CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University.

2016 96

CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s How’d you like to enjoy 7-and-a-half miles of L.A.

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Coal in China: huge problem for clean power, climate efforts

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But the country's reliance on coal for electricity generation still poses a huge problem for these. emissions China climate change renewable energy clean energy air pollution fossil fuelsOver the past few years, China has made impressive strides in renewable-energy investment. The promotion of renewable energy will only become more important as China works to meet its commitments under the recently-ratified Paris climate agreement.

2016 78

PM2.5 pollution now associated with chronic kidney disease

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pollution, new open-access research published in PLOS ONE suggests that PM 2.5 Similar to smoking, air pollution contains harmful toxins that can directly affect the kidneys. High-risk patients who live in heavily populated or polluted areas should recognize the danger and take precautions, Bragg-Gresham says. If you look at areas that are heavily polluted versus areas that are less polluted, you will find more chronic kidney disease.

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Coal industry hopes to don disguise as clean-power player via carbon capture

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As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to "bring back coal" as part of a larger program to encourage greater production of fossil fuels. But the coal industry believes it needs more than an ostensibly friendly administration in Washington to survive. With coal production down and electric utilities continuing to switch to lower-cost. Environmental emissions electric utilities energy air pollution fossil fuels

2017 59

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

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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. Carbon Footprint emissions energy policy climate change electric utilities plug-in cars energy air pollution

2016 63

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

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It''s called "rolling coal"--and drivers of hybrid and electric cars report that it often seemed to be directed at them. Green Illinois air pollution emissions legislation 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 smoke whenever the driver hit the accelerator.

China axes 103 coal-fired power plants, citing smog, overcapacity

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emissions China global warming greenhouse gas climate change electric utilities air pollutionDuring negotiations for the Paris Climate Treaty signed last fall, a major concern among critics was whether the carbon emissions of China's sprawling and inefficient energy sector could be reined in. With China, the U.S., and dozens of other countries signing the agreement, the world's most populous country committed itself to decarbonizing its.

2017 63

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

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Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. Energy Information Administration (EIA) now predicts that coal's share of U.S. Environmental emissions EPA energy policy electric utilities energy air pollutionBut--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S. electricity generation will decline from 44 percent in 2011 to 32 percent in 2040. DON'T MISS: What.

2015 74

Lux: alternative fuels in China could replace up to 483B GGE in 2020; coal-to-ethanol conversion offers near-term potential

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China’s shift toward alternative fuels in order to cut its reliance on imported oil is creating large opportunities, notably in natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and in the conversion of coal to ethanol, according to a new report from Lux Research.

2015 96

Study associates in-utero exposure to PM2.5 pollution with higher blood pressure in childhood

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air pollution during the third trimester of their mother’s pregnancy had a higher risk of elevated blood pressure in childhood, according to new research by a team led by researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. microns or less (PM 2.5 ) is a form of air pollution produced by motor vehicles and the burning of oil, coal and biomass, and has been shown to enter the circulatory system and negatively affect human health.

2018 87

CicLaVia is Back This Sunday & We’ll Be Rolling Against Coal!

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My favorite part of this next CicLaVia is t he Bike Parade coming from my friends at Greenpeace and Sierra Club which they’re calling ROLL AGAINST COAL. In case you didn’t know, the City of Los Angeles still gets 40% of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, the dirtiest polluters and greenhouse gassers on the planet. It’s long been time to kick coal out of L.A.’s For more details and t o RSVP go to the Roll Against Coal Facebook page.

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It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

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The Killer Coal Family is waging war against the rest of our families - and those gangsters will not stop until we take them down. At our meeting we all agreed that it’s time to go to the mattresses and declare war against coal until we kill them and put them out of business.

2009 158

Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

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The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. But not all use of coal is alike. The Good About half our electricity comes from coal, and that will change, at best, slowly as we move to renewables. But we need to keep in mind that when we're talking about cars, even coal-generated electricity results in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum. That includes the worst, most coal dependent areas.

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Berkeley Earth study calculates that air pollution contributes to 1.6M deaths per year in China

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In an analysis of hourly air pollution data (PM 2.5 ,PM PM 10 , SO 2 , NO 2 , O 3 and CO) from more than 1500 sites in China, Berkeley Earth has calculated that the observed air pollution contributes to ~1.6 Average air pollution maps.

2015 123

WHO links 7 million premature deaths annually to air pollution; 12.5% of total global deaths

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The World Health Organization now estimates that in 2012 around 7 million people died—one in eight (12.5%) of total global deaths—as a result of air pollution exposure. million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 Outdoor pollution.

