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Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Science
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 to an analysis of satellite imagery.The Guardian reports that Michael McCormack, Australia's Deputy PM, said his government would not change policy "just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follo...
Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

Health
It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants. An analysis done by his own Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the plan would lead to a greater number of people here dying prematurely, and suffering health problems that they otherwise would not have, than elsewhere in the country, when compared to health impacts of the Obama plan. Knotts, a coal miner for 35 ye...
South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron

South Korea firms shipped nearly $6M of North Korea coal, pig iron

World
Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Three South Korean companies illegally imported North Korean coal and pig iron in 2017, violating international sanctions adopted in August of last year. Shipments of North Korean coal into South Korea were smuggled into the country after the products were transshipped at a Russian port, according to South Korea's Customs Office on Friday, Yonhap reported. Exports of North Korean coal, iron ore and other resources are banned under United Nations Security Council sanctions Resolution 2371. The commodities are worth about $ 5.86 million, and shipments arrived in the South between April and October. The firms imported the coal as "Russian products," according to the Korea Herald. The companies have been referred to South Korea's prosecution, the customs office said. Shipmen...
Scrutiny over wood and coal fires in UK homes

Scrutiny over wood and coal fires in UK homes

Science
Burning wood and coal in people's homes will come under scrutiny as part of a government drive to improve air pollution.Ministers are calling for evidence to help improve air quality in cities.They want people to ensure that wood is dry before burning, and that solid fuels are as clean as possible.But the UK is being given a final warning by the European Commission today for breaching laws on NOx emissions.The government is being told it will face court action in Europe unless its planned Clean Air Strategy does what it's supposed to.While environmentalists may wonder whether today's announcement on homes fires is a smokescreen, the government insists it's not.It says the domestic burning of house coal, smokeless solid fuels and wet wood is the single largest primary contributor of harmful...
German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

World
A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine. Cologne's administrative court ruled Friday against a legal complaint brought by the environmental group BUND that wanted to halt the clearance of much of the Hambach forest. The group said it would appeal the decision and seek an injunction to prevent energy company RWE from clearing the trees in the meantime. Hambach forest has become a focus of environmental protests against the expansion of a vast mine that supplies much of the coal used in nearby power plants. The coal, a light brown variety called lignite, is considered one of the most polluting forms of fossil fuel.Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: International