Decline in China’s coal consumption steepens
“In October, Chinese coal production dropped 8.5 per cent, imports dropped 17 per cent (for the third month in a row), and coal-fired power generation dropped 6 per cent. This brought the coal production drop during the first 10 months of 2014 to 1.5 per cent and drop in imports to 8 per cent, while thermal power generation was still 0.1 per cent larger than last year. So what does this mean for China’s coal consumption this year, and for the following years?,” writes Lauri Myllyvirta in Greenpeace’s Energy Desk.
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Peabody Fakes Social Media Campaign to Lobby G20 Leaders
“Earlier this year US coal giant Peabody Energy launched a social media campaign to promote coal as an ‘advanced energy’ that will solve energy poverty in the developing world. Called ‘Advanced Energy for Life’ (AEfL), the campaign was launched in February, 2014 and now has, according to chief operating officer Glenn Kellow, prompted ‘500,000 people to lobby G20 leaders on the issue of energy poverty’. Unfortunately for anyone that takes Peabody at its word, the campaign appears to have been faked,” writes Greg McNevin from TckTckTck in Climate Spectator.
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Coal’s black wind: Pregnant women in parts of India advised to stay away
“In some regions of India, a married woman will return to her mother’s house for the last trimester of pregnancy and the birth of her child. But in Mettur, pregnant women are advised by their doctors to stay away. ‘Black wind’ from a coal yard wafts constantly across poor neighborhoods, settling on rooftops, walking paths and even indoor furniture. People complain of asthma, wheezing and frequent colds,” writes Lindsey Konkel in Environmental Health News.
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