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UNICEF: 300M children worldwide breathing air exceeding WHO pollution guidelines by 6x or more

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The report, “ Clear the Air for Children ”, uses satellite imagery to show that some 2 billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution, caused by factors such as vehicle emissions, heavy use of fossil fuels, dust and burning of waste, exceeds WHO minimum air quality guidelines.

2016 106

Study: air pollution may shorten telomeres in newbornsa sign of increased health risks

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A study conducted before and after the 2004 closure of a coal-burning power plant in Tongliang, China, found that children born before the closure had shorter telomeres than those conceived and born after the plant stopped polluting the air. In babies born pre-closure, researchers found higher levels of PAH-DNA cord adducts, a biomarker for exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a toxic component of air pollution from coal plants.

2018 64

WHO: 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air; 7M deaths per year

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New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal a death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden. If we don’t take urgent action on air pollution, we will never come close to achieving sustainable development.

2018 60

China study connects ozone pollution to cardiovascular health

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Ozone is formed through a chemical reaction that occurs when sunlight interacts with nitrogen oxides and other organic compounds that are generated by coal-burning, vehicle exhaust and some natural sources. They monitored indoor and outdoor ozone levels, along with other pollutants. In contrast, only 31 million Americans live in counties where other pollutants exceed EPA standards. Ozone is a difficult pollutant to control because its creation in the atmosphere is complex.

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Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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In regions where the share of coal-based electricity is relatively low, EVs can achieve substantial GHG reduction, the team reports in a paper in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. According to the 12 th Five-Year Plan of the China Coal Industry (2011?2015)

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DOE selects 10 projects to enhance research into recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal byproducts

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has selected 10 projects to receive funding for research in support of the lab’s program on Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts. The selected research projects will further program goals by focusing on the development of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts.

2015 60

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

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The most straightforward way to get cleaner electricity is to switch to a less-polluting source like natural gas--or better yet, renewable sources like wind and solar. DON''T MISS: EPA''s Coal-Plant Emissions Rules As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized.

2015 81

BREAKING NEWS: Exxon/Mobil Ordered Out of Torrance, Guilty of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

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Consider this fair and legal warning, world’s largest and most polluting oil company - I’m giving you 10 years to pack up and hit the road. It’s the 2nd biggest product Exxon/Mobil and their pals in the oil, coal and gas industries pump out.

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Tsinghua/Argonne Study Finds That Mass Use of EVs in China Could Result in Higher CO2 and Criteria Pollutant Emissions Than Conventional and Hybrid Gasoline Vehicles Due to Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity

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The researchers found that while EVs do offer a very promising solution to energy issues due to their replacement of petroleum fuels, for now “ the high pollution levels of coal-fired power plants will trade off EVs’ potential energy benefits in China ”.

2010 123

$1.1B Huineng SNG plant goes on-stream transforming coal into natural gas in China

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Topsoe has designed the methanation section of this plant, which is the company’s second large-scale coal-based industrial SNG reference to begin operations in China following last years’ opening of Qinghua, the world’s largest SNG plant located in the Xinjiang region.

2014 104

Researchers in China investigate use of coal as source of lithium

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Coal could become a major source of the metal lithium, according to a review of the geochemistry by scientists from Hebei University of Engineering in China published in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology. Shenjun Qin of Hebei University of Engineering, in Handan, China, and colleagues point out that coal is a highly polluting energy source that is still widely used for electricity generation and other applications.

2015 71

NETL Soliciting RD Projects for Co-Production of Power, Fuels, and Chemicals via Coal/Biomass Mixtures

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The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) soliciting research projects that will address key challenges related to the utilization of coal-biomass mixtures for co-production of power and hydrogen, fuels, and/or chemicals. Pre-processing and Conditioning of Coal/Biomass Mixtures for Simultaneous Co-Feeding Systems. Applications must address a combined fuel containing a blend of coal and biomass.

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Emissions of Air Pollutants down in EU-27

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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. The downward emission trend of three main pollutants which cause ground-level ozone continued in 2007: carbon monoxide (CO) fell by 57%, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) were down by 47% and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) have dropped 36%.

Pollutant emitted by biomass burning found to cause DNA damage and lung cell death; the role of retene

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A new study by a team from Brazil, with colleagues in the US, has shown that particulate pollution biomass burning in the Amazon induced inflammation, oxidative stress and severe DNA damage in human lung cells. Most of the overwhelming amount of research on exposure to air pollution is focused on urban centers and on the role of fossil fuels as the most important source of atmospheric pollutants.

