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Fossil fuels could be phased out globally in just a decade: study

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Washington D.C: Burning of fossil fuels is very concerning, but now a team of researchers has suggested that the worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels could be phased out in just 10 years.

Professor Benjamin Sovacool at the University of Sussex believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the time of major changes in the past.

But it would take a collaborative, interdisciplinary, multi-scalar effort to get there, he warns. And that effort must learn from the trials and tribulations from previous energy systems and technology transitions. Sovacool analysed energy transitions throughout history and argues that only looking towards the past can often paint an overly bleak and unnecessary picture. Moving from wood to coal in Europe, for example, took between 96 and 160 years, whereas electricity took 47 to 69 years to enter into mainstream use.