It clearly remains difficult from a business perspective to eliminate coal worldwide

Michael Tamvakis, Professor of Commodity Economics and Finance, City at the University of London provides a sobering view of the trends in the coal sector in an article on The Conversation website.The revival of world demand for energy hopefully means the world economy is recovering from the pandemic, but the surge in coal prices is … Continue reading It clearly remains difficult from a business perspective to eliminate coal worldwide

Many Australians feel frustration at the refusal of their government to “turn around” to face what’s clear to everyone else, a galloping climate emergency

It was not that long ago that the world looked on in horror at the disastrous fires in Australia. How much was related to climate change? Does it matter. As the evidence has accumulated, and the new IPCC report reinforces it, Australia has carved out a name for itself as a global laggard. Mark Kenny, … Continue reading Many Australians feel frustration at the refusal of their government to “turn around” to face what’s clear to everyone else, a galloping climate emergency

Coal power plants in the Western Balkans repeatedly breach pollution control rules

A report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Bankwatch shows, how 18 coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans emitted twice as much sulfur dioxide than was released by 221 power plants in the EU in one year: 2019. This is in stark contrast to 2015, when emissions of … Continue reading Coal power plants in the Western Balkans repeatedly breach pollution control rules

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