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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

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...

Future of Coal Series

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...

Future of Coal Series

New report shows world is awash with fossil fuels. It's time to cut off supply

Nov 24, 2019 14:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views

A new United Nations report shows the worlds major fossil fuel producing countries, including Australia, plan to dig up far more coal, oil and gas than can be burned if the world is to prevent serious harm from climate...

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Economy

Shopify to lose three top executives all at once

Shopify will lose three of its high-ranking executives after they have expressed their intention to leave the company. Based on the report, the chief talent officer, chief technology officer and chief legal officer job...

Tencent Music appoints new chief and chairman amid the executives' shuffle

Tencent Music revealed this week that it has appointed its new chief executive officer and chairman. The announcement shows a major leadership shake-up in the company but it was a welcomed change. The executive shuffle...

POSCO to build the very first lithium factory in S. Korea

POSCO, the South Korean steel-making company, is building the countrys very first lithium factory. The Pohang-headquartered firm is the fifth largest steelmaker in the world based on the output. It was reported that...

Naver, Kakao compete in a bid to acquire Munpia

Naver and Kakao are battling to acquire the web novel platform, Munpia. The two major South Korean tech firms are interested in gaining control of S2L Partners that manages Munpia. The aim is to buy at least 64.42%...

Politics

Ivanka Trump receives backlash from supporters for getting COVID-19 vaccine

Donald Trumps daughter and former White House adviser Ivanka Trump has largely been silent on social media since January when the Trump administration exited the White House. In a break to her social media silence, Ms....

Donald Trump 2024: Liz Cheney says she will not support ex-POTUS in a reelection bid

Former President Donald Trump is being touted by his base of supporters in the Republican Party as the partys nomination for the 2024 elections. However, some Republicans, including Liz Cheney, have expressed no desire to...

Joe Biden announces withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

Almost 20 years and three presidents later, Joe Biden has carried out another campaign promise initially made by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden formally announced the withdrawal of US troops stationed in Afghanistan...

Nancy Pelosi blasts Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in upcoming book

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had some harsh words for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in an upcoming book. Pelosi blasted McConnell, citing one instance involving the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

Science

Feeding cows a few ounces of seaweed daily could sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

Methane is a short-lived but powerful greenhouse gas and the second-largest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide. And the majority of human-induced methane emissions comes from livestock. About 70% of...

Researchers have grown 'human embryos' from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by reprogramming cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the earliest phases of human development, learn more...

Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan blasted off from the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon in their lunar module Challenger on December 14 1972. Five days later, they splashed down safely in the Pacific, closing the Apollo...

As the Perseverance rover lands on Mars, there's a lot we already know about Mars from meteorites found on Earth

NASAs Perseverance rover successfully touched down on Mars this morning, and has already begun beaming back images. But people might be surprised to learn there have been another 48 missions to the red planet so far. Of...

Transparent wood is coming, and it could make an energy-efficient alternative to glass

Wood is an ancient material humans have been using for millions of years, for the construction of housing, ships and as a source of fuel for burning. Its also a renewable source, and one way to capture excess carbon...

Technology

‘F1 2021’ launches in July with a new story mode and updated career mode

The official video game sim of the prestigious Formula 1 race is getting a new iteration this year, officially titled F1 2021, and will launch in July. Aside from the ceremonial gameplay upgrades and addition of new...

‘Genshin Impact’ patch 1.5 online reveal is set on April 16

After weeks of relying on leaks, fans will finally get the details of the much-awaited Genshin Impact patch 1.5. Details about the updates official reveal have been announced and fans will be able to watch online streams...

‘The Last of Us’ remake is reportedly in development for PS5

The Last of Us is arguably one of the most popular franchises exclusive to the PlayStation systems, and its first game is reportedly undergoing a touch-up to maximize PS5s hardware. However, fans have yet to hear about...

Apple seeds iOS 14.5 beta 8 for public testers

iOS 14.5 is expected to be the biggest update since iOS 14 launched last fall. It finally became available to public testers as Apple seeded its eighth beta version this week. iOS 14.5 beta 8 now available to public...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ dev promises more bug fixes to continue selling the game for ‘years to come’

CD Projekt Red has already delivered the promised major patches for Cyberpunk 2077, but many still feel that the RPG has more room to improve. On the bright side, the studio has expressed its commitment to continuously...
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