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A toxic crisis in America’s coal country

Image caption A bathroom of a home stained by polluted water near a coal mine in West Virginia In the shadow of some of America’s most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. Now, they must decide if they will fight back against an industry they have relied upon for generations. Casey (not her real name) wears a one-dollar wedding ring now. She bought the blue plastic band after her original ring was…

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Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Image copyright Getty Images White House representatives arrive at climate talks in Poland on Monday to promote coal and other fossil fuels. It’s expected that President Donald Trump’s energy adviser, Wells Griffith, will take part in the COP24 event. The controversial meeting occurs as investors managing $32tn (£25tn) in assets call for an end to coal as a source of energy. Meanwhile, ministers from around 130 countries arrive here to try and steer the talks to a successful conclusion. Just as at last year’s gathering in Bonn, the Trump White…

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Cars and coal help drive ‘strong’ CO2 rise in 2018

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The main factor in the rise is coal use in China A booming global market for cars has helped drive CO2 emissions to an all-time high in 2018, say researchers. The main factor in the near 3% rise has been coal use in China, driven by government efforts to boost a flagging economy. But emissions from cars, truck and planes using fossil fuels continue to rise in all parts of the world Renewables have also grown this year, but are not keeping pace with…

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Climate activist: ‘It’s high time that Poland phased out coal’

Almost 80% of Poland’s electricity is generated by burning coal and around 400,000 people are involved in the coal industry. We spoke with climate activist Patryk Bialas about the challenges faced by Poland in becoming greener. A UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland will address the country’s reliance on the coal industry in order to meet aims set by the Paris climate accord in 2015. Source link

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China-backed coal projects prompt climate change fears

Image caption China is backing dozens of coal projects far beyond its borders As levels of greenhouse gases reach a new record, concerns are growing about the role of China in global warming. For years, the increase in the number of Chinese coal-fired power stations has been criticised. Now environmental groups say China is also backing dozens of coal projects far beyond its borders. Coal is the most damaging of the fossil fuels because of the quantity of carbon dioxide it releases when it’s burned. Last year, the concentration of…

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Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Coal provides about 60% of Australia’s electricity The Australian government has backed coal-fired power, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change. Phasing out coal is considered crucial to limiting global warming to within 1.5C, as set out in the UN report released yesterday. Australia’s deputy prime minister has said the country should “absolutely” continue to use and exploit its coal. But China remains the world’s biggest coal consumer. In addition, China has restarted work at hundreds of coal-fired power stations, according…

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China coal power building boom sparks climate warning

Image copyright Getty Images Building work has restarted at hundreds of Chinese coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery. The research, carried out by green campaigners CoalSwarm, suggests that 259 gigawatts of new capacity are under development in China. The authors say this is the same capacity to produce electricity as the entire US coal fleet. The study says government attempts to cancel many plants have failed. According to this study, there was a surge in new coal projects approved at provincial level in China between 2014…

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