Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joe Romm Dr. Joe Romm is Founding Editor of Climate Progress, “the indispensable blog,” as NY Times columnist Tom Friedman describes it.   Half the price of coal! Chile exceeded 1000 Megawatts of solar this year. CREDIT: ACERA. Chile has just contracted for the cheapest unsubsidized power plant in the world, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports. In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology,” BNEF Chair...

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Humanity’s Plunder of Nature’s Resources Is Intensifying...

Jul 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Alex Kirby / Climate News Network   VIA TRUTHDIG Landscape deeply scarred by an open-cut coal mine in Hunter Valley, Australia. (Max Phillips, Jeremy Buckingham MLC via Flickr) LONDON—Humans’ appetite for gnawing away at the fabric of the Earth itself is growing prodigiously. According to a new UN report, the amount of the planet’s natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in 40 years. A report produced by the International Resource Panel (IRP), part of the UN Environment Programme, says rising consumption driven by a growing middle class has seen resources extraction increase from 22 billion tonnes in 1970 to 70 billon tonnes in 2010. It refers to natural resources as primary materials, and includes under this heading biomass, fossil fuels, metal ores and non-metallic minerals. The increase in their use, the...

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FACT-CHECKING DONALD TRUMP’S LOW-OCTANE ENERGY POLICY...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment We take a look at the emissions and omissions from the GOP nominee-apparent’s ‘America First’ energy address. By Emily Schwartz Greco BILL MOYERS & COMPANY] Donald Trump doesn’t plan on reducing US fossil fuel use, despite phenomena like the storm surge that Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and parts of NYC’s five boroughs experienced during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images) Time was, picturing what Donald Trump’s presidential energy policies might look like required parsing his fact-defying tweets, forehead slap-worthy comments and threats to seize Middle Eastern oil by force. Now that the presumptive Republican nominee has unveiled his “America First” energy policy, there’s less guesswork to do. “We’re going to have all sorts of energy,” Trump declared when he parachuted into Bismarck, North Dakota, on Thursday to deliver his keynote speech at...

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THE TIME HAS COME TO TURN UP THE HEAT ON THOSE WHO ARE WRECKING PLANET EARTH...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill McKibben  VIA TRUTHDIG Break free and join the biggest global action against fossil fuel companies the world has ever seen Global direct action began with hundreds of environmental activists invading the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales on Tuesday. Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian   An interesting question is, what are you waiting for? Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. The moment when, oh, marine biologists across the Pacific begin weeping in their scuba masks as they dive on reefs bleached of life in a matter of days. The moment when drought in India gets deep enough that there are armed guards on...

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PROPOSED COAL TERMINAL WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT OF ADDING 8 MILLION CARS TO THE ROAD...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky   Cowlitz County and the Washington State Department of Ecology have finally released the draft of their long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement regarding a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. Located just two hours north of Portland, Oregon, along the Columbia River, the proposed terminal would ship a maximum of 44 million metric tons of coal from the Western United States each year to markets overseas, making it, if built, the largest coal export terminal in the country. Proponents have championed the potential economic benefits of the $680 million project, arguing that it would bring long-term jobs to an area of the state historically plagued by above-average unemployment rates. Additionally, they argue that the terminal would help make United States coal more competitive by...

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EXCUSE ME — DO YOU KNOW WHERE MY APPALACHIA IS?...

Apr 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Appalachian landscape in southeastern Ohio. MeganRae / Flickr By Eve Andrews   GRIST Appalachia. Appalachia. (Pronounced APP-uh-LATCH-uh, just in case anyone might try to lead you astray with some long vowels.) If that doesn’t sound like the name of a magical wonderland, I don’t know what does. I’m biased, though — likely because those steel-blue hills and gray skies make up the landscape of a large portion of my heart. I’m a born and bred daughter of steel country, ride-or-die for Pittsburgh in everything I do, quite literally inking my love for my homeland on my arm. And yet, it seems that surprisingly few people really know where or what Appalachia is. Ask 11 people to define Appalachia, and you’ll get 11 different answers (I tried this in the Grist newsroom just to...

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AFTER 115 YEARS, SCOTLAND IS COAL-FREE...

