Over the next four years, the EU will likely surpass America with its climate goals. (Photograph by Volker Hartmann | Getty)

The EU’s new energy goals are exactly the kind that Donald Trump will seek to avoid

Over the next four years, the EU will likely surpass America with its climate goals. (Photograph by Volker Hartmann | Getty)

The cement-making process is a carbon emitter, but cement itself is a carbon sponge. (Photograph by David Holt | Flickr)

Cement-making isn’t as awful for the climate as we thought

The cement-making process is a carbon emitter, but cement itself is a carbon sponge. (Photograph by David Holt | Flickr)

Gasoline is like some kind of drug: we know it’s bad for the planet, but we just can’t give it up. (Photograph by Spencer Platt | Getty)

Global gasoline consumption is about to peak, thanks to electric cars

Gasoline is like some kind of drug: we know it’s bad for the planet, but we just can’t give it up. (Photograph by Spencer Platt | Getty)

Washington State rejected the idea of a carbon tax by 59 percent to 41. In sharp contrast, just across the world’s longest border, carbon taxes are attracting politically diverse support. (Photograph by Bruce Bennett | Getty)

Canada moves ahead on carbon taxes, leaving the U.S. behind

Washington State rejected the idea of a carbon tax by 59 percent to 41. In sharp contrast, just across the world’s longest border, carbon taxes are attracting politically diverse support. (Photograph by Bruce Bennett | Getty)

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