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  • Europe's largest bank announces ban on unsustainable energy investments

    23 April 2018

    London-based HSBC, whose global assets total more than $2 trillion, announced on April 20 that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants (with a few targeted exceptions), Arctic drilling or new oilsands projects, including pipelines....

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  • UK greenhouse gas emissions fall in 2017 for fifth year

    29 March 2018

    The UK's greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 3% last year as renewable power output rose and coal-fired power generation fell. In the fifth yearly decline in a row, output fell to 456m tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), down from 468m tonnes of CO2e in 2016, according to data released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)....

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  • Over 200 workers claim their health was destroyed by Tennessee coal ash spill cleanup

    28 March 2018

    The Kingston coal fly ash slurry spill occurred on December 22, 2008, when an ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in Roane County, Tennessee. More than 4 million cubic metres of coal fly ash slurry was released, covering more than one square kilometre of the surrounding land....

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  • UK Government rejects proposed opencast coal project

    26 March 2018

    UK Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has thrown out plans to develop a new opencast coal mine at Highthorn near Druridge Bay, 35km north of Newcastle, even through they were approved by Northumberland County Council in 2016. Javid said his decision took account of all material considerations, including the potential environmental impacts of the scheme....

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  • Missouri University of Science and Technology team to study blast-induced brain injuries

    16 February 2018

    The Experimental Mine at Missouri S&T is known to many as the site of a popular summer Explosives Camp for high school students, and for its designation by Popular Science magazine as the country’s “coolest lab.”...

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OECD urges developed countries to impose more effective climate change taxes 15 February 2018

Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift towards low-carbon sources, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on February 14. In its Taxing Energy Use 2018 report, the OECD concluded that only 0.3% of emissions are taxed at a level that is equitable to the cost to the environment....

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Former US coal company CEO, jailed for deadly mine explosion, to run for Senate seat 22 January 2018

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, sentenced in 2016 to one year in prison on a conviction stemming from the deadliest US mine explosion in four decades, has announced he will launch a campaign to wrest the West Virginia US senate seat currently held by moderate Democrat Joe Manchin....

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Burning of fossil fuels hits record high in 2017 - report 13 November 2017

The 12th annual Global Carbon Budget report published on November 13, produced by 76 of the world’s leading emissions experts from 57 research institutions, estimates that global carbon emissions from fossil fuels will have risen by 2% by the end of 2017. The new analysis estimates that 37bn tonnes of CO2 will be emitted from burning fossil fuels, the highest total ever....

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Romania suffers two fatal coal mine incidents in October 06 November 2017

On October 30, an underground explosion at the Uricani coal mine in Western Romania killed one and injured three others. This is the second mine accident in Romania in a month: a gallery ceiling collapsed at the Lupeni coal mine on October 5 leaving two miners dead and one injured....

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US study finds power from coal up to 100 times more toxic than shale gas 26 October 2017

The lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new University of Michigan study. In their lifecycle impact assessment, the researchers used Pennsylvania as the point of origin for both shale gas and coal, since both are abundant in the state....

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