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Britain goes coal free as renewables edge out fossil fuels

Britain goes coal free as renewables edge out fossil fuels

Science
Britain is about to pass a significant landmark - at midnight on Wednesday it will have gone two full months without burning coal to generate power.A decade ago about 40% of the country's electricity came from coal; coronavirus is part of the story, but far from all.When Britain went into lockdown, electricity demand plummeted; the National Grid responded by taking power plants off the network.The four remaining coal-fired plants were among the first to be shut down.The last coal generator came off the system at midnight on 9 April. No coal has been burnt for electricity since. The current coal-free period smashes the previous record of 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes which was set in June last year.The figures apply to Britain only, as Northern Ireland i...
Closing coal plants saves lives, boosts crop yields

Closing coal plants saves lives, boosts crop yields

Science
Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Over the last two decades, dozens of coal plants in the United States have shuttered. The earliest victims were mostly the smallest, oldest plants, but more recently, even some of the country's largest coal plants have closed their doors. New research suggests the reductions in coal pollution are not only helping save American lives, but also boosting crop yields. According to a new study, as coal plants closed -- many of them, replaced by natural gas plants -- local pollution levels have dropped. In addition to emitting CO2, coal plants also produce more particulate matter and ozone, two main components of smog, one of the most common forms of air pollution. Studies have linked smog with a variety of human ailments, including lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cance...
Coal in the stocking? Brexit still menaces key UK industries

Coal in the stocking? Brexit still menaces key UK industries

World
LONDON -- Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decisive victory in last week's general election provided little comfort to Britain's once world-beating financial services industry, which has been battered by Brexit for more than three years. While Johnson's triumph buoyed optimism that he would end the country's long-running political stalemate, it virtually guarantees the U.K. will leave the European Union on Jan. 31 and starts the clock on efforts to negotiate a trade deal with the bloc by the end of 2020. As prime minister prepares to outline his government's priorities Thursday in a speech to lawmakers, the financial industry is seeking assurances that service businesses like theirs won't loose the unfettered access to European markets that has underpinned growth for more than four decades....
Climate change: China coal surge threatens Paris targets

Climate change: China coal surge threatens Paris targets

Science
While the rest of the world has cut coal-based electricity over the past 18 months, China has added enough to power 31 million homes.That's according to a study that says China is now in the process of building or reviving coal equivalent to the EU's entire generating capacity. China is also financing around a quarter of all proposed coal plants outside its borders. Researchers say the surge is a major threat to the Paris climate targets.China's reliance on coal as a key step in developing the economy led to the fabled "one coal plant a week" building programme between 2006 and 2015.But the push had many negative consequences, choking the air with pollution in many Chinese cities and leading to huge overcapacity. Many of these pl...
Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Health
A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by the end of the year, but the exact day hadn’t been certain as the plant worked to deplete a stockpile of coal. It stopped producing electricity shortly after noon Monday when shift supervisor Fred Larson, a 41-year employee, put the plant permanently offline. “It will be hard for people because for employees, there’s a lot of pride, a lot of passion for their work, and they have put their heart and soul in this plant,” said Paul Ostapuk, who oversees safety and environment at the plant. The 2,250-megawatt