Tag Archives: coal phaseout

German Greens reveal coal phase-out red line for joining government

open pit mine and power plant
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

COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

representatives from fiji perform a traditional ceremony
Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting, 06/11/17. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth.

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks

November 19, 2017 — COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards. Continue reading COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

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
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

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

china still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped
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

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

adani coal mine
‘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

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

eggborough power station
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

Most Australians want renewables to be primary energy source, survey finds

windfarm
A windfarm is near Burra, South Australia. A survey found 96% of respondents want Australia’s primary energy source to be renewable, with support from either storage technologies (58%) or fossil fuels (38%). Photograph: Angela Harper/AAP

Climate Institute survey points to overwhelming frustration with government’s inaction and lack of leadership on clean energy

June 27, 2017 — The vast majority of Australians want to see the country dramatically increase the use of renewable energy, a new survey has found, despite attempts by the federal government to characterise renewables as unreliable and expensive. Continue reading Most Australians want renewables to be primary energy source, survey finds

Australian health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction

we are conducting a planetary-scale experiment with uncontrolled dumping of co2
‘We are conducting a planetary-scale experiment with uncontrolled dumping of CO2 at a rate that is truly frightening. We have to stop,’ Nobel laureate Peter Doherty says. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

World-first climate and health framework from 30 health and medical groups calls for recognition of citizens’ ‘right to health’

June 22, 2017 — To save hundreds of lives and billions of dollars, Australia should rapidly phase out coal power stations and establish strong emissions reduction targets, according to a coalition of 30 major health and medical groups. Continue reading Australian health groups urge coal phase-out and strong emissions reduction