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Enough tiptoeing around. Let’s make this clear: coal kills people

politics of coal
‘How can journalists and editors report on the politics of coal on one page and bushfires around Sydney in September on another without making the connection?’ Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP

Burning more coal, knowing what we know, is a deliberate act of arson. We must urgently come to grips with this fact and reconnect with nature and our communities

September 17, 2017 —Coal kills people. This isn’t even slightly scientifically controversial. From the mines to the trains to the climate disruption; from black lung to asthma, heat stress to hunger, fires to floods: coal is killing people in Australia and around the world right now. Continue reading Enough tiptoeing around. Let’s make this clear: coal kills people

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

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‘Investment in new coal power across the globe has peaked and is on the verge of a steep decline.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

August 24, 2017 — The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that Continue reading Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

hazelwood coal-fired power station
Morning mist surrounds the smokestacks at the now-closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The pace of coal plants shutting down in Australia could mean the country’s fleet could be gone before 2040. The transformation is enormous – and seems inevitable

August 23, 2017 —For a glimpse into the future of coal power in Australia, go west. The country’s last major investment in coal-fired electricity was in Western Australia in 2009, when Colin Barnett’s Continue reading Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support