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Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected demand for coal, and increased production of cheap natural gas obtained through "fracking" in the U.S. Peabody is also saddled... read more

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Beijing smog

Beijing Smog So Severe It Requires Headlights At Noon

China's air pollution is notorious, and anyone not aware of the extent of the problem got a graphic demonstration last week. For about five days, Beijing essentially... read more December 6, 2015 by


 
Smog in Hong Kong [Image by Flickr user inkelv1122]

When Will We Start To See 'Tailpipes' On Cars As Morally Wrong?

The economists call them "externalities." They're the costs of people's actions on other people or communities--but the people taking those actions don't have to pay for... read more November 17, 2015 by


 
Beijing smog

China Alone Now Burns Half The World's Coal, New Data Reveals

China now burns half of the world's coal, according to newly-released data that appears to correct previous government estimates. This latest data shows that China has been... read more November 10, 2015 by


 
Indian traffic [Image: Flickr user Peter Eich]

First China, Now India, Commit To Reducing Carbon Emission Rates

Climate change is a hotly-debated political issue in the United States, but truly addressing it will require an even bigger consensus. The world's nations will meet in Paris... read more October 11, 2015 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized... read more August 4, 2015 by


 
Electric power plant outside Ithaca, New York

Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S... read more July 24, 2015 by


 
Beijing smog

China's Air Pollution Is Bad, But India's Is Far, Far Worse

Discuss countries with the worst air pollution, and China typically rises to the top of the list like smoke from a chimney. Maybe it's the high-profile coverage of Beijing's... read more June 3, 2015 by


 
1915 Ford Model T from the Rogers' Classic Car Museum collection

Gasoline Car Test Drive: Noisy, Wasteful, Polluting, Fast But Pricey Refueling

The vast majority of drivers have never experienced an electric car, but what if it were the other way around? What if gasoline cars had only recently been introduced, and... read more May 12, 2015 by


 
Pickup truck "rolling coal"

'Rolling Coal' Fine Would Be $5,000 Under Proposed Illinois Law

Over the past few years, some of America's, shall we say, less enlightened drivers hit upon a new trend. They started modifying big diesel trucks to spew clouds of soot and... read more April 1, 2015 by


 
Beijing smog

Beijing Smog: So Bad That Emergency Plans Ban Half Its Cars Each Day

In the 1970s, gasoline shortages led to the adoption of a temporary odd-even system for fuel purchases in parts of the U.S. On odd-numbered days of the month, only drivers... read more March 31, 2015 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

UK Auto Industry Backs Diesel After Parking Surcharge In London Neighborhood

Diesel cars have dominated Europe for decades, but recently a major backlash against them has started to brew. Politicians and advocacy groups in several European countries... read more March 12, 2015 by


 
'Under the Dome' screencap

UPDATE: 'Under The Dome' Video: China's 'Silent Spring' Air-Pollution Wakeup

The 1962 book Silent Spring and the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth were invaluable in raising awareness of the dangers to human life posed by environmental... read more March 11, 2015 by


 
Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Growing Corporate Power Counters Climate-Change Action, So Reframe Debate, Book Suggests

It's no secret that environmental demands and regulations pose an inconvenience for large corporations--but what if the problem is more fundamental than that? Beyond... read more February 23, 2015 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Coal Power Plant That Can Capture Carbon To Open In Mid-2016

As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized. The most straightforward way to get... read more February 18, 2015 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

France To Give Dirtiest-Diesel Drivers $11,500 To Trade For Electric Car

French drivers have long preferred diesel cars for their good fuel economy, but increased air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions has become a public health concern. That... read more February 9, 2015 by


 

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