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Pacific Climate Warriors Target Australia’s Coal Industry

Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 islands in the Pacific paddled traditional canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle Australia this October, drawing attention to the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The Pacific Warriors were joined by hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards, peacefully delaying ten coal ships scheduled to go through the port during the day. If it were a country, the coal exported from Newcastle would make the port the 9th highest emitting country in the world. The Pacific Warriors came from 12 Pacific Island countries, including Fiji, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Micronesia, Vanuatu, The Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Niue.

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As China and the US move away from coal, could global emissions really peak?

For the past decade, the two biggest reasons for despair for those who favour strong action to stop climate change, and the top two excuses for those who don’t, have been the rapid increase in coal-burning in China and inaction in the US. But in the past few years, to the surprise of many, both these countries have taken major steps away from coal. Their move opens up a crucial window of opportunity to achieve what many thought was a lost cause – a peak in global emissions of heat-trapping gases well before 2020.

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China’s coal imports drop for the first time since the country became net coal importer

A recently published analysis compiled by Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International showed the unthinkable -- Chinese coal consumption fell for the first time this century in the first half of this year. Even more striking is the fact that China's gross domestic product (GDP) growth and coal consumption have decoupled, suggesting a structural shift in the Chinese economy.

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China’s Thirst for Coal is Drying Up

As the "airpocalypse" news out of China continues to grow, what we predicted more than a year ago is now increasingly obvious -- China's seemingly endless coal demand is a myth, and the Chinese coal boom is over.

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