Global Carbon Emissions Are Headed For a New High in 2019

Natural gas, which fossil fuel companies market as a clean bridge fuel to renewables, is the fastest growing energy source. Renewable energy is on the rise, too, and the U.S. and Europe are using less coal. But according to new research, the world’s carbon emissions will still reach an all time high this year. Read More >>

The UK Just Got More Power From Renewables Than Fossil Fuels, a First Since 1882

It’s been an eventful year for carbon-free energy in this country. First, Great Britain went a week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, then fired (wound?) up the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Read More >>

This Coalnado is About as 2019 as it Gets

If last year was the year of firenado, it’s only fitting that this is the year of the coalnado. Read More >>

SSE Closes its Last Coal Burning Generator

The bit of Warrington you see from the train may soon be up for demolition, as the town's Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station is to be closed by the end of next March. Read More >>

Britain Just Went a Week Without Coal for the First Time in 137 Years

Coal may have helped birth the Industrial Revolution here in Britain, but we're working hard to leave it behind. And it just hit a big milestone: this marks the first time since 1882 (!) that we've run a week without coal. Read More >>

It Was Another Bad Weekend for the Coal Merchants

Hot on the heels of the last bit of warm weather we had came another bit of warm weather this weekend, but this is not a retrospective weather forecast. It's your regular update on the state of coal-fired power generation in the UK, which hit a new record low over the bank holiday. Read More >>

Hot Weekend Shuts Down the Coal-Fired Power Stations

The UK ran on not-coal-generated forms of electricity for the longest period since our best method of power generation was the water wheel and pulling things up rivers with horses, with the coal-fired power stations left smouldering and offline for 90-straight hours over the warm long weekend. Read More >>

It’s Back Down the Coal Mines For Us in Post-Brexit Britain

Hooray! We will all have jobs in the future, although there won't be much of an opportunity to check our mobile phones at the desk, as the new jobs lined up for part of Cumbria involve digging coal out of the ground. Read More >>

Coal-Fired Power Stations Limp Nearer Extinction

Nottinghamshire's Cottam power generation facility is to close this year, leaving a potential 158 workers out of a job and an array of late-1960s cooling towers out of use. Read More >>

Over 40 Percent of Worldwide Coal Plants Are Operating at a Loss, Study Says

A new report claims that more than 40 percent of the world’s coal power plants are operating at a loss. It’s a figure that will only climb with increased regulation and carbon pricing as well as increasingly cheaper renewables like wind and solar power. Read More >>

Government Declares War on Grandma’s Coal Fire

There's something you need to know about coal before reading this in your gas-heated ivory bedsit. There are types of coal, like there are these little egg-shaped lumps of uniform coal that have been processed and, somehow, are allowed to be described as "smokeless" types because they burn cleaner. They're fine. They're safe and you can set them on fire all you like, as long as you do it on something metal and not on the carpet. What's about to be banned is the wrong type of coal. Read More >>

Yorkshire’s 48-Year-Old Coal Power Station Closes This Year

The East Yorkshire power station of Eggborough is to close this year, and there's no 250,000-year clean up plan needed as it was one of the last 100 per cent coal units in the country. All they have to do is turn it off, detonate the towers, then there's a nice bit of brownfield for terrible flats. Read More >>

The Government Promises to Start Phasing Out Coal Power From 2025

Coal is a very messy fuel source, and not just from a carbon dioxide perspective. It's nasty, polluting, and it's difficult to get out of the ground. So it really shouldn't be a surprise that its on the way out, and the government just announced new plans that will accelerate that in this country. Read More >>

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UK Carbon Emissions Are Now Lower Than In 1894

UK climate website Carbon Brief has declared after a thorough analysis of UK data that CO2 emissions fell by almost 6% in 2016, putting us at the lowest level since 1894 (not including strikes). Read More >>

Article From 1917: Don’t Worry About Coal, They’ll Definitely Be Using Something Else By 2017

In the autumn of 1917, a severe coal shortage hit the United States. Riots even broke out over the lack of energy as the nation went into the winter months. Some people were calling for conservation, but one snarky newspaper article insisted that conserving was for suckers. Why? People of the future—specifically, the people of 100 years hence—wouldn’t be using coal anyway. Read More >>