energy
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 >>

coal
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 >>

energy
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 >>

energy
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 >>

energy
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 >>

carbon tax
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 >>

history
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 >>

environment
America’s Largest Coal Company Has Been Bankrolling Climate Denial: Report

Peabody Energy, the United States’ largest coal company, has been bankrolling think tanks, corporate lobbyists, trade associations, and individual scientists at the heart of the climate denial movement, a new Guardian investigation reveals. Read More >>

energy
Portugal Just Powered Itself Exclusively on Renewable Energy for Four Whole Days

Last week, the nation of Portugal achieved something remarkable. For 107 hours—about four days—the country ran on nothing but wind, solar and hydro power. Read More >>

environment
The Future of the Great Barrier Reef Just Got Worse

As if the Great Barrier Reef needed more terrible news, the Queensland government issued permits this week for a controversial new coal mine that marine biologists fear could choke out portions of the reef with pollution. Read More >>

china
China’s ‘Historic’ Drop in Coal Use Is Nonsense

Like a smoker who keeps trying to quit but sneaks a drag when he thinks nobody’s looking, China is slowly weaning itself off coal. Last winter, the Chinese government released preliminary statistics showing that its coal consumption had dropped 2.9 per cent in 2014. But that number may be obfuscating the truth about China’s coal use—and about how quickly its carbon emissions are declining. Read More >>

energy
Coal Power Stations Use As Much Water As One Billion People Every Year

Add this to the very long list of why burning coal for energy is a horrible idea. The world’s coal power stations are using enough water to easily fulfil the needs of a billion people for a year. What’s more, they’re often located in places where water is already scarce. Read More >>

environment
£150m of Mining Gear Abandoned as the UK’s Last Deep Coal Mine Closes

Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire is closing today, bringing about the end of the UK's deep-pit mining industry. And seeing as no one's bothered about the local black stuff any more, the mining equipment -- all £150m worth of it -- is being sealed into the pits. Read More >>

energy
UK Power Generation to Go Coal-Free by 2025

The UK's Department of Energy & Climate Change has had an idea on how to stop us melting bits of Greenland every time we cave in and put the kettle on for something to do -- binning all of our coal-fired power stations. Read More >>