Under the Dome Documentary Fires Debate Over China’s Air Pollution
“China is talking about its pollution crisis – all because of one moving film by a famous television journalist, and a little help from China’s state media apparatus … The 103-minute film details Chai Jing’s year-long investigation into the root causes of China’s now infamous air pollution and touches on the way in which pollution has affected her own family,” writes Yiqin Fu in Foreign Policy.
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Germany Opens Giant New Coal Plant It No Longer Needs
“This weekend, the Moorburg coal plant [in Germany] will go into operation just outside of Hamburg – finally. Though it may be misunderstood abroad as a sign that the Energiewende [energy transition] apparently needs coal power to back up renewables, the real story is that renewables are making coal power redundant even during the nuclear phase-out. How else to explain that Vattenfall would have preferred to back away from the project altogether?” writes Craig Morris in Renewables International.
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Rio Tinto’s Restructuring Signals a Global Industry Step Away From Coal
“In announcing an abrupt restructuring and executive downsizing last week, the global mining giant Rio Tinto openly signalled its move away from coal-mining,” writes Tim Buckley from the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis.
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US Coal-Industry Redux 2015: It’s Not Getting Any Easier for Alpha, Arch, Cloud Peak, or Peabody
“Nothing whatsoever has changed in the troubling tea leaves for the US coal industry lately, and our forecast into 2016 remains gloomy and getting gloomier,” writes Tom Sanzillo from the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis of the prospects for Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal, Cloud Peak Energy and Peabody Energy.
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