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Revealed: the coal industry’s plan to devastate the climate

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 23 November, 2012 4 comments

It’s been quite a week. In this lead up to the UN climate conference in Doha which starts Monday, there was news almost every day about soaring CO 2 emissions and the threat of catastrophic climate change. On Monday, the World...

Cynical Old King Coal shows its true colours

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 22 November, 2012

Shocking is the only way to describe the extraordinarily cynical comments made to the Financial Times (November 4, Global warming: Climate change needs action but it has a cost ) by Milton Catelin, chief executive of the World Coal...

Will the “Carbon Monoxide Man” End Finland’s Reliance on Coal?

Blog entry by Lauri Myllyvirta | 23 October, 2012

In a surprise announcement, the Finnish Minister Jyri Häkämies, in charge of revising the country’s Climate and Energy Strategy, announced an ambition to completely phase out coal-fired energy production by 2025, outdoing Denmark’s...

Google shows off its data centers, powered increasingly by clean energy

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 19 October, 2012 2 comments

Ever wondered what the Internet looks like? If so, you’re in luck: Google has drawn back the curtains of its data centers, the facilities that compute and store all of our gmail, youtube videos, and searches. [Photo: Google’s...

Eskom is burning South Africa’s water to produce electricity

Blog entry by Melita Steele | 19 October, 2012 2 comments

Water is the foundation of life: we’re unable to survive without it. But the problem is that water is scarce, and this country is running out of it. More than 98% of South Africa’s water has already been allocated, and this...

In search of a greener cloud: Google vs. Microsoft

Feature story | 10 October, 2012 at 22:38

Microsoft wants the world to think it has its groove back – that it’s moved beyond the ignominy of the Mac vs. PC Apple ads, Windows 95 and Clippy, the helpful mascot everyone loved so much. Microsoft is looking to the cloud to change its...

New York Times shines spotlight on the internet’s impact on the environment

Blog entry by David Pomerantz | 24 September, 2012

On Sunday, the New York Times launched a new series called “The Cloud Factories” that examines the massive data centers that store the data that makes up the internet, and the effects they have on the environment. The series kicked...

Australian coal: a recipe for climate disaster

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | 18 September, 2012 4 comments

Everything about the Galilee Basin in Australia is epic. Its name, its size and sparse beauty as well as the enormous amount of coal buried just under the soil and the scale of mining being proposed to dig it up. But eclipsing all...

Massive coal expansion in China means water scarcity for many

Blog entry by Brian Blomme | 14 August, 2012 3 comments

China’s huge thirst for energy is going to increase the scarcity of water already threatening people in western China and Inner Mongolia. A planned major expansion of coal mines, coal-fired electricity plants and coal-based chemical...

Thirsty coal poses risk to India's farmers

Feature story | 7 August, 2012 at 14:00

Farmers in India's Vidarbha region are struggling with drought and limited access to irrigation while plans by India's government to build 71 new coal-fired power plants will place an extra strain on water resources.

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