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EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants

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On Thursday, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows. The proposal came on the eve of a climate summit in Poland that started over the weekend where world leaders were set to codify the next steps in.

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Will climate talks bring real progress? Twitter poll results

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Last month, world leaders met in Poland to agree on the next steps in measuring and limiting climate change. Australia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and others meeting on the sidelines to promote burning coal, the leaders reached some agreements on how the Paris Climate Accords will be implemented when it goes into effect in 2020: Each. Despite the U.S.,

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Ghosn charged, more ultra-fast chargers, EPA rollbacks: Today's Car News

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As world leaders gather at a climate conference in Poland, the U.S. EPA proposes new looser standards for coal plants. A VW executive says electric cars could spell the end of front-wheel drive. And Electrify America opens its first two 350-kilowatt DC fast chargers a few miles from the Tesla factory. All this and more on Green Car Reports

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EC awards €1.2B from NER300 “Robin Hood” mechanism for 23 renewable energy projects; 5 advanced biofuel projects targeted for €516.8M

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winowice project in Poland will receive a maximum of €30.9 Biomass Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) Cellulosic ethanol Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Europe PolicyThe European Commission awarded more than €1.2 billion (US$1.6 billion) funding to 23 highly renewable energy demonstration projects—including five advanced biofuels projects with maximum combined funding of €516.8 million (US$687 million), or 43% of the total—under the first call for proposals for the NER300 program.

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EEA: small increase in EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, with transport emissions up for the fourth consecutive year

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Less coal was used to produce heat and electricity but this was offset by higher industrial and transport emissions, the latter increasing for the fourth consecutive year. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to efficiency improvements, increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels: more gas, and less coal and oil. Poland and Spain accounted for the largest increases in greenhouse gas emissions in absolute terms in 2017.

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OPG, GE Hitachi to deploy small modular reactor at Darlington station in Canada

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Saskatchewan is also looking to follow Ontario and build SMRs to replace its coal fleet, building up to four SMRs with the first unit in Saskatchewan being in service in the early 2030s. Other countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Poland and Estonia have all expressed interest in building SMRs, and Ontario would be well placed to contribute to the Canadian and international supply chain.

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Polish study links pollution and winter with rise in heart attack treatment

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—Dr Rafal Januszek of the University Hospital in Krakow, Poland. Using PM 10 levels published by the Chief Inspectorate for Environmental Protection in Poland, six unpolluted cities and five polluted cities were selected for the study. Sources include industrial processes such as iron making and quarrying, lawn mowing, wood and coal stoves, bushfires, dust storms, and vehicle exhaust emissions.

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How Russia Sent Ukraine Racing Into the “Energy Eurozone”

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Tight coal and gas reserves continued to bite throughout the winter. “We Ukraine can now import up to 2 gigawatts of European power over links from Poland, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary, enabling it to conserve domestic reserves of coal and hydropower.

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EEA report finds more action needed to protect Europe’s most vulnerable citizens from air pollution, noise and extreme temperatures

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Eastern European regions (including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) and regions in southern Europe (including Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece), where incomes and education are lower and unemployment rates higher than European averages, were more exposed to air pollutants including particulate matter (PM) and ground level ozone (O 3 ). A ban on certain domestic heating fuels, such as coal, also leads to improved air quality in low-income zones.

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War in Ukraine: We Need to Talk About Fossil Fuels

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The continent was mostly powered by locally mined coal until the 1950s, when imports of cheap Middle Eastern oil started transforming the energy picture. The drop was steep enough to force Germany to produce more electricity from coal than from wind in 2021.

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EEA: increase in EU GHG emissions, mostly due to transport, hampers progress towards 2030 targets

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The energy sector was able to reduce its emissions due to the decreasing share of coal used to produce electricity and heat in the EU. Poland and France also saw large growth in emissions. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the European Union rose slightly in 2017, mostly because of the transport sector. Preliminary estimates published in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual trends and projections assessments show a 0.6% emissions increase in 2017 from 2016.

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The Future of Fission Reactors May Be Small

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NuScale has plans to build a US plant in Idaho by 2030; the company is involved in the UK , Poland , and Romania as well. For instance, TerraPower, which hoped to switch on a demonstration SMR in a deprecated coal plant in Wyoming in 2028, delayed its launch by two years due to fuel issues.

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Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row

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CH 4 is mainly generated by agricultural activities, the production of coal and gas, as well as waste treatment and disposal. In the EU, 60% of the CH 4 and N 2 O emissions are emitted by the top six emitting countries: Germany, UK, France, Poland, Italy and Spain. The annual assessment of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the JRC and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) confirms that CO 2 emissions have stalled for the third year in a row.

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Exxon Mobil Acquiring XTO Energy in $41B Deal; Enhances US Position in Unconventional Natural Gas and Oil

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XTO’s resource base is the equivalent of 45 trillion cubic feet of gas and includes shale gas, tight gas, coal bed methane and shale oil. These will complement ExxonMobil’s holdings in the United States, Canada, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Argentina. Exxon Mobil Corporation is acquiring XTO Energy Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $41 billion.

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India, China, Brazil, Japan, other non-Arctic countries want a voice on Arctic Council; interest in climate change impact and access to resources

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Another six non-Arctic nations sit in as observers today: the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands. Many non-Arctic countries are interested in the Arctic as the “canary in the coal mine” that can teach them about how climate change will impact their own states. Countries such as China, India and Brazil, which have no Arctic territories, are now seeking admission to the Arctic Council as permanent observers.

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Emissions of Air Pollutants down in EU-27

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Energy use by households (the burning of wood, gas, coal etc) is the most important source of PM 2.5 France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom contributed the most to EU-27 emissions in 2007. The European Community’s air pollutant emission inventory report released by the European Environment Agency finds that in 2007, sulphur oxides (SO x ) emissions were down by 72 % from 1990 levels.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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Thereby, we completely forego coal-based electricity and obtain our electrical energy from only renewable sources. In Jawor (Poland), a new CO 2 -neutral engine plant is being built. In Germany, all Mercedes-Benz plants will be supplied with CO 2 -neutral energy. The preparations for exclusively green electricity for a climate-friendly production in Europe are already well advanced. From 2022, the production of our Mercedes-Benz plants in Germany will operate CO 2 -neutral.

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This Computer Pioneer’s Invention Made Zoom Possible

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ACCOLADES APLENTY Gelenbe has been elected Fellow of the French National Academy of Technologies , the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters , and the science academies of Hungary , Poland , and Turkey.

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UK MPs greenlight shale gas in new report

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We are concerned that there could be adverse competitive consequences for the UK if Poland unilaterally develops its shale gas resources within the EU, particularly if their energy policy is driven by energy security—in spite of the environmental concerns associated with hydraulic fracturing—owing to their reliance on imported gas. Shale gas could encourage more countries to switch from coal to gas, which in some cases could halve power station emissions.

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Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

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With the conclusion of the 14 th Congress in Poznań, Poland a year later and little progress made, member delegates, some of who had been showing signs of pessimism and fatigue in their statements to the press, were left with just four second-level meetings at which to resolve major outstanding differences. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal and one of the world’s highest per-capita emitters of greenhouse gases. by Jack Rosebro.

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