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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...

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...

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Economy

McDonald’s misses earnings estimates due to rising costs, pandemic woes

McDonalds fell short of its revenue, and profit estimates, and the company cited rising costs and low sales turnout in its more than 4,500 store outlets in China and Australia. It said that the issues brought by the...

Nike appoints Ann Miller as new executive vice president

Nike, the American footwear and sports apparel company, announced it had promoted Ann Miller to be its new executive vice president and general counsel. Her assignment is set to take effect on Feb. 17. Portland Business...

S. Korea’s Largest Solar Farm Begins Operations

South Koreas largest solar power plant that covers an area of 1.42 million square meters, encompassing four towns in the southwestern county of Shinan has begun operations. The solar farm, which holds a capacity of 150...

S. Korean institute develops chimney smoke fine dust filtration system

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials had developed a system that filters fine dust in the white smoke emitted from thermoelectric power plants and waste incinerating facilities through simultaneous cooling and...

Politics

Donald Trump 'strong-armed' the RNC into paying his legal fees

Former President Donald Trump is facing several lawsuits and investigations, a few of which were related to the 2020 elections and his efforts to overturn the election results. Attorney Tristan Snell explained how Trumps...

Mark Meadows aide testified before Jan. 6 committee

The congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection is steadily making more and more progress into piecing together the events that took place. Another development to the panels probe is that they...

Kamala Harris to play important role in selecting new SCOTUS justice

Speculations have now begun as to who US President Joe Biden will be nominating as the next Supreme Court justice. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to play a key role in the selection of the next justice of the high...

Joe Biden, Drew Barrymore, others to honor Betty White in tv special

US President Joe Biden will take part in a television special honoring actress and comedienne Betty White, who passed away in December. Biden will be alongside many other celebrity guests in the special that is set to air...

Science

Hyundai Steel develops high crack resistance steel plates for EVs

Hyundai Steel Co. had developed a premium 1.5GPa martensitic (MS) steel plate for eco-friendly vehicles, which has a higher crack resistance than any other in the same product category. South Koreas No. 2 steelmaker...

Japanese lunar exploration firm Ispace plans first moon landing by private firm

Ispace Inc. will execute the worlds first moon landing by a private company through its unmanned lunar lander, which will be launched by the end of this year from the US. It will carry lunar probes developed separately...

SK Chemicals to ramp up production of chemically-recycled PET for food containers

SK Chemicals Co. has ramped up its production of chemically-recycled (CR) PET for the food container market, made by chemically decomposing waste plastics to turn them into pure raw materials and then used for...

S. Korean researchers develop portable ‘electronic nose that checks meat freschness

The Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology developed a portable electronic nose that can check in real-time whether meat has spoiled. The research team developed the electronic nose by creating two...

S. Korean scientists develop protein absorbent that collects rare earth elements from steel slag

A Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology research team has developed a protein absorbent that can collect rare earth elements from steel slag, an industrial by-product. The research team succeeded in selectively...

Technology

OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G will reportedly launch on February 11

It now looks like February is going to be a huge month for people looking to upgrade to a new mid-range phone as well. A recent leak suggests the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G could be announced in February. To recap, the first...

‘Death Stranding’ PC gamers will only pay $10 for the Director’s Cut upgrade

PC gamers finally have a release date for the Death Stranding: Directors Cut on Steam, and it is happening quite soon. Another good news is that players who have already purchased the base game do not have to buy the...

‘Hyper Scape’ servers to shut down on April 28

Ubisoft announced on Thursday that it would stop the development of Hyper Scape in the coming months. That also means its servers will be shut down soon, leaving its loyal fans only a few months left to keep playing the...

Epic Games Store will continue offering weekly free games in 2022

Epic Games Store users will continue getting one of the best deals throughout 2022 as Epic Games announced that the weekly free game giveaways will still be available on its digital storefront. Players have also been...
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