Archive for the ‘Coal’ Category

A third of Beijing’s soaring air pollution comes from outside city.

April 16, 2014 Climate, Coal

Reuters: “Around one-third of the air pollution in China‘s smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported on Wednesday, citing a pollution watchdog.”

Religious groups urge Pope to support fossil fuel divestment.

April 16, 2014 Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Religious groups have urged  Pope Francis to back a campaign to encourage millions of people, organisations and investors to pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry.”

China’s air pollution leading to more erratic climate for US, say scientists.

April 15, 2014 Climate, Coal

Guardian: “China’s air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the US.”

“Averting climate change catastrophe is affordable, says IPCC report.”

April 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards, according to a landmark UN report published on Sunday. It concludes the transformation required to a world of clean energy and the ditching of dirty fossil fuels is eminently affordable.”

“UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster.”

April 13, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Guardian: “Mitigation of Climate Change, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a panel of 200 scientists, will make it clear that by far the most realistic option for the future is to triple or even quadruple the use of renewable power plants.” (more…)

“We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet”: Archbishop Tutu.

April 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

Desmond Tutu in the Guardian: “Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.”

Nafeez Ahmed reviews Energy of Nations, Part 2: “Could he be right?”

April 9, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance, Gas, Nuclear, Oil

Nafeez Ahmed in the Guardian: “In The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance, Dr Jeremy Leggett – a former oil geologist and government adviser on renewable energy – warns of the risk of an imminent global oil crash as early as next year, and no later than 2020. In my first post on Leggett’s new book, I focused on his analysis of our “risk blindness.” But despite his trenchant and uncompromising stance on the potentially catastrophic consequences of business as usual, Leggett is no doomer.”

BT, Shell and other corporates call for trillion tonne carbon cap.

April 8, 2014 Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Unilever, Shell, BT, and EDF Energy are among 70 leading companies today calling on governments across the globe to step up efforts to tackle climate change.”

Is coal really on the rise in Europe? A dead cat bounce, more like.

April 7, 2014 Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Finance

Jeremy Leggett on Thomson Reuters: “For the fossil fuel boosters and the climate deniers, it’s a delicious irony. Despite the EU’s much-vaunted climate leadership, its use of coal to generate power has apparently been on the rise.”

“Energy complaints reach highest level ever recorded.”

April 7, 2014 Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Energy complaints in the first quarter of 2014 more than tripled compared to the same period last year to their highest level ever recorded, the energy sector’s ombudsman said on Monday.”

“Prepare now for fossil-free future”: Aberdeen Asset Management in FT.

April 6, 2014 Climate, Coal, Finance, Oil

Craig MacKenzie in the FT: “….One of the most striking things about the fossil divestment campaign is that it is not content merely to make a moral case, it also claims that divestment makes sense from a financial perspective: to avoid a growing “carbon bubble” that might pop soon.”

Frackers to drill on old munitions site in UK.

April 4, 2014 Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “A leading fracking firm is to start drilling on the former site of a huge explosive factory, in a decision described as “beyond comprehension” by the local MP.”

“No fool like an old fuel”: latest Leggett column in Recharge.

April 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil
Recharge magazine: “Shell’s 2013 annual report includes an interesting statement about the company’s potential death. “Over time, we expect that a growing share of our CO2 emissions will be subject to regulation and result in increasing our costs,” it reads.”

Biggest coal and PR firms in world pair up to promote coal for the poor.

March 27, 2014 Climate, Coal

Kate Sheppard for the Huffington Post: “Peabody Energy Corp., the world’s largest private-sector coal company, launched apublic relations and advertising campaign last month extolling the virtues of coal energy for poor people.”

Ofgem to launch full investigation into Big 6, possibly leading to breakup.

March 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Guardian: “Britain has been warned that it faces an energy investment freeze and a heightened risk of blackouts after the industry watchdog called for the deepest ever investigation into the big six power suppliers.”

The vulnerable US grid: how a little dispersed generation would help a lot.

March 24, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear “….the human race has been reminded again and again that big things have their vulnerable points. The U.S. power grid, sometimes called the world’s largest machine, is no exception.”

Growing global energy use threatens water supplies, UN warns.

March 21, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “Growing demand for energy will put increasing pressure on the world’s already strained water resources, particularly in developing and emerging economies, the UN has warned.”

ExxonMobil agrees to report to investors on carbon asset-stranding risk.

March 20, 2014 Climate, Coal, Finance, Gas, Oil

NYT: “Energy companies have been under increasing pressure from shareholder activists in recent years to warn investors of the risks that stricter limits on carbon emissions would place on their business. On Thursday, a shareholder group said that it had won its biggest prize yet, when Exxon Mobil became the first oil and gas producer to agree to publish that information by the end of the month.”

How does an aging workforce build an electric power plant? Er, I forget.

March 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear

Mass-marketing e-mail: “Participants at this 2nd Utility Aging Workforce Conference will become familiar with the utility and energy industries challenges and trends concerning the aging workforce, effective knowledge transfer, and retirement impacts. Over one-half (50%) of utility workers will be eligible to retire in the next 6-8 years.” (more…)

NASA-funded study: Is industrial civilisation set for irreversible collapse?

March 14, 2014 Climate, Coal, Gas, Oil

Guardian: “A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.”