Mar 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Guinnog/Creative Commons For nearly 50 years the Longannet power station in Scotland burned coal for energy. The plant, the last of its kind in Scotland, closed Thursday. After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room. “Ok, here we go,” said one worker moments before pressing a bright red button that stopped the coal-fired turbines that generated electricity for a quarter of Scottish homes. Longannet’s closure comes as Scotland, a country of some 5 million people, aims...

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WALL STREET’S RETREAT FROM KING COAL...

Mar 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Photo Credit Ty Wright/Bloomberg, via Getty Images The grave environmental damage from coal-fired power plants has done nothing to deter the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, from decrying a “war on coal” and orchestrating his own war against the Obama administration’s climate change agenda. But he and other coal-state Republicans would be foolish to ignore the growing consensus on Wall Street that King Coal, for all its legendary political power, has turned into a decidedly bad investment. JPMorgan Chase announced this month that it would no longer finance new coal-fired power plants in the United States or other advanced nations, joining Bank of America, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley in retreating from a fuel that provides about one-third of the nation’s electricity and accounts for about one-quarter of the carbon emissions that feed...

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SURGING RENEWABLES KEEP GLOBAL CO2 FLAT AS ECONOMY GROWS...

Mar 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   The International Energy Agency has confirmed that global carbon dioxide emissions have decoupled from economic growth. The IEA reports that for the second year in a row, the world economy has grown while energy-related CO2 emissions — the primary cause of climate change — remained flat, thanks to energy efficiency and a big surge in renewables. This decoupling is “unprecedented” and “huge” according to IEA chief Fatih Birol. The IEA explains that the only three previous times in the last four decades that emissions were flat or dropped (the early 1980s, 1992, and 2009) “were associated with global economic weakness.” What happened? The IEA says its “data suggest that electricity generated by renewables played a critical role, having accounted for around 90% percent of new...

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AN ATTEMPT TO LET COAL PLANTS EMIT UNLIMITED MERCURY WAS JUST SHUT DOWN BY SCOTUS...

Mar 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily AtkinCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Regulations that limit heavy metal pollution from oil- and coal-fired power plants will continue to be enforced by the EPA — at least for now — thanks to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. On Thursday, Roberts unilaterally rejected a petition from 20 conservative-led states asking the court to temporarily halt the regulations. Halting the regulations would effectively allow power plants to emit unlimited mercury, arsenic, chromium, and other toxic heavy metals into the environment. Led by Michigan, the states had asked the Supreme Court to stay the Mercury Air Toxics Standard — commonly referred to as MATS — while the D.C. Circuit court considers its legality. Last summer, the Supreme Court found that the EPA had not properly considered how much the rule would cost...

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IN EXCHANGE FOR CUTTING BENEFITS, THIS BANKRUPT COAL COMPANY AGREED TO PAY EXECUTIVES MILLIONS...

Feb 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Nicole Gentile – Guest Contributor  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/David Goldman, File In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, coal miners return on a buggy after working a shift underground at the Perkins Branch Coal Mine in Cumberland, KY.   A bankrupt coal company last month unveiled a plan to pay top executives up to $11.9 million in bonuses over six months as an apparent reward for slashing benefits for workers and dodging environmental clean-up obligations during bankruptcy proceedings. The company, Alpha Natural Resources, is one of the four largest coal companies in the U.S. and filed for bankruptcy last year. Seven executives and eight other employees who remain unnamed in court documents are eligible for the bonus if they hit certain metrics for cutting costs while protecting the company’s cash reserves. Top...

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MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COUNTRY’S MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS...

Feb 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Grist / Amelia Bates Climate on the Mind Climate on the Mind: A Series By Clayton Aldern … The mind fights the body and the body fights the land. It wants our bodies, the landscape does, and everyone runs the risk of being swallowed up. Can we love nature for what it really is: predatory? We do not walk through a passive landscape. The paint dries eventually. The bodies decompose eventually. We collide with place, which is another name for God, and limp away with a permanent injury. … Siken, War of the Foxes   I called Kathy Selvage because someone had told me she could explain what it was like to lose a mountain. Near her home in Wise County, Va., in the name of the seams underneath, summits are lopped off...

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OBAMA ENDS NEW COAL LEASES ON PUBLIC LANDS...

