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As pollution from coal continues to warm the climate and kill tens of thousands of Americans per year, delaying the inevitable comes at a heavy cost for us all

As pollution from coal continues to warm the climate and kill tens of thousands of Americans per year, delaying the inevitable comes at a heavy cost for us all

The Trump administration wants the US to embrace coal again.  You see other countries – some in Europe – quite positive about coal.  Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Rice University explains in an article on The Conversation website that coal simply is not competitive when the true costs are factored in. Do … Continue reading

Fears that new mining operations in the north east of South Africa could threaten communities, tourism and the environment

Fears that new mining operations in the north east of South Africa could threaten communities, tourism and the environment

Plans to resume coal mining operations at a Unesco World Heritage Site in South Africa area raising many issues about sustainability.  Llewellyn Leonard, Professor Environmental Science at the University of South Africa discusses many of the issues in an article on The Conversation website.   Why there’s resistance to coal mining at a world heritage … Continue reading

Government-appointed commission is to take responsibility for planning the Germany’s exit from coal

Government-appointed commission is to take responsibility for planning the Germany’s exit from coal

No one said the energy transition would be easy. Germany, which has taken many steps forward in its low-carbon energy transition, still has much to do. No other country burns as much lignite as Germany. The government has appointed 31 individuals, including trade unionists, employers, scientists, environmentalists and people who live in areas where coal … Continue reading

The energy transition in Africa has some concerns

The energy transition in Africa has some concerns

We have read many articles recently about the deployment of renewable energy technologies in Africa but we also have to appreciate that countries such as China are investing heavily in coal plants. David Obura, Adjunct Fellow from the University of Queensland, writes about concerns about the overall environmental impact.   The environmental impact of a … Continue reading

Coal still increasingly important in China

Coal still increasingly important in China

The energy transition is underway in China but as Keith Bradsher writes in the New York Times, “The revival of coal production shows the flaws in the country’s half-finished evolution from central planning to the free market.” Mr. Bradsher provides a good account of what is happening in the country.   Despite Climate Change Vow, … Continue reading