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Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

Climate change: Trump coal event overshadowed at COP24

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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

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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...
Sulfur regulations on coal power plants could improve air quality, study says

Sulfur regulations on coal power plants could improve air quality, study says

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Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Texas residents who live downwind of a coal plant still face harmful health outcomes, according to Rice University. That's largely because those plants remain uncleaned. Researchers at Rice say that while air quality in Texas has improved with attention paid to ozone, the state's residents would benefit even more from requirements on sulfur. Cleaning up or replacing coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls could help Texans breathe cleaner, healthier air, according to a study by researchers at Rice University published this month in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association. That's because many of those plants remain uncleaned. "Texas has more unscrubbed coal plants than anywhere in the country and it's causing a substantial amount of air ...
Norwegian fund, German utility exchange barbs over coal mine

Norwegian fund, German utility exchange barbs over coal mine

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A Norwegian pension fund is doubling down on its criticism of German utility firm RWE over the power company's long-term plans to use coal. The chief executive of Storebrand, Jan Erik Saugestad, said Thursday that "continued expansion of coal mines and support of coal-fired power has no future" if the world wants to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius . Saugestad, whose company manages assets worth $ 85 billion, had called earlier this week for investors to sell their shares in RWE because of its plans to expand a coal mine by chopping down Germany's ancient Hambach forest . RWE hit back Wednesday, saying "everybody needs to do their part" and coal-fired plants are needed to ensure stable power supplies in Germany following the country's decision to phase out nuclear plants.Let's...
Australia defies climate warning to back coal

Australia defies climate warning to back coal

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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...