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Investors Opt Out of Fossil Fuels as Climate Summit Nears

As momentum builds for a new deal on climate change, investors are becoming increasingly nervous about having their cash in fossil fuels.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

In Appalachia, the Coal Industry Is in Collapse, but the Mountains Aren’t Coming Back

Though the coal-mining industry in West Virginia is experiencing an unprecedented collapse that threatens to dethrone King Coal once and for all, 14-year-old Ryan Hensley and all the other children growing up in the shadow of these “blank spaces” will never see the decapitated peaks return to thickly forested mountaintops.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

China’s Carbon Count Is Not as High as Feared

The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10 percent less than previously thought.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

If You Think Obama’s New Climate Change Plan Is Bold, Think Again

Describing it as “the single most important step America has ever taken in the fight against climate change,” President Obama on Monday unveiled a series of measures curbing carbon emissions from power plants. Although the president’s statement may be true, as meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes, “It’s not saying a whole heck of a lot.”

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

U.K.’s Leading Scientists Urge Immediate Climate Action

The pre-eminent institutions in British science and engineering—some with long records of promoting fossil fuels—say the U.K. should lead the way to a zero carbon world.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

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Fossil Fuel Fraud

Oil, gas and coal companies have damaged our planet by lying to the public about climate change, even though they have known for decades that it is real and man-made.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Coal Investment Is the Most Urgent Climate Threat

The head of the global Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says wealthy countries should help poorer nations that cannot afford to replace coal with low-carbon alternatives.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Carbon Capture Goes Down the Tubes

One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change—which supporters believe could enable the world to continue burning fossil fuels—looks likely to be a failure.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE

Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE

Pension Funds Are Endangered by Plummeting Coal Prices

The retirement funds of millions of teachers, public sector workers, health care workers and academics are in jeopardy as the price of coal drops and a global campaign to divest from businesses that deal in the fuel gains steam.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

G-7 on Environment

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

World Must Wake Up to China’s Energy Revolution

A new report says a successful outcome at this year’s Paris climate talks will be far more likely if the world takes note of how China is reducing emissions.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

European Power Market Is Slipping Away From King Coal

Analysis of falling demand for electricity within the EU sends a stark warning to investors in new coal plants that their assets could be left stranded.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

World Leaders Urged to Kick Killer Coal Habit

An Oxfam report says all coal-fired power plants in the G7 group of countries should be phased out to save lives, money and the planet.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE

Apollo Plan Asks for the Moon in Switch to Renewables

An eminent group is urging governments to make the massive research investment that would enable the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy by 2025.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE

In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

Why You Should Dump Your Oil, Coal and Gas Stocks If You Ever Want to Retire

What is the total value of big energy corporations’ oil, gas and coal fields—which give them their stock prices and are counted as assets for borrowing purposes? Those hydrocarbon resources are actually worth zero.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

Prices Fail to Reflect Fossil Fuels’ Real Costs

The price that consumers pay for fossil fuels is appreciably lower than the true cost to society, U.S. researchers say. However, solar power and wind power are much cheaper than they might seem.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE

Coal Bag

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

A Wrench Thrown Into Coal’s Publicity Machine

An Australian think tank’s data challenges coal industry claims that it drives economic growth, is a key element of alleviating “energy poverty” worldwide and improves quality of life.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE

India Set to Defy Warnings on Coal’s Climate Impact

While even China, the world’s leading coal producer, begins to recognise the fuel’s serious polluting effects, India has announced it aims to double production to meet soaring energy demands.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE

Outlook Palls for Fossil Fuel Investments

Warnings within the world of high finance are coming thick and fast that the increasingly urgent need to combat climate change means investors could lose heavily by sinking funds into coal, oil and gas.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Plan to Make Renewables Cheaper Than Coal Within 10 Years

Plans for an international effort to make solar power cheaper than coal within 10 years are to be unveiled at the U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in New York this month.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Deniers, All Washed Up

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE

War on Coal

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE

Swapping Coal for Panels

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE

Godzilla Bites the Coal

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE

New Obama Rules for Coal Power Plants

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE

Plankton Loss Threatens Marine Food Web

A serious reduction of the vital nutrient plankton due to climate change could have a dramatically damaging effect on marine life in some ocean regions by the end of the century.

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE

Climate Report

Posted on May 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE

Driving Climate Denial

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE

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The Nuclear Omnicide

We’ve always been worried about the safety of humans, but new evidence shows that nuclear disasters, from Three Mile Island to Fukushima, have put the whole global ecosystem at risk.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE

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5 Signs Solar Power Is Taking Over the World

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE

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More Solar Workers in U.S. Than Coal Miners, and Solar Doesn’t Poison Drinking Water

By the end of 2013, the number of workers in the solar energy industry in the U.S. had grown to 143,000.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE

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West Virginia Toxic Disaster Requires More Than Silence

More than a week since the chemical spill in Charleston, the state capital, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people, there has been little solid information about the danger to human health—and little outrage from officials in Washington, who seem to expect West Virginians to take the whole thing in stride.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE

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China’s Pollution Problems Threaten Oz Coal Exports

Concerned about air pollution and climate change, China is set to reduce its coal consumption. And that will be a headache for Australia, which supplies nearly a third of the growing nation’s coal.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Coal

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McKibben on Obama, Environment: The Cynics ‘Were Right’

Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben slaps the administration for taking on easy battles, sidestepping the tough ones and trying to claim environmental progress. Meanwhile, the earth continues to heat up as Obama pursues oil- and coal-based energy policies, and then brags about them.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE

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An Even Quicker Death for the Great Barrier Reef?

As if climate change weren’t destroying the natural wonder quickly enough, the Australian government’s approval for construction of one of the world’s largest coal ports will involve dumping 3 million cubic meters of earth drudged from the ocean floor into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE

Climate Denial Cancer

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE

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Coal Terminal Averted in Washington State?

Four progressives won seats this month on the council in Whatcom County, where coal interests have ambitions to put a $600 million international terminal whose exports would add 86.7 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Johns Hopkins Suspends Black Lung Program Over ‘National Disgrace’

A series of investigative journalism reports uncovers evidence of a medical system corrupted by the power of a single doctor, whose apparently willful misdiagnoses have denied disability benefits to hundreds of ailing coal miners over more than a dozen years.

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE

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Bank Curbs Won’t Slow Coal’s Comeback

World coal use is growing and set to grow much more, despite the announcement by several large banks of more stringent conditions on lending to coal-burning power plants.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Coal Triggers Carbon Level Rise

Scientists say increased coal-burning, especially in developing countries, is largely responsible for a sharp increase in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013 READ MORE

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A Power to Act on Warming

The test of President Obama’s seriousness about addressing climate change is not his pending decision on the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. It’s whether he effectively consigns coal-fired power plants—one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions—to the ashcan of history.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE

Mexico’s Coal Mining Drug Lords

Coal mining in Mexico’s Coahuila state, which borders Texas, is turning out to be more profitable for the country’s Zetas gang than trafficking in illicit drugs, and some of its product finds its way into the Mexican national electricity supply.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013 READ MORE

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