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‘Way off the planet’: regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

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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

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

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 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

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

Analysis: Why US carbon emissions have fallen 14% since 2005

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A pipeline for the distribution of natural gas, with wind turbines in the background; Texas, US. Credit: Jim Parkin / Alamy Stock Photo

Before 2005, US carbon emissions were marching upwards year after year, with little sign of slowing down. After this point, they fell quickly, declining 14% from their peak by the end of 2016

August 15, 2017 — Researchers have given a number of different reasons for this marked turnaround. Some have argued that it was mainly due to natural gas and, to a lesser extent, wind both replacing Continue reading Analysis: Why US carbon emissions have fallen 14% since 2005

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

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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

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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

China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

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Beijing, China. The country’s coal consumption peaked in 2014 and began falling in what economists call a permanent trend. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Study by economists say achievement by world’s biggest polluter may be a significant milestone, rather than a blip

July 27, 2016 — The global battle against climate change has passed a historic turning point with China’s huge coal burning finally having peaked, according to senior economists.  Continue reading China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

Coal plant spokesperson – If we violate law, close us down

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LUDO’S POWER PLANT. Ludo Power Corporation supporters raise placards. Photo by Geramyn Nob

Residents of Sawang Calero and neighboring barangays in Cebu City cite health and environmental reasons as their main reason for opposing the project 

CEBU CITY, Philippines (Apr. 20, 2016) — Residents of Sawang Calero and neighboring barangays in Cebu City met with officials from Ludo Power Corporation on Sunday, April 17, the company proposing to construct a coal plant here, to protest the project.

Continue reading Coal plant spokesperson – If we violate law, close us down