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Coal magnate Chris Cline, 6 others die in helicopter crash in Bahamas

Coal magnate Chris Cline, 6 others die in helicopter crash in Bahamas

World
July 5 (UPI) -- West Virginia billionaire and philanthropist Chris Cline died in a helicopter crash off the Bahamas, confirmed Virginia Gov. Jim Justice. He was 60 years old. "Today, we lost a [West Virginia] superstar and I lost a very close friend," Justice said in a tweet, adding "Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving and giving man." Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend. Our families go back to the beginning of the Cline empire - Pioneer Fuel. Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. What a wonderful, loving, and giving man.— Governor Jim Justice (@WVGovernor) July 5, 2019 All seven people aboard the helicopter died when it crashed Thursday into waters off Wal
UK goes record week without using any coal power

UK goes record week without using any coal power

Technology
By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The UK has gone seven days without burning any coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch without the fossil fuel since the Industrial Revolution.According to the National Grid, as of 1pm today the UK had been producing energy for 167 hours without coal power plants supplying any at all. Instead, the majority of the country's power has come from combined cycle gas turbines, with renewable, nuclear, and solar power also contributing significantly to meeting the demand.The breakdown is: The UK has gone a week without burning coal to generate electricity - the longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution. Power instead came from:🔥 Gas 45%⚛ Nuclear 21%🌬 Wind 11%🚛 Imports 10%🌲 Biomass
Germany sets 2038 deadline to end coal use

Germany sets 2038 deadline to end coal use

Technology
In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change. The Coal Commission reached a deal early Saturday following months of wrangling that were closely watched by other coal-dependent countries. "We made it," Ronald Pofalla, the head of the commission, told reporters in Berlin. "This is a historic effort." Germany gets more than a third of its electricity from burning coal, generating large amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The 28-member panel, representing mining regions, utility companies, scientists and environmentalists, suggests a review in 2032 could bring forward the coal deadline to 2035. The plan foresees billio...
Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Science
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 House is keen to show strong support for fossil fuels.According to a statement from the US State Department, the event will "showcase ways to use fossil fuels as cleanly and efficiently as possible, as well as the use of emission-free nuclea...
China-backed coal projects prompt climate change fears

China-backed coal projects prompt climate change fears

Science
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 carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached its highest level for the past 3-5 million years, according to the latest research by the UN's weather agency, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). And last month the UN's climate science panel said that coal must be phased out by 20...