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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

Deutsche Bank to discontinue lending to coal miners

Aug 01, 2020 14:31 pm UTC| Business

Deutsche Bank announced it would discontinue business with companies that are most exposed to coal mining by 2025 at the latest. The policy will cover companies making over half their revenues from coal mining or, where...

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...

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Economy

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

Politics

World War 3: Viral video of Chinese soldiers crying mocked on social media in the midst of border conflict with India

China and India have a long-running conflict over the Himalayan border and should tensions escalate between the two countries, an all-out conflict or world war 3 may ensue. A recent viral video of Chinese soldiers crying...

Joe Biden: Cindy McCain endorses Democratic nominee

Less than two months to go until the November elections, the race has former vice president Joe Biden and Donald Trump in a tie in polls in several states, but Biden has steadily maintained a lead over Trump. In an...

Barack Obama reminds Americans what is at stake in 2020 elections in new video

Since giving his formal endorsement of his former colleague Joe Biden several months ago, former president Barack Obama has constantly urged his supporters to cast a vote for Biden in the upcoming elections. While trying...

Ivanka Trump: New book reveals First Daughter's trademark requests in China fast-tracked after Donald Trump's election

There have been concerns surrounding Donald Trumps eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trumps business dealings even as she works in the executive branch. A recent report reveals the trademark requests Ms. Trump...

Science

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

In space exploration, scientists are also closely monitoring the cosmos for signs of alien life. A group of astronomers from the United Kingdom have proposed a method to find a certain building block of life on...

Climate change: Arctic sea ice reaches second record low

Although the world is suffering from the effects of climate change, colder regions such as Greenland and the Arctic are the worst hit. A recent report has revealed that the situation in the Arctic does not appear to do any...

NASA: Expert reveals the budget required to bring astronauts back to the Moon

With NASA currently undergoing preparations for its upcoming missions, the agency requires a lot of funding for preparations to stay on schedule. The upcoming Artemis mission is estimated to cost tens of billions of...

Technology

Xbox Game Pass teases ‘DOOM Eternal’ addition to its library

A cryptic Xbox Game Pass teaser on Wednesday is believed to be hinting at DOOM Eternals addition to the video game subscription service. In a Twitter image post, many fans reported they may have found a secret message that...

Google Pixel 5 leaks lack 120Hz refresh rate but include 8GB RAM, 4K60 video mode, and a 4,000mAh battery

Google Pixel 5 is the next smartphone to be unveiled during the busy fall season across the tech industry. However, even before Google officially unveils the device, the supposed specs sheet has been leaked leaving...

‘No Man’s Sky: Origins’ delivers ‘millions of untouched new worlds’

The latest major patch for No Mans Sky, titled Origins, has just dropped to fulfill Hello Games intention to double the gameplay content. In the developers words, Update 3.0 delivers millions of untouched new worlds as...

Can ‘Rainbow Six Quarantine’ be released in 2020?

The launch of Rainbow Six Quarantine was delayed even before the COVID-19 pandemic leading to the delay of its release. However, a recent supposed leak seemingly suggested that the game would be released sooner than most...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ beta tests kick off in October

The full release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is just around the corner. This also means that the annual beta tests before the games launch are also set. However, video game players should note that only those with...
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