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Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations

Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumption
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Three coal leaders are also the ones doing well on the economy. So being ecologically irresponsible pays off. The economic and political power of these countries in the EU also means we can forget about a smart social-ecological transition. 

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Online Cloud Services Rely on Coal and Nuclear Power, Report Says

The report, by Greenpeace, singled out Apple as a leader in the drive for cheap coal-fired energy to power giant data centers.
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A small step forward for Earth - is it really? Small thinking will not help

A small step forward for Earth - is it really? Small thinking will not help | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
In an election year, any progress on environmental regulation is cause for celebration. So when the Obama administration on Tuesday released its long-delayed proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, there was reason for anyone concerned about public health or the looming climate menace to cheer — even though it won't shut down a single existing coal-fired plant.

 

A small step maybe for Obama but with little relief for the planet. History will judge political leaders who lack the courage to free themselves from the shackles of "political realism".

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Attacks paid for by big business are 'driving science into a dark era'

Attacks paid for by big business are 'driving science into a dark era' | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Researchers attending one of the world's major academic conferences 'are scared to death of the anti-science lobby'...

 

Good article in The Observer on how certain coal and oil companies are paying big money to discredit scientist. In the end, these companies will reap what they sowed.

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New scientific study: carbon emission of shale gas lower than those of coal

In a new article in the Climate Change journal, three researchers of Cornell University criticise the famous greenhouse-gas footprint study of shale gas done by Howarth and others last year. Their figures show that the greenhouse impact of shale gas is "half and perhaps a third that of coal."

 

It is clear that the shale gas debate will heat up considerably in 2012. Even if carbon emissions of natural gas are lower than coal, will gas really replace coal or will we just end up with more gas AND more coal, and therefore more climate change?

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NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crusade against coal

NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crusade against coal | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Michael Bloomberg is putting $50 million toward the anti-coal movement. That, needless to say, is a big deal. Where is the European anti-coal movement and the EU's Bloomberg?
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Coal to challenge oil's dominance by 2017, says IEA

Coal to challenge oil's dominance by 2017, says IEA | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Agency predicts further rise in coal use due to fall in price and failing EU emissions trading scheme, threatening green targets
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Particularly bad news at this end of the year. And still Europe is subsidising coal use.

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New climate strategy: Buy the damn coal and keep it in the ground

New climate strategy: Buy the damn coal and keep it in the ground | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A new paper proposes that we buy up coal deposits in countries around the world to keep them from being exploited. It's fascinating strategy, but could it work?

 

Interesting post by David Roberts on the Grist.

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China's Janus-face on energy and climate policy

China's Janus-face on energy and climate policy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Western environmentalists are often pointing to the clean energy leadership of China to convince their own leaders to act faster and clean up their act. The problem is that China's energy policy also has its dark (coal) side.

 

Richard Heinberg provides some of the ugly figures behind China's coal consumption. The country will burn over 4 billion tonnes of coal in 2012 and produces  greenhouse gas emissions of over 8.8 billion tonnes.

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Unearthing the True Cost of Fossil Fuels

Unearthing the True Cost of Fossil Fuels | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Fossil fuel company executives and D.C. politicians have long worked together to ensure coal and oil prices stay low enough to keep Americans hooked. Here's how we can break the addiction.

 

Brilliant must-read article on the links between the oil industry and political elites and the effects of this unholy nexus.

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The Triumph of King Coal: Hardening Our Coal Addiction

The Triumph of King Coal: Hardening Our Coal Addiction | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Despite all the talk about curbing greenhouse gas emissions, the world is burning more and more coal. The inconvenient truth is that coal remains a cheap and dirty fuel — and the idea of “clean” coal remains a distant dream.

 

Scary article by Fred Pearce on Yale Environment 360. It also makes the connection with the Durban climate summit and South-Africa's coal addiction.

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