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Despite major shifts in the industry and serious worries in coal communities, today coal still supplies nearly 40% of our electricity. According to the Bureau of Land Management, one out of every five homes and business in the US use electricity made from Wyoming coal. But what does the future look like for fossil fuels in a world where there is increasing pressure to keep them in the ground? In this series, we examine the role of coal as an energy source in a world where constraints on carbon emissions are adopted to mitigate global warming. Indeed, the challenge for governments and industry is to find a path that mitigates carbon emissions yet continues to utilize coal to meet urgent energy needs, especially in developing economies.

Future of Coal Series

Aren't we in a drought? The Australian black coal industry uses enough water for over 5 million people

May 05, 2020 08:33 am UTC| Nature

Water is a highly contested resource in this long, oppressive drought, and the coal industry is one of Australias biggest water users. Research released today, funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation, has...

Future of Coal Series

Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year's record high

Dec 04, 2019 11:21 am UTC| Insights & Views

Global emissions for 2019 are predicted to hit 36.8 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂), setting yet another all-time record. This disturbing result means emissions have grown by 62% since international climate...

Future of Coal Series

For hydrogen to be truly 'clean' it must be made with renewables, not coal

Dec 03, 2019 03:37 am UTC| Insights & Views

Using hydrogen as a clean fuel is an idea whose time may be coming. For Australia, producing hydrogen is alluring: it could create a lucrative new domestic industry and help the world achieve a carbon-free future. The...

Future of Coal Series

The five corrupt pillars of climate change denial

Dec 01, 2019 03:22 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change - where none exists. The latest estimate is that the worlds five...

Future of Coal Series

Fossil fuel divestment will increase carbon emissions, not lower them – here's why

Nov 27, 2019 12:50 pm UTC| Insights & Views

A global campaign encouraging individuals, organisations and institutional investors to sell off investments in fossil fuel companies is gathering pace. According to 350.org, US$11 trillion has already been divested...

Future of Coal Series

New report shows world is awash with fossil fuels. It's time to cut off supply

Nov 24, 2019 14:39 pm UTC| Insights & Views

A new United Nations report shows the worlds major fossil fuel producing countries, including Australia, plan to dig up far more coal, oil and gas than can be burned if the world is to prevent serious harm from climate...

Future of Coal Series

As the coal industry shrinks, miners deserve a just transition – here's what it should include

Nov 05, 2019 11:57 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Murray Energy, one of the biggest private U.S. coal companies, has become the fifth coal company to file for bankruptcy in 2019. Union leaders and many elected officials worry that in addition to the 7,000 miners on...

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Economy

Canceled bookings cost hosts to lose thousands of dollars a month

A number of Airbnb hosts in the United States are planning to sell their properties as well as the furnishings they bought to adorn their homes due to the financial fallout from the pandemic. Canceled bookings cost...

Imports of Japanese beer fell 89 percent to $630,000, while Japanese vehicles dropped 59 percent to $62 million

South Korea imported US$249 million worth of Japanese consumer goods in April, down 37 percent from last year, mainly due to backlash from Korean consumers against Japans export restrictions. Imports of Japanese beer...

The country's economy already struggled before it had to deal with the outbreak.

Indias economy would plummet for the fiscal year of 2020-2021 despite a rebound in activity in the coming months, says the head of Indias central bank Shaktikanta Das. He gave his projection while announcing a slew of...

However, overall exports dipped 1.4 percent in the first quarter.

South Koreas exports of eight new-industry goods in the first-quarter jumped 17 percent from the previous year to $21 billion despite a drop in overall exports. The goods include aviation products and drones, biohealth...

The rise in inequality is attributed to the shrinking wages of low-income households, and a cut down in temporary positions

The income disparity between the top 20 percent and bottom 20 percent of households widened with many of the countrys low-paying jobs being slashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The average monthly income of households...

Politics

Donald Trump's tweets accusing Joe Scarborough of murder will not be deleted, says Twitter

If there is one thing to know about Donald Trump, it is that he is very active on social media, Twitter most especially. Following his continuous accusations towards Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough of murder, Twitter said...

US President Donald Trump criticizes Gavin Newsom over orders for mail-in ballots

President Donald Trump is heavily against mail-in voting, especially for the upcoming elections. Recently, he criticized California Governor Gavin Newsom on Twitter for his decision to provide mail-in ballots. Trump...

AFL-CIO endorses Joe Biden for President

Former vice president Joe Biden is known for being able to connect with the working-class people. Following his endorsements from several labor unions comes another one, from the AFL-CIO. The Hill reports that the...

Joe Biden calls for cancellation of rent, mortgage payments during coronavirus pandemic

The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases with over 1.7 million Americans infected with COVID-19. To ease the burden of the millions who lost their jobs due to the economic disruption brought by the...

Science

Asteroids: Asteroid-comet hybrid spotted by NASA's asteroid warning system

Hybrids of objects seen in space are very rarely sighted, until recently. NASAs asteroid warning system in Hawaii recently spotted one hybrid of an asteroid and a comet known as Trojans. Express reports that astronomers...

New powerful infrared telescope scheduled to be completed within the year, says scientists

While NASA has the James Webb Space Telescope that will be launching in 2021, space agencies in other countries are also in the process of developing their own. However, scientists from the Australian National University...

Expert says text from the Merneptah Stele proves the Israelites occupied Canaan

Many archaeologists and experts continue to study artifacts to find proof that lands and events that existed in the biblical times really existed. A breakthrough appears to have been made as of late as two lines from the...

Aliens: Expert says China is making progress in searching for alien life

Space agencies all over the world are determined to search for alien life in upcoming studies and missions. One expert, in particular, says that among the countries that are keen on searching for extraterrestrials, China...

Technology

AirPods Studio with high-tech play/pause detection system reportedly entered production already

Much of the information from the Apple supply chain about AirPods recently is not about the third generation or the next AirPods Pro. Reports have been focused on an all-new production being dubbed as AirPods Studio, and...

iPhone 12 would not ship with free wired EarPods

The Whats in the Box corner for the iPhone 12 production page later on Apples official website is expected to look a little different later this year. A well-known industry insider reported that the tech giant is planning...

iPhone SE Plus: Is it the official name for the third iPhone SE iteration slated for a 2021 launch?

Some Apple fans were a little hesitant about immediately ordering the new iPhone SE when it launched last month. They were hoping that it would soon be followed by the unveiling of the iPhone SE Plus, however, it looks...

Tesla Cybertruck’s size can’t be scaled down, Elon Musk confirms

People who have pre-ordered the Cybertruck should no longer expect its dimensions to get any smaller once it enters production. Tesla CEO Elon Musk settles it and confirms they can no longer make the electric pickup...
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