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Climate Concerns Rise Alongside Growing Global Coal Consumption 22.12.2014 Worldwatch Institute
New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends in coal consumption and global energy policies For Immediate Release | December 22, 2014 | CONTACT  GAELLE GOURMELON Notes to Editors:      Journalists may obtain a complimentary copy of " Global Coal Consumption Keeps Rising, But Growth is Slowing "   by contacting Gaelle Gourmelon at  ggourmelon@worldwatch.org .  About the Worldwatch Institute: Worldwatch is an independent research organization based in Washington, D.C. that works on energy, resource, and environmental issues. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than a dozen languages. For more information, visit  www.worldwatch.org . About Vital Signs Online: Vital Signs Online provides business leaders, policymakers, and engaged citizens with the latest data and analysis they need to understand critical global trends. It is an interactive, subscription-based tool that provides hard data and research-based insights on the sustainability trends that are shaping our ...
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'EPA Doesn’t Give a Damn': Groups Blast Agency's New Coal Ash Rules 20.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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EPA's First-ever Coal Ash Rule Leaves Communities to Protect Themselves 20.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Statement on EPA Announcement of Federal Coal Ash Protections 20.12.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA Releases Long-Anticipated Rules For Disposal Of Coal Ash 20.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released new rules Friday for the disposal of coal ash, the first national guidelines for dealing with the waste generated by burning coal. The rules don't regulate coal ash disposal as tightly as environmental and community groups had wanted. They put coal ash into the same disposal category as household trash and non-hazardous industrial solid waste, and leave the enforcement largely up to states and local governments. The rules call for the closure of active surface impoundments and landfills that "fail to meet engineering and structural standards," according to the EPA. They will also require regular inspections of the structural integrity of surface impoundments at active sites, the agency said, as well as monitoring and cleanup of unlined surface impoundments that are found to be leaching into groundwater. The rules also require that new surface impoundments not be built in "sensitive areas such as wetlands and earthquake zones," and will require ...
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Air Pollution A Big Factor In Heart Disease, Experts Warn 18.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Reuters Health) - Air pollution should be one of the avoidable heart risk factors - just like smoking and excess fat - that doctors warn patients to steer clear of, according to a new statement from 20 heart experts. Citing pollution's heavy toll on cardiovascular health, the panel urges people to take steps to protect themselves from breathing heavy traffic fumes or industrial air pollution whenever possible, and public officials to pass laws to reduce air pollution. "Cardiovascular disease is a huge global problem, causing immense suffering and premature death, as well as placing severe strain on national healthcare budgets and/or family finances," said Dr. Robert Story, a professor of cardiology at the University of Sheffield in the UK and senior author of the new position paper. Air pollution causes more than 3 million deaths worldwide each year and causes 3.1 percent of all cases of disability, Story and his coauthors write in the European Heart Journal. Air pollution is also ninth ...
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Boots on the Ground: The Best Solution to Disaster Response on Our Waterways 18.12.2014 Truthout.com
Disasters on our waterways have been occurring at an unprecedented rate in a climate of lax government regulations. In February, 140,000 tons of toxic coal ash sludge and wastewater leaked into North Carolina's Dan River, highlighting why boots on the ground activism is crucial. Pete Harrison (L) of Waterkeeper Alliance and Justin Quinlivan of Yadkin Riverkeeper on the scene responding to the Dan River coal ash spill. (Photo: Brian Williams of Dan River Basin Association) Want to support Truthout and double your impact? Click here to make a donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar - but only if we meet our matching grant goal in time! Disasters on our waterways have been occurring at an unprecedented rate in a climate of lax government regulations. In February, 140,000 tons of toxic coal ash sludge and wastewater leaked into North Carolina's Dan River, highlighting why boots on the ground activism is crucial. Over the course of 2014, a series of unprecedented disasters have unfolded on our ...
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A Lump of Coal for Fossil Fuels 18.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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Mitch McConnell: Keystone Pipeline Will Be My First Bill 17.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who will take charge of the chamber next month when the new GOP-led Congress takes office, offered a taste of his priorities Tuesday, telling reporters the first action taken on his watch will be passing a bill to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A bill offered by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that would mandate the construction of the pipeline from the tar sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast almost passed in the waning days of this Congress. It would be nearly certain to succeed in a Republican-led Senate, much as it has repeatedly passed in the GOP-led House. "The first item up in the new Senate will be the Keystone XL pipeline, the Hoeven bill," McConnell told reporters at his final Capitol Hill news conference of the year. "It will be open for amendment, and I hope that senators on both sides will offer energy-related amendments," McConnell said. "There will be no effort to try to micromanage the amendment process. But we'll move ...
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COP20: Rounding the Turn on the Road to Paris 16.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
COP20, the United Nations climate conference held here in Lima, Peru, was dramatically unlike its predecessors. It opened amid confidence that progress toward a major new agreement in Paris next year would continue -- and closed with a weak but formally adequate agreement that keeps the process rolling. Todd Stern, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, was uncharacteristically beaming. While the formal negotiating sessions rehashed old, tired arguments, mayors, business leaders and civil society rolled up their shirtsleeves and moved forward. Some dared suggest that the formal negotiations might not be the most important thing happening here. This was first climate summit of the post-Kyoto Protocol world; a new and genuine, if inadequate, global climate architecture has been teed up for next year in Paris. But whether Paris serves as the foundation for steadily more ambitious climate progress or is the marker of the reality that that world will not break the back of fossil-fuel dominance, whatever ...
