To avoid power cuts, France is resigned to a surplus of coal

Coal-fired power station operated by EDF, in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), in January 2020. LOU BENOIST / AFP The French government has promised to shut them down one by one. But not this winter. On the contrary, the last two coal-fired power stations still in operation in the country have left to “turbine” more than expected. … Read more

Russia: at least eleven dead and around 50 missing after coal mine accident

Ambulances and fire trucks parked near the Listviazhnaya coal mine in Siberia on November 25, 2021. Eleven people died and nearly fifty others are missing after an accident. AP Another disaster in the mines of Russia. At least 11 people have been killed and 46 are missing following an accident at a coal mine in … Read more

“Coal weaning is more difficult in Asia, where global warming is not one of the concerns”

Chronic. After two weeks of tough negotiations at the 26e conference on the climate in Glasgow, China and India succeeded, Saturday, November 13, to attenuate the wording of the passage of the final text relating to coal. The climate agreement only commits to a “reduction” and not an “exit” from this fossil fuel. Much of … Read more

COP 26: China torn between its commitments for the climate and its dependence on coal

China’s special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua during a joint statement by China and the United States at COP26 in Glasgow on November 10, 2021. JEFF J MITCHELL / AFP Emitting twice as many greenhouse gases (GHGs) as the United States and four times as many as India, China has been able, despite the very tense … Read more

Coal creation mechanism uncovered

Journal Reference: M. K. Lloyd, E. Trembath-Reichert, K. S. Dawson, S. J. Feakins, M. Mastalerz, V. J. Orphan, A. L. Sessions, J. M. Eiler. Methoxyl stable isotopic constraints on the origins and limits of coal-bed methane. Science, 2021; 374 (6569): 894 DOI: 10.1126/science.abg0241 The researchers looked at methoxyl groups in coal samples from around the … Read more

The energy transition, a huge challenge for a South Africa heavily dependent on coal

The Rooiwal coal-fired power station near Pretoria on October 13, 2021. MICHELE SPATARI / AFP South African President Cyril Ramaphosa repeated it again in October: developed countries “Bear the greatest responsibility for climate change” and must, as such, “Offer significant financial support” to developing countries, in their efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Less … Read more

COP26: Australia reaffirms it will not abandon coal production

Coal ready for transport from a site near Muswellbrook, Australia on November 2, 2021. MARK BAKER / AP Australia does not intend to strengthen its short-term targets. She said, Monday, November 8, that she will continue to sell charcoal for ” decades “, after rejecting an agreement to phase out this polluting fossil fuel in … Read more

COP26, day 7: “Coal, cars, cash and trees”

According to a spokesperson for the British organization of the COP, the first week has indeed seen “real momentum for climate action”. YVES HERMAN / REUTERS Find every day at the end of the day the highlights of the 26e Conference of the Parties [COP] for the climate of the United Nations, which will be … Read more

COP26: around forty countries commit to accelerating their exit from coal

A cooling tower at the Turow coal-fired power plant near an open-pit mine in Bogatynia, Poland, June 15, 2021. DAVID W CERNY / REUTERS The British government, host of the 26e climate conference (COP26), in Glasgow, had set out four priorities ahead of this crucial meeting: « cars, cash, coal, trees » (“Cars, finances, coal, trees”). After … Read more

Coal on the move in India

Par Ravi Pinto Posted today at 02:31, updated at 07:37 Reserved for our subscribers ReportageIn the state of Jharkhand, which has the majority of the country’s coal reserves, the inhabitants oppose the exploitation of their basements. But new extraction projects threaten them with eviction. Dozens of men met at the foot of an imposing pagoda … Read more