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Coal articles

UK lobbying to keep open one of Europe's dirtiest coal power stations

Piles of coal

Government seeks exemption from European law that would close down Aberthaw for its excessive nitrogen oxide emissions

20 Aug 2014

Peabody Energy told to scrub ‘clean coal’ claims

A coal fire

Advertising Standards Authority raps coal giant over green ad campaign

20 Aug 2014

Oregon coal terminal halted as environmental campaigners celebrate

coal-pile

Plans for a $242m terminal on the Columbia River were rejected by the state over threat to water resources

20 Aug 2014

Beijing's coal use drops seven per cent over first half of 2014

Effects of China's 'war on pollution' are already being felt, according to state media

13 Aug 2014

Wind power surge sees renewables outstrip coal

Strong winds see turbines meet almost 16 per cent of electricity demand

11 Aug 2014

Court of Appeal ruling deals blow to Drax biomass plans

Shares in Drax plunge as court reverses previous judgment, leaving company unable to access financial support contract for biomass conversion project

07 Aug 2014

Al Gore: 'Compelling' economic case for ditching coal assets

Former US Vice President says coal's position as a cheap energy source is threatened by falling renewables costs and stricter regulations

07 Aug 2014

Reports: Beijing to ditch coal use by 2020

State media says coal sale and use will be banned across six regions by 2020, as city bids to improve its appalling air quality

05 Aug 2014

UK coal subsidy loophole set to be closed

Government officials confirm old coal power stations will not be eligible for funding that could have helped them stay open to the 2020s

01 Aug 2014

The coal industry needs to know the game is up

Ben Caldecott argues that the world needs to develop Coal Closure Funds to manage the necessary decline of the industry

30 Jul 2014

Could carbon constraints spell the end for 'King Coal'?

Standards & Poor's report suggests environmental regulations, cleaner alternatives, and falling prices are cranking up the risks faced by coal investors

28 Jul 2014

Europe stuck with coal unless UK takes action, campaigners warn

Sandbag Report calls on legislators in Brussels and Westminster to change tack as coal emissions continue to rise

24 Jul 2014

Drax biomass plans bolstered as new calculator highlights emissions-saving potential

Government-backed report concludes that sustainable biomass can cut carbon emissions, but fears remain that some projects could lead to higher emissions

24 Jul 2014

UK's most polluting power plants revealed

New report by NGOs accuse UK and Germany of undermining efforts to tackle climate change by continuing to rely heavily on carbon intensive coal

22 Jul 2014

Drax celebrates biomass subsidy court victory

High Court rules coal-to-biomass conversion project was eligible for government subsidy support

14 Jul 2014

Modi doubles down on Indian solar revolution

New budget announces further support for solar projects, as government plans to double tax on coal

14 Jul 2014

Solar revolution drives negative electricity prices in Australia

Coal industry threatened by rooftop solar as it competes with daytime power provision

07 Jul 2014

Old coal mines set to be transformed into solar farms

Anesco announces plans for up to 30MW of solar capacity at collieries in Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire

24 Jun 2014

UK CCS Research Centre dishes out £2.5m funding boost

Funding awarded to 14 projects, as Energy Minister Michael Fallon officially opens UK's latest CCS research facilities

23 Jun 2014

From coal mine to wind farm: Partnerships for Renewables cuts ribbon on pioneering project

New 4MW wind farm at Oakdale Colliery expected to deliver annual carbon savings of 4,400 tonnes

05 Jun 2014

Peaking Chinese coal demand risks billions in stranded assets

Latest Carbon Tracker Institute report warns shift to greener power could leave 40 per cent of Chinese coal power plants stranded by 2020

05 Jun 2014

Seven reasons to celebrate Obama's coal crackdown

And one reason why it does not go nearly far enough

02 Jun 2014

USA clean power plan: the reaction

BusinessGreen runs down all the latest reaction to new proposals to cut power sector emissions by 30 per cent

02 Jun 2014

US confirms plans to curb power emissions by 30 per cent

Environmental Protection Agency reveals much-anticipated targets designed to tackle climate change and save up to $93bn

02 Jun 2014

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