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Time for change: China flags peak in coal usage

Published on February 6, 2013 by in Home

  John Garnaut BusinessTimes.com.au   China’s decade-long boom in coal-driven heavy industry is about to end as the leadership shifts priorities towards energy conservation, say officials and policy advisers. The advisers predict China’s coal consumption will peak at only a fraction above current levels after the State Council, or cabinet, last week set an ambitious

 
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Ontario Phases Out Coal-Fired Power

Published on January 16, 2013 by in Home

  All the provinces coal-burning power plants will be shuttered by 2014, making the Canadian province the first coal-free jurisdiction in North America   By Christa Marshall and ClimateWire Scientific American   By the end of the year, Ontario will become the first jurisdiction in North America to shut down almost its entire coal fleet. Yesterday, the province

 
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Is It Morally Wrong For U.S. To Export Coal?

Published on December 29, 2012 by in Home

  Martin Kaste NPR: All Things Considered AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Is it morally wrong for the U.S. to export coal? That’s a question some people are asking in the Pacific Northwest. The region has become a transit route for coal dug up in states such as Wyoming and shipped to Asia. Those experts are growing

 
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Power Company Loses Some of Its Appetite for Coal

Published on December 22, 2012 by in Home

  Eric Lipton New York Times     WASHINGTON — Coal took another serious hit Wednesday — in the heart of coal country. American Electric Power, or A.E.P., the nation’s biggest consumer of coal,announced that it would shut its coal-burning boilers at the Big Sandy electric power plant near Louisa, Ky., a 1,100-megawatt facility that since the early

 
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Coal to equal oil as world’s top energy source within 10 years

Published on December 18, 2012 by in Home

  By Matt McGrath BBC News     The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that coal will catch up with oil as the world’s leading energy source by 2022. In a report, the Agency says that increased demand from India and China are fuelling the push. Natural gas offers the best hope of reducing carbon emissions

 
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Emissions sink as consumers turn off coal

Published on December 17, 2012 by in Home

  Peter Hannam, Carbon economy editor SMH.com.au   Weak demand for electricity across eastern mainland states has sparked a “dramatic fall” in greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s power stations, the latest review of data by consultants Pitt & Sherry has found. While demand for base-load electricity from black coal-fired power stations has been in retreat for

 
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The World Bank’s Climate Hypocrisy

Published on December 15, 2012 by in Home

  By Kate Sheppard Mother Jones It’s enough to give you whiplash. Last month, the World Bank put out a devastating new report on why 4 degrees Celsius of global warming “simply must not be allowed to occur.” This month, the Bank is considering whether to provide financing for a new coal-fired power plant in Mongolia. The World

 
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A low carbon future is the one we must all fight for

Published on December 2, 2012 by in Home

Decarbonisation is being lead by the Europeans, in spite of the fossil fuel industries’ war on life. UN negotiations in Doha are just a sideshow. The real climate change battle is being staged elsewhere   Michael Jacobs The Guardian       An innocent observer could be forgiven for thinking that the United Nations climate

 
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Stark warnings on climate change must be heeded by business

Published on November 23, 2012 by in Home

  Ahead of the UN climate negotiations in Doha, Greenpeace’s executive director asks when business leaders and politicians will finally start listening Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director Greenpeace International Shocking is the only way to describe the extraordinarily cynical comments made by Milton Catelin, chief executive of the World Coal Association, to the Financial Times this month [Subscription],

 
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A chat with Al Gore on carbon taxes, natural gas, and the ‘morally wrong’ Keystone pipeline

Published on November 22, 2012 by in Home

Al Gore says that the realization that we are in a planetary emergency is now recognized by more and more in Congress. By David Roberts Grist.org   On Nov. 14-15, the Climate Reality Project held its second annual “24 Hours of Reality” marathon, spending an entire day and night live-streaming events and panels around the

 
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The Final Tally: Big Polluters’ Big Ad Spending In The 2012 Elections

By Climate Guest Blogger on Nov 7, 2012 at 10:30 am by Noreen Nielsen The 2012 campaign season was one of the most expensive in history, with an estimated $6 billion spent on television ads in races up and down the ticket. Not surprisingly, corporate polluters and other dirty energy interests were some of the largest outside

 
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Northwest Tribes Step Up Opposition to Proposed Coal Terminals

Published on October 20, 2012 by in Home

  By ICTMN Staff indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com     Tribes are stepping up their fight against the terminals that would enable coal to be brought from Montana and Wyoming to the Pacific Coast for transport to China and the rest of Asia, and are being joined by non-Natives, with fishers at the forefront. Cherry Point, Washington (Xwe’chi’eXen), was

 
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Unions decry influx of foreign mining workers

Published on October 16, 2012 by in Home

  WENDY STUECK Globe and Mail    A group of labour unions has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and B.C. Premier Christy Clark to raise concerns about a pending influx of temporary foreign workers to the B.C. mining sector. The unions say Canadian workers could do the jobs for which foreign workers are being

 
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Temp Miners from China Dig up Trouble for Clark

Published on October 15, 2012 by in Home

  Hailed by premier as jobs coup for BC, coal mine now a lightning rod for union, enviro, First Nations anger.   By Tom Sandborn TheTyee.ca     It seemed like a good idea at the time. Nearly a year ago, B.C. Premier Christy Clark was clearly having a good day on her trade mission to

 
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Tribes Add Potent Voice Against Plan for Northwest Coal Terminals

Published on October 14, 2012 by in Home

  By Kirk Johnson NY Times     FERNDALE, Wash. — At age 94, Mary Helen Cagey, an elder of the Lummi Indian tribe, has seen a lot of yesterdays. Some are ripe for fond reminiscence, like the herring that used to run rich in the waters here in the nation’s upper-left margin, near the

 
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