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Despite major shifts in the industry and serious worries in coal communities, today coal still supplies nearly 40% of our electricity. According to the Bureau of Land Management, one out of every five homes and business in the US use electricity made from Wyoming coal. But what does the future look like for fossil fuels in a world where there is increasing pressure to keep them in the ground? In this series, we examine the role of coal as an energy source in a world where constraints on carbon emissions are adopted to mitigate global warming. Indeed, the challenge for governments and industry is to find a path that mitigates carbon emissions yet continues to utilize coal to meet urgent energy needs, especially in developing economies.

Future of Coal Series

Australia's government gives more support to fossil fuel research than is apparent

Jul 24, 2021 06:09 am UTC| Economy

Australian governments direct billions to fossil fuel companies. Among the projects funded by Commonwealth and state governments are work on coal ports, railways and power stations, and research into clean coal or coal...

Future of Coal Series

Deutsche Bank to discontinue lending to coal miners

Aug 01, 2020 14:31 pm UTC| Business

Deutsche Bank announced it would discontinue business with companies that are most exposed to coal mining by 2025 at the latest. The policy will cover companies making over half their revenues from coal mining or, where...

Future of Coal Series

Aren't we in a drought? The Australian black coal industry uses enough water for over 5 million people

May 05, 2020 08:33 am UTC| Nature

Water is a highly contested resource in this long, oppressive drought, and the coal industry is one of Australias biggest water users. Research released today, funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation, has...

Future of Coal Series

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year's record high

Dec 04, 2019 11:21 am UTC| Insights & Views

Global emissions for 2019 are predicted to hit 36.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂), setting yet another all-time record. This disturbing result means emissions have grown by 62% since international climate...

Future of Coal Series

For hydrogen to be truly 'clean' it must be made with renewables, not coal

Dec 03, 2019 03:37 am UTC| Insights & Views

Using hydrogen as a clean fuel is an idea whose time may be coming. For Australia, producing hydrogen is alluring: it could create a lucrative new domestic industry and help the world achieve a carbon-free future. The...

Future of Coal Series

The five corrupt pillars of climate change denial

Dec 01, 2019 03:22 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change - where none exists. The latest estimate is that the worlds five...

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Fossil fuel divestment will increase carbon emissions, not lower them – here's why

Nov 27, 2019 12:50 pm UTC| Insights & Views

A global campaign encouraging individuals, organisations and institutional investors to sell off investments in fossil fuel companies is gathering pace. According to 350.org, US$11 trillion has already been divested...

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Economy

LG Electronics scores win against Tinno Mobile over patent case

LG Electronics officially pulled out its mobile phone business this year, and now it is running after companies that it believes violated its patent rights. The South Korean company is suing groups for mobile-related...

Honda issues recall for 725,000 SUVs and trucks in the US

Honda recalls around 725,000 units of vehicles after the discovery of an issue with the hoods. It was reported that the mentioned car part could pop open without warning while on the road. Honda said the issue affects...

Kakao enters healthcare business, deepening rivalry with Naver

Kakao has entered the digital healthcare business, and this will surely expand its rivalry with Naver Corp. that is already operating its medical service business. The company recently formed a team that includes medical...

Adidas promotes Star Wars gear ahead of The Book of Boba Fett series this December

Adidas is promoting its Star Wars collection inspired by the legendary galactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, featuring a pair of his Firebird Track Pants, ahead of its upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series at Disney+ on...

Politics

Capitol riots: Insurrectionist found to have communicated with Proud Boys leader

Hundreds of Capitol insurrectionists have been arrested by the feds for their participation in storming the building on January 6. One of the recently arrested insurrectionists may further back the suspicion of having...

Donald Trump lawsuit: Judge grills attorney for ex-POTUS' comments in rape defamation lawsuit

Amongst the slew of lawsuits and legal battles against twice-impeached, former President Donald Trump is the rape defamation case filed by columnist E. Jean Carroll. Last week, a federal appeals court heard the oral...

Afghanistan: West criticizes Taliban for 'summary killings' despite amnesty pledge

The Taliban is looking to gain international recognition as the new leaders of Afghanistan through the promise of presenting a more moderate approach to governing. However, the recent reports of killings have led a group...

Capitol riots: Insurrectionist asks courts for permission to attend wedding in Cancun ahead of sentencing

Hundreds of the members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol were arrested and charged by the feds since the insurrection. One insurrectionist recently made a bizarre request to the courts, asking for permission...

Science

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

Coffee and tea drinkers had lower risks of dementia and stroke, according to a study published in Plos Medicine in November 2021. This study involved 365,682 participants aged 50 to 74 years from the UK...

Doosan Robotics launches collaborative robot cafe

Doosan Robotics Co. has produced an unmanned modular robot cafe, which refers to a robot that can work with a human. The unmanned modular robot cafe is 1.8 meters wide, 1.59 meters long, and 1.85 meters high. Doosan...

Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

Nissan Motor Co. rolled out on Dec.2 an unmanned rover prototype to operate on the moon using its electric cars all-wheel-control technology to let it operate under harsh conditions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Technology

Report: Sony PlayStation to introduce an Xbox Game Pass rival in spring 2022

Sony is reportedly planning to introduce a video game subscription service that would rival Xbox Game Pass. However, it would also phase out PlayStation Now in the process. Microsofts Xbox Game Pass service has earned...

Apple could announce new top-tier iMac and first Mac Pro with Apple silicon in 2022

Apple is anticipated to make another huge wave of announcements for 2022, especially for its Mac line. The company is expected to announce a new top-tier iMac, as well as the first Mac Pro powered by its in-house...

Meta is expanding the Facebook Protect program to more users

Meta appears to be making more effort to push Facebook users handling high-profile pages to enable Facebook Protect features. Those who fail to turn on the safety tools might risk getting locked out of their...

Samsung Galaxy A73 could sport a 108MP main camera and launch in December

Renders allegedly showing the design of the upcoming Galaxy A73 surfaced recently, and it appears that Samsung is not planning a significant redesign. However, several notable changes in the technical specifications were...
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