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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

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...

Future of Coal Series

Coal miners and urban greenies have one thing in common, and Labor must use it

Oct 12, 2019 09:05 am UTC| Insights & Views

Months after Labors shock election loss, it is still pondering how the Liberals metamorphosed from party of the bosses to party of the workers - one that stole an election win from under them. At the May 18 federal...

Future of Coal Series

How the legacy of dirty coal could create a clean energy future

Jan 22, 2018 14:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Energy from coal is now being linked to global warming and pollution on a global level. In fact, it has been estimated that coal contributes to 25% of green house gases. Coal use has caused severe negative environmental...

Future of Coal Series

We could use old coal mines to decarbonise heat – here's how

Nov 27, 2017 14:48 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Fossil fuels currently dominate the production of electricity and heat. Although renewable energy accounts for around a quarter of electricity produced in the UK, the production of central heating is dominated by natural...

Future of Coal Series

The government's energy policy hinges on some tricky wordplay about coal's role

Oct 18, 2017 09:46 am UTC| Insights & Views

The most important thing to understand about the federal governments new National Energy Guarantee is that it is designed not to produce a sustainable and reliable electricity supply system for the future, but to meet...

Future of Coal Series

The pull of energy markets – and legal challenges – will blunt plans to roll back EPA carbon rules

Oct 13, 2017 09:10 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Law

On Oct. 10, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt formally announced a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, regulation intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal- and natural gas-fired power plants. This follows a...

Future of Coal Series

Even when it's sitting in storage, coal threatens human health

Sep 14, 2017 01:20 am UTC| Health Nature Economy

President Trump and his appointees have pledged to end what they call the war on coal policies designed to reduce the health and environmental impacts from producing and burning coal, such as toxic air pollution and mine...

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Economy

UK gilts fall ahead of November manufacturing, services PMI

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during European trading hours Monday as investors remained side-lined amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, attention might turn...

German bunds flat in silent trading ahead of Q3 GDP, November manufacturing PMI

The German bunds remained flat during European session Monday amid silent trading hours that barely witnessed any data of major economic significance ahead of the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter...

Thailand 2019 growth downgraded to 2.7 pct, 2020 constant at 2.9: OCBC Treasury Research

Thailands full-year 2019 growth has been downgraded to 2.7 percent by OCBC Treasury Research, a shade lower than the previous estimate of 2.8 percent, while the 2020 GDP growth rate remained unchanged at 2.9...

BI likely to leave policy rate unchanged on Thursday, keep door open to additional rate cuts: Scotiabank

Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to leave its policy rate unchanged at 5 percent at its monetary policy meeting on Thursday afternoon, but leave the door open to additional rate cuts to prop up the nations economic growth,...

Australian bonds slightly gain in muted session ahead of November meeting minutes

The Australian bonds slightly gained during Asian session of the first trading day of the week Monday amid a muted day that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA)...

Politics

What happens to the East Wing if Donald Trump and Melania Trump get divorced

Even before winning the election, Donald Trumps statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016...

Donald Trump reportedly implies Melania Trump would not cry if he got shot

Melania Trump and Donald Trump have been relentlessly hounded by divorce rumors after the latter was elected the President of the United States. They have denied such claims and insisted their marriage is going well, but a...

What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada

Along with climate change, affordable housing was one of the big issues of the recent Canadian federal election, with political parties scrambling to catch up with public opinion. The widespread concern among the...

Will Canada finally get pharmacare?

When I had lymphoma 12 years ago, I needed to take the drug filgrastim (Neupogen) to get my white blood cell count high enough that I could take my next chemotherapy treatment on time. Before prescribing it, my oncologist...

Government to announce more home care packages for aged before Christmas

More federal government money will be announced within weeks for home care for the aged, after a damning royal commission finding that many people die before their packages arrive. Scott Morrison on Friday said he had...

Science

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

Technology

‘PUBG Mobile’ update 0.15.5 marks start of a new season

Within the past month, a couple of important updates have been released for PUBG Mobile. They did not only arrive with changes and performance improvements because the recent updates also added new gameplay features and...

iPhone 12 could be Apple’s first 5G-enabled smartphone

Whether or not Apple went all-out with its iPhone 11 series is still a debatable topic, and one aspect that makes it so is the absence of 5G support. Now, when looking forward to what iPhone 12 could offer, the upgrade to...

iOS 14 is anticipated with new screen modes, 5G support

If there is one thing that tech fans can certainly count on for 2020, it is the announcement and later release of iOS 14. Apple has not missed a year without announcing new operating systems for its products, and it is...

Pixelbook Go: Is it more priceworthy than the 2017-released Pixelbook?

This year, Google updated its lineup of Chromebooks with the launch of the Pixelbook Go. One of the most noticeable differences it has, then the 2017-released Pixelbook, is its price. However, it might also not be too...

AirPods Pro: Is it time for a costly AirPods upgrade?

Many were surprised when Apple was heavily rumored to release an all-new wireless earbuds just several months since the launch of the AirPods 2. But the company actually did when it announced AirPods Pro in October...
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