Jan 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Jenny Rowland –CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: shutterstock   The Obama administration announced Friday that it is stopping most new coal leasing on America’s public lands as it moves to modernize and reform the federal coal leasing program, which has not been updated in more than 30 years. “Given serious concerns raised about the federal coal program, we’re taking the prudent step to hit pause on approving significant new leases so that decisions about those leases can benefit from the recommendations that come out of the review,” Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Friday. The plan includes three measures to address these issues and update the federal coal program to account for taxpayer interests and environmental challenges. The Interior Department will conduct a review to identify potential reforms to the outdated program, put...

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THE FEDS WANT TO GIVE $14 MILLION IN TAXPAYER MONEY TO A KOCH BROTHER’S COAL MINE...

Jan 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock/Kritchanut By Katie Herzog   GRIST Damn, it feels good to be a billionaire. Today in WTF News, we learned that billionaire industrialist William Koch — brother of arch conservatives Charles and David Koch — may be getting a $14 million royalty refund after his coal mine on leased federal property in Colorado shut down. And that $14 mil would come compliments of the American taxpayer. When coal is mined from underground on federal land, the federal government is entitled to an 8 percent royalty. But coal-mining companies can claim they face trying economic conditions and ask for a “royalty rate reduction,” Reuters reports. One of Koch’s companies did just that. It’s not a big surprise that a greedy fossil fuel billionaire would ask for an extra government handout. What’s crazy is that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management wants to grant the request. Put another way, to...

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ONE OF THE LARGEST COAL COMPANIES IN THE U.S. JUST FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File Black Thunder Mine, in Wyoming, is owned by Arch Coal Co. Arch Coal, one of the United States’ largest coal companies, filed for bankruptcy on Monday in the hopes of eliminating more than $4.5 billion in long-term debt, according to a press release issued by the company. The news comes as several of Arch’s competitors — Patriot Coal, Walter Energy, and Alpha Natural Resources — have also filed for bankruptcy. Arch Coal is the second largest supplier of coal in the United States behind Peabody Energy, and its mines represent 13 percent of America’s coal supply. …it shows that the second-largest coal company in the United States is unable to pay its debts and provide any return at all to its shareholders...

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ENERGY COMPANY WANTS TO LEGALLY DUMP COAL ASH WASTE INTO VIRGINIA RIVERS...

Jan 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Alejandro Davila Fragoso The Possum Point Power Station will transfer millions of gallons of treated water from toxic coal ash ponds into Virginia’s Quantico Creek if the state water board decides Thursday to allow Dominion, an energy company, to do so. The same could happen in the James River with another Dominion owned facility.   DUMFRIES, VA — From their spacious living room, Taya Barnett and her husband Donald could look out the window Sunday afternoon and see Virginia’s Quantico Creek in all its grandeur. It was rainy but pleasant. Droplets fell here and there on the back porch. All while the blue sky revealed itself through the clouds that reflected on waters that flow through the largest protected natural area in the D.C. metropolitan...

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THIS COUNTRY JUST PROMISED TO GET RID OF ALL OF ITS COAL PLANTS...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Tower Colliery in Wales, now closed, was the oldest continuously worked deep-coal mine in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world. The U.K. announced this week it would go off coal power in the next decade.   The United Kingdom will phase out coal-fired power plants by 2025, the country’s energy secretary announced Wednesday. This comes as welcome news to some — the U.K.’s electricity sector is responsible for a third of the country’s carbon emissions, and coal is a significant part of that. But Secretary Amber Rudd also emphasized the role natural gas would play in the country’s energy future, which disappointed environmentalists. “In the next 10 years, it’s imperative that we get new gas-fired power stations built,” Rudd said. “Gas is central...

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IOWA’S CLIMATE-CHANGE WISDOM...

Nov 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] By JEFF BIGGERS  NY TIMES Credit Josh Cochran   Iowa City — NEGOTIATORS en route to the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, scheduled to begin later this month, should take a detour on rural roads here in Johnson County. A new climate narrative is emerging among farmers in the American heartland that transcends a lot of the old story lines of denial and cynicism, and offers an updated tale of climate hope. From Our Advertisers Recent polls show that 60 percent of Iowans, now facing flooding and erosion, believe global warming is happening. From Winneshiek County to Washington County, you can count more solar panels on barns than on urban roofs or in suburban parking lots. The state’s first major solar farm is not in an urban area like Des...

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POWERING APPALACHIA’S BRIGHTER FUTURE...

