Air pollution from Europe’s coal plants could be responsible for up to 34,000 deaths across the continent each year, a new study suggests. Coal-fired power is the single-largest driver of global temperature rise and phasing it out of the world’s electricity supply as soon as possible will be key to meeting the world’s climate goals, scientists say. The burning of coal for power also causes the release of pollutants that can be seriously harmful to human health, including fine particulate matter (PM2.5) – tiny particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter that can penetrate deep into the lungs when inhaled.
Independent 3rd April 2021 read more »
Ministers are being urged not to let workers in the oil and gas sector “wither on the vine” amid concerns about the extent of new jobs in greener energy that they can benefit from within the decade. The North Sea is past its heyday as a producing basin and is also under pressure from efforts to slash carbon emissions – in a challenge to Scotland’s case for independence with the help of tax revenues from the basin. It is predicted the 151,000 people employed directly or indirectly in the sector in 2019 could fall to 105,000 by 2030 due to falls in production, according to projections from the trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK). Meanwhile, plans for the industry to develop hydrogen, carbon capture and other greener technologies could create about 40,000 jobs for the sector in the same time frame, OGUK and Government predicts, suggesting a potential shortfall of several thousand jobs.
Telegraph 4th April 2021 read more »