Large parts of Appalachia’s forests, once owned by coal companies, now make money for investors by storing carbon. But the results bring few jobs or sizable investments for residents.
The key to a successful energy transition away from coal is good institutional quality supported by anti-corruption procedures and clear rules.
As China winds down it demand for Australian resources, we will be forced to reply once again on economic reform, and the easy options have been taken.
The deal is a global aspiration, not a legally binding agreement. But it should end the idea that burning carbon – in Australia and elsewhere – can continue on a significant scale beyond 2050.
This year, China has built renewables at a truly staggering pace. But can its tech-first approach actually cut emissions – and find common ground at COP28?
The longest-running study of its kind reviewed death records in the path of pollution from coal-fired power plants. The numbers are staggering − but also falling fast as US coal plants close.
Australia has a massive opportunity to reduce global emissions by as much as 9%, all while renewing its heavy industries and economy. But to seize the opportunity, government needs to move fast.
Four years after being made redundant, workers in coal-fired power stations made redundant make only one half of what they used to.
Four hundred and forty men and boys were killed in the Senghenydd colliery disaster, with the youngest victims aged just 14 years old.
Australia’s move towards net zero emissoions by 2020 is in danger of stalling. If it is not to fail, the nation urgently needs a government plan, aligned with industry and with public support.
The argument that “if we don’t sell it, someone else will” works for the street-level drug dealing. Coal exports are different – and here’s how.
Holding climate change to 1.5 might be possible – but in the best case, we’ll blow past the limit first and then backpedal.
You might look at the task ahead of weaning ourselves off fossil fuels and despair. But we’ve changed energy sources many times before – and it’s never a straightforward process.
Most people accept our energy system must move from fossil fuels, especially coal, to renewables as soon as practicable. But there are serious obstacles on the ground – literally.
Despite the meteoric rise of wind and solar, fossil energy sources have met most new demand in fast-growing economies.
Pulverised fuel ash can be recycled and used to manufacture concrete as well as other products.
Australia is approving coal mine expansions because of their “very small” impact on global heating. It doesn’t stack up.
Any remedies to the South African power crisis initiated now – or under development – are not going to have a significant impact this year.
The book shows how parts of South Africa now fester with organised crime.
Some rocks will burn, and others will melt, depending on how they were formed and what minerals they contain.