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

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

Kentucky’s low-coal energy transition

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

Concerns about the energy transition in EU’s neighbours

Concerns about the energy transition in EU’s neighbours

At a time when the EU strives to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, coal still represents more than half of electricity across much of the Western Balkans and other EU neighbouring countries, writes Janez Kopač, director of the Energy Community Secretariat on the Euractiv website. Making things worse, coal plants are intensively supported … Continue reading

Energy transition underway in Asia

Energy transition underway in Asia

The low-carbon energy transition includes many important choices for the future.  Ben Smee and Daniel Hurst write in The Guardian that Japan has made an important choice. Australia’s largest export customer for thermal coal is scrapping plans to build power plants.   Energy analysts forecast ‘the end of coal’ in Asia as Japanese investors back … Continue reading

Looking at Poland’s energy transition

Looking at Poland’s energy transition

Poland, host of the upcoming COP24 climate conference, has long had a love affair with coal. Can it say goodbye and commit to renewables? Irene Banos Ruiz discusses these transition issues in an article from Deutsche Welle.   Can Poland end its toxic relationship with coal? Poland’s love affair with coal goes way back. For … Continue reading

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