China’s latest energy plan would see coal power increase by 200 gigawatts.
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China has pledged to peak carbon emissions before 2030, but is planning a 20% increase in coal power by 2020.
Coal power stations are major sources of mercury pollution in Australia.
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Australia is lagging behind 35 other nations in ratifying the Minamata Convention on Mercury Pollution.
Australia’s LNG exports have driven domestic gas prices higher.
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With gas prices high, coal-fired power has been increasing, which is bad news for carbon emissions.
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Nearly 5m tonnes of coal will soon be shipped through the Sundarbans each year.
Australia will likely have to close more coal power stations to meet climate targets.
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Australia's energy watchdog has warned that closing coal power stations could leave us vulnerable to supply problems. But not if we help take the pressure off the grid.
The closure of Port Augusta’s Northern Power Plant marks the end of coal-fired generation in South Australia.
Closure of the state's last coal power station will leave a potential gap in the electricity supply.
South Africa has made promises to decarbonise but is hugely reliable on coal - so this is difficult.
The process of decarbonisation is a complex one for South Africa, as most its power supply comes from coal.