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Why tackling climate change and economic growth are compatible

Oakdale wind farm - photo Partnership for Renewables

New Climate Economy project to unveil findings next week, calling for world leaders to make displacing coal by 2030 a global priority

10 Sep 2014

Swedish parties promise to ban new Vattenfall coal mine plans

Piles of coal

State energy company’s plans to enlarge lignite mines in Germany thrown into doubt during election debate

08 Sep 2014

Solar farm set to transform Welsh coal mine

Conergy solar farm near Cardiff

Developer Conergy to build 13.5MW plant at a disused coal mine in the Rhymney Valley

04 Sep 2014

Court stand-off over illegal Indian coal projects

Indian government urges Supreme Court not to cancel all coal licences following landmark corruption ruling

02 Sep 2014

Liberals Democrats plan to ban 'unabated' coal and offer tax cuts for greener homes

Decarbonisation target and council tax rebates for energy efficiency improvements among party's manifesto plans

01 Sep 2014

Should we "green up" dirty energy technologies?

Companies and activists alike are working to make processes like fracking and tar sands oil production more environmentally responsible - should we beat them up or cheer them on?

29 Aug 2014

New coal power stations threat to EU’s emissions target

Burning Europe’s lignite reserves would wipe out carbon budget from 2020 until the end of the century, says Greenpeace

27 Aug 2014

Report: University of Sydney joins coal divestment movement

Sydney Morning Herald reports that university is to cease investments in Whitehaven Coal following Greenpeace campaign

27 Aug 2014

Reports: Indian Supreme Court rules coal mining licences illegal

BBC reports that all mining licences awarded to coal firms between 1993 and 2010 have been deemed illegal

26 Aug 2014

Analyst: New clean tech investment vehicles needed to enable $5tr fossil fuel divestment

New report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals huge scale of the challenge faced by global divestment campaign

26 Aug 2014

Peabody Energy vows to continue with revamped ‘clean coal’ ad

Company confirms it will continue to promote fuel poverty advert, albeit with clarification, as Burson Marsteller stonewalls questions on climate scepticism

22 Aug 2014

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

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

Advertising Standards Authority raps coal giant over green ad campaign

20 Aug 2014

Oregon coal terminal halted as environmental campaigners celebrate

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

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