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Analysis: UK carbon emissions fell 6% in 2016 after record drop in coal use

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‘disused welsh coal mining tower, wheels at top drive lift for deep underground mining trucks and mining’ Credit: redmal/iStock/Getty Images

Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions fell by 5.8% in 2016, after a record 52% drop in coal use

March 6, 2017 — The reduction would leave UK CO2 emissions some 36% below 1990 levels. The huge fall in CO2 from coal use in 2016 was partially offset by increased emissions from oil (up 1.6%) and gas (up 12.5%). Continue reading Analysis: UK carbon emissions fell 6% in 2016 after record drop in coal use

Victoria’s plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are ‘way of making brown coal look green’

latrobe’s hazelwood power station
Latrobe’s Hazelwood power station will close on 31 March and the Victorian government is looking to create new jobs there. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Getty Images

Proposed plant would would be run by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and produce liquid hydrogen for use in vehicles

January 12, 2017 — Victorian government plans to work with a Japanese company to produce hydrogen from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley are “a way of making brown coal look green”, according to one expert.  Continue reading Victoria’s plans for hydrogen exports to Japan are ‘way of making brown coal look green’

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

a woman wears a mask while walking in a neighbourhood
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

L&G launches fund to invest in new FTSE climate index

the new index will penalise oil and mining firms, gearing investment towards companies that contribute to a low-carbon future
The new index will penalise oil and mining firms, gearing investment towards companies that contribute to a low-carbon future. Photograph: Alamy

The UK’s largest asset manager will encourage companies to tackle climate change and sell shares in those that do not

November 7, 2016 — The UK’s largest asset manager is to use its muscle as an investor to promote a green agenda by urging companies to tackle climate change and selling shares in those that do not.  Continue reading L&G launches fund to invest in new FTSE climate index

What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal

55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks
They’re quiet now, but the 55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The US presidential race is guaranteed to prove a distraction at the Morocco COP22 gathering, where action is on the agenda

November 5, 2016 — The Australian government takes a delegation to the United Nations climate change talks in Morocco starting Monday – two weeks that are sure to be dominated by, well, who knows?  Continue reading What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal

‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty

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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

Global carbon intensity falls as coal use declines

coal consumption in major economies plummeted
Coal consumption in major economies plummeted, the PwC report found. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

China leads the charge for emissions efficiency, but faster progress is needed to meet the Paris climate goals, reports Climate Home

November 1, 2016 — The amount of carbon needed to power the global economy fell to record lows in 2015, as coal consumption in major economies plummeted.  Continue reading Global carbon intensity falls as coal use declines

Anti-Poverty Organizations Say More Coal Will Cause More Poverty

Coal spills out from a tower into a large pile at an Alpha Natural Resources Inc. coal preparation plant in Logan County near Yolyn, West Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Alpha Natural Resources Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Virginia last week, becoming the latest victim of the coal industrys worst downturn in decades. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Coal spills out from a tower into a large pile at an Alpha Natural Resources Inc. coal preparation plant in Logan County near Yolyn, West Virginia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Alpha Natural Resources Inc. filed for bankruptcy in Virginia last week, becoming the latest victim of the coal industrys worst downturn in decades. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The coal industry’s claim that coal is needed to fight extreme poverty and deliver energy access to billions of people

October 31, 2016 — A new position paper released last week by 12 organizations — including the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Christian Aid, the Overseas Development Institute, and Oxfam International — rips apart the coal industry’s claim that coal is needed to fight extreme poverty and deliver energy access to billions of people.  Continue reading Anti-Poverty Organizations Say More Coal Will Cause More Poverty

UK must move now on carbon capture to save consumers billions

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Carbon capture and storage is a priority for Britain if it is to meet its 205 climate goals, say the report’s authors. Photograph: Paul White/Alamy Stock Photo

Kickstarting the carbon capture and storage industry with a state-backed company will deliver the clean electricity needed to meet climate targets more cheaply than Hinkley Point C, says government advisory group

September 12, 2016 — The UK must immediately kickstart an industry to capture and bury carbon emissions in order to save consumers billions a year from the cost of meeting climate change Continue reading UK must move now on carbon capture to save consumers billions

Opencast coal mine application ‘called in’ over climate change concerns

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A former opencast coal mine at East Chevington, near Druridge Bay in the 1990s. Photograph: Leslie Garland Picture Library/Alamy Stock Photo

Application for a mine in Northumberland will now be subject to a planning enquiry to determine if it is compatible with government climate change policy

September 9, 2016 — An application for an opencast coal mine in Northumberland has been “called in” by the Government on climate grounds.  Continue reading Opencast coal mine application ‘called in’ over climate change concerns