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India’s Solar Power Is Set to Outshine Coal

By 2020, solar will be a cheaper source of energy in India than imported coal. But converting the subcontinent to renewable energy is an enormous task.

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New Patent Boosts Hopes for Carbon Capture

Cost-effective capture of CO2 from coal-fired power stations is now a much brighter prospect after a bioscience breakthrough at a U.S. laboratory.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



In This Election, the Climate Should Trump Everything Else

No matter who becomes president, if we fail to make the environmental health of the planet the top issue, we will drive humanity over the precipice.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



Hooked on Fossil Fuels Forever

Whatever the advances of renewable energy, projections suggest fossil fuels will continue to dominate the global landscape for decades to come, accelerating the pace of global warming and ensuring the intensification of climate-change catastrophes.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE



Angelenos Press for Change in California With Fossil Fuel Industry Protest

Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Asia Is Losing Its Appetite for Coal

Many hundreds of planned coal-fired power plants in Asia will probably be shelved as economies slow and climate change and air pollution worsen.

Posted on Mar 26, 2016 READ MORE



Coal Pollution Costs Western Balkans Dearly

Heavy pollution from coal-fired power stations results in Serbia losing a third of its national wealth annually because of premature deaths caused by poor air quality.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Pakistan Turns to Coal to Keep Factories Running

To tackle chronic energy shortages, Pakistan plans to mine and burn millions of tons of coal, with help from China’s money and expertise.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



China Clamps Down on Coal

A slowing economy and falling energy demand—as well as concerns over air pollution—spur Beijing to halt new coal mines and close hundreds of existing operations.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



‘Progress’ Is Fatal

Why did the Paris climate accord omit the words “fossil fuel,” “oil” and “coal”? Because the world’s great muck-a-mucks are promising to limit emissions without challenging the beast that creates them.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE



A Perfect Storm Is Headed for Fossil Fuel Assets

Coal, oil and gas sectors warned that trillions of dollars of assets could be stranded if a global agreement on limiting climate change is reached at the U.N. summit in Paris.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



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.”

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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 ENLARGE



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 ENLARGE



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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Posted on Sep 20, 2014 ENLARGE



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 ENLARGE


War on Coal









Posted on Jun 9, 2014 ENLARGE


Swapping Coal for Panels









Posted on Jun 8, 2014 ENLARGE


Godzilla Bites the Coal









Posted on Jun 4, 2014 ENLARGE


New Obama Rules for Coal Power Plants









Posted on Jun 2, 2014 ENLARGE



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 ENLARGE



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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 ENLARGE



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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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