Nov 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Susanna Hegner, Southern Currents | News Analysis Coalfield communities are getting a much-needed jolt. On October 15, the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative announced its first round of grants for communities in 12 states and tribal regions affected by changes in the coal industry and energy sector. The $14.5 million is aimed at helping diversify economies, create jobs, attract new sources of investment and provide skills training for high-quality employment. The POWER effort aligns a range of programs and resources through the Commerce Department, the Labor Department, the Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The bulk of the first round of funding is going to Kentucky and West Virginia, the two states most severely affected by the downturn in the coal industry. In those...

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EPA RULE AIMS TO CURB TOXIC COAL PLANT POLLUTION IN WATERWAYS...

Oct 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown This June 17, 2011 photo shows PPL Montana’s J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant along the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mont. The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Wednesday aimed at curbing the amount of pollution that power plants dump into streams. The rule, known as the Steam Electric Power Generating Effluent Guidelines, targets steam electric power plants — plants that use steam to drive the electric generator — that dump large amounts of toxic pollutants into streams every year. The rule, according to the EPA, marks the first time the federal government has set limits on the amount of toxic metals that power plants can discharge into streams. The EPA estimates that the rule will keep 1.4 billion pounds of toxic metals and other...

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THIS MAP SHOWS WHO OWES THE MOST FOR BURNING ALL THAT COAL...

Sep 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] TAKE PART DAILY A new study bills each American $12,000 for greenhouse gas emissions. Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images) Sep 10, 2015 Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.   When it comes to climate change, humans can rightfully claim responsibility for most of the warming the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. But should all people be considered equally responsible for the damage done? Advertisement Not according to Concordia University researcher Damon Matthews, who calculated which countries contribute the most to climate change and which nations emit the least but nonetheless are paying the price of global warming. Live in Australia or the United States? You owe $10,000 to $12,000 for your carbon sins. Hail from India or Brazil? You’ve got about $2,000 worth of...

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IN APPALACHIA, THE COAL INDUSTRY IS IN COLLAPSE, BUT THE MOUNTAINS AREN’T COMING BACK...

Aug 31, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] iLoveMountains.org By Laura Gottesdiener GRIST Cross-posted from TomDispatch In Appalachia, explosions have leveled the mountaintops into perfect race tracks for Ryan Hensley’s all-terrain vehicle (ATV). At least, that’s how the 14-year-old sees the barren expanses of dirt that stretch for miles atop the hills surrounding his home in the former coal town of Whitesville, W.Va. “They’re going to blast that one next,” he says, pointing to a peak in the distance. He’s referring to a process known as “mountaintop removal,” in which coal companies use explosives to blast away hundreds of feet of rock in order to unearth underground seams of coal. “And then it’ll be just blank space,” he adds. “Like the Taylor Swift song.” Skinny and shirtless, Hensley looks no more than 11 or 12. His ribs and collarbones protrude from...

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CALIFORNIA LOST $5 BILLION IN PUBLIC PENSION FUNDS DUE TO FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS LAST YEAR...

Aug 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Charlie Riede New legislation calls for California’s pension funds to divest from coal, while a report finds that fossil fuel investments cost the funds $5 billion in the last 12 months.   California’s public pension funds lost $5 billion last year through declines in their fossil fuel investments, according to a new report from Trillium Asset Management. The losses for CalPERS and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System were largely due to the price of coal and oil falling between July 2014 and June 2015, the group found. The report comes amid increasing calls — and proposed legislation — for fossil fuel divestment. “It’s important to see that fossil fuels in general, and coal in particular, are risky bets for the pension system,” Brett Fleishman, a...

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TONY ABBOTT IS A CLIMATE CHANGE ‘VILLAIN’ SAYS CANADIAN AUTHOR NAOMI KLEIN...

Aug 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The writer, who is coming to Australia on a speaking tour, says she cannot tell where the coal industry ends and the federal government begins Canadian author Naomi Klein says climate science denial is prevalent in English-speaking countries with a ‘powerful frontier mentality’ such as Australia, Canada, the US and the UK. Photograph: Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Rex Oliver Milman Tony Abbott is a climate change “villain” who is repeating the slogans used by the coal industry in the US, according to bestselling author and social activist Naomi Klein. Coal is the future, insists Tony Abbott as UN calls for action on climate change Klein, who is heading to Australia for a series of public events, said the level of inaction on climate change in Australia was only matched by her native Canada. “In Canada I...

