Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the continent each year

Research ‘adds to growing evidence about the co-benefits of responding to climate change and air pollution together’, a scientist tells Daisy Dunne of The Independent.   Pollution from Europe’s coal plants responsible for ‘up to 34,000 deaths each year’ Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the … Continue reading Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the continent each year

Agriculture has overtaken coal-fired power plants to be the largest human source of sulphur in the environment

Madeleine Cuff writes on the inews website about the negative impact that agriculture is having on the environment.   Farming has overtaken fossil fuels and is now the main human source of sulphur in environment Agriculture has overtaken fossil fuels to be the largest human source of sulphur in the environment, with scientists fearing it … Continue reading Agriculture has overtaken coal-fired power plants to be the largest human source of sulphur in the environment

With no plans to give up coal, India’s huge economy’s emissions are only set to rise even with commitment to deploying renewables

Karthikeyan Hemalatha writes on the Deutsche Welle website about the challenge for India’s low carbon energy transition which isn’t as low as it should be. One section talks about India’s growing demand but it does not talk about how energy efficiency can and is playing a role in lowering projected demand. India is committed to … Continue reading With no plans to give up coal, India’s huge economy’s emissions are only set to rise even with commitment to deploying renewables

Bribery arrest in Ohio over bailing out nuclear power plants while gutting renewable energy and energy efficiency support

FBI agents arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R) on Tuesday in connection with a $60 million bribery scheme  allegedly involving state officials and associates. The charges are linked to a controversial law passed last year, HB-6  , that bailed out two nuclear power plants in the state from utility FirstEnergy Solutions, while gutting subsidies … Continue reading Bribery arrest in Ohio over bailing out nuclear power plants while gutting renewable energy and energy efficiency support

China’s energy transition still dominated by coal

The enormous expansion of coal-fired generation already underway does inevitably mean that, throughout China's regions, there are now more vested interests likely to be distinctly antipathetic to any swift moves to decarbonise the Chinese economy further. Andrew Warren, former special advisor to the House of Commons environment select committee explains in an article on the … Continue reading China’s energy transition still dominated by coal

Low carbon energy transition making some progress in Europe

Austria and Sweden have each unplugged their last coal-fired power station from the grid. This is a major step forward in the low-carbon energy transition. Encouragingly, at least a dozen more European nations plan to abandon coal power by the end of the decade. Now let’s see if that can happen more quickly. Oliver Moody … Continue reading Low carbon energy transition making some progress in Europe

Coal power developers risk wasting hundreds of billions of pounds as new renewable sources are now cheaper than new coal plants

Roger Harrabin discusses the results of a new report by Carbon Tracker in an article on the BBC website, showing how renewables are now cheaper than new coal plants.   Coal power developers 'risk wasting billions' Coal power developers risk wasting hundreds of billions of pounds as new renewable sources are now cheaper than new … Continue reading Coal power developers risk wasting hundreds of billions of pounds as new renewable sources are now cheaper than new coal plants

Many Asian countries’ existing and expanding dependence on coal power is undermining international efforts to fight greenhouse gas emissions

Harry Cockburn writes on The Independent website about the dependence on coal power in many Asian countries. Renewable sources are struggling to compete with cheap coal amid surge in demand.   Asia's growing coal use could negate global climate change progress, UN says Many Asian countries’ existing and expanding dependence on coal power is undermining … Continue reading Many Asian countries’ existing and expanding dependence on coal power is undermining international efforts to fight greenhouse gas emissions

America’s low-carbon energy transition supported by major insurer turning its back on global coal industry

The US insurer Chubb becomes the latest to make pledge as risks of climate crisis become clearer. Jillian Ambrose explains in an article in The Guardian. US insurer Chubb to stop investing in or selling policies to coal firms Chubb will become the first US insurer to turn its back on the global coal industry … Continue reading America’s low-carbon energy transition supported by major insurer turning its back on global coal industry

Kentucky’s low-coal energy transition

Over the past five years, the state has made its first significant shift away from coal power, first to natural gas and now increasingly to renewable energy. Matt Mencarini explains in an article on the Louisville Courier Journal website.   With or without Green New Deal, Kentucky's energy future is heading away from coal Coal … Continue reading Kentucky’s low-coal energy transition