A favourite argument of coal proponents is the idea that if their mine is knocked back, someone else will simply dig up coal elsewhere.
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A NSW court's decision to rule out a coalmine on the basis of climate change could signal a turning of the tide in an arena where environmental litigants have previously struggled to gain traction.
There’s no painless way for South Africans to deal with the power utility crisis.
There's no easy way for Eskom to claw its way out of the crisis it's in.
Before democracy South Africa's mining sector prioritised profits over the people and environment. Not much has changed.
The Flint Hills Resources oil refinery, near downtown Houston.
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The coal, oil and natural gas industries are also connected with human rights violations, public health disasters and environmental devastation.
Can South Africa keep the lights on?
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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's pronouncements on the power utility Eskom, during the State of the Nation Address may lead to significant changes in country's energy policy.
A coal barge sits in the background as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Cincinnati in June 2017.
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Words matter because they influence the way we understand environmental problems and shape their solutions.
A coal mine near the mountains in Alberta.
An American coal company is suing the Canadian government over Alberta's plan to combat climate change.
A woman in Beijing wearing a mask to avoid inhaling smog passes an anti-pollution mural.
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The country's carbon emissions should level off again soon.
A state of climate denial.
The UN climate talks are being held in a nation dominated by cheap coal.
Renewables can cut prices as well as emissions.
South Australia's energy prices have gone up as more renewables entered the market – but prices would have gone up even more without them.
The abandonment of Adani’s bespoke railway leaves it with a 200km gap to bring coal to its Abbot Point port (pictured).
Indian mining firm Adani has announced scaled-down plans for its planned Queensland coal mine, which it will now fund itself. But there are still many questions hanging over the project.
Protesters are seen outside an event Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was attending in Calgary on Nov. 22, 2018.
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Canada has joined the international community in calling for a transition away from fossil fuels. There is no reason to wait for more painful disruption before planning for that transition.
In this June 2017 photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally in Cincinnati. A coal company executive said Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down.
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Despite politically powerful coal communities helping elect a president who vowed guarantee their continued prosperity, their future remains more uncertain than ever.
The Big Brown coal plant in Fairfield is among the Texas power stations that have been shut down.
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A study of the social cost of carbon emitted by the shrinking fleet of Texan coal plants suggests that closing more of them down would be good for the climate and public health.
How long can coal realistically keep chugging along?
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The federal government has floated the idea of underwriting new coal-fired electricity generation in a bid to keep power prices low. But doing so would be a defiance of economic and environmental reality.
Wind turbines used to generate electricity on a wind farm in South Africa.
South Africa's sunshine and coastlines are ideal for renewable energy generation but the country's struggling to take advantage of this.
Torrefaction produces a substance that can be burned like coal.
Biomass that's been through a torrefaction process could do the same duty as coal, with far less water use and less pollution.
Environmental regulations generally improve communities’ preparedness and resilience during disasters.
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The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
New coal mining operations could threaten
South Africa's Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.
Old Delhi skyline.
The case for pragmatism, not dogma.