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Court challenge launched over pollution from Victoria's coal power stations

Environment Victoria has launched action against the state's environmental watchdog and brown coal power plant operators over pollution levels.
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Kate Aronoff: Follow the money into Joe Manchin’s pockets

The senator is no mystery. Fossil fuels feature heavily in both his personal and professional finances.
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China is key to saving the planet from climate change. But it can't quit coal

As the world's largest carbon emitter, home to 1.4 billion people and a still-expanding economy, China's strategy for cutting emissions could be the most important factor in whether countries are able to prevent irreversible and catastrophic damage to the Earth.

Justice

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost.

Climate

Coal, oil sands companies feel growing insurance squeeze

Insurance, a basic necessity for any business, is becoming increasingly expensive for some coal and oil sands companies. That's because a growing number of insurers are refusing to underwrite companies involved with producing or transporting the most emissions-intensive fossil fuels.
Climate

China should stop building more coal power plants soon, climate change think tank says ahead of Glasgow summit

China has shrunk its coal power projects pipeline by 74 per cent since committing to the Paris Agreement on climate change, but it should do more to curb new construction, according to a think tank that has called for a total ban on new projects.

Climate

Most plans for new coal plants scrapped since Paris agreement

Report by climate groups found more than three-quarters of projects were discarded after the deal was signed.

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When Wall Street came to coal country: how a big-money gamble scarred Appalachia

The long read: Around the turn of the millennium, hedge fund investors put an audacious bet on coal mining in the US. The bet failed – but it was the workers and the environment that paid the price.

Climate

Study estimates how much coal, oil must be left in the ground to curb climate change

Researchers who estimate how much of the world's coal, oil and natural gas reserves should be left unburned to slow the increase in climate-changing gases in the atmosphere have come up with a new, bigger estimate of how much should be left in the ground.
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Whitehaven coal mine: Planning inquiry risks being 'hijacked'

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Energy

Europe’s coal legacy – in pictures

The photographer Dan Wilton joined the environmental law charity ClientEarth to investigate and document Europe's journey beyond coal.

Justice

Indonesia still clinging to coal despite phaseout pledge, new plan shows

The Indonesian government has walked back an earlier pledge to phase out all coal-fired power plants, saying now that it will keep them running but fit them with carbon capture technology.

Climate

Australia warned climate crisis will ‘wreak havoc’ on economy if coal isn’t phased out

A senior UN official has warned the climate crisis will "wreak havoc" across the Australian economy if coal is not rapidly phased out, and joined those explicitly calling for the Morrison government to adopt more ambitious emissions reduction goals.

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Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds

Dirty air is a far greater killer than smoking, car crashes or HIV/Aids, with coal burning the leading cause.

Climate

After a clash over costs and carbon, a Minnesota utility wants to step back from its main electricity supplier

The largest electric cooperative utility in Minnesota has announced that it wants to end its membership with the power plant operator Great River Energy, a move that follows a clash over whether to sell, or close, a large coal-fired power plant in North Dakota.

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