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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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Canada Ushers in Clean Coal With a Carbon-Capturing Power Plant

Saskatchewan has been a coal-powered province for years, its Boundary Dam power plant burning the most polluting forms of lignite since 1959. But thanks to a modern retrofit, Boundary Dam now serves as the demarcation line between dirty and clean Canadian coal power. Read More >>

energy
UK’s Energy Resources Could be Gone Inside Five Years

A worrying report by the Global Sustainability Institute suggests the UK only has enough of its own oil, gas and coal to keep the lights on and our bedrooms too hot for five years, suggesting we'll be going cap in hand to the Russians and Norwegians to help meet our future energy needs. Read More >>

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The World’s Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning for 6,000 Years

If you've heard of underground coal fires, then you've probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time—and a lot of coal—but that's barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6,000 years. Read More >>

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Germany is Relocating Entire Towns to Excavate More Sweet, Sweet Coal

Most of us think of Germany as one of the most energy-progressive countries in the world. But in recent years, it's also increased its dependence on a form of energy that's anything but clean: coal. The country is demolishing, or relocating, entire towns to get at it. Read More >>