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Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

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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

Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

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A representative of Victoria’s Yallourn power plant, pictured, told the EPA it did not report when pollution levels were exceeded. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them

August 14, 2017 — Australian coal-fired power stations produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and regularly exceed even the lax limits imposed on them with few or no consequences, according to an investigation by Environmental Justice Australia. Continue reading Australian coal-power pollution would be illegal in US, Europe and China – report

Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

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The coal industry says the growth of coal-fired stations in Asia is proof of a bright future for the fuel. Photograph: Lu Guang/Greenpeace

The vast majority of newly built stations in Indonesia relied on export credits agencies or development banks, says study by Market Forces

July 20, 2017 — The much-discussed boom in coal-fired power in south-east Asia is being bankrolled by foreign governments and banks, with the vast majority of projects apparently too risky for the private sector. Continue reading Asia’s coal-fired power boom ‘bankrolled by foreign governments and banks’

China risks wasting $490bn on new coal plants, say campaigners

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A Chinese woman wears a mask while walking in a neighbourhood next to a coal-fired power plant in Shanxi, China. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Carbon Tracker says many plants running at overcapacity but China reluctant to wean itself off coal, fearing unemployment and unrest

November 29, 2016 — China could waste as much as half a trillion dollars on unnecessary new coal-fired power stations, a climate campaign group has said, arguing that the world’s top carbon polluter already has more than enough such facilities.  Continue reading China risks wasting $490bn on new coal plants, say campaigners

The Guardian view on air pollution: ministers must act

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Smog in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. ‘Air pollution is at crisis levels in cities around the world.’ Photograph: Shams Qari/Barcroft Images

Adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. But when a child’s lungs are damaged, they are damaged for life

November 8, 2016 — On Sunday, the capital city of one of the world’s fastest growing economies was effectively shut down in an emergency act. The reason was not terrorism, but air pollution. The Continue reading The Guardian view on air pollution: ministers must act

Environment groups call on Duterte to end coal projects

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FIGHT VS COAL. Former Batangas City Councilor Kristine Balmes shared insights during the forum together with representatives of Piglas Pilipinas, on the struggles of fighting coal operations. Photo by AC Dimatatac

Piglas Pilipinas renew their calls to stop the proposed coal-fired power plant expansion project of JG Summit Holdings from 300-MW to 600-MW in Batangas

MANILA, Philippines (July 17, 2016) — Climate advocates are asking the Duterte administration to ban new coal-fired power projects and instead prioritize the national energy policy review that was launched by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) last month.  Continue reading Environment groups call on Duterte to end coal projects

Activists denounce murder of Philippine anti-coal campaigner

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Anti-coal activist Gloria Capitan is shot in the head on Friday. Police add no suspects have been caught.

MANILA, Philippines (July 4, 2016) — A woman who campaigned against the expansion of coal-fired power plants in the Philippines has been killed, police said Monday, July 4, the latest death in one of the world’s deadliest nations for environmental activists.  Continue reading Activists denounce murder of Philippine anti-coal campaigner

Review of PH energy policy underway

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‘It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait,’ says Emmanuel De Guzman, vice chair of the Climate Change Commission

MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2016) — For the next 6 months, the Philippine government will embark on a comprehensive review of its energy policy aimed at cutting down dependence on coal, while taking into consideration the reality of climate change in crafting national and local development plans. Continue reading Review of PH energy policy underway

Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are ‘disaster for planet’

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The World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, said that new coal-fired power plants ‘would spell disaster for us and our planet’. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead

May 5, 2016 — Plans to build more coal-fired power plants in Asia would be a “disaster for the planet” and overwhelm the deal forged at Paris to fight climate change, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday. Continue reading Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are ‘disaster for planet’

Cebu City council junks coal plant project

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VICTORIOUS. Residents of Sawa celebrate the junking of the proposed coal-powered plant. Photo from the Youth for Livable Cebu Facebook page

‘Our demand for sustainable, clean energy has been heard’

CEBU CITY, Philippines (Apr. 28, 2016) — Through their collective efforts, Cebuanos won against the proposed coal-powered plant in Sawang Calero, Cebu City. Continue reading Cebu City council junks coal plant project