Breathe less … or ban cars: cities have radically different responses to pollution

By Beth Gardiner, 15 December 2016 in The Guardian When a thick cloud of air pollution settled in over London last week, experts warned those with health problems to avoid strenuous exercise. The advice to Londoners essentially boiled down to this: breathe less. Meanwhile, as Paris suffered a similar pollution episode – its worst in a decade – officials swung into …

Coal workers could be fully retrained in solar professions for just 5% of the profits that coal companies make in a single year

Joshua M. Pearce, Harvard Business Review A study published in the Harvard Business Review found that growing solar-related employment could benefit coal workers, by easily absorbing the coal-industry layoffs over the next 15 years and offering full-time careers. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the researchers looked at all current coal industry positions (from engineers to mining and power plant …

Fossil fuel use could peak by 2020 as renewables become cheaper, if policy follows

According to fossil fuel companies, the world will continue to rely on their products for decades. They even have sophisticated scenarios, outlooks and modelling to prove it. What if they are wrong? New analysis published today by the Carbon Tracker Initiative and Imperial College’s Grantham Institute suggests global demand for fossil fuels could peak by 2020. The power sector would …

Exposure to fine particulates over EPA standard are 92% more likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Air pollution could be responsible for 21% of dementia cases

By Zen Vuong, USC,  Air pollution may lead to dementia in women over 65: Tiny, dirty airborne particles called PM2.5 invade the brain and wreak havoc, study suggests. Originally published in ScienceDaily, 31 January 2017  Tiny air pollution particles — the type that mainly comes from power plants and automobiles — may greatly increase the chance of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, according …

China halts over 100 coal power projects, some already in construction

Reuters GLOBAL ENERGY NEWS | Tue Jan 17, 2017 |  In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects China’s energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, its latest dramatic step to curb the use of fossil fuels in the world’s top energy …

Bloomberg reports that coal curbs in Asia could save 50,000 lives annually

Bloomberg News, 12 January 2017 Electricity demand in Southeast Asia may rise 83% by 2035 Coal emissions in SE Asia, Korea, Japan may triple by 2030 About 50,000 lives a year could be saved by 2030 if no new coal-fired power plants are built in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, according to a study from researchers at Harvard University …

Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …

Lack of viability of coal power apparent in handy map and online calculator

By Warren Cornwall Dec. 16, 2016 , 11:15 AM President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry, but a new analysis suggests cheap natural gas and falling prices for wind and solar power mean there are few places where it makes sense to build a new coal-fired power plant. To boost coal power, Trump has promised to dismantle …

India phasing out construction of new coal plants (allows for completion of those already being built 2017-2022)

By Karl Mathiesen Dec 2016 cross-posted from Climate Change News India needs no extra coal power stations until at least 2027, according to the government’s latest draft National Electricity Plan.2 The plan, released by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for public consultation, makes no room for further generation capacity beyond the 50GW coal fleet that is under construction. The plan covers two five-year periods beginning …