A political sign in West Virginia reflects the claim that the Obama administration, by developing policies to reduce carbon emission, was waging a campaign against the industry.
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Scholars of communications pick apart the rhetoric behind the 'war on coal' and explain why it ultimately benefits the coal industry.
A five-story coal ash pile next to the AES electric power plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico.
Low-income residents in Puerto Rico are fighting disposal of toxic coal ash in their communities. They're also campaigning to shift from coal energy – the source of the problem – to solar power.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shake hands during a joint ratification of the Paris climate change agreement in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 3, 2016.
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Although Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by China, Chinese leaders believe cutting carbon emissions will generate economic and political payoffs at home and abroad.
The Niger Delta, where the rights of humans have been violated in the pursuit of oil.
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Global indigenous and human rights movements that oppose the oil, coal and gas industries are charting a path for a fair and just transition to a low carbon energy future.
South Africa needs take a radically different path if it is going to make its economy more inclusive. It must start from the premise that markets are intrinsically skewed to historic privilege.
South Africa’s new energy plan shows a greater reliance on gas, solar and especially wind power.
South Africa has a new energy plan. Renewable energy in the form of wind, gas and solar feature high on its agenda.
Virginia coalminers in the industry’s 1970s heyday.
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America's coal heartland is delighted with Donald Trump's election win. But like King Canute, he can't turn back the tide of the global market push away from coal and towards renewables.
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.
The recently updated Integrated Resource Plan calls for significant investment in South Africa's power supply. But can the country afford it?
Environmental activists rallied at Queensland’s state parliament in April.
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Queensland's Supreme Court has backed the state government's decision to approve the proposed Carmichael coal mine. But environmental groups have scored some key legal points on climate considerations.
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.
Not exactly a sustainability agenda.
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Trump has promised to abolish Obama's Clean Power Plan and back out of the Paris climate accord. But business could become a key firewall that won't let Obama's sustainability legacy die.
Trump’s energy plan will be fossil fuels on steroids combined with efforts to roll back limits on greenhouse gases.
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President-elect Trump's objective on energy and climate is clear: Undo Obama's legacy of environmental regulations and massively expand fossil fuel production.
Abbot Point port would have to be expanded to ship coal from the proposed new mine.
Queensland's planned new coal mine could impact the climate, the Great Barrier Reef, water, and local species. Yet still it has been declared as 'critical infrastructure' by the state government.
Lights out for Hazelwood, but other power stations can pick up the slack.
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The potential shutdown of Victoria's Hazelwood power station could leave a large gap in coal-fired baseload generation. But other coal power stations have plenty of spare capacity to fill the gap.
We thought Malcolm Turnbull had nailed his colours to the mast on climate policy - but maybe not.
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Malcolm Turnbull has said coal will be important for "many decades to come" – joining a long line of prime ministers who talked big on climate policy but found themselves talking up fossil fuels.
Yes, climate change came up during the debate but there was little substantive discussion of energy or environment.
Trump is following in Ronald Reagan's footsteps by pushing against regulations, but in the 1980s, it only awakened the public to environmental concerns.
The Hazelwood power station has been named Australia’s ‘dirtiest’ for its carbon emissions.
Victoria's brown coal Hazelwood station produces 5% of Australia's electricity, and 3% of the country's carbon emissions.
Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley is one of the emissions intensive power stations that remains open.
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Environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg said that eight out of Australia's 12 most emission intensive power stations closed in the last five years. Is that right?
Companies are weighing up whether investment in a coal mine is worth the risk.
Risk management for climate change is starting to impact our day-to-day lives.