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Sunrise in the desert

Two of the world's top oil and gas producers are transitioning to renewable energy. So why isn't the U.S.? Energy expert Chris Nelder reports from the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

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The zombie dividend: Has apocalypse helped architecture?

Architects have mastered the art of defensive building, says SmartPlanet columnist C.C. Sullivan. But can an emerging architecture restore our sense of humanity as well?

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Waiting for the punchline

Has collapse jumped the shark? Is peak oil dead? Is the zombie apocalypse just a weird popular fantasy, or is there more to it? Energy analyst Chris Nelder goes in search of answers.