Countries should call time on new coal-fired power plants from next year, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has declared in an interview warning inaction on climate change could bring “total disaster” to the world. Guterres called on countries to build no new coal power plants from 2020 and to put a price on carbon emissions, warning that if dramatic action is not taken to keep global temperature rises to under two degrees there will be “total disaster”.
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Britain has had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO). Fintan Slye, director of ESO, said this would become the “new normal”. The world’s first centralised public coal-fired generator opened in 1882 at Holborn Viaduct in London. The government plans to phase out the UK’s last coal-fired plants by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions.
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Results from the latest government survey on fracking shows that public opposition has risen to its highest level so far and support is at record lows. The quarterly Wave tracker survey indicates that opponents regard fracking as a risky or unsafe process and are concerned about earthquakes and the impact on climate change. According to the latest results, 40% of participants opposed fracking, up from 35% in the most recent survey conducted in December 2018, and up from 21% in December 2013. This survey saw the largest increase in opposition since it was first carried out and the third consecutive rise in opposition. Support for fracking fell to 12% of participants, down slightly on 13% in the previous survey. This is the lowest level recorded by the survey so far and is 17 percentage points below the peak in March 2014. Strong support for fracking remained unchanged at 2%.
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The UK has generated a record 650 hours of energy without the use of coal in the first three months of 2019
But what does the target reduction mean, and are we any closer in the fight for zero net emissions?
The UK government has announced it has broken the record for the longest amount of time it has not used coal since the inception of the industrial revolution. A report released by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced the UK has generated a coal-free energy run lasting a record-breaking eight days, nearly tripling the 90 hours coal-free the nation celebrated in April. Coal may have been identified as a polluting energy right at the advent of the industrial revolution – and the supplier a quarter of the world’s primary energy – but the country has been heavily dependent on coal. In fact, Britain’s longest coal-free spell prior to this year was in 2018, lasting 76 hours and 10 minutes. But while the government may be celebrating the move, it’s nothing more than a coincidence. The nation’s energy supplier, the National Grid, said they do not have any carbon emissions goals in mind when they decided what power plants will fuel the UK that day – it is a “split-second” decision. “This streak hasn’t happened because it was planned, it’s taking into account a culmination of factors,” a spokesperson from the National Grid told i. “Coal is decreasing in popularity because its one of the more expensive fuel options, and at this time of year, it’s less likely to be used by plants.”
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