China’s State Power Investment Corp operates the São Simão dam in Brazil. Credit: NASA/ISS. China is by far the largest force in global clean energy development and its firms are increasingly looking abroad for opportunities, a new report says
January 9, 2018 — The report, released today by the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), details the rising importance of China’s firms and investors for low-carbon projects outside the country.
Continue reading China leading on world’s clean energy investment, says report Open pit mine and power plant (Photo: Deposit Photos) The Green Party will only join a coalition promising to close at least 7GW of coal power capacity by 2020, its lawmakers say, as Germany likely faces another election
November 23, 2017 — Germany’s Green Party has made the closure of seven gigawatts (GW) of coal power a deal-breaker if it is to enter government, a key negotiator has said.
Continue reading German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government “We can’t get [climate finance],” says Célestine Ketcha Courtès, mayor of Bangangté in Cameroon (Photo: UN Climate Change) US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash
November 13, 2017 — The presence of US cities and states at UN climate talks in Bonn has been big, brash and supercharged with billionaire cash.
Continue reading For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution White House officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn
November 13, 2017 — The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil
Continue reading ‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference Businessman Jason Sharam’s Linked Group has spent $460,000 on a solar and battery installation. Photograph: Jason Sharam From solar to running generators, some have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in ‘defecting’
October 29, 2017 — In the heart of Queensland’s mining belt, a businessman who has grown his enterprise mostly off the back of the coal industry sees the energy sector going only one way.
Continue reading ‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs The extra contribution to sea level rise from Antarctica will not kick in if warming is kept at less than 1.9C above preindustrial levels, the researchers found. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios
October 27, 2017 — Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a
Continue reading Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says China still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped construction at 33 sites in the past three months. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark
October 16, 2017 — This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty.
Continue reading The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts 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’ Eggborough power station in North Yorkshire is one of just eight coal plants left in the country. Photograph: Chris Warren/Alamy Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College
July 19, 2017 — Once the engine of the Industrial Revolution and employer of nearly 1.2 million people, the fall of old king coal in the UK has been precipitous.
Continue reading The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain Stone crushers in India Credit: Getty Images The role of coal in poverty reduction is contentious. The Overseas Development Institute’s recent Beyond Coal report argues that better options are available, namely, that coal has been given too much credit for past progress and that more coal will entrench poverty, not relieve it
November 5, 2016 — Carbon Brief spoke to Daniel Kammen, one of the contributors to the report, about the findings. Kammen is professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and science envoy to US secretary of state John Kerry.
Continue reading ‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty