Tagged: coal

Solar is now the most popular form of new electricity generation worldwide - Guest Work

Guest Work Aug 03, 2017

By Andrew Blakers, Australian National University Solar has become the world’s favourite new type of electricity generation, according to global data showing that more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity is being installed than any other generation technology. Worldwide, some 73 gigawatts of net new solar PV capacity was installed in 2016. Wind energy came in second place (55GW), … Read More

Pacific pariah: how Australia’s love of coal has left it out in the diplomatic cold - Guest Work

Guest Work Sep 09, 2016

Wesley Morgan, The University of the South Pacific Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will have some explaining to do when he attends the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ meeting in Pohnpei, Micronesia, this week. Australia’s continued determination to dig up coal, while refusing to dig deep to tackle climate change, has put it increasingly at odds with world … Read More

How should the U.S. government help coal communities? - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 16, 2016

Mark Partridge, The Ohio State University; Mark Rembert, The Ohio State University, and Michael Betz, The Ohio State University As the United States adopts policies to lower greenhouse gas emissions, some communities will benefit from the shift to lower-carbon energy sources. But others will lose. Communities that have historically relied on coal production – … Read More

New minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett confirms NZ uses ‘Hot Air’ creative accounting to meet emissions targets - Hot Topic

Mr February Dec 22, 2015

New Zealand’s new Minister for Climate Change, Paula Bennett, has just confirmed New Zealand will be “carrying forward” 127 million “Hot Air” emissions units (or offsets) under Kyoto Protocol rules. These units mostly do not represent a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent reduced somewhere else and yet the Government intends to use them to allow New Zealand’s greenhouse … Read More

Have we finally reached peak fossil fuel emissions? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 08, 2015

Pep Canadell, CSIRO Despite robust global economic growth over the past two years, worldwide carbon emissions from fossil fuels grew very little in 2014, and might even fall this year. A report released today by the Global Carbon Project has found that fossil fuel emissions of carbon dioxide grew by only 0.6% in 2014, breaking with … Read More

Coal, climate change, and the NZ economy: Winners, losers, and long-term users - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Aug 19, 2015

Cross-posted from Coal Action Network Aotearoa As the country reeled with the news last week that Solid Energy had gone into administration with a $300m debt, another event was happening in the Pacific that puts the debate in a context that it too seldom receives in New Zealand. On Thursday, Kiribati Prime Minister Anote Tong … Read More

Divesting from fossil fuels – is this good for public health? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Nov 25, 2014

Professor Alistair Woodward, Associate Professor Nick Wilson What does Victoria University have in common with Stanford, the Australian National University and the British Medical Association? They have all decided in the last few months to sell off their interests in … Continue reading → … Read More

Polish Government and Big Coal kick own goal in Warsaw - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Nov 19, 2013

I’m not sure if the Polish Government really meant this to happen. In the run-up to the climate talks, they had scurried round and found a bunch of largely fossil fuel and car sponsors to help them out.  Thanks to these sponsors, we’ve all been given coal-coloured bags with a big oil service company logo […] … Read More

Poland or Coaland? Climate talks about to begin in Warsaw - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Nov 10, 2013

Another year, another round of climate talks.  It’s the 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Climate Convention and we’re back in Poland, the scene of an almost complete non-event in 2008, the year before Copenhagen. It’s Eastern Europe’s turn to host another meeting, and nobody else was prepared to put their hand up, so […] … Read More