How Finland Could Ban Coal by 2030 – IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/policy/how-finland-could-ban-coal-by-2030

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sweden Pledges To Cut All Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2045
    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/02/04/0210234/sweden-pledges-to-cut-all-greenhouse-gas-emissions-by-2045?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot%2Fto+%28%28Title%29Slashdot+%28rdf%29%29

    Sweden has announced ambitious plans to completely phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. The nation also reaffirmed the urgency of tackling climate change and called for all countries to “step up and fulfill the Paris Agreement.”

    Sweden pledges to cut all greenhouse gas emissions by 2045
    Climate minister urges European Union to take lead on climate change as fears Donald Trump will pull out of Paris Agreement
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/sweden-pledges-greenhouse-gas-emissions-zero-2045-paris-agreement-a7561111.html

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tesla’s New Solar Energy Station On Kauai Will Power Hawaii At Night
    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/17/03/08/2237204/teslas-new-solar-energy-station-on-kauai-will-power-hawaii-at-night?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot%2Fto+%28%28Title%29Slashdot+%28rdf%29%29

    The Kapaia project is a combination 13MW SolarCity solar farm and 53MWh Tesla Powerpack station on the island of Kauai. In partnership with the KIUC (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) the project will store the sun’s energy during the day and release it at night. The station (along with Kauai’s other renewable resource solutions including wind and biomass) won’t completely keep the island from using fossil fuels but it will temper the need. In addition to using Tesla’s station to battle the island’s incredibly high electric bills, it’s also part of a long-term Hawaii-state plan to be completely powered by renewable energy sources by 2045.

    Tesla’s new solar energy station will power Hawaii at night
    Energy generated during the day will power Kauai when the sun goes down.
    https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/08/teslas-new-solar-energy-station-will-power-hawaii-at-night/

    Renewable energy supplies are great because they produce power without filling the air with pollution. Yet, once the sun goes down solar panels become pretty useless. But Tesla and Hawaii have a solution that’ll use the sun’s rays both day and night using Powerpacks built at the Gigafactory.

    The Kapaia project is a combination 13MW SolarCity solar farm and 53MWh Tesla Powerpack station on the island of Kauai. In partnership with the KIUC (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) the project will store the sun’s energy during the day and release it at night. The station (along with Kauai’s other renewable resource solutions including wind and biomass) won’t completely keep the island from using fossil fuels but it will temper the need.

    In addition to using Tesla’s station to battle the island’s incredibly high electric bills, it’s also part of a long-term Hawaii-state plan to be completely powered by renewable energy sources by 2045.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Finland’s Green Party And Nuclear Power – Really?
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2017/04/17/finlands-green-party-and-nuclear-power-really/#4ea8ab1b5ec4

    Last week, April 9, 2017, four municipal election candidates from the traditionally anti-nuclear Green Party in Finland published an opinion piece where they clearly stated that humanity no longer has the luxury of opposing nuclear power.

    Well over a hundred election candidates from all the major parties – these Greens included – signed a petition calling for feasibility studies for nuclear district heating to provide heat for Finnish cities.

    But the country has vowed to end the use of coal by 2030 and their wide use of biomass is controversial as it causes significant health effects in some indoor air situations. Finland is receiving the brunt of global warming, as temperatures across Finland are climbing faster than anywhere else in the world. And global warming is impossible to address in the next 20 years without expanding nuclear power.

    The Pirate Party member, Dr. Petrus Pennanen who is pro-nuclear and favors strong climate policies, made the news by proposing the use of nuclear-generated heat to replace coal and biomass in Helsinki’s building heating. Petrus became one of the two first elected Pirate Party members in Finland, probably because of this pro-nuclear stance.

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Perspectives for the energy transition:
    Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system
    http://www.irena.org/menu/index.aspx?mnu=Subcat&PriMenuID=36&CatID=141&SubcatID=3828

    This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation in the energy sector in G20 countries and around the world. Chapter 3, “Global Energy Transition Prospects and the Role of Renewables”, highlights findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Coal Can Kill Even Without Being Burned
    http://www.iflscience.com/environment/coal-can-kill-even-without-being-burned/

    Coal is the worst power source for fueling climate change, as burning it causes air pollution that kills millions and mining is also very dangerous. What few have noticed is the devastating cost to our health of just storing coal. A new paper published in the National Bureau of Economic Research puts some astounding figures on the cost coal imposes on society between the mine and the power plant.

    The consumption of thermal coal, used for heating and generating electricity, peaked in 2013 and has fallen almost 10 percent since

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Coal Ash Is More Radioactive Than Nuclear Waste
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste/

    By burning away all the pesky carbon and other impurities, coal power plants produce heaps of radiation

    Coal, meanwhile, is believed responsible for a host of more quotidian problems, such as mining accidents, acid rain and greenhouse gas emissions. But it isn’t supposed to spawn three-eyed fish like Blinky.
    Over the past few decades, however, a series of studies has called these stereotypes into question. Among the surprising conclusions: the waste produced by coal plants is actually more radioactive than that generated by their nuclear counterparts.

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