Solar panel installations and a wind turbine at the Phu Lac wind farm in southern Vietnam’s Binh Thuan province on April 23, 2019. MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP via Getty Images Renewable energy made up almost three quarters of all new energy capacity added in 2019, data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows . That’s a record breaking figure, The Guardian reported . As is the fact that more than one third of global power is now provided by renewable sources like wind and solar . But IRENA Director General Francesco La Camera warned that governments must not backtrack on this progress as they work to jump start their economies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "In responding to today’s crisis, governments may be tempted to focus on short-term solutions," he said, according to The Guardian. "Yet distinctions between short-, medium- and long-term challenges may be deceptive. The pandemic shows that delayed action brings significant economic consequences." Overall, the report found that renewable energy added slightly less overall capacity in 2019 compared to 2018, at 176 gigawatts (GW) compared to 179. However, the amount of new fossil fuel power added also declined, The Guardian pointed […]

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