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COP 20: Rounding The Turn On The Road to Paris- Lima, Peru 16.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This US Climate Conference held here, COP 20, was dramatically unlike its predecessors. It opened amidst confidence that progress towards a major new agreement in Paris next year would continue - and closed with a weak but formally adequate agreement that keeps the process rolling. US Climate Envoy Todd Stern was uncharacteristically beaming. While the formal negotiating sessions rehashed old, tired arguments, mayors, business leaders and civil society rolled up their shirt sleeves and moved forward. The formal negotiations, some dared suggest, might not be the most important thing happening here. This was first climate summit of the post-Kyoto world; a new, and genuine, if inadequate, global climate architecture has been teed up for next year in Paris. But whether Paris serves as the foundation for steadily more ambitious climate progress, or is the marker of the reality that world will not, whatever the costs, and however great the opportunities, break the back of fossil fuel dominance, is going to be ...
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The True Cost of Turning on the Lights 15.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Turning on the lights as we walk into a dark room might be one of the most automatic acts of living in the modern industrial / post-industrial world. If we thought about the process and consequence of each act of our daily lives, we would not get out the door, much less read a book at night. Though one can't possibly understand any of the myriad miracles of daily life, blind acceptance makes us heedless consumers, and everything does have a consequence, especially turning on a light. Coal-fired electrical generation plant with waste ash ponds in background Moncks Corner, SC When making a case for something, the tendency is to cite facts and numbers, which are big, but hard to grasp. Coal plants are in operation all around the country, burn a staggering amount of coal, and release some of the most toxic stuff known, so poisonous that there is no amount safe for the human body: dioxins, furans, mercury, arsenic, chromium, and lead. Some perspectives: burning coal releases the largest amount of uranium, and ...
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No to coal & its emissions (70% of global carbon.) 15.12.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
The politicians have "COPPED out" and the industrialists have nobody to stop them. Coal will continue now long beyond its Best Buy Date (which was millions of years ago.)
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To Keep Climate Promise, Canada Must Build on Successful Local Strategies 11.12.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Congress Stuffed Some Coal In Its Omnibus Package 11.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON –- The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abroad. In October 2013, the Treasury Department announced that it would stop providing funding for conventional coal plants abroad, except in "very rare" cases. And in December 2013, the Export-Import Bank announced a new policy that would restrict financing for most new coal-fired power plants abroad. The bank, often called Ex-Im, exists to provide financial support to projects that spur the export of U.S. products and services. The change in coal policy aligned with President Barack Obama's June 2013 call to end U.S. funding of fossil fuel energy projects abroad unless the products include carbon capture technology. But the language in the omnibus blocks both Ex-Im and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S.'s development finance institution, from using any funds in the bill to enforce these new restrictions on coal projects. Rep. Hal ...
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A Coal Plant That Buries Its Greenhouse Gases 11.12.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

The first commercial power plant to use carbon capture and sequestration shows the potential of a crucial technology.

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Three Key Questions About China's Climate Commitments 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
China's announcement that it will cap its carbon pollution by 2030 - earlier if possible ­­­­­ - and increase the share of non-fossil fuel in its primary energy mix to 20% by the same year, represents a major departure from China's previous position in the international climate negotiations ( now underway again in Lima, Peru ), and a vital step forward for the world's largest CO2 emitter. A number of questions have arisen about whether China is serious about meeting these targets, and how it will achieve them in the face of daunting challenges. Here are three reasons why we believe China is completely serious about tackling climate change and has the necessary tools to succeed in doing so. Are there any signs that China is taking its climate commitment seriously? From a political standpoint, the fact that President Xi Jinping made the commitment himself - at such a high-profile meeting of Asian world leaders - means that Xi has put an enormous amount of personal political capital on the line. This is the ...
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Paid by Coal Company, Laurence Tribe Argues Coal Is 'Bedrock' to Economy 10.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Laurence Tribe, the Harvard law professor who argued the losing side of Bush v. Gore, is now defending the coal industry against the Environmental Protection Agency's planned rules for greenhouse pollution from power plants. In a submission to the EPA's comment period for the Clean Power Plan , Tribe and Peabody Energy's notorious climate-science-denying lobbyist Fred Palmer argued that coal is a "bedrock" of the United States economy. In short, coal has been a bedrock component of our economy and energy policy for decades. The Proposed Rule, which manifestly proceeds on the opposite premise, thus represents a dramatic change in directions from previous Democratic and Republican administrations. "It is a remarkable example of executive overreach and an administrative agency's assertion of power beyond its statutory authority," Tribe and Peabody Energy wrote, in strident language reminiscent of Fox News rhetoric. "Indeed, the Proposed Rule raises serious constitutional questions." Tribe and Peabody put ...
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Will more use of natural gas minimize or exacerbate climate change? 9.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage rates are very low and the new power plants are very efficient.These are the principal findings of new research from Carnegie’s Ken Caldeira and Xiaochun Zhang, and Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures that compares the temperature increases caused by different kinds of coal and natural gas power plants. Their work is published in Environmental Research Letters.
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