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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

Why including coal in a new ‘capacity mechanism’ will make Australia's energy crisis worse

Jun 21, 2022 21:42 pm UTC| Economy

Australias electricity generators would be paid extra money to be available even if they dont actually generate any energy, under a new mechanism proposed by the federal governments Energy Security Board...

Future of Coal Series

China's demand for seaborne coal is set to drop fast and far. Australia should take note.

Apr 23, 2022 08:14 am UTC| Economy

Chinas plans to boost energy security and cut carbon emissions mean this years sudden boom for Australian coal exporters is just a blip. Our new research explores the double pressures of Chinas plans to bolster energy...

Future of Coal Series

Australia's government gives more support to fossil fuel research than is apparent

Jul 24, 2021 06:09 am UTC| Economy

Australian governments direct billions to fossil fuel companies. Among the projects funded by Commonwealth and state governments are work on coal ports, railways and power stations, and research into clean coal or coal...

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...

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Economy

LG Electronics and KT will team up to expand into the AI service robot business.

LG Electronics and KT announced they have teamed up to work on the AI service robot business together. The two firms signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, Aug. 17, as a strategy for expanding their...

Nongshim was beaten by smaller rivals Samyang and Ottogi in sales and failed to deal with higher logistics costs and raw materials.

Nongshim, a South Korean food and beverage company headquartered in Seoul, has been reigning as the no. 1 instant noodle maker for decades. However, in the financial report for the second quarter of this year, the company...

Shinsegae will build an integrated mall with unique facilities and offer thousands of new jobs to the locals.

Shinsegae confirmed that it will be building a mega shopping mall in Gwanju, and it will be called the Starfield Gwanju. The company said on Wednesday, Aug. 17, that this would be an integrated mall that will be a first of...

SK Inc. and SK Energy jointly buy a major stake in Atom Power to expand its energy solution service portfolio.

SK Group, the second largest company in South Korea, announced on Thursday, Aug. 17, that it has acquired a major controlling stake in Atom Power Inc., a US-based energy solutions firm, to further expand its business in...

Amazon is hiking up its seller fees for the holidays to combat inflation.

Amazon is having difficulties due to the soaring inflation, thus it is implementing an increase in seller fees to cope. It was reported that the e-commerce giant would be raising fulfillment fees during the holiday...

Politics

Biden signed the $430 billion legislation tackling inflation, prescription drugs, energy, and climate change passed through party lines.

US President Joe Biden marked another legislative feat along with Democrats in Congress this week as the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law. The Democratic-led legislation would address climate change, energy,...

Iran's foreign ministry said it is ready to exchange prisoners with the US as it calls on Washington to release detained Iranians.

Irans foreign ministry is reportedly prepared to swap prisoners with the United States. Local media reported this week. The ministry has also called on Washington to release several Iranians that are detained in the...

The French foreign ministry condemned the six-year prison sentence given to ousted Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi by the military court.

France condemned Myanmars military court sentencing for ousted leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi this week. Suu Kyi was found guilty by the court in four out of the six corruption charges against her. The...

North Korea reportedly launched two cruise missiles from its western area of Onchon this week, according to the South Korean military.

North Korea reportedly launched two cruise missiles from its western village of Onchon this week. This launch comes amidst the preliminary joint drills that South Korea and the United States are holding. Reuters reports...

Science

Wildtype's technology can significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions from fishing, fish farming, and transportation, as well as protect the threatened marine ecosystem.

SK Group chairman Chey Tae-won recently posted photos and videos of San Francisco-based food-tech startup Wildtype making sushi, rolls, and salads with cell-cultivated salmon. On his Instagram account, Chey said he...

Kubota Pharmaceutical charges 770,000 yen for a pair of Kubota Glass while offering a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.

Kubota Pharmaceutical will sell specially designed glasses dubbed Kubota Glass, which it claims are able to reverse the effects of myopia. The glasses shine tiny lights at the retina to simulate short-distance blurring,...

When compared to the current approach of extracting methane gas from organic waste resources and then reforming it into hydrogen, the technology SK ecoplant is developing can cut the time needed for the manufacture of hydrogen by more than 20 times.

SK ecoplant Co. plans to develop a technology to produce hydrogen through a fermentation process where microorganisms eat and decompose organic matter in the absence of light When compared to the current approach of...

The research team completed a patent application, trademark application, and vegan certification for the research findings.

A Keimyung University research team has reproduced the taste and fragrance of civet coffee, known as kopi luwak, by scientifically identifying the digestion and fermentation conditions where civets live. Consequently,...

Landsat at 50: How satellites revolutionized the way we see – and protect – the natural world

Fifty years ago, U.S. scientists launched a satellite that dramatically changed how we see the world. It captured images of Earths surface in minute detail, showing how wildfires burned landscapes, how farms erased...

Technology

Spotify offers a free three-month subscription to new users and a massive discount for existing users to reactivate their membership

Spotify is pursuing potential new subscribers by bringing back familiar offers. People who will sign up for Spotify Premium for the first time will get access to its exclusive features for free in the first three months....

Meta started testing ‘secure storage’ for Messenger chats and backup data with end-to-end encryption

Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced a series of tests coming to the Messenger app focused on privacy features in the works. One of the features that entered testing is called secure storage which will allow people...

Nintendo is currently not planning a price hike for the Switch console amid increasing shipping costs and continuing supply chain constraints

Aside from continuing limitations in procuring parts to produce the gaming hardware, Nintendo recently confirmed it has seen increasing shipping costs. Despite these issues, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said price...

‘Genshin Impact’ developer miHoYo will release the remaining updates for 2022 every 5 weeks

Genshin Impact developer miHoYo recently held an online stream for the games next major update. Aside from revealing details about the new content coming in version 3.0, the studio also announced that it would implement a...
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