Nearly 30% of Global Emissions Come From China

Nearly 30% of Global Emissions Come From China

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer China’s greenhouse gas emissions have soared higher than all developed nations combined, according to a new report by Rhodium Group.  In 2019, China was responsible for more than 27% of total global emissions.  According to Rhodium’s analysis, China’s emissions have more than tripled over the past 30 years, in […]

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Wyoming Passes Measure to Sue States that Refuse to Buy Coal

Wyoming Passes Measure to Sue States that Refuse to Buy Coal

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While environmentalists celebrate commitments and progress made by the Biden administration, some stakeholders aren’t so happy. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon (R) has passed a new state law providing the state government with $1.2 million in funding to sue other states that refuse to buy Wyoming’s coal. W.Y. is the largest coal-producing state […]

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New Satellite Data Shows Appalachian Basin Emits More Methane than Permian Basin

New Satellite Data Shows Appalachian Basin Emits More Methane than Permian Basin

The Appalachian Basin discharged more methane last year than the Permian Basin —in Texas and New Mexico — leaving Appalachia the biggest source of greenhouse gases in the nation. Satellite data from Karryos, a global asset observation platform, showed that the Appalachian basin emitted 2.4 million tons of methane in 2020, while the Permian Basin emitted 2 million tons.  

Why this Matters: There are an estimated 538,000 unplugged abandoned oil and gas wells in the Ohio River Valley states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky alone, and plugging them could cost more than $34 billion.

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Annual Energy Use Report Projects Global Increase In Demand For Coal

Annual Energy Use Report Projects Global Increase In Demand For Coal

The International Energy Agency’s annual report on global energy use is out, with a look at energy sources, demand, and emissions as we head into the second year of the pandemic. The outlook is concerning: the IEA projects that “coal is set to roar back,” as the New York Times headline put it, with demand for the dirty fuel expected to rise 4.5%. 

Why This Matters: It’s Earth Day and this trend should be concerning to all the government and private sector leaders assembling virtually at the Global Climate Summit.

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Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany Is Shutting Its Coal Mines and Planning the Workers’ Transition

Germany wants to be the model for transitioning from coal to clean energy. The country plans to stop using coal by 2038 and has dedicated billions of dollars to make it a successful transition. As BBC’s Future Planet reports, a nonprofit near one of the country’s mines are engaging locals in the North-Rhine Westphalia region — many of them employed by the mines — to plan for their future. 

Why This Matters: First off: the European Union has called for an end of coal by 2030. So Germany’s timeline is longer than recommended to hit the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C target, and mine expansions are still planned in coming years.

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China Burned 53% of the World’s Coal in 2020

China Burned 53% of the World’s Coal in 2020

Despite President Xi Jinping’s pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, a new report released by energy and climate research group Ember, found that China burned more than half of the world’s coal in 2020. Experts say that China’s current Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) isn’t keeping up with the nation’s rocketing energy demands.

Why This Matters: China is the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions, but despite announcing net-zero emissions goals in 2020, its latest five-year plan included no updates to its climate goals.

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