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NEW ZEALAND PLEDGES AN END TO COAL BY 2018...

Aug 8, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock It appears that New Zealand is finally ready to throw their domestic coal habit into Mount Doom — by 2018, the country will cease to use coal as a source of domestic energy production. “Historically coal has played an important role in ensuring the security of New Zealand’s electricity supply, particularly in dry years where our hydro-lake levels are low,” Simon Bridges, New Zealand’s Energy and Resources Minister, said in a statement. “But significant market investment in other forms of renewable energy in recent years, particularly in geothermal, means that a coal backstop is becoming less of a requirement.” Bridges’ statement comes on the heels of the country’s largest electricity and gas retailer, Genesis Energy, announcing its intentions to shut down the last of their two...

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WE MIGHT AVERT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE WITH THIS ONE RADICAL CHOICE...

Jul 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Leaving most of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground could prevent worst-case warming, study says. (Photo: Balazs Koranyi/Reuters) TAKE PART BY Emily J. Gertz   We have about a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising dangerously higher than those of preindustrial times—if we leave most of the world’s remaining supply of oil, gas, and coal unearthed and unburned between now and 2050, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. Globally, about one-third of oil deposits must enter the no-burning zone, along with 88 percent of known and mineable coal supplies and about half the world’s unused natural gas. Advertisemen It adds up to about $6 trillion worth of fossil fuels, suggesting a revolutionary shake-up of the global financial and energy economies. Among them,...

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A POST-INDUSTRIAL STONEHENGE RISES IN SCOTLAND...

Jul 26, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  by Liz Camuti As Scotland becomes one of the first countries to run solely on renewable energy, communities face the question of what to do with the country’s abandoned mining infrastructure. In one Scottish village, Sanquhar, the answer is to transform a former coal mine into a 55-acre, $1 million work of land art. Conjuring images of Stonehenge, Crawick Multiverse, which opened July 10 with a ceremony of music and dance, was built from materials found on-site, including 2,000 boulders half-buried below ground. At the urging of local residents, the landowner, Richard Scott, the Duke of Buccleuch, commissioned landscape artist Charles Jencks to build something dynamic that would benefit the region, which has been struggling economically. Crawick Multiverse, “represents the cosmos, from the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies to a spiral...

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GLOBAL COAL BOOM ENDS AS CHINA — AND WORLD — WAKE UP TO REALITY OF CARBON POLLUTION...

Jul 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Joe Romm  CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   “Global coal demand is slowing fast,” is the headline in a June Business Insider Australia story. “The global coal renaissance is the most important climate story today,” is the headline in a July Vox story. Which is correct? Mostly the first one. There was a true global coal renaissance starting around the year 2000, a resurgence due primarily to China. But it is now stalling. China was responsible for some 80 percent of the growth in global demand since 2000. You can see that in this June 15 chart from BP’s Group Chief Economist based on their newly-released “Statistical Review of World Energy 2015.” China, however, has completely reversed its strategy of coal-intensive growth as Climate Progress has been reporting since the U.S.-China climate deal...

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AFTER 6 YEARS OF TALK, INTERIOR DEPT. FINALLY RELEASES NEW COAL MINING RULES TO MIXED REVIEW...

Jul 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]     Environmental advocates give them a mixed review. Kate Sheppard Senior reporter/Environment and energy editor, The Huffington Post   WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior issued long-awaited regulations on Thursday for protecting streams from the adverse effects of surface coal mining. The proposed rules, issued by the department’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, mark the first major update to the surface mining regulations in 32 years. They will require coal companies to do before and after environmental analysis at mining sites, mandate that companies invest in restoration work like replanting trees, and increase requirements for monitoring of impacts during mining operations. The rules have been in the works for six years. “A lot has changed since rules were written in the early 1980s,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a call...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY REDOUBLES ITS GLOBAL REACH...

Jun 27, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Solar panels on sale at a shop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Wegmann via Wikimedia Commons) This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network. LONDON—A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sector’s size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier. This expansion happened in a year when the global economy and energy use both grew, but without a matching rise in emissions of carbon dioxide—the main greenhouse gas targeted in efforts to restrain global warming. The report by REN21, a global renewable energy policy network, says the result is an example of sustainable development. Despite the world’s annual 1.5% increase in energy consumption in recent years and 3%...

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