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# coal
German energy giant RWE to end coal use by 2030
The decision will accelerate the closure of some of Europe’s most polluting power plants.
# Climate
China doubles down on coal burning in bid to battle energy crunch
The country is the world’s biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases driving global warming.
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European countries are seeking alternatives to Russian gas – and now some are looking towards coal.
# energy shift
EU proposes 300 billion-euro roadmap to ditch Russian energy
The investment initiative is meant to help the bloc start weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels this year.
# Sanctions
EU to discuss sixth round of sanctions on Russia
The fifth round of sanctions, imposed since Friday, include a ban on Russian coal imports into the EU.
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# Climate Change
'Most polluting' solid fuels to be banned in Ireland within a year
Each year some 1,300 people die in Ireland due to air pollution from solid fuel burning.
# Cerrejón mine
ESB referred to OECD over importing coal from north Colombian mine
A charity has submitted a formal complaint about the ESB allegedly breaching its human rights commitments.
# not going green
29 states and cities sue Trump over climate change approach
The US President has set about systematically dismantling environmental regulations put in place by his predecessor Barack Obama.
# air pollution
Enniscorthy to become the New Delhi of Ireland if smoky coal ban not rolled out, Dáil hears
The delay in expanding the smoky coal ban nationwide is due to fears over court action.
# technical glitch
3,000 delayed fuel allowance payments to be received next week
The technical glitch that caused the issue has been resolved.
# burning coal
Ban on sale of smoky coal to extend countrywide in Autumn 2018
A ban on the sale of smoky coal was first introduced in Dublin in 1990.
# Cutbacks
Trump's climate plan labelled 'a colossal mistake that defies science'
“Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump’s mind, but nowhere else.”
# smoky coal
The ban that stopped scenes like this is going nationwide
Smoky coal is being banned across the country from the end of 2018.
Opinion: Nuclear energy is the cleanest, safest, and cheapest – why do we continue to reject it?
Fossil fuels are messy, costly, dangerous to workers and killing our planet. Nuclear energy could be the answer if we let go of illogical, emotional arguments against it.
# Poverty
Poor people in Europe forced to choose between heating and eating
Oxfam is calling on G7 leaders who are meting tomorrow to reassess Europe’s energy strategy to move towards more sustainable and affordable fuels.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the ban on nuclear power should be lifted?
The Green Paper on Energy says it would be “technically possible” to build a small nuclear power plant in County Clare.
# Carbon Tax
Do you use solid fuels? It's going to get more expensive tomorrow
The carbon tax increase will add around €1.20 to a 40kg bag of coal and 26 cent to a bale of briquettes.
# China
22 killed in accidental explosion at Chinese coal mine
108 miners were underground when the explosion hit the Taozigou mine in the Sichuan province.
# Carbon Tax
Bad news for fossil fuels: cost of coal and briquettes to rise today
The Government is extending the carbon tax to solid fuels from today.
# wind energy
90% of construction industry insiders believe wind should be primary energy source
A survey has shown that most industry insiders also think €100 or higher would be a fair water charge for a four person household.
Column: The UK is exploring its shale gas future, we should do the same
Fracking is an emotively driven environmental issue – but the Irish government could do worse than follow the UK in opening up the market here for exploration, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Russia
Nine trapped after Russia coal mine blast
A total of 259 miners were working underground when the explosion went off at the Vorkutinskaya mine.
# coal miners
Photo-essay: Bosnian women miners still going strong
In 2016, when mandatory retirement kicks in, they will be the last of their kind.
# Fossil Fuel
Smoky coal ban extended, will 'clear air and bring fewer deaths'
The ban is being extended to all of Dublin County, as well as seven provincial towns.
# Fossil Fuel
Environment Minister announces review of ban on smokey coal
The ban on smokey coal in Dublin is believed to have resulted in at least 350 fewer deaths each year. Phil Hogan has announced a public consultation on the regulations around the ban.
# Census 2011
Bad news for the environment: 4 out of 5 use fossil fuels to heat homes
Census 2011 found a clear urban-rural split between people using oil and natural gas to heat their homes.