Posts Tagged Coal

23 September 2015

Student Efforts Pay Off in Fossil Free UC Divestment Campaign

Just under a year after deciding to not do so, the University of California has quietly sold off their investments associated with coal and oil sands, as of September 9th. The UC’s divestment from these first two forms of fossil fuels is incredibly important – but we must realize how much longer the road to climate justice really is.

3 August 2015

Coal Extraction on Federal Land: A Hidden Fossil Fuel Subsidy

A hidden way the United States federal government subsidizes fossil fuels, particularly coal, is by allowing extraction to continue unabated on federal land. These account for 40% of the nation’s coal supply and 24% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but according to top scientists, 92% of U.S. coal reserves must be left in the ground to keep the climate from warming by more than 2°C.

29 April 2015

Emergence of the Renewable Energy Era

For the first time in history, renewable energy installations are outpacing new installations of fossil fuel based energy systems, even when accounting for the combined capacity of coal, oil and natural gas. Even though solar energy currently makes up less than 1% of the world’s global energy supply, the tides are changing in the favor of renewable energy technology.

21 April 2015

The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo

Originally published on the National Geographic Energy Blog by Professor Dan Kammen: In Kosovo a proposed coal-fired power plant has been under discussion for over a decade. The prime funders, ironically, are the World Bank and the U. S. government. Their decision to fund this project or not will set a critical precedent for the future of coal financing, making Kosovo the global gatekeeper for new coal projects.

2 February 2015

Kosovo’s Fight for Sustainable Energy Access: Where is American Aid Going?

Out of concerns regarding climate change, the world’s major public financial institutions have pledged to stop funding new coal projects overseas, except in rare cases. But the real test of that commitment is still an open question in Kosovo. Will these projects pass their own test?

14 April 2014

China’s State Grid Boosting Air Quality Efforts

The vast network of coal power plants in Northern China were largely blamed for the severe air pollution in the region. Gao Li, the vice director of State Grid Construction Department, has promoted the Ultra High Voltage (UHV) transmission system as a mid-term solution to China’s current air pollution.

Solar Power Plant
17 September 2013

Cross-Disciplinary Innovation for Energy and Resources

Impactful innovations in the energy and resource sectors often result from a collaboration of multiple disciplines. UC Berkeley has recognized the importance of a holistic approach to energy and resource efforts.

This is my awesome caption. Photo courtesy Christina.
16 September 2013

President Obama’s Utility Regulation Nominee Draws Ire of Coal Supporters

Ronald J. Binz, President Obama’s pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), has run up against stiff opposition from pro-coal members of Congress and various conservative groups.