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DOE selects 8 new advanced coal projects for funding by University Coal Research Program

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight new projects to further advanced coal research under the University Coal Research Program. The selected projects are intended to improve coal conversion and use and will help propel technologies for future advanced coal power systems. The selections mark the 32 nd round of the Department’s longest-running coal research program.

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How China's horrific air quality magically turns cleaner: cotton

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China is known for having some of the most polluted air in the world. DON'T MISS: Coal in China: huge problem for. emissions China air pollutionBut officials in one Chinese city found a way to at least make that air appear cleaner, for awhile. Like many Chinese cities, Xi'an, the provincial capital of Shaanxi, in the northern part of the country, has air-monitoring equipment.

EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

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The increase from 2012 to 2013 was due to an increase in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed to generate electricity due to an increase in coal consumption, with decreased natural gas consumption, according to the report. US GHG emissions by sector, 1990-2013. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

2015 102

Design study for SA underground coal gasification plant underway

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South Africa state-owned power utility Eskom reports that a design study is currently under way for an underground coal gasification (UCG) demonstration plant, which will include a 250,000 Nm 3 /h gas production plant and a 100 MW to 140 MW gas turbine plant. The coal seam lies between 280 m and 300 m deep. Eskom’s studies show that the gas could be cofired with coal to power the 4,100 MW Majuba power station , providing direct use for the gas. Mining Weekly.

2011 71

Study findings suggest that switching from coal to natural gas would do little for global climate

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Although the burning of natural gas emits far less carbon dioxide than coal, a new study by Tom Wigley, a senior research associate at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and an adjunct professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia, concludes that a greater reliance on natural gas would fail to significantly slow down climate change.

2011 107

EPA Proposes Transport Rule to Cut Pollution from Power Plants in 31 States and DC; New Approach for Pollution Reduction

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The proposed Transport Rule sets in place a new approach that can and will be applied again as further pollution reductions are needed to help areas meet air quality health standards, EPA says. In the first alternative, EPA is proposing to set a pollution limit or budget for each state.

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US DOE, Natural Resources Canada open pilot plant to advance oxy-combustion carbon capture at coal-fired power plants

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) and Canada’s Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) opened a new 1 Megawatt thermal (MW th ) facility to test an advanced process to capture CO 2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. Oxy-PFBC is based on the oxy-fuel combustion process, which uses pure oxygen instead of air to burn fuel and produces heat that generates electricity without the production of other pollutants.

2016 78

WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earth elements from acid mine drainage

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West Virginia University (WVU) researchers are opening a new facility to capture rare earth elements (REEs) from acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal mining. He found that acid mine drainage, a byproduct of coal mining, “naturally” concentrates rare earths.

2018 83

Alaska Native Corporation Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Project with Carbon Capture for Power Generation

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Underground coal gasification uses paired wells in a coal seam: one an oxidant injection well, the other the syngas producer well. CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, is proposing an underground coal gasification (UCG) project that would use the resulting syngas to fuel a new 100 MW combined cycle power plant. The UCG process utilizes two wells drilled in to a coal seam. Heat and pressure gasify the coal, and the second well produces to the surface.

Study finds household and outdoor air pollution contributes to more than 5.5 million premature deaths worldwide per year

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New research shows that household (indoor) and outdoor air pollution contribute to more than 5.5 In the context of the Global Burden of Disease 2013 study ( earlier post ), researchers from Canada, the United States, China and India quantified air pollution levels and attributable health impacts for 188 countries for the period 1990-2013. of all global deaths) caused by outdoor fine particulate air pollution and an additional 215,000 deaths from exposure to ozone.

2016 60

Air pollution regulations over last decade in Chinese city has halved health costs

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The study is the first to document the health and economic benefits of policies to reduce the burden of air pollution in a highly polluted area of China, and provides a model to measure how policies to improve air quality can protect human health. To combat air pollution, the Shanxi Provincial Government implemented many new environmental policies and regulations. The cost of premature death due to air pollution decreased by 3.83

2014 76

Federal Appeals Court vacates EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

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A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held in a 2-1 opinion that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had overstepped its authority with the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and, as a result, vacated the regulation (USCA Case #11-1302). The rule was intended to improve air quality by cutting SO 2 and NO x emissions that contribute to pollution problems in other states.

2012 81

DOE to award up to $14M to 6 new projects to advance IGCC with carbon capture technology for coal-fired plants

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The selected projects are intended to improve the economics of IGCC plants and promote the use of the US’abundant coal resources. Higher efficiencies mean that less fuel is used to generate power, in turn resulting in better economics, which can mean lower costs to consumers and the formation of fewer harmful pollutants. The use of the nation’s large reserves of low-cost, low-rank coals in IGCC systems is currently limited by the capabilities of available coal feed systems.

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