Toxic air will shorten children’s lives by 20 months on average, and some much more, study reveals

Fiona Harvey The Guardian, 2 Apr 2019  Toxic air can cause stunted lung development in children. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images The life expectancy of children born today will be shortened by 20 months on average by breathing the toxic air that is widespread across the globe, with the greatest toll in south Asia, according to a major study. Air pollution contributed to nearly one …

S&P Global Platts Global Power Markets: Cheap gas and support for renewables drive US coal plant closures

Ahead of the S&P Global Platts Global Power Markets conference in Las Vegas, April 8-10, 2019, The Barrel presents a series of articles on the global and US electricity sectors. Here, Morris Greenberg explores the drivers behind US coal generation retirements in recent years. April 2, 2019 The aging US coal fleet is being squeezed from all sides, with policy, cheap domestic gas …

The next frontier in fighting climate change – your cooktop/kitchen stove: California is looking for ways to phase out fossil gas, not just from power plants but also from stoves, water heaters and furnaces

A recent report, the California Energy Commission described a “growing consensus that building electrification is the most viable and predictable path to zero-emission buildings.” Renewable gas, the report said, “can be a part of the solution to reducing [greenhouse gas] emissions from buildings, but the role is likely to be constrained by limitations on renewable gas availability, cost, and ongoing methane …

Energy demand around the world grew by 2.3% over the past year, marking the most rapid increase in a decade, according to the report from the IEA. Fossil fuels filled nearly 70%

Several publications report on the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s latest annual report on global carbon emissions. The Washington Post focuses on the “grim findings”, which show “that not only are planet-warming CO2 emissions still increasing, but the world’s growing thirst for energy has led to higher emissions from coal-fired power plants than ever before”. The Post adds: “Energy demand around …

Climate Groups Deliver Groundbreaking Summons to Shell: Case seeks prevention of future climate harm

To Stop Shell From Pulling ‘World Into the Abyss,’ Climate Groups Deliver Groundbreaking Summons: Case seeks prevention of future climate harm, April 05, 2019 by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams  “This is a particular unique case because what we are seeking here is a prevention of future climate harm, instead of looking for financial compensation for loses that have already occurred,” said attorney Roger Cox. …

Anti-pipeline activists found not guilty by judge because ‘protest against climate change crisis’ was legal ‘necessity’

‘We’re part of the the movement that is standing up and saying we won’t let this go by on our watch’, reported in The Independent, by Andrew Buncombe 27 March 2018 More than a dozen protesters who clambered into holes dug for a high pressure gas pipeline said they had been found not responsible by a judge after hearing them argue their actions to try …

Shrinking environmental news coverage and local staffing, with newspaper declines in Coal Country and elsewhere.

Shrinking environmental news coverage and local staffing, with newspaper declines in Coal Country and elsewhere. A year ago, the last Kentucky newspaper staffer dedicated to the environmental beat full-time left his job. He was not replaced. By Charles Bethea in the New Yorker, March 26, 2019 An abandoned mining operation in Harlan County, Kentucky, 2018. Photograph by Ross Gordon / Kentucky Documentary …

Global ‘collapse’ in number of new coal-fired power plants

The number of plants on which construction has begun each year has fallen by 84% since 2015, and 39% in 2018 alone, while the number of completed plants has dropped by more than half since 2015. Not long before coal use is over, say analysts, while warning of possible resurgence in China Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 28 Mar 2019 The number …

Are oil companies responsible for climate change? A group of senators thinks so

The filing in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco supported appeals by the two cities to reinstate the suit that U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco dismissed. Besides Feinstein and Harris, the brief was signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Senators …

‘Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind ‘we can move a lot faster to replace coal’

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study.  “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy Innovation, a renewables analysis firm. “Our analysis shows that we can move …