Australia Rejects New Coal Mine on Environmental Grounds

An Australian court has rejected plans for a new coal mine on environmental grounds. In a landmark ruling for the coal-dependent nation, Chief Justice Brian Preston said the proposed facility in New South Wales would worse climate change and would be in “the wrong place at the wrong time”. Environmentalists …

Germany Agrees to End Reliance on Coal Stations by 2038

Germany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe’s attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets. The country is the last major bastion of coal-burning in north-western Europe and the dirtiest of fossil …

The EU Banned Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. In Spain, that means that 26 coal mines are about to close up shop, according to Reuters. This …

Global Coal Generation ‘Plunging into Death Spiral’

Global coal generation is plunging into a ‘death spiral’. That’s the verdict from environmental think-tank Carbon Tracker, which has published a new report suggesting 42% of the world’s operating coal fleets are already unprofitable due to high fuel costs. It expects a combination of renewable energy costs, air pollution regulation …

50% of Industrial Climate Change Emissions Tied to Fossil Fuel Companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries. (This statement was a reference to a previously published …

UK Hits Milestone of 1,000 Coal-Free Hours

The UK has gone a thousand hours without needing coal generation so far this year. That’s according to new figures released by MyGridGB, which show the country hit the milestone. The data shows the amount of coal-free time in 2018 has already eclipsed the figures from 2017 and 2016, in …