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The Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has proudly announced a milestone on the path towards saving Poland’s mining industry: on May 1, a company called ‘The Polish Mining Group’ (Pgg) was established. It will take over 11 coal mines and

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Hundreds of coal plants are still being planned worldwide, enough to cook the planet

Since 2000, countries like China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam have been building coal-fired power plants at a torrid pace: The coal boom has had undeniable benefits, helping poor countries climb out of poverty. But it also has serious downsides: Carbon

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$1tn could be wasted on ‘unneeded’ new coal plants

Almost $1tn of investment in new coal fired power stations could be wasted if growing concerns about climate change and air pollution leave the plants unused, according to a new report. About 1,500 new coal plants are in construction or

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Scotland switched off last coal-fired power plant

After 115 years of using coal for energy production, Scotland switched off its last power station that uses coal as fuel. This could mark the shift of Scotland towards generating 100% of power from renewable energies. Longannet Power Station, situated

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North America’s largest coal plant to be reopened as 44MW solar farm

There is little doubt that times are changing for the energy industry, as renewables make their charge, but few projects emphasize the shift as acutely as the Nanticoke Generating Station in Ontario, Canada. Once North America’s most powerful coal plant,

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Oregon passes bill to phase out coal, set 50% by 2040 renewable energy mandate

The Oregon Senate passed a bill to require the state’s two large investor-owned utilities to procure at least 50% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2040. SB 1547 had already passed the Oregon House. It now goes to

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US electricity industry’s use of coal fell to historic low in 2015 as plants closed

America’s use of coal for electricity dropped to its lowest point in the historical record in 2015, delivering a new blow to an industry already in painful decline. The dirtiest of fossil fuels and America’s biggest single source of climate

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One of the largest coal companies in the united states just filed for bankruptcy

Arch Coal, one of the United States’ largest coal companies, filed for bankruptcy in the hopes of eliminating more than $4.5 billion in long-term debt, according to a press release issued by the company. The news comes as several of

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Why China’s new coal mine moratorium matters

Right at the end of 2015, the head of China’s National Energy Agency made a hugely significant announcement: China will not approve any new coal mine projects for the next three years and will close down a thousand small mines.

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China isn’t approving any new coal mines for the next 3 years

China, the largest coal producer in the world, won’t be approving new mines for the next three years as it grapples with alarming pollution and pursues other energy sources, including nuclear plants. The country announced the move last week, according

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